Let’s Talk About Coffee Creamer

ignore the blue coffeemaker. It’s definitely not blue in the original photo. Thanks, blogger, for making it blue. le sigh.

Coffee creamer; I know, it’s such an interesting topic, but I need to talk about it. I didn’t realize how much I loved coffee creamer until I started paleo and discovered it’s on the no-no list. I attempted to have coffee in its natural form and drink it black, but that lasted all of one sip before I gagged it down, said, “H-E-double-hockey-stick no,” and dumped in more than the tablespoon serving size of my French vanilla creamer.

Basically, I like my coffee to be a nice shade of sand before I drink it, and I like it to taste sweet, but not too sweet, so regular milk or half and half doesn’t cut it.

I’ve always been pretty loyal to Coffee-Mate’s Fat Free French Vanilla, but during a recent trip to the store to refill my supply, I noticed something interesting next to my usual buy:

This “Natural Bliss” creamer caught my eye, (plus, it’s hidden by the door, but the vanilla flavor is actually on sale for $1.99—#winning), so I picked it up, looked at the ingredients and my mouth practically dropped open.

The list was beyond simple and included only things I understand and can pronounce: nonfat milk, heavy cream, sugar, and natural flavor. That’s it. While I don’t know what “natural flavor” actually means, it’s a heck of a lot better than the list on the other bottle:

Um. Yeah. What is that stuff? I didn’t even think twice about putting Natural Bliss in my cart; I only hoped it tasted comparable to the original version that I’m addicted to. Luckily, it’s just as good, if not better. And since we’re pretty much eating very clean these days, I really like knowing that I’ve changed up one of my daily staples with something a little bit better/cleaner for me.*

So there you have it, a little bit about my addiction to love for coffee creamer. Have you tried Natural Bliss? Do you have an addiction a love for coffee creamer, too?

*If you’re going to tell me that I should just make some vanilla creamer myself so I can really, truly know what’s in it, let me stop you right there. I may do that in the future, but for now I’m lazy and like getting it pre-made. I pick my homemade battles and right now creamer just isn’t one of them.
** I wrote this all on my own, without any affiliation to Coffee-mate. While I wish they were paying me to say nice things about them (so I could go buy more of their product), they’re not. I’m simply telling you about a product I really like.


  1. Natural flavour often means MSG or something equally not so "natural" but it's a step in the right direction compared to the ingredients in the other!

  2. I like the Natural Bliss Caramel flavor. Our commissary had it on sale PLUS they were handing out coupons so it made it 25 CENTS!!! No kidding! I bought a case full and froze it. ANd it does freeze rather well if you ever happen to run across a deal like that. Right now I am liking the International Delight Salted Caramel Mocha creamer 🙂

  3. I haven't made coffee at home in such a long time — since I completely gave up caffeine. {It can be argued that Im crazy!} But if this stuff tastes that good, I need to get some decaf and brew some up!!

  4. I'm a Coffeemate hazelnut girl myself, but sometimes when Publix has different flavors on sale I'll mix it up. Currently using International Delight Cinnabon creamer. I think I have a southern pecan flavor, too.

  5. I drink gallons of hazelnut Coffeemate (which I always mess up and call Cream-mate, by the way, which always makes me laugh hysterically). I tried making my own creamer a la Pinterest, but it was just nowhere near as good. Maybe I'll try the natural stuff. 🙂

  6. I’m confused — why do you make coffee with water? Whole milk + instant coffee + stevia = good and cheap.

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