Hazelnut… The first coffee creamer from a bottle that I ever tasted was Hazelnut. I was hooked. It added sweetness and cream all in one pour. Then I read the ingredients, uh, oh… artificial everything. Really?? Eventually I quit drinking the creamers because I became especially cautious about purchasing/using the store-bought creamers when my girls (14 & 12) discovered that they liked coffee flavored with them. *Every once in a while, when we have an extra early morning, I allow them drink a small cup of coffee w/creamer. (My grandma let me drink International Delight Coffee when I was younger and it was always a special treat.) My will power was especially weakened every time the “holiday/seasonal” and “limited edition” creamer flavors hit the stores and was weakened more when they were on sale.
Since I was no longer purchasing the creamers, one morning I added cream, vanilla & sugar to my cup of coffee & it turned out pretty good; ie, my girls approved of “mom’s homemade version of vanilla flavored creamer”. I was hoping to avoid using sugar if possible and searched out recipes for homemade creamers made with alternative, non-artificial sweeteners. Well, I’m happy to announce that my chemical infused coffee drinking days are over (for the most part) because now I’m making my own flavored coffee creamers and you can, too!
- 1 c whole milk and 1 c heavy cream (or 2 c Half and Half)
- 4-6 Tbl (100% pure) Maple Syrup (OR any sweetener of choice, to taste)
- 1 vanilla bean (or 1 Tbl vanilla – tastes great either way)
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together the milk, cream, and syrup. Scrape the seeds into the mixture and the add the bean pod, too. Turn off the heat, cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes so that the vanilla flavor infuses into the mixture. Strain and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. ~ note: I would base the expiration date off of the milk, cream or half ‘n half. – Shake gently before serving
**I have a quart sized bottle of Maple Syrup which I purchased to make these Maple Leaf Candies (post coming soon). I chose this recipe since it uses Maple Syrup for the sweetener. However, I plan to make some creamers using other sweeteners, as well as other flavors in the near future.