Homemade Caramel Sauce & Caramel Vanilla Creamer

caramel vanilla creamerToday I am sharing another reader’s “One Good Thing” with a little spin of my own!

The hubster is a big fan of caramel sauce on ice cream. Actually, he’s a big fan of caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and peanuts on ice cream. :-)  Well, I’ve learned how to make my own chocolate sauce that’s every bit as good as the stuff in the brown bottle, but I hadn’t attempted caramel sauce….until now.

I had a feeling it was pretty easy to make, just hadn’t got around to it. But when I read this great idea from Vickylynne for Homemade Caramel Vanilla Creamer that included Caramel Sauce in it…I knew I HAD to make some.

I looked at quite a few recipes but decided on one with EASY in the title. :-)  It’s from The Pioneer Woman (Hi Ree!) via the Food Network website. And I’m happy to report it lives up to its’ name, and THEN some!

Easy Caramel Saucecaramel vanilla creamer

by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

1 packed cup brown sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken further. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Refrigerate until cold. (I didn’t bother with refrigerating it because it was going directly into my creamer.)

 caramel vanilla creamer

How EASY is that??

Now, I could have stopped there and I would have considered that a “good day’s work”…but the thought of Vickylynne’s Caramel Vanilla Creamer kept creeping into my mind. So instead of putting this caramel sauce in a jar for the hubster’s ice cream enjoyment…I decided to be selfish and put it into some half-and-half for MY enjoyment. :-)


caramel vanilla creamer


Vickylynne makes her own caramel sauce a little bit differently (as described below), but any caramel sauce will do. Here are her instructions on how to make her Homemade Caramel Vanilla Creamer

Every day I start with my cup of coffee and we love flavored creamers in my house! But not the chemicals that go with those concoctions! So…I make my own homemade caramel vanilla creamer! It is a huge hit and I keep several jars in the fridge at all times!

It’s really very easy to make. I make a caramel sauce first with 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer to 240 degrees. Then whisk in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, warmed so it blends better, and 1 tsp vanilla or more…to taste. I never get the caramel to a deep brown color but if you do, that’s ok too! You really can play with it to get the desired flavors. 

Mix 4 cups of half-and-half with the sauce, whisk well to blend. Then store it in two quart jars in the fridge. We go thru a jar in a little over a week here. It is very similar to the naturals you can buy now but at a much better price!! If you find it’s too sweet add more half-and-half, not sweet enough, decrease it. Enjoy your coffee! :-)



If you’re not a coffee-drinker…I highly suggest trying it in some pero. It is delicious!

Pero is a caffeine-free drink with a coffee-like taste made from 100% natural malted barley, chicory and rye. It’s great hot OR over ice….just like coffee.

Because pero is caffeine-free, it will not elevate heart rate or blood pressure, or cause sleeplessness (so you can have a nice cup before bed!). Plus the low acidity of this blend let’s you enjoy it without fear of an upset stomach. AND it can be mixed with your favorite ingredients (like Caramel Vanilla Creamer!) to create your own drink specialties.

I had a nice hot cup of it after dinner tonight (with a generous serving of my new favorite creamer) and it was the perfect “dessert”. :-)


Thanks for sharing Ree and Vickylynne! I owe you! :-)

 caramel vanilla creamer



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  1. Amber says

    I was just telling my husband I wanted to find a recipe for homemade coffee creamer and when I got online this morning, my prayers were answered! Gonna give this a try this morning after the kids are off to school and a quick run to the store :) Thanks Jillee!

    • Deborah Jennings says

      Cathy, I do know that Splenda has a brown sugar. But I did wonder the same thing. I am pre-diabetic and hubby is full blown. =) I just has to take a pill before eating, no shots, yet. I does run in my family, but not his. He is diabetic due to pancreatitis. He also can’t have anything with alcohol in it.

  2. says

    We have Pero! But my husband drinks coffee every day and while he used to use coffeemate creamer (uggh! horrible!) I have now switched him to the liquid stevia french vanilla flavored, along with raw whole milk. Tastes similar, but no bad stuff, much fewer calories and good enzymes from the raw milk. I want to try this for the caramel flavor of it :)

  3. Mjika says

    I love to use coffee creamer to flavor oatmeal or eat with granola but it is so expensive! I can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Ashley says

    DC Adams, I bet you could make the caramel with just sugar & water, then add coconut milk to it. That would be yummy and dairy free! Valeen, half and half is (like the name suggests) 1/2 milk and 1/2 heavy cream. Just substitute those two things. I’m a coffee creamer addict, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Mmmm

  5. Valeen says

    I can’t believe I found this!! We recently decided to start the 100 Days of Real Food pledges and giving up my vanilla caramel creamer was going to be the hardest part for me, even with the substitution of maple syrup it just isn’t the same. So excited to try this!!

    We do not have Half&Half here in Canada (at least not in my part) do you happen to know what the percentage is (10, 18, 35?)? Or what other cream could be substituted?

    • Katy says

      It’s half cream, half whole milk, so ~12% butterfat. You could certainly substitute light cream (for a richer creamer) or whole milk (for a slightly thinner, lighter creamer). HTH!

    • Erin says

      The Canadian equivalent to Half & Half is Blend Cream! Figured that one out myself awhile ago. :)

  6. DC Adams says

    Any help for those of us who are lactose intolerant?!? No ice cream, no milk, no half-n-half, no skim milk, no cheese…boo hoo. Thank you for all of your great ideas. (Just did a load of towels using your softener. Yeah!)

    • Jen K. says

      i would try vanilla almond or soy milk. it might change the taste just a bit, but it is almost as thick as half and half. my daughter cant have milk either and she loves the pure almond vanilla milk. i was thinking about making the caramel with it so she could have some too. :)

  7. Dawn says

    Always finding “good things” here! I’ve been buying the natural storebought flavored creamer, now I’m going to give this a whirl. Can’t wait to try it.