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Coffee-Mate Creamer...does anyone use this stuff?

Beach Chick Apr 4, 2009 10:28 AM

Is it just a bunch of liquid chemicals...what's in it?

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    schrutefarms Apr 4, 2009 11:14 AM

    I have no idea what's in it, but yes, I use it every day. Hazlenut, French Vanilla, and Italian Sweet Cream.

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      schrutefarms Apr 4, 2009 11:15 AM

      I use the refridgerated one--I feel, because it can go bad, than it must be somewhat "fresh", right? :)

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      1. re: schrutefarms
        kchurchill5 Apr 4, 2009 08:09 PM

        Probably horrible for me I know. But I use the refrigerated one too. Hazelnut, Amaretto, whatever I like it.

      2. Wahooty Apr 4, 2009 11:51 AM

        It's basically partially hydrogenated oil and sugar with some flavorings, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

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          Beach Chick Apr 4, 2009 07:04 PM

          no offense to schrutefarms and others but why would anyone want to put this chemical stuff in a good cup of coffee vs. half and half?
          Is it a flavor thing?

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            schrutefarms Apr 4, 2009 07:29 PM

            I'm lazy.

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              Wahooty Apr 4, 2009 08:06 PM

              Don't ask me - I take mine black and unsweetened. When I do feel like cream, I either use light (18%) cream or half and half. But of those I know that use the stuff, they're going for the flavored varieties, so you get your flavoring, sweetness, and "creaminess" in one step. I'm assuming this is the "laziness" schrutefarms refers to. :)

              I will admit to a dark, dark phase of grad school where I occasionally used the stuff because that's what was in the lab fridge. But if you'd tasted the sludge that was in our lab coffeemaker by late afternoon, you might forgive me.

              My uncle drinks decaf with powdered creamer. At that point, one REALLY has to ask, "what, exactly, is the point?"

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                mcsheridan Apr 5, 2009 07:21 AM

                "what, exactly, is the point?" I ask the same question of those drinking caffeine-free diet soda. Why not just drink seltzer and get it over with?

                I could never understand the powdered "creamer" business, ever, and it certainly would never go in my tea.

                I do know people who use the flavored creamers in their coffee, and it seems the flavoring is what they're after. I'll stick with my tea with honey and milk (and the tea's not-decaf, either.)

                1. re: Wahooty
                  schrutefarms Apr 7, 2009 12:19 PM

                  That is exactly the "laziness" I refer to :)

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                    Wahooty Apr 7, 2009 01:08 PM

                    Love your beets, btw.

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                      schrutefarms Apr 7, 2009 01:21 PM

                      Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

                2. re: Beach Chick
                  thinks too much Apr 6, 2009 09:40 AM

                  It was initially designed for people who keep kosher, so they could have coffee after a dinner containing meat. It also seems to be a godsend to my lactose-intolerant friends.

                  Coming from someone who prefers hers black.

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                    queencru Apr 7, 2009 05:07 AM

                    I drink one or two cups of coffee per day and am lactose intolerant. Unless we're talking lattes, there's really not going to be enough milk in a coffee to cause problems. Most lactose intolerant people can have a certain amount before it causes any problems.

                    I've been to plenty of workplaces that only had the refrigerated coffeemate or the powdered kind. I think the refrigerated kind is somewhat better than the powdered, but find them both fairly disgusting. I can't stand the flavored varieties.

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                      Wahooty Apr 7, 2009 05:40 AM

                      Ah, but I've seen people do a nearly 50/50 creamer/coffee mixture in their mug. If a lactose-intolerant person tried to do that with milk or half and half a couple of times a day, they'd have some discomfort. Some people view the coffee as a necessary evil - a delivery vehicle for the sweet, flavored creamer.

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                        roxlet Apr 8, 2009 05:08 AM

                        The flavor I like best in my coffee is COFFEE! I don't get any of this flavoring stuff and when I see the commericals for this artificial sludge on TV, I find them nauseating. I have to say that I am so surprised that people buy this stuff. To each his own, I guess.

                3. Gingerleen Apr 4, 2009 07:02 PM

                  I use the Sugar Free refridgerated kind...French Vanilla. It's not as thick (oily?) as the sugar kind...tastes good to me!

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                    janeh Apr 4, 2009 07:52 PM

                    Brings back memories of a job where the powdered kind was always out by the coffee - my cynical boss always referred to it as "cremate",

                  2. ipsedixit Apr 5, 2009 12:46 AM

                    Not for coffee, but for cooking.

                    I've used it in scones, as well as to make french toast.

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                      Beach Chick Apr 5, 2009 11:58 AM

                      wow ipsedixit...how did you come up with the scones and french toast idea..did you run out of milk?

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                        ipsedixit Apr 5, 2009 03:39 PM

                        We were camping and staying in a "log cabin" and the pantry only had coffee mate creamer ...

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                          Beach Chick Apr 5, 2009 05:08 PM

                          sometimes you gotta make do with what you got...that is definitely the beauty of camping!

                    2. alanbarnes Apr 5, 2009 12:10 PM

                      Mmmmm, sugar syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil - aka Crisco - with just enough emulsifiers to keep them together. Throw in some artificial flavoring and you've got - well, I'm not quite sure. But it's not going in my coffee.

                      I like a little half and half in my coffee, although I don't make a habit of it. I'll even confess to the occasional shot of flavored syrup. But Crisco? No thanks.

                      1. jfood Apr 5, 2009 01:42 PM

                        Never have...never will

                        1. tracylee Apr 5, 2009 05:18 PM

                          Nope, can't stand anything sweet near my coffee. Took me a long time to learn to drink coffee because of that. Heck, I love sweets, why is sweet coffee so icky?!!??!? Most coffee-mate tastes sweetened to me.

                          A bit of skim milk is all I take in mine, and I always grind and brew it fresh at home.

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                            kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 05:23 PM

                            I grind mine fresh usually but always coffee mate. Can't stand half and half. I like a little flavor. No sugar. Just a little not much, but I admit. Hate cappuccinos, espressos all those can't stand them. Just black coffee with a little flavored cream. Starbucks ... No way!

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                            juliewong Apr 5, 2009 05:45 PM

                            We use it on the sailboat - hard to keep milk fresh so instant creamer works. Also use powdered milk for the same reason. Not bad but I do take my tea black..........

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                              janniecooks Apr 6, 2009 05:03 AM

                              It's an ersatz food product - never use it, would go without if nothing else available.

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                                swamp Apr 6, 2009 09:20 AM

                                I tend to be a seasonal coffee drinker and only want coffee in the morning if it is cool out, the other mornings I want iced tea. If I buy 1/2 & 1/2 I don't use it before it goes bad but I can use the powdered Coffee-Mate and it will not go bad. I really like the new Italian Sweet Cream. Of course as I said I am not a coffee freak or purists. Funny thing is when I do drink coffee I want coffee something strong. I find most of my everyday coffee drinking friends do not use enough coffee per cup being brewed.

                                1. alwayscooking Apr 6, 2009 09:35 AM

                                  ka-ka poo-poo!

                                  Never ever use this - it just tastes weird. If I'm out of milk, I use the frozen cubes in the freezer.

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                                  1. re: alwayscooking
                                    Muskrat Apr 6, 2009 09:58 AM

                                    You keep frozen cubes of milk in the refrigerator?

                                    (like some of the others in this thread, I don't really have anything of value to add, but like to see my sig on the board)

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                                      alwayscooking Apr 6, 2009 10:15 AM

                                      Did you want an answer then? I freeze low-fat milk into cubes (actually stars from a novelty mold) and keep it in a bag for emergencies. Whole milk doesn't do as well.

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                                        mcsheridan Apr 6, 2009 12:32 PM

                                        Is that 1% or 2% milk? I like this idea.

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                                          alwayscooking Apr 6, 2009 12:37 PM

                                          Either will work - the more fat, the more likely it will separate so you have to stir the coffee well. But it doesn't impact the flavor (unless I reach for that bag at the very back of the freezer . . . but I've recently demunged the freezer and that's a whole other story!)

                                  2. Passadumkeg Apr 6, 2009 10:20 AM

                                    If the coffee-mate is kept near the photo copier and you have to clear jammed paper and your hand get all black, put a little coffee-mate powder in your hand and you have an excellent hand cleaner; as good as Go Jo. I have also used it to clean wine stains out of a dress shirt while at conferences.
                                    It will never pass my lips. Give me my coffee, as truckers say, like my women.
                                    Mr Non-PC Granola

                                    1. rockandroller1 Apr 6, 2009 10:36 AM

                                      I don't understand it either. It's OIL. Why would pouring oil into your coffee make it better? Never mind that most of it is partially hydrogenated oil, which is really bad for you, and corn syrup. I mean, I just don't want oil in my coffee, kthxbai.

                                      If refrigeration is a problem, I wish they'd provide powdered milk. I'd rather put that in my coffee than oil.

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                                        tracylee Apr 6, 2009 01:15 PM

                                        I'd forgotten! That's what I'd use in Ecuador, when I was living without a refrigerator. Powdered milk worked just fine in that case.

                                      2. bkhuna Apr 6, 2009 07:48 PM

                                        I like my coffee like I like my women; dark and bitter.

                                        Unless I'm drinking Cafe Cubano, I have no need to adulterate my coffee.

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                                          jfood Apr 7, 2009 03:46 AM

                                          maybe that's why jfood likes a hot fudge sundae with vailla ice cream. :-))

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                                          rednails Apr 7, 2009 01:47 PM

                                          My brother has had kidney problems (stones) for over 30 years and can't have too much dairy. He has been using Coffee Mate ever since. He's gotten used to it, since he won't give up drinking coffee. I'd get used to it too, if I were in his situation. My SIL started using it when they got married (and still does), "to keep him company." That's true love, IMHO.

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                                            Brisbane Apr 7, 2009 09:13 PM

                                            gross-it's bad for you-at least try silk soy creamer. it has all those flavors and it is not as bad.

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                                              queencru Apr 8, 2009 05:25 AM

                                              I tried one of the flavored soy milks and it gave the coffee a taste roughly like I imagine eating grass would taste like. As much as I don't like coffeemate, I am definitely not a soy milk fan. Not a big loss since I have to limit my soy intake for most of the month because it triggers migraines.

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                                                rednails Apr 8, 2009 09:52 AM

                                                I don't think my brother would try *anything* made from soy, LOL. Or my SIL, for that matter. They aren't foodies, by any stretch of the imagination. But they're family, so I still love them.

                                            2. jbyoga Apr 8, 2009 05:42 AM

                                              dunno, chemicals I guess. The dry stuff is great for demonstrating how flammable it is if you dust some over a candle. Something we did as bored teenagers (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME) It is also GREAT for ruining coffee!

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                                                Fritter Apr 8, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                I was thginking the same thing about the old poof test. I believe I once read this product is so flamable they do not allow it in many prison systems.

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                                                  Libertycafe Apr 9, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                  Very true! That's why neither I nor my SO (who has a Ph.D. in chemistry-based science) will put it into our coffee - my SO confirms that it explodes when you throw it into a campfire.

                                                  1. re: jbyoga
                                                    Danielle_Rene Mar 19, 2012 07:51 PM

                                                    It is flammable because it is a powder. You can do the same thing with fine flour.

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