Your Guide to Coffee Creamers
If you aren’t concerned about counting calories, cream is one of the best additions you can add to a normal cup of coffee. Like milk, cream alters both the taste and the consistency of your coffee. Different types of cream are listed below.
Half and Half – Half and half cream is half milk and half cream and is by far one of the most common creams used. Half and half contains about 12 percent fat, making it thicker and sweeter compared to whole milk, but it doesn’t have the thickness of pure whole cream or whipping cream. If you are looking for the perfect balance between sweetness and thickness, half and half is one of the best options you can choose.
Light Cream – If whole milk or even half and half isn’t thick enough for you, you may want to try adding just a little bit of light cream. Light cream contains about 20 percent fat meaning it will add more calories, but nowhere near as much as some of the other, heavier options.
Light Whipping Cream – Beginning with this option, you now move into cream options that are much thicker and richer compared to our previous examples. Light Whipping Cream contains around 30 percent fat making it heavier that light cream but still not as thick as our next too examples.
Whipping Cream – Whipping Cream is much thicker compared to half and half and usually contains about 35 percent milk fat depending on the product that you buy. This makes the cream very thick giving your coffee a much thicker and creamier consistency.
Heavy Cream – Heavy cream is the thickest and heaviest option you can choose. Typically, heavy cream is approximately 38 percent (and sometimes more) fat making it the thickest option available to you. It is very rich and can really enhance your daily cup of coffee. However, a little goes a long way. If you use too much, you could find your cup of coffee quickly becomes too thick for you to enjoy.
There are other creamer options available to you that don’t involve dairy and can be bought at your local grocery store.
These include popular brands such as:
- Coffee Mate
- International Delight
These non-dairy creamers come in a wide variety of flavors such as French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Cream, and much more. If you want to try and add a little variety to your taste buds but don’t want to spend a lot of time whipping up your own recipes using cream, these store bought versions make a great substitute, although nothing will replace the fine taste of a home made creamer.