At Latte Love Brew we get asked lots of questions about how to make cold foam in blender. This article will address this question and show you 5 easy recipes for you to try today and make delicious coffee drinks with different types of cold foam toppings.
When you have finished reading this article, you will know how to make cold foam with almond milk, coffee creamer, oat milk and both with and without heavy cream.
Keep reading and find out how to make these rather tasty toppings with your blender!
What Is Cold Foam?
Cold foam is stiff and textured foam that is made from either low-fat milk (2% milk) or non-fat milk. Starbucks uses nonfat milk and heavy cream and makes it foamy with the use of a special bladeless blender.
I have found you get a better quality foam when you mix 2% milk, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk in equal proportions. This combination yields the best foam in terms of quality, texture and taste. It also holds better and goes very well in iced coffee drinks and cold brew drinks, including nitro cold brew coffee.
Cold foam has a smooth texture, a fluffy texture that is, due to the cream used, a very creamy texture that is often described as silky or silk like.
Cold foam goes very well with iced coffees, cold brew drinks like nitro cold brew, cold brew latte, iced cappuccino and other iced drinks.
Each sip that you take has a mix of both the cold foam and the coffee drink, creating a two-tone flavor and texture enhancement.
Add it as a topping to your morning coffee is a great and welcoming addition.
How To Make Cold Foam In Blender
To make a top quality tasty cold foam in a blender at home you need only a few ingredients, which are:
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of 2% fat milk.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of heavy cream.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of sweetened condensed milk.
- Optional: 1 or 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of the flavored syrup of choice. For making flavored cold foam.
- A blender of choice.
Mix your ingredients together well and put them into your blender – a high-powered blender with a high speed function works best. Follow the steps outlined below.
- Put your cold milk mix into your blender cup.
- Place your milk-filled blender cup onto your blender’s base.
- Increase the velocity of your blender blades slowly until you are blending at the max speed.
- Once your foam is fluffy and foamy and has increased substantially in volume remove your milk from your blender cup.
- Add it to your coffee.
Pro Tip: A blender works best when making cold foam when it is at least 1/4 to 1/3 full when you add your milk to begin with.
How To Make Cold Foam With Oat Milk
This is just as easy as making regular cold foam using dairy milk. You have the option of two recipes here, that is with or without heavy cream.
If you want to make it without heavy cream, use equal amounts of oat milk and condensed milk.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) Of Barista oat milk.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) heavy cream
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) sweetened condensed milk.
If you are skipping on the condensed milk, use 3 fluid ounces (90 ml) of Barista oat milk and 3 fluid ounces (90 ml) of sweetened condensed milk to make your cold foam with oat milk.
Mix your ingredients well in a bowl and then add it to your blender and blend at a low speed, then medium speed and then high speed for 25 seconds to 35 seconds in total until you get a foamy milk cream of great consistency.
Add your foamed milk to your cold brew coffee or any other cold coffee drinks and enjoy.
Can You Get Oat Milk Cold Foam At Starbucks?
Starbucks has a variety of different milks including oat milk and almond milk as well as regular dairy milk. It is possible for you to order your cold brew drink to have oat milk cold foam as a topping, adding a rather lovely taste to your delicious coffee drinks.
You can also order a unique and tasty coffee by requesting a rather delicious coffee beverage with an oat cinnamon cold foam topping at your local Starbucks.
How To Make Cold Foam Without Heavy Cream
Cold foam can be made without the need for using heavy cream, just as you can with different types of milk.
This method is very easy to follow, unless you are using a specialist cold foam blender like Starbucks Verismo bladeless blender you will need to use 2% milk and condensed milk in equal amounts to get high quality foam, a silky texture and great flavor.
Only two ingredients are needed to make cold foam without heavy cream. The two ingredients are:
- 90 ml (2 fluid ounces) of 2% milk.
- 90 ml (2 fluid ounces) of sweetened milk.
Add your ingredients to a bowl and mix them well and then add the mix to your blender and blend at progressively higher speeds from low to medium and then a high speed.
Blend until you have good quality frothy milk foam that has a nice thick consistency for adding to your cup of coffee.
Can You Really Make Cold Foam Without Heavy Cream?
Yes, try the recipe and instructions above as a perfect demonstration and prove it to yourself.
Most air bubbles trap themselves in a fatter, thicker type of milk, which is the very reason that heavy cream is used to make cold foam.
We replace the heavy cream and its need by using 2% milk (nonfat milk simply won’t work) and thickening it up using an equal amount of sweetened condensed milk.
As a simple side note, you can make cold foam using only heavy cream if you so wish.
How To Make Cold Foam With Creamer
You can also make cold foam with coffee creamer or regular creamer. The process is every bit as easy as any of the recipes above.
The ingredients to use are as follows:
- 60 ml (2 fluid ounces) of heavy cream.
- 60 ml (2 fluid ounces) of liquid coffee creamer.
- 60 ml (2 fluid ounces) of sweetened condensed milk.
Add the ingredients together, mix them well and then add it to your blender and blend at progressively faster speed for 45 to 60 seconds approximately until you get a nice thick creamier foam or until a beautiful consistent fluffy foam forms.
Can You Really Make Foam With Coffee Creamer?
In a word, yes! You can make good quality cold foam with liquid coffee creamer. Simply use the recipe above and follow the instructions as indicated. Naturally you need to allow room in your blender for your milk to foam up and expand.
Filling your blender to 1/3 full is a very good rule of thumb to follow. The milk usually expands by at least double. It can take up to 45 seconds and 60 seconds in some cases for the foam to form to a quality thick consistency required to use in your coffee.
How To Make Cold Foam With Almond Milk
Making cold foam with almond milk follows the same steps and rules as making it with oat milk. We are simply changing the oat milk for almond milk.
You only need 3 ingredients for this recipe. The ingredients are:
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of almond milk.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of heavy cream.
- 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) of sweetened condensed milk.
Add all the ingredients and mix them well in a bowl to ensure they are well mixed together – this is a little step I like to take as I can taste test it before I blend it.
Then add your milk mixture to your blender and blend at a medium and then high speed for around 35 to 45 seconds for the milk to foam well and form a nice level of thickness for adding to your drinks.
Can Cold Foam Be Made With Almond Milk?
Of course, and it is rather tasty – just try the recipe above and follow the instructions. You can get a little more creative and add a sprinkle of cinnamon for an additional taste and an incredible flavor to both the almond cold foam which goes very well with a masterfully brewed cold brew coffee.
Can Starbucks Make foam With Almond Milk?
Starbucks has, and can make both regular hot foam and cold foam with their almond milk. The coffee conglomerate uses vanilla syrup and a light topping of cinnamon with their almond milk cold foam. It’s tasty and well worth a try.
What Is The Best Type Of Milk To Use For Cold Foam
There is a lot of debate amongst coffee lovers and coffee experts as to which type of milk produces the best results.
Some will mull over the fat content or the protein content being responsible for the quality of the foam.
For me, the 2% fat milk is best, or nut based milks or plant based milks with lipids added as the fats help to support the bubbles and create a silky smooth texture that is missing when using nonfat milk.
This is why when you are using a non-dairy milk alternative you should look for the barista version as they have lipids added to ensure that you still get that stability of the foam when the fats surround the air bubbles and help to give you that silky texture.
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Cold Foam In Blender
Can You Make Foam In A Blender?
Yes, a handheld mixer, immersion blender or a special blender like the Starbucks Verismo cold foam blender are excellent for making high quality cold foam. Even though the Starbucks blender is bladeless, it doesn’t matter if your electric or battery powered blender has blades; it will make great quality cold foam.
If you make regular hot foam for your coffee with a blender, you will be able to make a good quality milk froth and frothy foam but not the same kind of foam as you would with a steaming wand. Milk froth and milk foam are very different.
What Is The Best Way To Make Cold Foam?
By far the best way of making cold foam of the highest quality is to use the best possible quality of ingredients, the best tools and best techniques. When making a flavored cold foam, for example, use a French vanilla pod instead of a flavored syrup.
Use 2% milk, heavy cream and condensed milk in equal portions mix them well, if you need to sweeten it use a natural sweetener of your choice. Add your cold milk, preferably ice-cold, to a tall glass and submerge your milk frother wand, switch it on and move it up and down your glass until you get a nice thick consistency.
Don’t fill your glass more than 1/3 full as it will more than double in volume. Serve as a topping in your coffee and enjoy.
What Is Used To Make Cold Foam?
Many of the well-established outlets and gourmet coffee shops like Starbucks use nonfat milk and whipping cream (heavy cream), others use 2% milk and heavy cream.
I have found, in my experience and opinion, that adding sweetened condensed milk to the 2% milk and heavy cream, using them in equal amounts creates a better quality cold foam in terms of flavor and texture.
To froth your milk, you get best results when it is ice-cold, not frozen, just very, very, very cold milk. You can use a special blender like the Starbucks verismo which is a bladeless blender, or you can use a regular blender or a hand held milk frother to blend it until you get a good quality of foam for putting in your drink. Iced coffee, cold brew, nitro cold brew and iced cappuccino all work well with cold foam. It doesn’t work so well with hot drinks.
How Do You Foam Milk In A Blender
Foaming milk in your blender is easy. For cold foam add your cold milk and whipping cream and condensed milk, mix well and ensure it is as cold as you can get it and put your blender on a high speed and blend for 25 seconds to 35 seconds until it is a nice thick consistency.
For hot milk, simply add your hot milk and blend until you get a high quality milk foam, frothy milk that you can use for your cup of coffee.
How Do You Make Cold Foam Without A Frother?
Making cold foam without a frother is easy. Simply add your ingredients of 2% milk, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk, mix them well and add to your French press, filling it to no more than 1/3 full. Pump your French press until the volume more than doubles in size.
If you ensure your equipment and milk are very cold, you will get better results. Don’t use a whisk as this produces terrible results with bubbles that are too large and break down quickly.
How Long Does Cold Foam Last?
Cold foam, when you make it, will last for up to 2 days when you keep it refrigerated. Only froth your milk when you are about to make cold foam and only froth enough for the coffee that you are making. You get better results when frothing just before you pour it on top of your cold brew coffee.
As always, store your cold foam milk in an appropriate container with an airtight lid.
Can Cold Foam Be Made In A Blender?
Yes, for larger batches of cold foam it is much better for you to use a countertop blender. Add your ingredients to the pitcher and blend at a high speed until it is frothy and doubled in volume.
How Do You Make Milk Foam In A Blender?
Add your low fat or nonfat milk into your blender and blend at the highest speed setting for a minute or two or until you see an abundance of milk bubbles or until it has doubled in volume.
Final Thoughts – How To Make Cold Foam In Blender
You have now at your disposal the knowledge of how to make cold foam in blender and 5 different recipes to try out. All that is left for you now is to exercise your cold foam options and get making them and adding a new dynamic to your coffee with tasty toppings with fantastic textures.
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