Lately, I’ve been semi-obsessed with coffee. Let the record show, however, that I don’t drink plain coffee. I think plain coffee tastes like dirt. I want mine loaded with some sort of fancy creamer, extract or syrup to give it a great flavor. Peppermint mocha, pumpkin spice, hazelnut. All ok in my book. So often, you can find me grabbing expensive coffee creamers by the dozen at the grocery store.
A new favorite is vanilla heat. I grabbed it out of curiosity and then quickly decided I loved it and it was my new favorite. It’s sweet with a nice back hint of heat and spice. I do, however, hate spending the money on creamers. Really, I’d go broke. So I played around some and came up with my very own version of vanilla heat coffee creamer. And let me brag for a second here: I nailed this one. It tastes exactly like the stuff from the bottle. Maybe even a bit better!
Obviously, this is meant to have a nice kick of spicy flavor to it. Should you be a fan of more mild flavors, just adjust the amount of cayenne pepper you’re adding. I used an entire teaspoon but tested slowly, adding 1/4 teaspoon at a time to get a real sense of just how hot it would be.
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup cream, milk or half and half
- 1½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Pour the condensed milk into a large bowl. Add in the vanilla and cayenne and whisk to combine.
- Add in the milk, cream or half and half and whisk well until fully incorporated.
- Transfer to a jar or bottle and keep refrigerated.