I started drinking coffee in my late teens. I worked in a store with people, mostly older than myself, who always had a pot going in the break room. I started adding a little to my hot cocoa, then pretty soon I was adding a little cocoa to my coffee. One day, the cocoa disappeared. One thing that has remained constant all those years is that I cannot drink it black. I want to, but I’m just a sugar and cream kind of girl.
I especially love the flavored, bottled liquid creamers, but I’m pretty picky about the flavors. Hazelnut – no. Anything mint – no. Fruit flavors – definitely no. All of the vanilla, caramel and some Irish cream are on the yes list. The fact that I made snowmen out of some of my creamer bottles might be a sign that I buy a lot of the stuff.
I recently found one I like where I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients, but I’ve wanted to try making my own.
There are lots of websites and blogs with recipes, but they all seem to be pretty similar to the ones I found at SheKnows. They start with sweetened condensed milk, which I would eat with a spoon if it was socially acceptable, and whole milk. I’m sure that they are delicious, but I went a different direction. That’s where things went awry.
I wanted to make coconut creamer. And I didn’t want to use whole milk. I had a can of cream of coconut and some coconut-almond milk. It made sense in my head.
I put all the ingredients in a jar and shook it for a while. Pretty, right?
I stuck it in the fridge for the night. The next morning, it looked like this.
Not so pretty anymore, and frankly, a little unappetizing. I wasn’t ready to give up yet though, so I shook it until I was dizzy. Coconut cream has a high fat content, so those solids in the bottom weren’t going away. I decided I didn’t need that fat anyway, so I measured a tablespoon, the amount of creamer I usually use, off the top.
Just for comparison, this is what my coffee normally looks like.
This is what my coffee looked like with my homemade coconut creamer.
The only way you could tell I had added something was the shiny layer of grease on top. Yum.
Needless to say, I went back to my bottled creamer. I might attempt it again sometime and actually follow the recipe. For now, I’m rationalizing my store-bought creamer by saying I need the bottles if I’m going to make more snowmen!