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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Product Review--Coffee Mate:Pumpkin Spice

Okay I'm late on this....how late? well the container of Coffee Mate is gone.

How do you like your coffee? I like mine blonde, hot, and sweet--no wait that's men....no, that's my coffee---and when it comes to creamers I have found that the Member's Mark brand that I get from Sam's Club beats the Coffee Mate powder without a doubt...so when Sam's club offered the liquid Coffee Mate in a duo pack I was a tad skeptical.

The creamer comes in a duo pack-one of French Vanilla, one of Pumpkin Spice.

Well I had the French Vanilla powder before so I had some idea what too expect--too much vanilla and way too much hidden sweetener**note later** So I decided to start with the Pumpkin Spice.

I began with a standard coffee cup (not the 18oz cup I usually use) just in case I didn't like it. I used one sugar cube for sweetness and 1 Tbsp (using a measureing spoon) of creamer per cup.

It was surprisingly delicious. You would think the combination of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cream & coffee would be horrid but it was quite pleassnt.

It reminded me of the International Instant Coffees my mother used to buy me in high school. Or like a Snickerdoodle cookie in a cup.

Being that I don't drink a lot of flavored coffees I decided to consult my local coffee-house expert....oh okay, I had my teenaged daughter try it too.....she loves going to Caribou and dislikes the brews at Starbuck's--in fact she calls them over priced, froo-froo drinks there.

She loved it! She liked the creamy texture and the way it exploded up from the bottom of the cup--she likes to add the creamer after the coffee is poured, I like to have it in there before hand--she even switched over to one of the clear glass cups to observe the explosion when it hit the bottom.

Hey, coffee & science in one great moment--I can live with that.

She did say that she could feel almost a powderiness to the cinnamon, but I couldn't feel it at all. I did note what seemed like a very slight coconut undertone to the creamer.

all in all I would give it an 8 out of 10 for taste, and a 3 out of 10 for price (I will need to find the reciept but it wasn't cheap)

Now that note** I have found the flavored Coffee Mates are over flavored so what I do is get the giant container of generic (in this case Member's Mark) non-dairy creamer powder and mix to it one of the regular containers of the flavored powdered Coffee-Mates. Put it back in the container (remember you now have more than you did before so you will need a container that is bigger than both the generic & namebrand combined)...now put it in your cupboard for a couple of hours, maybe even overnight and you will find that ALL the powder is now flavored the way you like it. Viola! You now have 3-5 times the amount of flavored mix at only the fraction of the cost.

Also--like those mocha drinks? buy cocoa powder w/o the marshmellows...now mix it with an equal amount of non-dairy powder and use your coffee instead of water to make it....ummmm, frothy!

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