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  1. Harmony lee
    April 8, 2015

    I make somethin very similar, I use Vanilla almond milk in place of the whole or evaporated milk, I add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of any number of extracts.my guy like when I do 1/4 caramel and 1/4 of hazelnut. Almond milk mixes super well I rarely notice any separation either. plus its so creamy !!

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    • Katie
      April 8, 2015

      That sounds super yummy. I had NO idea that Almond Milk was creamy. I may have to try this.

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    • Rhonda
      July 15, 2015

      That’s awesome! Just thinking about using almond milk, but I didn’t want to waste it if it was going to separate and be gross. Thanks

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  2. Ruth
    February 25, 2015

    i can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for posting!!!! I love the vanilla caramel coffee mate. I’ll see what I can come up with. Just realized how bad coffee mate really is for the body, and I’m hooked on it. I’m trying to improve what I consume :-) thanks again!

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  3. KellyAnn
    February 19, 2015

    Ooops! Misspelled ‘creme’ every time. Italian Sweet Creme! 😉

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  4. KellyAnn
    February 19, 2015

    I am so very hooked on this “Italian Sweet Cream” creamer that I felt I needed to find a healthier, cheaper and less calorie replacement. I gave this more than one try but, there is just no replacing that rich, incredibly sweet Italian Sweet Cream by CoffeeMate.
    There is a hint in the picture on the bottle. I know exactly what’s missing though, so as soon as I make a trip to the grocery, I will make a few adjustments and give it another go.
    I use the Italian Sweet Cream when making my Cappucino’s with Hazelnut Espresso coffee. It froths so well and the richness is incredible. I now have Hubby hooked on those as well, so we must find a healthier, less expensive solution.

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    • Kimberly
      October 16, 2015

      Did you try this again and come up with a good version? Looking to make this myself.

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      • Katie
        October 17, 2015

        This is the recipe my husband and I use all the time. This is the “good version.”

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  5. Chrissy
    November 11, 2014

    How about using the same ingredients PLUS 1 tea. vanilla AND 1 tablespoon (Organic) Coconut oil while heating! Haven’t tried it yet, but sounds good!

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  6. susan
    July 13, 2014

    I think if you added a tsp of vanilla and almond extract you will get closer to the flavor you want. I’m trying your recipe tonight. :)

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  7. Melissa Gatlin
    June 13, 2014

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    will give you the flavor of the Italian Sweet Cream.

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  8. Keegan
    February 16, 2014

    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

      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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      • Cristi
        February 14, 2015

        Have you considered making your own condensed milk and using raw milk, if buying a herd share is available in your area of the country. I am doing that these days and love all the coffee creamer recipes available. You’re only limited by your imagination! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. pete
    November 20, 2013

    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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  10. Pamela
    September 14, 2013

    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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  11. Annette
    September 11, 2013

    Thank you. I am making this!

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  12. Annette
    September 11, 2013

    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

      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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  13. Laurel
    August 29, 2013

    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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  14. Vince
    August 10, 2013

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

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  15. Vince
    August 10, 2013

    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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  16. Wilhelm
    July 27, 2013

    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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  17. Lisa Sayne
    July 13, 2013

    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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  18. Dorothy Kropp
    May 6, 2013

    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

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

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  19. Barbara
    March 7, 2013

    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

      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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  20. Nancy
    February 24, 2013

    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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  21. Andrea
    January 7, 2013

    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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  22. Angel
    July 19, 2012

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

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    • Katie
      July 19, 2012

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

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  23. Marianne – Calliope
    July 19, 2012

    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

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

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  24. MagicByLeah
    July 19, 2012

    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

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

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  25. Sewinngranny
    July 19, 2012

    Mmmm…sounds good.

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    • Katie
      July 19, 2012

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

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