Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer



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Velvety, creamy and oh so delicious, this easy Italian sweet cream coffee creamer recipe has a lovely, sweet flavor that’s perfect for your hot and iced coffee drinks.

With just 4 all natural ingredients, it is the perfect alternative to store bought creamers and an all natural homemade coffee creamer you can easily make at home!

jar pouring vanilla coffee creamer into a carafe.

What Is Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer?

Coffee-mate is the company most famous for their Italian Sweet Crème coffee creamer. Described as a blend of creamy gelato mixed with decadent buttercream frosting flavors, it is one of the most popular and beloved creamer flavors amongst coffee creamer fans.

In recent times the company has come under criticism for changing the recipe, with many fans begging them to return to the classic mix – which it seems the company is now doing!

But if you’re looking for a sweet cream coffee creamer made with real ingredients and without the chemicals, then read on – I have the perfect homemade coffee mate Italian sweet cream creamer copycat recipe for you!

Fans of coffee creamer might also love pumpkin spice creamer, this sweet cream cold foam or this decadent mocha peppermint creamer.

Why You’ll Love This Italian Sweet Cream Creamer Recipe

Apart from the fact it tastes delicious, there are just 4 ingredients, no cooking required and 5 minutes prep time, here are some more reasons why you’ll love this sweet creamer recipe!

All natural: No preservatives, chemicals or weird sounding additives. Just all natural ingredients.

Customizable: Unlike Coffee mate creamer, you can customize this homemade coffee creamer according to your tastes and preferences.

Less waste: No plastic bottles consumed with homemade creamer!

Homemade Italian Sweet Cream Creamer Ingredients

You’ll need just 4 ingredients to make this homemade vanilla creamer. The quantities are listed in the recipe card below, so here I just want to touch on each of the ingredients that make this creamer so delicious!

italian sweet cream creamer ingredients labelled.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: To achieve the rich and velvety texture.
  • Half and half: Helps achieve a pouring consistency as well as extra creaminess.
  • Vanilla extract: For flavor. Vanilla extract is better than vanilla essence as it has a deeper vanilla flavor.
  • Almond extract: What gives this creamer it’s unique copycat Coffee mate creamer flavor.

How To Make Italian Sweet Cream For Coffee

My homemade sweet cream coffee creamer is so easy to make – you will not believe how easy! The only equipment you’ll need is a large bowl and whisk or a 28oz mason jar with a lid to shake it in.

Here’s a quick overview of how to make Italian sweet cream creamer.

For the full recipe and ingredient list, scroll down to the printable recipe card.

process shot for italian sweet cream creamer recipe.
process shot 2 to make homemade vanilla creamer.

Step 1: Add the sweetened condensed milk and half and half to a large bowl or 28oz mason jar. Add the vanilla extract then almond extract (in small increments to check for taste).

Step 2: Mix with a whisk or spoon until well combined. If using a mason jar, replace the lid and shake to combine.

Step 3: Serve and enjoy with your coffee and store the remaining creamer in a sealed jar in the fridge.

top view of a jar of homemade italian sweet cream coffee creamer.

Recipe Variations

The secret to the flavor of Italian sweet cream coffee creamer is the almond extract.

But if you find it too strong, you can reduce the amount of almond extract, or remove it altogether for a super tasty vanilla sweet cream creamer!

You can also use the base creamer for a range of other flavors – so instead of almond extract add peppermint or coconut extract or even maple syrup! The options are endless.

Serving Suggestions

I recommend you add 2 tablespoons of creamer to your favorite coffee drink to start, then add more if you prefer a creamier drink.

Try adding this creamer to your:

  • Cold brew coffee
  • Iced coffee
  • Hot black coffee
  • Milkshakes
  • As an ice cream topping!

How To Store Your Creamer

This homemade creamer needs to be stored in the fridge. It will stay fresher if you seal the jar with a lid.

When stored in a sealed jar it will last about 7 days in the fridge – or as long as the expiry date on your half and half.

I don’t recommend freezing creamer, so it is best consumed within the week.

jar of homemade vanilla almond coffee creamer.

Recipe Tips For Success

  • Use fresh half and half: The creamer will last in the fridge up to the expiry date of the half and half. So buy and use fresh half and half for longer lasting creamer.
  • Use the best vanilla extract: Homemade creamer is only as good as the ingredients you use. So I recommend you use the best quality vanilla extract you can afford. Vanilla essence is not nearly as rich in flavor – but if it is all you have, you may need to add more than 2 teaspoons to achieve a good vanilla taste.
  • Taste for flavor: Almond extract has a strong taste. If you are unsure about how much almond extract you like in your creamer, add just 1/2 a teaspoon at a time to the mixture and taste for flavor as you go. You can always add more, but it is tricky (actually, impossible) to remove it once in the bowl!

Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Recipe FAQs

How Much Creamer Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of creamer, which is about 20 serves, assuming you use 2 tablespoons per coffee drink.

Can I Use Milk Instead Of Half And Half?

Yes you can substitute regular milk for half and half. The result will be less creamy and may have a thinner consistency, but will still taste amazing!

What Does Italian Sweet Cream Creamer Taste Like?

This sweet cream coffee creamer tastes like melted ice cream – it tastes velvety, creamy and sweet with hints of vanilla and almond.

Homemade coffee creamer being poured into a glass mug of hot coffee.

More Coffee Creamers You’ll Love

You’ll find all my coffee creamer recipes here or browse this collection of creamer recipes for more DIY coffee creamer ideas.

Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave a comment below!

top view of jar of homemade sweet cream coffee creamer.

Homemade Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer

This easy Italian sweet cream coffee creamer recipe has a velvety, sweet and creamy flavor that is perfect for your hot and iced coffee drinks. With just 4 ingredients, it is a quick and easy homemade coffee creamer you will love!
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 20 serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz/395g)
  • cups half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract see note 1
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract see note 2


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. You can also add ingredients to a 28 oz mason jar with a lid and shake to combine.
  • Pour into a carafe or jar with lid and store in the fridge until needed.
  • Shake well before using as ingredients will settle over time.


  1. Use the best quality vanilla extract you can find for the best tasting creamer. Vanilla essence is not as rich in flavor, so if that is what you have, you may need to add more to achieve a good vanilla flavor.
  2. Almond extract has a strong flavor, so if this is your first time making Italian sweet cream creamer, I recommend you add just 1/2 a teaspoon at a time and check for taste before adding more.
  3. Store creamer in the fridge for up to 7 days. Creamer will last up to the expiry date of your half and half, so use fresh half and half for the longest storage time.
  4. I generally use 2 tablespoons of this creamer in my coffee, so I have set this as the serving size.
  5. Sweet cream coffee creamer can be used in hot coffees, cold brew, iced coffees and milkshakes!


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 98mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 0.05mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Rachel Rodda

It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!


  1. 5 stars
    I have made this a couple of times now it is so good!! I even did a little variation and added half a cup of milk 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 3 tsp of vanilla with 1/2 tsp of almond..


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