It’s a cool, cloudy morning and you’re in the mood for a steaming cup of tea. But all you have in your refrigerator is coffee creamer! You may wonder: can you put coffee creamer in tea?
Despite the name, coffee creamer can add a creamy flavor to drinks other than your morning cup of joe. Here’s what you need to know about adding coffee creamer to your tea — and so much more!
Is putting coffee creamer in tea a good idea?
Coffee creamer can be a very tasty addition to a cup of tea. You can use it in place of milk or cream in a wide range of teas! Plus, if your creamer has added sugar, you can skip the sugar cubes entirely.
What about flavored coffee creamers?
Depending on the type of creamer and tea, you can absolutely add flavored creamer to your cup. Some flavor combinations will probably work better than others — a peppermint mocha creamer might taste strange in a cup of green tea, for example — but many will probably work just fine! Try adding a splash of hazelnut creamer to your black tea and see what you think.
How many calories?
How many calories will a splash of coffee creamer add to your day? A tablespoon of coffee creamer typically has about 20 calories, and plain tea has essentially no calories. So if you add a splash of coffee creamer to your tea, you’ll drink about 20 calories total. To put that number into perspective, a latte has about 120 calories, and a cup of coffee with milk and sugar has about 35.
What’s the difference between coffee creamer and regular cream?
There are many types of cream, like heavy whipping cream, half-and-half, and creamer. Heavy whipping cream has the highest fat and calorie content, with a thick texture. Half-and-half is somewhere between milk and heavy cream, and coffee creamer often has a similar texture.
The biggest thing distinguishing coffee creamer from other kinds of cream is the added sugar and other flavors. It depends which brand you buy, but many creamers have quite a bit of sugar in them. If you make creamer at home, you can adjust the amount of sugar for yourself! And you can choose from a range of flavors like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and mocha.
What to Avoid
The biggest thing to avoid is adding citrus along with your creamer. You might be tempted to add a splash of coffee creamer and a squeeze of lemon to your tea. But the acids in the lemon juice will curdle your cream, leaving you with a cup of less-than-appetizing tea.
Now that you know you can put coffee creamer in tea, what are you waiting for? Throw a splash of vanilla creamer into your chai tea, or make a lavender creamer to mix into your Earl Grey. Just remember to skip the wedge of lemon!
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