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Make your own: Iced Coffee and Coffee Creamer

Save money making your own coffee creamer with a few simple ingredients.
Denise M Montville

Going to the coffee shop every morning, or even a few days a week gets extremely expensive. You can make your own iced coffee at home to save yourself quite a bit of money. Not only can you make your own iced coffee at home, here are two different recipes for making your own flavored coffee creamer! Who knew it was so simple?

First off, a few tips on getting that perfect iced coffee at home. If you normally use 6 scoops of coffee to make a regular pot of coffee, put in 9-10 scoops instead. You don't need to completely double the strength, but right around 1 1/2 strength works out perfectly. Once your coffee is done brewing, allow the pot to cool before transferring it to a glass pitcher to store in the refrigerator. Having the coffee extra strong is the trick that coffee shops use so that you aren't watering down a regular strength coffee with all of that ice.

Another trick you can use is to make coffee iced cubes. On days when you have extra coffee in the pot, pour that extra into ice cube trays instead of down the drain to make coffee ice cubes. This doesn't water down your iced coffee at all and it will be a very strong iced coffee.

Instead of spending a great deal of money on those fancy flavored coffee creamers from the store, make your own at home. A few simple ingredients without any additional additives and you are ready to go. The first recipe is for French Vanilla Coffee Creamer.

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 oz milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract

Pour all ingredients into a container with a lid. Shake it up. Use it in your coffee. If you find this recipe a little too sweet, just add more milk a little at a time to fit your tastes (then remember how much more milk you added for next time). This Examiner's teen uses a sickening amount of sugar so it is never too sweet for him! This recipe will last as long as the milk you used. So if the expiration date on your milk is a week away, your coffee creamer will last a week.

Caramel Coffee Creamer

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 oz milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP caramel syrup

Pour all ingredients into a container with a lid and shake. Torani makes several different flavored syrups from vanilla to caramel and hazelnut. Do a little experimenting to come up with a flavor your family loves. An easy and much cheaper solution to help with your coffee fix.

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