How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam

How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 18:19

Learning how to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam at home is easy and can be mastered in no time at all.

The best part of perfecting this recipe is that it is so easy to get creative and make a whole host of amazing flavored toppings for your coffee beverages and refreshers!

Keep reading for a fab recipe!

How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam – Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe

If you love making tasty cold foam recipes and are looking for a perfect Starbucks copycat recipe for your iced coffee, cold brew coffee and your hot coffee drink, this is the recipe for you.

Cool fact: The very first Starbucks drink to have a cold foam topping was a caffe Americano. Historically, a Viennese cappuccino had a heavy cream topping and dates back centuries!

This Starbucks cold foam recipe is easy to make. For best results, an electric milk frother is required.

Let’s get to it!

How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam - Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe
Sweet Cream Cold Foam Is Easy To Make

Read: What sweet cream does Starbucks use?

What Is Sweet Cream Cold Foam?

Sweet cream cold foam is a delicious and tasty topping that you see on many Starbucks beverages, especially their cold brew and iced coffee drinks. It’s added to create a two-tone visually appealing layered drink.

The flavor is enjoyed in two tones with a little cold foam and coffee with each sip adding to the experience. and texture.

The ingredients are easy to source, and you can get very creative once you know how to make this. The most popular flavors to add are vanilla, caramel and salted caramel.

How To Make Cold Foam – Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe

Let’s get straight to making a great DIY Starbucks cold foam recipe.

Ingredients For This Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe

Thankfully there are only 3 ingredients to make this tasty recipe. It is your own choice if you want to make your homemade vanilla syrup or buy Starbucks vanilla syrup to match what is sold by Starbucks exactly.

As a bonafide coffee lover I encourage you to make your own coffee syrups as you can flavor them exactly as you like them and make them sugar-free. It’s easy and only needs a few extra ingredients.

If being sugar-free is what you are seeking, there are many options on Amazon from Torani.

  • 2% Milk
  • Heavy cream.
  • Starbucks Vanilla simple syrup.

To make your own vanilla syrup all you need is water, vanilla bean or vanilla pod and granulated sugar.

How To Make Cold Foam
The Special  Lid, Originally Only Used On Cold Foam Beverages

Read: How to make Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam

Making Your Own Vanilla Syrup

If you are opting to make your own vanilla syrup, don’t worry as it is so easy to make. Simply weigh 5 ounces (150 grams) of granulated sugar and 5 ounces (150 ml) of filtered or bottled water.

Slice a vanilla bean (or vanilla pod) and place all your ingredients into a saucepan and heal gently at a low to medium heat and stir well. Stir until all your sugar is dissolved. Use a thermometer to ensure that the temperature is not taken above 55C (130F) as sugar burns at 60C (140F).

It should only take a few minutes until sugar has dissolved completely. Once ready, let your sugar solution cool. Leave your vanilla pod (or vanilla bean) to extract for 6 to 12 hours.

The longer you leave the vanilla pod (or vanilla bean) in your sugar solution will result in a more intense vanilla flavor.

Once ready, filter out your vanilla pod. It may take two or three filtration cycles to completely remove the residue.

That is all there is to making your homemade vanilla syrup.

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Frother

Once you have made your vanilla syrup or have your store bought Starbucks vanilla syrup, your heavy cream and 2% milk you are ready to make your own Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam copycat recipe.

It is not an absolute must that you have the same special cold foam blender that Starbucks uses; the Starbucks Verismo a regular milk frother is more than good enough.

Add your ingredients in the following amounts and ratios to a bowl.

  • 1//4 Cup fo heavy cream.
  • 3/4 Cup of 2% milk.
  • 2 Tablespoons of vanilla syrup or one pump of Starbucks vanilla syrup.

Mix your ingredients together well prior to whisking to ensure a good even distribution and transfer to a tall glass.

Using your electric milk frother, insert it to the bottom and whisk evenly and move your frother through your milk slowly from bottom to top and back again until your get a nice even and thick cold foam.

Frothing should take about a minute.

That is how easy it is to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam at home with a delicious vanilla flavor.

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Frother
An Electric Milk Frother Produces Great Results

Read: How to make sweet cream cold foam

Storage Instructions

Store the remainder that you are not using in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It should stay well for about 3 days.

Drinks That Go Well With Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Here is a short list of drinks that you can add this tasty topping to:

  • Iced coffee.
  • Cold brew coffee.
  • Iced cappuccino.
  • Iced latte.
  • Iced Macchiato.
  • Iced Americano.
  • Strawberry Acai Refresher.

Although I am mentions “iced” as a lot of drinks that this topping is added to are cold or iced coffee beverages, you can actually add it to hot drinks for a more decadent beverage.

Flavor Alterations That You Can Make At Home

Here, you are only limited by your own culinary creativity. At Starbucks your a limited by the flavored syrups available.

Here are three that I simply love!

  • Chocolate Orange: Similar flavor to the chocolate Terry’s chocolate orange with a more creamy taste. Add mocha sauce and orange syrup (Use monin or make your own).
  • After Eight: This is simply amazing! Chocolate and mint taste is replicated by using mocha sauce and peppermint syrup.
  • Irish Cream: Have the taste of Irish cream in your topping by using Irish cream syrup. If you wish add a cheeky shot of the actual beverage and mix well.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Can I Buy Sweet Cream Cold Foam From Starbucks?

Yes, you can have Starbucks sweet cream cold foam added to any drink of your choice even though it was originally made for their cold brew beverages.

What Kind Of Sweet Cream Does Starbucks Use?

 Starbucks sweet cream is made with 2% milk, heavy cream and is made sweet with the addition of vanilla simple syrup.

What Is The Difference Between Cold Foam And Sweet Cream?

 Cold foam is made with low fat milk and is designed to sit on top of your beverage and make a layered beverage, like sweet cream, it can be made in any flavor that you wish. Sweet cream is made with 2% milk and heavy whipping cream and sweetened using vanilla syrup.

Sweet cream, is designed to cascade into your drink and mix with it.

What Milk Is Best For Cold Foam?

Which milk is best to use for cold foam is nonfat milk. The use of nonfat milk gives a better quality of stiff foam for getting it to sit on top of your coffee and create a two-tone look and layered flavors and texture.

What Can I Use Instead Of Sweet Cream Cold Foam?

There are lots of different types of milk and dairy that can be used to make cold foam. Some great non-dairy alternative milk options include coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk and oat milk. Aquafaba, the liquid from jars and cans of chickpeas makes a great alternative to heavy cream.

Does Sweet Cream Cold Foam Have Milk?

Sweet cream cold foam is a mix of milk and heavy cream and has a fluffy, frothy and airy texture. If you are vegan or on a dairy-free diet, you can request that it is made with an alternative milk. Coconut milk works best and adds a great flavor in my opinion.

Does Sweet Cream Cold Foam Have Sugar?

Yes, sweet cream cold foam has simple syrup added to sweeten it. Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is sweetened with Vanilla simple syrup and thus contains sugar. You can of course request that sugar-free vanilla simple syrup is used. There will still be sugar to some degree in your sweet cream cold foam due to the lactose content of the dairy.

There are 4 grams of sugar and 70 calories per serving.

What Is The Point Of Sweet Cold Foam?

The point of cold foam is to create a layered drink that adds texture to your beverage and a layered flavor. It can also add flavor as you sip and get a little of sweet cold foam and the coffee in your mouth at the same time. It’s much more than just creating an aesthetic look.

Final Thoughts – How To Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Now that you know how to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam, all that is left for you is to make it and add it to your coffee beverages and then get creative, wildly creative!

Join our cool coffee community and tell us about those creative, amazing and original (or semi-original) flavored sweet cream cold foam toppings that you made. Find us on Facebook/Meta and reveal your recipe!

Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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