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.
I would never think to add cayenne pepper to coffee, but that’s combining two of my favorite things! I’ll definitely be trying this! Thank you!
I was really shocked when the flavors worked but wow, it’s seriously great! It gives such a great, warming flavor!
This would be great in some tea too – yum!
Oh man. I’m trying that now!
Coffee? Cayenne Pepper? Vanilla? You got me! Sounds (and looks) divine! I can only imagine how great your first cake with us (The Cake Slice bakers) turned out like! Let me know if you need any help linking up, etc… Talk to you soon!
Thanks for being so understanding as to my idiocy! I can’t believe I mixed up the dates…
Vanilla, cayenne pepper, coffee! Yum! I am totally going to try this. I think I will put it in my husband’s coffee and surprise him
This is perfect in chai tea, even better than in coffee. I buy Liptons new chai tea and put the bag in my k-cup pod, spice AND heat, yum
Chai tea?! Why didn’t I think of that?! It sounds perfect. I’ll definitely give that a whirl!
Thank you for this FAST easy recipe! It came out great!! Now I wont have to wait for Christmas to enjoy it!
So glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites, for sure!
Thank you so much for this… I was introduced to Vanilla Heat just after the new year and was only able to find it a few times in my local stores… your recipe is pretty close to what is store bought… except this way I know what is going in now and can make it a little hotter if I need to. Thank you thank you again.
I am so glad you found this! I hate limited time items so I knew I had to recreate my own at home. Hope you love it!
I’ve been so sad and forlorn since I used up the last of the (at one time) 15 bottles I had in the freezer since discovering this delicious creamer. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing a little joy to my life and letting me know I won’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy a little spice of life in my coffee. You totally rock!
I am so glad you liked this! I love the vanilla heat and was so upset when they took it out of stores. It left me with no other option than to try and recreate it! I hope you love it so much!
It is really good with vodka and any other mixer you can think of, because of course, White Russians.
Oh. My. Goodness. This is genius!
Thank you so much for coming up with this recipe! I was so upset that they did not put Vanilla Heat in the stores this season. I just whipped up a batch and it’s delicious!
You are so, so welcome! I was upset too, glad to have this copy cat recipe!