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Desperately seeking whitener – coffee with yogurt


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Desperately seeking whitener – coffee with yogurt

rworange | Jun 22, 2006 12:55 PM

So, once again I forgot to buy milk.

Not yet jolted into the world of the living with my morning caffeine, I stare groggily and resentfully at the non-dairy creamer (n-dc) that I save for such lapses in sanity. I hate that background taste of cardboard and the faintly musty aroma that makes me think of milk left out until it turns to dust.

Then it occurs to me that yogurt is nothing but milk … originally.

And there IS coffee-flavored yogurt, right?

While it wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad. In the past I’ve tried and rejected

- real powdered milk – doesn’t blend well and has an off taste worse than n-dc
- milk in juice boxes – looks fine, has an off-taste
- frozen milk – yeah, just doesn’t taste right

Don’t know if I’d do this again, but there wasn’t any after taste and no yogurt tang. It just didn’t give the full milky satisfaction or color.

I used Brown Cow cream on top yogurt. First I tried a cup with just the creamy top. It was a little too fatty. Not the same taste as cream in milk. The bottom part, without the fat worked better.

At first yogurt is like milk with cream on top, there are the little creamy lumps. Visually not appealing … like a cow barfed in your cup … especially hard to take early in the day. But then the little … pieces … dissolve and all is well. It still doesn’t have the satisfaction of milk, there’s a little less heft to it, but better than real milk in powdered, boxed or frozen form.

Don’t use too much. Otherwise the coffee is like Orbitz, that discontinued soft drink with the little colored balls suspended in it. Hitting solid pieces of yogurt in the coffee is, well, creepy.

I wouldn’t try this with a yogurt in gelatin form like Dannon. Maybe a shot of honey in the coffee with yogurt would make it closer to n-dc with its sweeteners to make it palatable.

So, there you are. The yogurt doesn’t curdle and isn’t tangy in coffee.

Many years ago I was able to drop the sugar from coffee and don’t even like it sweetened anymore. However, I still need the milk.

Anyone have any other ideas for a substitute when there’s no milk in the house?

The only other dairy thing in the fridge was cottage cheese and I KNEW that wouldn’t work. IIRC, my drivers license won't let me behind the wheel without caffeine.

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