The idea of homemade coffee creamer has piqued my interest for quite some time. I can easily go through multiple bottles of coffee creamer in a week, since I’m a pretty heavy coffee drinker. At about $3 a pop, that’s $24 per month just on coffee creamer alone. So I decided to make it myself to see if I could save a few dollars.
I used the steps in this tutorial. I made a few tweaks because the tutorial was for vanilla creamer and I wanted to create a caramel coffee creamer. It was also too sweet for my taste, so I added a bit more milk.
Homemade Coffee Creamer
- 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- 18-oz of milk (you can also use 1/2 and 1/2 if you want a thicker consistency)
- 1-tbsp vanilla extract (the cheap stuff will do, I can’t taste a difference)
- 2-tbsp of Torani Caramel syrup
Pour milk into your container. You can reuse an old coffee creamer bottle if you have one on hand.
Pour in the can of sweetened condensed milk. It’ll rest at the bottom until you shake it up.
Add the vanilla extract and caramel syrup. Feel free to use any syrup you’d like, or forgo the syrup altogether. This is a very versatile recipe!
Shake the container until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Now take a sip. Make adjustments if necessary. You may need to add more milk if it’s too sweet for your taste or more flavored syrup if it doesn’t have enough flavor.
Calling this a recipe is a stretch. You literally just pour and shake, and you have coffee creamer. But hey, I’m all for saving time.
Update: I finally did the cost comparison (sorry for taking so long on that!) and it isn’t as inexpensive as I’d hoped. 🙁 The biggest expense is the sweetened condensed milk. In order to lower the cost, you can make your own sweetened condensed milk.
You do save a little money by making it yourself, but if you’re only doing this from a cost-saving perspective, it’s really not worth it, in my opinion. With that said, I do think this tastes incredible and I love being able to customize the taste to my preference. So I do still make it occasionally.