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Make your own coffee creamer in a pinch

Never run out of coffee creamer again. Here's how you can make your own with common kitchen ingredients.

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Much to the chagrin of coffee purists, many coffee drinkers won't touch the stuff without a hefty helping of sugar and cream.

If you have guests over often and don't care for cream yourself, there's an easy way to make a small dose on the fly with stuff you likely already have on hand. Here's how it's done.

What you'll need

There are many ways to make coffee creamer. For the base, you only need two ingredients:

  • A can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Whole, skim, almond or soy milk

If you want a creamier texture, you can opt to use half and half or heavy cream instead of milk.

For flavoring, you'll need a mixture of extracts or syrups. Drift Away Coffee suggests 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of hazelnut extract for a French vanilla flavoring; two teaspoons of almond extract for almond flavor; or 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract for cinnamon coffee cake.

You can also use a chocolate syrup for chocolate-flavored coffee creamer or mix and match to make your own concoction.

How to make coffee creamer at home

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To make the creamer, you mix equal parts condensed milk and whole, skim, almond or soy milk.

A standard can of condensed milk is 4 ounces, so you'll need approximately 1.75 cups of your choice of milk to create the mixture.

Empty the condensed milk from the can into a jar. Add the milk to the jar, as well as any flavoring. Secure the lid on the jar and shake for 10 to 20 seconds, or until the cream is thoroughly mixed and the texture is consistent.

Once everything is mixed well, place in the refrigerator until chilled and serve with coffee.