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How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam At Home

If you love Starbucks sweet cream cold brew coffee drinks, and want to recreate them, this cold foam recipe is for you.

I’m going to show you how to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam at home.

Sweet, creamy and delicious, this easy vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe with just three ingredients turns your cold brew or iced coffee in to something pretty special in just a few minutes.

Two glasses of vanilla sweet cream cold foam cold brew.

What Is Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam?

If you enjoy adding milk to your cold brew or iced coffee, the Starbucks sweet cream foam is the perfect way to dress up a regular cold brew coffee, nitro brew or iced coffee.

The combination of heavy cream, 2% milk and Starbucks vanilla syrup is frothed to create a light, creamy foam that floats on the surface of your brew.

Starbucks cold foam drinks and sweet cream cold brew coffees have been on the Starbucks menu for a few years now.

It can be a little confusing though, as the Starbucks cold foam toppings menu has both cold foam and sweet cream cream cold foam options to choose from.

So what is vanilla sweet cream cold foam and how is it different to regular cold foam?

The table below summarizes the differences between sweet cream, cold foam and Starbucks sweet cream cold foam.

Foam TypeMilk TypeFrothed
Cold FoamSkim or low fat milkYes
Sweet CreamHeavy cream and 2% milkNo
Sweet Cream Cold FoamHeavy cream and 2% milkYes

Want to know more? We explain the differences in more detail below.

What Is Cold Foam?

Starbucks cold foam is made by aerating and frothing low fat milk to create a frothy and airy milk foam that floats atop your cold brew.

You can make cold foam at home with a milk frother with a cold temperature option (this one by Breville is one of the best options), or with a handheld frother.

The trick to achieving plenty of cold foam is to use skim or low fat milk as it is lighter and easier to froth than whole milk.

What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream?

Starbucks vanilla sweet cream is made by combining heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup.

The key difference when comparing vanilla sweet cream vs cold foam is that sweet cream is not whipped or frothed.

The flavored cream is poured on top of cold brew, nitro coffee or iced coffee to add flavor and creaminess without foam.

It is super easy to prepare and a good alternative to homemade creamers.

What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam?

So when you froth vanilla sweet cream, the result is vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

It is a velvety, frothy and creamy flavored foam that sits atop your cold coffee drinks.

Vanilla cream cold foam is much creamier than cold foam and has a richer taste thanks to the heavy cream.

top view of iced coffee with sweet cream cold foam on top.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe Ingredients

Okay so now we know the difference between cold foam and sweet cream, let’s take a look at the ingredients you need to make homemade sweet cream cold foam just like Starbucks.

You will need:

  • Heavy cream
  • 2% or whole milk
  • Vanilla syrup

The most important ingredient to make vanilla sweet cream foam is heavy whipping cream.

The fat content in the cream is what gives the mixture a creamy, velvety taste.

You can use 2% milk or whole milk – either will work just fine.

Torani Puremade Vanilla Syrup

Finally, while you can make your own vanilla syrup, for convenience I like this one by Torani.

Starbucks also sell their own vanilla syrup – see it here.

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam At Home

There are three easy ways to make my vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe at home:

  1. With an automatic milk frother
  2. Using a handheld milk frother
  3. With a french press coffee maker

Using A Milk Frother

When using a milk frother, follow the user instructions and be sure to select cold froth as you don’t want it to warm the milk.

Good options include:

With A French Press

A great alternative to a milk frother is a french press.

I use a french press to froth sweet vanilla cream cold foam and explain how to use it in the step by step instructions below.

I like this 12 oz french press – it makes enough foam for two drinks at a time.

Note the cream mixture will generally double in size as you plunge it, so take this in to account when choosing what size french press to use.

Too small and it will overflow, too large and you won’t get the plunger deep enough into the cream to create the froth.

Note it isn’t possible to use most espresso machine steam wands as they produce hot steam which heats the milk.

One exception is the Ninja Hold and Cold Brewed Coffee Maker, which has a fold away cold frother integrated in the machine.

I love the Ninja as you can prepare so many different types of hot and cold coffee drinks. You can see it here.

Finally, it is possible to froth vanilla cream foam in a jar, but it will be more airy and won’t have the creamy texture that results from one of the methods above.

French press with vanilla sweet cold foam inside.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe Steps

Step 1 – Prepare the Sweet Cream

The first step is to make the vanilla sweet cream. You have two options here.

  1. If you are making a large batch of homemade vanilla sweet cream to use over a few days, increase the quantities and combine the heavy cream, vanilla syrup and milk in a jar to store in the refrigerator.

    Then pour just what you need into the french press (you’ll need about 1/2 cup of the mix for 2 coffees).
  1. Otherwise if you are just making a single batch (which is enough for two large coffees), add all the ingredients straight into your french press or milk frother ready to froth.
French press with vanilla cream.

Step 2 – Froth Your Vanilla Sweet Cream Into Cold Foam

If using the french press, vigorously move the plunge up and down for around 1 minute or until the cream is frothy and light.

Be careful not to overwhip or you will have a very thick cream on your hands.

French press frothing vanilla sweet cream.

Step 3 – Prepare Your Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

Place several ice cubes in each glass, fill with your favorite cold brew or iced coffee.

Leave enough room in the glass (about 1 inch) to add your foam.

two glasses of black iced coffee.

Pour or spoon your DIY vanilla sweet cream cold foam over the top of your coffee.

I like to pour a little cream in to the glass first then spoon the airy foam over the top.

French press pouring sweet foam on top of iced coffee drink.

Expert Tips For Making Sweet Cream Foam (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

  • Prepare a large batch of vanilla sweet cream and store in the fridge in a sealed container. Froth just what you need each day.
  • Ensure you use the cold froth option when using a milk frother.
  • Do not use an espresso machine steam wand as this will heat your milk.
  • Try different flavors – great alternatives to vanilla syrup include cinnamon, peppermint and caramel syrup.
Glass of vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cold foam.

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Yield: 2

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Two glasses of vanilla sweet cream cold foam cold brew.

This easy vanilla sweet cream cold foam (Starbucks copycat) is the perfect addition to your cold brew, nitro and iced coffee drinks. Creamy, velvety and delicious and ready in just minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup

Instructions

    1. Place all the ingredients into a small french press.
    2. Vigorously move the plunger up and down for around 1 minute or until the sweet cream foam is frothy and light.
    3. Place ice cubes and cold coffee into 2 glasses.
    4. Spoon cream foam over chilled coffees. Makes enough for 2 large coffees.

Notes

  • Recipe also works with an automatic or handheld milk frother. Be sure to select the cold froth option.
  • Don't overmix as it will become too thick like whipped cream.
  • For a sweeter sweet cream foam, increase the quantity of vanilla syrup.
  • If you want to make a large batch to use over a few days, combine the sweet cream ingredients in a jar and store in the refrigerator. Use 1/4 cup of sweet cream mix per coffee when ready to froth.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.

About Rachel R

Founder of Creators of Coffee, Rachel is a passionate coffee lover, SCA member and former barista, who also loves to research and share practical tips on everything to do with coffee. Favorite way to make coffee: With an Espresso Machine

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