Almond Joy–Flavored Nondairy Creamer

International Delight Coffee Creamer Limited Edition Flavors

International Delight Coffee Creamer Limited Edition Flavors

I Paid: $2.16 for a 16-ounce container, $3.76 for a quart (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 2 stars

According to the horrible commercials, if you have a childish, idiotic desire for Cinnabons and Almond Joys, unchanged since you were 8, then International Delight Coffee Creamer Limited Edition Flavors are the creamers for you.

The new versions of these familiar nondairy creamers (which in the past have come in more generic flavors like French Vanilla) are based on the megabrands of Cinnabon and Almond Joy. Do we need more candy and mass-marketed cinnamon rolls in our lives? How about liquefied and added to our morning coffees? Well, sure. Why not.

With a lactose-free, palm oil–based coffee creamer flavor called "Cinnabon," you might expect an unpleasant blast of chemicals and/or a big ol' cinnamon roll whacking you in the face, but the product itself is surprisingly meek. There is a bready sweetness that lingers at the end of each sip (I tried both flavors in coffee), but it's surprisingly subtle. In fact, I ended up adding quite a lot of the Cinnabon flavor to my coffee just to get a sense of it. Almond Joy is similarly easygoing: A coconut flavor predominates (if there's any chocolate component, it's mostly MIA), and the creamer is sweet but not cloyingly so, and relatively light on the palate. Overall: not an abomination!

If you're lactose-intolerant, have a massive sweet tooth, or are trying to make bad office coffee machine-coffee-palatable, these creamers will probably fit your needs. I'll stick to half-and-half. Call me a traditionalist.

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal Heavy Table. He's also the coauthor of a book on Wisconsin's master cheesemakers. Follow Chowhound on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.

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