Sunday, July 10, 2011

So about that coffee shop?

Remember a while ago when I talked about buying a coffee shop?  No we didn't buy one, and no one moved into the old shop so we still have no coffee shop in town.  That's defiantly a good thing for my budget though!  But I have found I am addicted to my morning cup of joe.  And it has to have creamer in it.  Not just regular creamer, I prefer the flavored liquid kind.  But once again it's one thing I hate to pay for because it's not cheap.  We do buy the big bottles of liquid creamer but they only last about 2 weeks. It's not a huge budget blower, but I wondered once again if I could make it cheaper.  And so my recipe search continued.  I've tried a few but I think I've found one that is pretty yummy!  And thankfully it doesn't require much work.  Another good thing about it is there are lots of variation you can make from it!

So what do you need to get started?  Really all you need is one can of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) and milk.  That's it!  Anything else you add is just for flavor.   I wanted to try out the cinnamon bun so I added in vanilla, almond and cinnamon.  
 First take your your sweetened milk (14oz can)  and pour it in a bowl, Next fill up your empty can with milk.  Yes all the way to the top, and no I didn't even spill!
 Take out your handy whisk and mix away!
 For cinnamon bun, I added 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. This was almost too much cinnamon for me, next time I'm cutting it back to 1.5 tbsp.   Mix well again.  I poured everything in a quart jar, secured the lid and gave it a good shake.  If you prefer not to have so much cinnamon floating around in it, you can line a strainer with a few coffee filters or cheesecloth and strain it out before storing it too.  
It tastes wonderful!  Just like the cinnamon creamer we buy at the store!  I love when I can make things for cheaper than I can buy them.  Really it's not much more cost than a can of sweetened milk.  You can store this in the fridge for 2 weeks if it lasts that long.

Interested in some other varieties?  I haven't tried these out yet, but I thought I'd post the recipes I found.  If you try one out, I'd love to hear how it turned out!  Add any of these to the base recipe:

     2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Almond
     2 Tbsp cocoa powder
     1 teaspoon almond extract

      1 teaspoon almond extract     
      1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Cinnamon bun
      1 tablespoon cinnamon  
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1 teaspoon almond extract

 Chocolate Raspberry
      2 teaspoons cocoa powder       
      2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Pumpkin pie
     4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
     2 teaspoons ground ginger
     2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
     1 teaspoon ground cloves
     1 teaspoon allspice (optional)

Peppermint Mocha
     3 tablespoons cocoa powder
     1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Honey Vanilla
     1/4 cup honey
     2 teaspoons vanilla 

Pumpkin spice
     3 Tbsp pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
     1 tsp pumpkin spice
     1 tsp vanilla
     2 tablespoons hazelnut syrup


  1. could make it even CHEAPER by making your own sweetened condensed milk :-)

  2. I'm going to have to look up the homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe because that would totally make this a lot cheaper! Thanks again for your wonderful tips!

  3. Did you find a sweetened condensed milk recipe that you liked? Thanks so much for these recipes, I'm going to try the cinnamon bun soon! :-). The peppermint mocha sounds yummy too.

  4. How long does this last in the fridge?

  5. I would recommend it only sit in the fridge for 2 weeks. i haven't left ours longer since wihtin 2 weeks we use it up. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  6. I am going to give this a try! Thanks for your blog, I just found you today!

  7. Omg i just found your blog and i love it! i have told everyone i know to check it out i think i may need to make a coffee creamer it will be a long night looking at everything!! i just love it!!

  8. I have to say I just found you today and you are amazing!!!! Thank you for all the knowledge you are sharing with us:)
    I'm newly married(almost 3 years) and we have two babies under the age of 2 ....we needed you more than you know:)

  9. I've done this too. My favorite is adding a York Pepermint Patty. I blend the milk and the York in my Ninja then add the Sw.Cond. Milk and stir. Yummy

  10. I can't wait to try all of these. Oh but I really need Irish Cream. What do you suggest for that?

    1. Irish Cream: 2 tablespoon chocolate-flavored syrup 1 teaspoons instant coffee 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  11. Irish Cream:
    2 tablespoon chocolate-flavored syrup
    1 teaspoons instant coffee
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  12. Irish Cream:
    2 tablespoon chocolate-flavored syrup
    1 teaspoons instant coffee
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  13. what about french vanilla cappacino

  14. I tried this recipe and it's wonderful! But is there a way to keep the sweetened condensed milk from sinking to the bottom and turning into sludge? Just shaking the jar doesn't seem to do it...otherwise my husband and i love it!

    1. I suggest gently warming the milk, NOT past steaming, and blending it with your sweetened condensed milk, using a conventional blender or an immersion blender.

      If you have an immersion blender, it is safer to use for warm/hot liquids, but a blender will work just fine as long as you use a LOW speed and leave space for the steam to escape through the lid.

  15. Sunday morning, still in my jams, drinking my coffee with my just-home-made vanilla creamer. Awesome! Thank you!

  16. My FAVORITE is COCONUT CREAM...I am seriously addicted...I was thinking of adding Torani Coconut Syrup and coconut extract to make it. Do you think this would work?

    1. Is my fave too! Let me know how your recipe turned out

  17. Came upon your site, don't really know how I got here, but I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing so much valuable information!!

    I love Hazel nut creamer, will try your recipe and save money in the process!! Has anybody tried the Hazel nut recipe and enjoyed it?
    Brenda (Texas)

  18. Tried the vanilla, it was great, got chocolate almond made for morning...can't wait to try it

  19. Any ideas on making vanilla caramel? I am an AVID coffee drinker and I used to drink alot of the liquid creamers!

    1. Not sure about vanilla caramel, but I just found one for caramel macchiato, which I think may be similar. I just love anything caramel.. I have not tried this recipe out yet, but I found it on
      The recipe calls for:
      1 1/2 c. milk
      1 tsp. espresso powder
      14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
      1/3 c. caramel sauce
      2 tsp. vanilla extract

      I am going to try making this hopefully this weekend except I don't want to use espresso powder. I like my coffee very sweet and I feel like this would make it too strong. I am going to pin this blog and hopefully come back and let you know what I thought of it.

  20. I am wondering why one would need the bowl? Wouldn't it be enough to just shake it up in the jar? Can you tell washing dishes is not my favorite thing?? LOL

  21. Has anyone tried the pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie recipe? Can't wait for the pumpkin spice k-cups to come out!

  22. hey it be sweet if anyone could help me make a English toffee one and a penutbutter one had one from a store it was so good

  23. I just made a french vanilla almond and a pumkin spice:

    French Vanilla Almond:
    2tsp Vanilla extract
    3tsp Almond extract

    Pumpkin Spice:
    2tsp Vanilla
    1T Cinnamon
    1 tsp ground Clove
    1tsp. ground nutmeg
    let them soak in the milks overnight (or at least 8 hours) and then strain them before using. really wonderful! thank you so much for sharing all of this info with us.I never thought that it would be this easy!

  24. If you want to make the cinnamon one without having to deal with the floating cinnamon, use cinnamon extract,

  25. For Peppermint Mocha, do you use unsweetened baking cocoa?

  26. Anyone figure out one for the Italian Sweet Cream?

    1. My brother was asking me about this one as well and I'd love to make a good batch for him for Christmas as its his birthday on that day too!! :) Thank you!!!

  27. Can you use the light sweetened condensed milk to cute down on calories

  28. I just made it with fat free sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon extract, almond milk, and pumpkin pie spice. I swear it reminds me of eggnog. Just put in in some Unleaded Guy Fieri coffee (K cups)... sipping on it as I type! Yum!

  29. FYI....this stuff freezes quite well.

  30. My Mother makes a dry powder coffee mix, which is very good. I also love pumpkin spice that is hard to find it's a real seller, a good friend of ours sent this web site to me I cannot wait to make my spice coffee, I will make it with condense mild which is sweeter. I use to work at a shaved ice booth where they had about 200 different syrup flavors and condense milk was used as a cream topper. Which set the flavors a rocking they were awesome. Thanks again for sharing this with the world.

  31. Does anybody know how to make Sugar Free Coffee Creamer? I love the Hazelnut... but it is quite expensive... Loretta

    1. Make your own sugar free sweetened condensed milk and if they make sugar free hazelnut coffee syrup, try that.

  32. Do you allow for a soy milk or almond milk alternative for your recipe's milk base?

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