I spend a lot … A LOT of time on Pinterest.
I try to think of things to make/do on my own. But sometimes my imagination needs a break. And that is where Pinterest comes in. So here is my start at testing pins and sharing my experiences. I shall attempt to do it at least once a week (providing I can find something every week that I am not too lazy to give a try!).. on Tuesdays and call it Pin-Test Tuesdays.
French Vanilla Coffee Creamer:
I usually buy that International brand coffee creamer, french vanilla flavour. But it is definitely too expensive when it’s not on sale and I only buy it when the big bottles are on sale, because the small ones only last me like a week. And it is usually only on sale (for a good price) around Christmas.
So I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and I came across this. Three ingredient coffee creamer!? WITH FLAVOUR!? YES PLEASE!
So I set out to give it a try. I was super stoked on finally having something tastier than just milk in my coffee .. blah.
Making this coffee creamer was pretty simple. I opened the can of sweetened condensed milk and tasted it. I have NEVER tasted it before! It’s pretty yummy. But it’s pretty expensive … but not as expensive as the International stuff. And it makes a lot more, once mixed with the milk. I added it to my freshly cleaned store bought banana pepper jar ( I crossed my fingers that I washed the jar thoroughly enough… there was still a faint lingering smell of peppers in the lid of the jar…. but I’m the only one drinking it and I decided that I was okay with that).
I didn’t have any good vanilla extract left, so I had to settle for the artificial stuff. This wouldn’t be my first choice and I encourage you to use the really good stuff, if you decide to try this out yourselves. But it gets the job done.
I tasted it once it was all mixed together. Boy was it sweet/strong/very condensed milky. I was surprised to find that the original recipe was too sweet for me! NOTHING IS EVER TOO SWEET FOR ME! MY CAVITIES CAN TESTIFY TO THAT!! I ended up adding a little bit more milk and another teaspoon of vanilla.
Now to taste it with coffee. I have a very unique way of brewing coffee as I have yet to find a coffee maker that I like. I also brew it this way because I like having the option of iced coffee instead of hot. I use a strainer with paper towel, set over a large mixing bowl. I make just enough that will fill a medium sized pickle jar and keep it in the fridge. It usually lasts me about 3 days. Yes, I reheat my coffee when I want it hot. I am not ashamed to say it. And I don’t find that it tastes that much different from freshly brewed. It is probably because I use so much creamer, it must mask the reheated taste? But I don’t care.. that is how I like my coffee and I am not saying that anyone has to do it that way… (yes, I have had this argument before! Hah)
Anyway. So I added the creamer to my coffee and HOLY YUM! I am never buying the other stuff again! Not only is it cheaper to make, it tastes soooo much yummier.
Recipe: (from mrshappyhomemaker.com)
14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk - That’s 1 3/4 cup or a 300 ml can
14oz Milk – you can use whatever milk you prefer, or even heavy cream – plus another 1/2 cup if you don’t want it too sweet
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract - I used 3 teaspoons
quart sized Mason Jar - I used a banana pepper jar but I would recommend the mason jar .. less mess when shaking!
Shake it all together and enjoy!