Rich Vanilla Coffee Mix

Most mornings I drink my coffee black, but every once in a while I’m in the mood for a “fancy” coffee drink. This isn’t quite as strong as a vanilla latte at your favorite coffee house. If that’s your drink, use some instant espresso powder instead. This reminds me of the little containers of instant french vanilla coffee you can get at the grocery store. Very yummy. I also like to use decaf coffee and have a cup of this for dessert at night.

  • 1/3 cup instant coffee
  • 1 cup instant dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered coffee creamer
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup store-bought instant vanilla pudding mix

Measure all of the ingredients into a clean, dry bowl. Use a fork to combine everything evenly. If you are ambitious, you can powder everything in a blender. I don’t always do this because I am lazy. You do get really impressive results from it though, and it is easier to do than one would expect. Transfer the mixture to a resealable container, or a pretty jar. This makes a good gift, especially in the winter time.

To Prepare: Place 1/4 cup of dry Rich Vanilla Cafe mix into a coffee cup. Add hot water to fill up the cup (about 3/4 cup hot water). Stir and serve.

Yummy Vanilla Coffee Mix

I invented this recipe because I couldn’t find powdered vanilla flavorings. The closest I could come was French vanilla pudding mix. After I made this recipe, and then tried it, I was amazed at how smooth and creamy it was. Also, all of the powder dissolved when I stirred it. I didn’t find the normal “sludge” of undissolved mix at the bottom of my cup. It turns out that the pudding mix has chemicals added to it to make powders dissolve completely with only a little bit of stirring. Since then, I have included pudding powder in many of my coffee and cocoa drink mixes. It really improves the finished product a lot. When store-brand pudding mixes can be purchase 2 or 3/$1 it is a pretty cheap way to make hot drink mixes into something really special.

In some of the recipes the pudding mix is optional. If you prefer not to chance adding the chemicals to your family’s diet, then they can be omitted. I’ve also seen organic pudding mixes that look like they would probably work in this type of recipe too. If you find any at your local natural foods store, give it a try and let me know about your results.

How about another yummy coffee mix recipe? Try this Mocha Espresso Coffee Mix.

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Lisa - August 18, 2009

Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve been making it regularly since discovering it on your site and you’re right…there’s NO SLUDGE at the bottom of the cup! I plan to try several of your other recipes. Again, thank you for posting it.


Brandi - December 14, 2009

This is a great recipe! If you are not a “true” coffee lover the coffee might need to be cut back just a bit, or add more pudding, creamer and sugar. But I LOVE coffee so the coffee flavor it’s yummy to me :) I made 12 batches of it for Christmas presents, along with some of the other flavors you offer recipes for!

Miss J - January 11, 2010

Cheap and delicious! Now I have to try the mocha mint recipe.

Vanessa - September 23, 2010

Very good!!

Megan - October 15, 2010

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’ll give this a try using coffee from my favorite fair trade, organic coffee roaster – Only the best for the best!

coffee bean roaster - October 26, 2010

great recipes. cant wait to see more. Will definitely check back

tim - November 3, 2010

great coffee. just what i need to perk up my morning.

christina - February 7, 2011

This is soo yummy! I don’t like strong coffee but this is a perfect balance. The best part is the sugar and cream are already in it so one scoop and boiling water and your done-just enjoy:) thank you for this recipe-awesome!

Rozee - February 9, 2011

It DOES sound good! Have you tried it with sugar free instant pudding/granulated sugar substitute? Just wondering….. Thanks for posting the recipe! I’ll give it a try.

Julia - February 14, 2011

I made this the other day, using decaf coffee so that my teenager could try it. It was SO GOOD! I’m going to make a couple more batches today. (I make two batches at a time so that I can use up the entire box of pudding mix.) So smooth and creamy and vanilla-y — it’s definitely a winner! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Denise - April 4, 2011

I made it without the coffee in it. It tastes like general foods international vanilla creme which apparently has been discontinued. My daughter loves it and calls it “Emily coffee”

    Jenny - September 11, 2011

    I did this without coffee also and just add it to my brewed coffee versus the regular. It was pretty good :)

      Jenny - September 11, 2011

      I meant to say brewed coffee instead of instant….I also made a batch with pumpkin spice pudding…was great since fall is creeping up fast.

Steff - August 30, 2011

Hmm.. Sounds good, wanna try :)

Jody - November 16, 2011

So delicious! I made it with decaf coffee so I can enjoy it on cool fall afternoons. It is delcious. I, too, plan on making it for some family members for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mandy - January 24, 2012

This is GOOOOOD!
I like creamy and sweet so I added 1/2 cup more of creamer and sugar, and its absolutely Delicious!
Thank you so much!

Judy English - September 17, 2012

Thanks for the Vanilla Coffee Mix. I have been looking for something that sound so simple as this.I plan to make some–jar it up and use a Christmas gift.
I may even try another pudding mix flavor

Carol - April 1, 2015

I buy powdered vanilla from a bulk spice/herb vender. Would that work ? I’m guessing that I would have to experiment as it would be different than using instant pudding mix, and adjusting the amount of sugar.

mary - June 12, 2015

Thanks for making these. I love to make my own cappuccinos from cocoa mix and creamer, but, I am allergic to artificial sweeteners, and didn’t realize that the name brand I have been using now puts sucralose in it, along with sugar. I had been feeling ill after having my occasional, but much loved hot beverage…..with some allergies the more you are exposed to it, the more severe the reaction becomes. I was heartbroken, till I found your wonderful site. I knew I could make my own, I make a lot of things from scratch, but had no guidelines to follow. Thank you so much. I look forward to perusing your entire site.

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