Those who don’t drink their coffee black must keep some sort of “creamer” on hand. But when they run out, as they inevitably do, the artificial stuff fails to appeal. So here are some much better alternatives to use in a pinch:

Evaporated milk makes a good substitute for regular milk or cream. (Heat it up first, for a cafe au lait effect!).

Sweetened condensed milk (used in Vietnamese coffee) also provides sweetness.

Ice cream is, of course, always an option. Vanilla is an obvious choice, but coffee, chocolate, and chocolate ripple all work well. Pistachio lends a nice flavor, too, if you don’t mind chewing your coffee a bit. Cinnamon gelato is also worth a try.

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