Make it a Coffee Moment: All-American S’mores Coffee #CMSalutingHeroes


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In my neighborhood, the biggest party of the year is always held on the Fourth of July. It’s a block party along the river, and it goes on for days! Getting together with friends and seeing how their kids have grown from year to year is always a blast, almost like a yearly class reunion and family get-together all wrapped into one. 

But burgers and fireworks aside, it’s also important to remember why we’re all gathering to celebrate in the first place. My son is well over 4 years old this year, so we’re beginning to teach him that the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a way of honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Why is this especially important to me? Because my dad is not only a veteran, but my own personal military hero. 

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My dad married my mom on leave right before he headed off to Vietnam. They’ve now been married for 46 years, and while we don’t talk much about the specifics of my dad’s time serving our country, I’ve learned a lot about respect, pride, dedication and patriotism from him. As the child of a military veteran, I can only hope to instill those same qualities in my own children. It’s a legacy that I look forward to keeping alive!

And, for our family fun fact of the day, my father-in-law just happened to be in the same place, at the same time as my father. In 1967, both were in the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. (Imagine if you could have gotten them together and shown them a future photo of their shared grandson?) They never knew each other, but holy wow do they have a lot to talk about! Especially now that there are 2 grandsons only 3 months apart! Here is my boy with his cousin and my father-in-law’s military threads…

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My husband and I truly respect the years our fathers gave to our country. It’s not something that comes up every day, but we do make an effort to celebrate our patriotic holidays with them. It’s the little things, like just saying, “Thank you for your service” and sharing a simple meal together that mean a lot. My dad’s favorite way to spend a holiday is doing some cast-iron cooking over their open fire pit. Spending that kind of quality time with him (which I do now more than ever) makes it really hit home that some soldiers did not come home, and we make sure to keep them in our hearts on the Fourth.

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And speaking of little acknowledgements that mean a lot, Coffee-Mate coffee creamer is recognizing our veterans this month with special limited edition packaging on their French Vanilla and Hazelnut liquid creamers and their Original powder (available through July 4th, while supplies last.)

You’ll see them if you check the dairy aisle at your local Walmart.

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The patriotic packaging is in recognition of their partnership with Operation Homefront and their support of those who have fought for our freedom.

Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families.

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Fighting for our freedom is no small thing, but it only takes a small gesture to show the veterans in your family (or community) how much they’re appreciated. A holiday cookout in their honor, an afternoon spent together, a cup of their favorite coffee…they’re all simple moments, and they’re all ways to say thanks. 

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Add Coffee-Mate French Vanilla creamer to your next “coffee moment” with

 all-American S’mores Coffee:

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Don’t worry – this only takes a few ingredients and it’s super easy. To make simple S’mores Coffee at our backyard brunch, we purchased chocolate-dipped spoons, but you can easily make your own. Just melt dipping chocolate, then coat plastic or wooden spoons and let dry, then wrap with candy lollipop bags and tie with a patriotic ribbon. Or, for more chocolate in every cup, pour chocolate into ice cube trays and insert spoons, then let dry.

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Use French Vanilla creamer (it’s rich and creamy enough to replace the marshmallow) and top your coffee with fresh whipped cream sprinkled with crushed graham crackers. It’s an all-American treat that’s just made for sharing with your favorite hero.

Do you have veterans in your life? How will you show your thanks for their service this Fourth of July?




  1. I’m married to a vet, so I like to think that I thank him often :)
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  2. Oh now this is cool.. and S’mores coffee. That sounds outstanding, what a fabulous idea!
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  3. S’mores coffee is sounding really good right now! I love coffee but haven’t been drinking it much since I’m pregnant and it’s killing me, lol! I think it’s wonderful that Nestle makes a donation to support military families and veterans with a purchase of the creamer.
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  4. Smores coffee!!! OMGGG I thought your story was really beautiful I can’t believe they were in the same infantry at the same time! That is nuts!
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  5. I am so happy to see them respect and honor the military. Love their creamers also… Can’t get by without the awesome flavors.
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  6. S’mores coffee is BRILLIANT. I am going to have to try it this week.

    Love it when companies give back to important causes like this.
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  7. lisa jones says:

    Love CoffeeMate Kudos To Them For Support The Military. You Have A Beautiful Family!!

  8. I love the patriotic bottle this Coffee Mate comes in. I love that they are supporting military!
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  9. This is the time of year to be thankful to all vets everywhere for their service to our country!
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  10. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the patriotic packaging! I love cofffee and this sounds like dessert in a cup! Love the photos and that you are continuing the proud traditions of loving our country with your family.
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  11. MY husband is a VEt I will have to look out for that creamer to support all the other Vets in the country
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  12. No veterans in the family for me, but I’m still thankful for all of our veterans everywhere. That S’mores coffee looks amazing!
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  13. Maria Oller says:

    Sadly we dont but I love the new look on coffee mate we got one yesterday since my hubby is a fan

  14. Huge fan of Operation Homefront. The S’mores coffee looks amazing!
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  15. Hazelnut is by far one of my favorite flavors EVER. I’m going to try this one soon, sounds delicious!
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  16. That S’mores coffee looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing pics of your lovely family. :)
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  17. Love the photos, and love the fact that they’re honoring Vets. And especially love the look of that s’mores coffee!
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  18. Smores Coffee?! Yes please! Also it’s nice to see that they’re donating to a great cause.
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  19. That looks amazing! Thanks to your dad for his service!
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  20. My father retired from the Army. He has always been someone that I have looked up to and depended on. Also, smores coffee sounds pretty dang good!
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  21. This could be the perfect combination of my favorite two things ever! Coffee and S’more’s, YES PLEASE!
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  22. Samantha K says:

    Your dad is a true hero! I never thought about making Smores coffee, but I need that right now! YUM! #client

  23. What an amazing story and legacy. Great sharing moment. I wish I had everything in my cabinet to make some S’mores coffee right now, but I bet I will by the end of today!
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