I’m not gonna lie as this video about sums it up! lol
I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, but this one is worth it. About a year ago I went on a search for recipes for homemade creamer for a very specific reason. The hubby and I were making lifestyle changes, i.e., cutting out excess sugars and replacing what we could with natural sugars instead of overly processed sugars. And the number one big thing that I was giving up were my coffee Frappes…*gasp* I don’t know if you realize how big a deal this was for me, it was HUGE.
You see, I love to blame this frappe addiction on my lovely sister-in-law, Kelli, with her “try it, you’ll like it” words I was almost instantly addicted! I was never a coffee drinker before her suggestion–notta even once. In general, I’m not a hot drink lover–at all. I’ve always had a tendency to burn my tongue with hot drinks and had to be pretty desperate to drink hot tea…very desperate like I was so sick and couldn’t stop coughing or out camping and I was freezing my butt off. I mean, even in the dead of winter with negative temperature numbers, I’d still have a cold drink. Crazy, I know.
So I got hooked on Frappuccinos in my thirties and every day before I’d head off to work I’d stop and get one. That habit cost me $25 per week. You add that up for a year, and that’s $1,300! And you take that times seven years–a whopping $9,100!
Now granted I owned my own accounting business and was making a decent income, but I should have been wiser with my money–a lot wiser.
Then came the lovely decline in 2008 and I lost a lot of business which meant I had to cut back in a lot of areas, dining out for starters. I began making my own frappes at home with a mix I’d buy from Cash & Carry and even purchased the fancy cups and domed lids so I’d feel special. I saved a bundle considering a bag of the vanilla frappe mix would only cost me about $18 per month and the cups would last a good 2-3 months.
So I went from $1,300 a month in coffee drinks down to around $50. Makes me wish I’d done it sooner, lesson learned.
But then came the lesson about lifestyle changes and reading the package labeling to see how much added sugar I was putting in my body and there was a lot of extra sugar in my beloved Frappe.
So long story short, I didn’t like the creamer recipes on Pinterest because they used condensed sweetened mix which I will attest to that they don’t stay mixed with your milk product and the fact that it wasn’t a natural organic sugar kind of put me off.
So I’m going to share with you my go-to vanilla creamer recipe and let you taste the difference for yourself along with the cost savings instead of buying the prepackaged store creamers.[supsystic-gallery id=4 position=center]