Sweetened Condensed Creamer

Sweetened Condensed Creamer

Did you know that it was a common practice to use sweetened condensed milk, or canned evaporated milk, as creamer in the early part of the 20th century?  Without refrigeration, and without a cow, canned milk was the perfect solution.  Because both types of canned milk are more concentrated than fresh milk, they add a creamy richness to your coffee or tea, similar to cream or half and half, without adding all of the extra fat. 

This post is about using sweetened condensed milk in your morning coffee or tea in place of both sweetener and creamer.  It’s rich, delicious, and allows you to make a rich and satisfying hot drink at home without dropping $5.00 at your local coffee house.  In fact, the flavor of sweetened condensed milk as a creamer reminds me of the more expensive flavored “Italian Sweet Cream” creamer.Sweetened Condensed Creamer

This idea came to me while Bus Boy and I were recently reading “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.  In it, condensed milk was what the Nolan family used in their daily coffee.  As we read, I remembered that my grandmother often had a can of evaporated milk in her refrigerator that she would use as creamer in her morning cup of coffee.

This memory, and the prompt from the book, made me wonder how sweetened condensed milk would work as a creamer in coffee and tea.    As an adult, I had never used canned milk in my coffee or tea.  As a child, I hadn’t tried it, either.  I didn’t drink much coffee or tea, and usually, shortly after arriving at my grandmother’s house, someone would go to the store and buy a half gallon of real milk, but since she and my grandfather lived alone, fresh milk was a luxury that she didn’t keep in her house when the grandchildren weren’t visiting.  Since this is 30 days of cans, I decided that this would be a good opportunity to see what we though of sweetened condensed milk in our drinks.

I’m not posting a recipe for this.  All you need to do is make your usual cup of coffee or tea, and instead of your usual creamer, stir in a teaspoon or two of sweetened condensed milk.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Here’s the Nutritional information for a serving of  2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Cost of Sweetened Condensed Milk:  $1.00 for a 14 ounce can or $0.05 per 2 tablespoon serving.

Nutrition Grade:  B –

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.0g
Saturated Fat 2.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 0.0g
Sugars 22g
Protein 3.2g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 0%


4 thoughts on “Sweetened Condensed Creamer

  1. Hi!
    I like your history of this because my grandparents did the same thing, though it was PET canned milk (I think).
    Anyway, I just bought a can to try. Delicious! Question: is there a way to thin it to make it flow better straight from the fridge?
    Any other helpful hints would be appreciated. Thanks

    1. It is really thick straight from the fridge, but if you cut the can open, or transfer the sweetened condensed milk into a small mason jar, you can use a spoon to put it in the cup of hot coffee or tea, and it will melt as you stir. One of my grandparents used PET milk, too. She didn’t like sweet coffee.

      1. Thanks so much for replying! I will definitely get a jar. So far this product doesn’t seem to affect my colitis as much as regular liquid creamers and I gotta have my coffee, even if I have to drink decafe now 😖

        1. Have you read the ingredients in liquid creamers? I don’t think cream is anywhere on the list for most of them. I’m glad this helps. My favorite creamer is the Italian Sweet Cream, and the sweetened condensed milk really reminds me of that.

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