Coffee Cream Recipe

Posted on July 19, 2012 in Recipes by Katie

 

Homemade Copycat Recipe:

Coffeemate’s Italian Sweet Creme

CoffeeMate Sweet Italian Creme Copycat Recipe by KatersAcresAs all of my readers know, I am a lover of coffee.  I’m a coffee enthusiast who can drink the warm bronze liquid (or cold bronze liquid) any hour of the day. I love it. I can’t help myself, I just do. One of the things that I find myself spending a significant amount of money on is Coffee-Mate’s Italian Sweet Creme coffee creamer. Oh…it’s almost too good. But to be honest, the $3.00-$4.00 price tag is a killer on the shopping budget. Especially when hubby and I go through one of these 32 oz. containers a week.

So, I decided to make my own. I looked up recipes online and found hundreds, literally hundreds of make your own liquid coffee creamer recipes. This one is by far the easiest of all that I found. But I also learned something else…there are 2 ingredients in this creamer. There are over 13 in the store bought version, 11 of which I can’t pronounce.  So not only is this cheaper for your wallet if you shop at discount stores, but it is also better for you as well.

Because I have been a devotee of this awesome coffee additive for so long, I have been stock piling these jugs when they are empty to reuse for all kinds of things. I have several filled with flax seed, beans, lentils, barley, etc. But now I make and fill them with my own copycat recipe! Make sure you have a container large enough to hold at least 32 oz. of liquid.

Homemade Italian Sweet Creme Coffee Creamer by KatersAcresIngredients:

  • 3 cups Milk – Whole milk or evaporated milk (I used evaporated as I didn’t have any whole milk)
  • NOTE: Whole Milk makes this FAR cheaper than evaporated milk.
  • 1 Can Sweet & Condensed Milk

Directions:

  • Put milk & sweet & condensed milk together in a pot on the stove.
  • Place on Med-Low and whisk until milk begins to simmer.
  • Remove from heat and let stand until warm.
  • Place liquid in 32 oz. mason jar or old CoffeeMate creamer (this is what I do)

Result:

While this is not a complete dupe for Italian Sweet Creamer, it is by far healthier for you & your body. Yes, it does taste a little different, but it is the closest I have been able to come to this point in time.

 
27 Comments for this entry
Sewinngranny
July 19, 2012
08:34

Mmmm…sounds good.

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Katie
July 19, 2012
08:52

It’s SO GOOD Mona. I know you are a coffee drinker too. You should try this.

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MagicByLeah
July 19, 2012
09:11

Wow that is pretty interesting, just milk and milk sounds like an awesome replacement for potentially chemical filled (and pricey) creamer

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Katie
July 19, 2012
23:04

My thoughts too Leah….how hard is it to pronounce “Milk” and “Sugar” as key ingredients?!

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Marianne - Calliope
July 19, 2012
09:27

Love creamer but I no longer use it because of the calories. I still use some Agave sweetener but just a dab.

Recipe would have been wonderful to have for the years I used creamer.

I get worried when I can’t pronounce the ingredients. (Hugs)

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Katie
July 19, 2012
23:05

Thanks for stopping Marianne – how are you feeling? Are you doing better?

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Angel
July 19, 2012
09:51

Sounds delicious, easy and better for you than store bought. Thanks for sharing!

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Katie
July 19, 2012
23:06

Thanks for stopping Angel – I appreciate it. If you drink coffee, you should try this.

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Andrea
January 7, 2013
03:27

WOW—Just found this on Pinterest yesterday and am making it right now to try tomorrow morning. I also am using evaporated milk instead of whole….do you notice a difference in taste with using one verses the other? So excited to look around your blog and see what other wonderful ideas you have.

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Nancy
February 24, 2013
23:56

Hi Katie, just found you by searching for this recipe. I once did something similar out of necessity. I was housebound and no creamer or half n half in the house for coffee or tea. Well the pantry had sweetened condensed milk and dried milk powder left over from Christmas baking. I made double strength milk from the powder and added the can of sweetened condensed. I didn’t cook it and it was okay, but not close enough to the coffee mate sweet Italian cream, my favorite for coffee. So, I want to thank you so much for this recipe, I made it today using the evaporated milk instead of fresh milk and it was great, really close to the original.
I find the cost to be comparable, but the health benefits are well worth it, plus it’s a pantry staple. Thanks again!

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Barbara
March 7, 2013
12:12

Does this work as well with reduced fat milk and reduced fat evaporated milk? My husband is a heart-healthy diet and would love this as an alternative to the “real” creamer. Thanks for posting!!

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Katie
March 8, 2013
01:39

Hi Barbara, I wish I could answer this for you, but I’ve never tried it. If you do, please let me know if it worked for you!

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Dorothy Kropp
May 6, 2013
09:38

I did not like the homemade Italian sweet creme coffee creamer, to me it did not come close.

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Katie
May 6, 2013
10:00

I’m sorry it didn’t suit your tastes … we love it in our house. What would you do differently?

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Lisa Sayne
July 13, 2013
10:27

Making this today. Hubby loves the original-but I don’t like all the chemicals. Also going to add Hazelnut to some for me. Will keep you posted. Thanks so much!

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Wilhelm
July 27, 2013
12:03

You’ll notice the CoffeeMate version (and all their liquid coffee creamer products except the Natural Bliss line) contains large amounts of partially hydrogenated oil, which is known to cause coronary artery blockage and heart attacks. These oils have been banned in Denmark, and several other European countries have proposed banning them as well. The Mayo Clinic sums up what is so bad about this ingredient: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trans-fat/CL00032

Thank you for providing a trans-fat-free alternative! I hope you and your family continue to seek trans-fat-free alternatives for whipped cream, chips, baked goods and other products that frequently contain partially hydrogenated oils.

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Vince
August 10, 2013
10:44

Wife bailed on the original italian sweet cream because of the oils and we went to the Natural Bliss version which is also much less sweet (a plus to me). We recently noticed the shelves were empty at all the stores and found Nestlé had initiated a voluntary removal of the natural bliss original and vanilla due to Quality issues ( I’m sure). So I found you by searching for homemade versions. I find it a bit ironic that we all wanted to find a homemade recipe for “sweet cream”….anyway thanks for the idea, we will give it a shot today. Additionally I was looking for a homemade version of the Gnu-Bar which I find to totally rock if you want a natural fiber snack bar.

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Vince
August 10, 2013
10:46

Forgot to add I use this in my steel cut oatmeal daily as well

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Laurel
August 29, 2013
08:56

The Italian Sweet Cream is my favorite, but I don’t like all of the chemicals and additives. Can’t wait to try this at home. I can’t believe those 2 things are all I need to make it myself!

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Annette
September 11, 2013
01:11

I’m glad I found a recipe for this creamer. I’m just curious why does it have to be heated? Can you get the same results without heating it???

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Katie
September 11, 2013
09:14

Heating it allows the Sweet & Condensed Cream NOT to separate from the milk when you refrigerate it. Otherwise it will separate. I still shake it however before I use it.

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Annette
September 11, 2013
10:58

Thank you. I am making this!

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Pamela
September 14, 2013
15:43

I will try this as I love the Italian Sweet Cream from Coffeemate but hate the price and chemicals. I expect you could add a drop or two of Hazelnut or Almond extract to this and make it even more interesting. Thanks

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pete
November 20, 2013
23:54

Saw this recipe and another that said 14oz each of milk and sweetend condinced milk. Figured I’ld split the difference and use two cups milk. Since freash goats milk is what I had on hand that’s what I used.I think it is better than Coffeemate. Thanks for the idea.

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Keegan
February 16, 2014
10:53

Kate,

I was very excited when I came across this recipe as I LOVE the Sweet Italian creamer.

I took into account the money you say that you saved and the uncanny taste comparison. To say the least….Not impressed and extremely disappointed.

First, the 3 cans it takes to make the recipe are in fact more expensive than the actual product itself. Next, the final product tastes nothing like the Italian Sweet creamer.

Total letdown. :(

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Katie
February 16, 2014
23:17

I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Please know that I shop at Aldi’s and pay very little for Sweetened Condensed Milk. Also, the recipe clearly states that by using whole milk you will accumulate far more savings than using canned milk. The point was not just to save money but to get rid of all the processed chemicals and junk that the Italian Sweet Creamer has. There are two ingredients in this mix: Milk & Sugar, both natural and better for you than the laundry list of ingredients present in the CoffeeMate version.

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