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.
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.
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 Type||Milk Type||Frothed|
|Cold Foam||Skim or low fat milk||Yes|
|Sweet Cream||Heavy cream and 2% milk||No|
|Sweet Cream Cold Foam||Heavy cream and 2% milk||Yes|
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.
It is super easy to prepare and a good alternative to ready made and 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.
Recipes That Use Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Sweet cream foam is perfect to use with:
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.
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:
- With an automatic milk frother
- Using a handheld milk frother
- 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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Cold Coffee Recipes
If you loved this recipe, here are some more great cold brew recipes to try at home.
- Pumpkin cream cold brew coffee
- The best cold brew coffee beans
- How to make Nitro Cold Brew
- Honey almond milk cold brew
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- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- Place all the ingredients into a small french press.
- Vigorously move the plunger up and down for around 1 minute or until the sweet cream foam is frothy and light.
- Place ice cubes and cold coffee into 2 glasses.
- Spoon cream foam over chilled coffees. Makes enough for 2 large coffees.
- 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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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.