The best holiday coffee creamers turn a regular ol’ cup of coffee into a sweet, festive seasonal treat. As a person who pretty much always purchases the same coffee creamer (Chobani Sweet Cream, our numero uno best coffee creamer of them all), I don’t typically pay a lot of attention to what hits the dairy aisle out around the holidays. But I raided the Christmassy creamer section for this taste test to find the best holiday creamer.
What I discovered when I was preparing for this taste test: Peppermint Mocha is pretty much the big daddy of holiday creamer flavors. This tells me that a lot of people believe that peppermint—the flavor of toothpaste—tastes good in coffee. I am not one of them! Because so many of the creamers we tried were peppermint mocha-flavored, this list is brief. But sometimes brevity is good, right? And don’t worry, I set aside my misgivings to find the best creamer for you peppermint mocha heads, too.
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- Chobani Oat Gingerbread Coffee Creamer
I firmly believe that Chobani is the coffee creamer GOAT, and this gingerbread-flavored creamer is proof posi that’s the case. Chobani’s biggest assets are its unbelievable creaminess and rich dairy flavor. Somehow, this oat-based, dairy-free, totally vegan creamer is every bit as rich and luscious as their dairy offerings. If it didn’t say “oat” on the carton, I don’t think I would have known the difference. That thick, wonderful oat milk is an excellent base for the sharp ginger flavor in this creamer, which is tempered just a bit by the warm, round flavor of brown sugar. This is the best holiday creamer for a perfect holiday morning treat.
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- Chobani Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer
Okay, as we’ve already established, I do not think peppermint and mocha and coffee belong together in one mug. But if you insist on drinking something that tastes like hot toothpaste spit after you ate a Hershey’s Kiss, then Chobani is the way to go. Where other brands really overdid it with the peppermint—seriously, Coffee mate, hot coffee shouldn’t cool your mouth!—Chobani is much more mocha forward, with just a hint of peppermint flavor in the background. This creamer also has the signature, rich dairy flavor I love in Chobani creamers. The biggest bit of proof that this really is one of the best holiday coffee creamers: I actually took this home and have been using it in my morning coffee.
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- International Delight Grinch Frosted Sugar Cookie
This year, coffee creamer powerhouse International Delight released a trio of Grinch-branded creamers for the holidays, and I’m pleased to report that the Frosted Sugar Cookie will not ruin Christmas. Be forewarned: International Delight creamer is made with water, oil, and sugar with a litttttle added milk derivative; it does not compare to coffee creamers made with real cream. Still, this does a good job of channeling the sweet, buttery flavor of a sugar cookie (and when I say sweet, I mean sweet). It’s something that’ll make you feel like a kid again, if you were a kid who drank coffee for some reason. Santa would certainly love a sip of this holiday coffee creamer.
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Best of the Best
Best Peppermint Mocha
Other products we tried: Nut Pods Pumpkin Spice, Nut Pods Peppermint Mocha, Nut Pods Holiday Nog, International Delight Grinch Peppermint Mocha, Natural Bliss Peppermint Mocha, Coffee mate Peppermint Mocha, Coffee mate Zero Sugar Peppermint Mocha,