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Apr 4, 2009 10:28 AM

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

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

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

    1. 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

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

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

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        1. re: Wahooty

          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?

            1. re: Beach Chick

              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?"

              1. re: Wahooty

                "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

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

                    1. re: Wahooty

                      Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  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.

                  1. re: thinks too much

                    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.

                    1. re: queencru

                      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.

                      1. re: queencru

                        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. 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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                  1. re: Gingerleen

                    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. Not for coffee, but for cooking.

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

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

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

                      1. re: Beach Chick

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

                        1. re: ipsedixit

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