How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam At Home

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam At Home

Last updated on May 20th, 2024 at 11:51

Learning how to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam at home has the obvious advantage of you being able to save money on your coffee expenditure and of course, enjoying a gourmet coffee at home in your PJ’s and with that awesome movie!

Keep reading to find out how to make this tasty topping at home!

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks during the hot summer days is vanilla sweet cream cold foam and the bonus is that it is so easy to make at home.

And it is so easy to get that coffee shop quality at home with no difficult-to-find ingredients.

Let’s get down to making it and talking about the ingredients that you will need.

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

This quick and easy recipe requires only 4 ingredients and most of them you will likely have already at home.

Here is what you will need:

  • ⅓ cup of heavy cream.
  • ⅓ cup of whole milk.
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar or alternative sweetener.
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Get the best ingredients that you can to make the best possible vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

You can make this recipe sugar-free if you want and, if you want to, you can also use a homemade vanilla syrup, a tasty syrup that you can use to make other drinks and drizzle on your pancakes, for example.

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

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How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Instructions

Making this vanilla sweet cream cold foam is very easy, and only takes a couple of minutes to make. No special equipment is needed; a cocktail shaker, a mason jar or even your humble French press can be used.

Of course a handheld milk frother or a blender will get better results with less effort needed.

Start by pouring your milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and sugar into a bowl and mix well. Transfer your ingredients to your French press.

Make sure you fill your French press no more than 1/3rd full, allowing for plenty of room for the cold foam to expand.

Then pump up and down on the plunger for a minute or two until it expands to become at least double the original volume and has a velvet-like texture.

Using a mason jar or cocktail shaker, fill to the same mark, 1/3rd full and no more. Shake with strength and vigor for a minute or two.

If you are using handheld milk frother put all your ingredients into a mixing bowl, mix them well then blend for 20 to seconds. Be careful to move your electric milk frother through your milk until it starts to froth and gets the consistency that you are looking for.

Serving Your Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Now, that you have made you tasty and delicious sweet cream cold foam it is time to enjoy it. You can pour it over the back of a spoon to help diffuse it and get it sitting on top perfectly.

This tasty topping is perfect for iced coffee and cold brew but can be added to any beverage. Here are some you can add it to:

  • Caffe Americano.
  • Cold Brew.
  • Iced Chai Tea Latte.
  • Iced Espresso.
  • Iced Latte.
  • Iced Cappuccino.
  • Iced London Fog Tea.
  • Dragon Drink.
  • Iced Matcha Tea Latte
  • Nitro Cold Brews.
  • Iced Mocha.
  • Violet Drink.
  • Pink Drink.

At Latte Love Brew we encourage you to be experimental in your quest for the ultimate coffee and try adding this tasty topping to any coffee drink you think it will go great with.

Serving Your Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Serving Idea For Your Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Bonus: How To Make Your Own Amazing And Tasty Vanilla Syrup

Making your own homemade vanilla syrup is easy and comes with the bonus of you being able to make it exactly as you want it in terms of strength of flavor and if you want to make a sugar-free version you have full control of what the alternative sweetener is.

This simple recipe can be used to make any syrup; just alter the spice or food item that you use.

Ingredients That You Will Need

You will need only a very few ingredients, which are as follows:

  • 1 Cup of fresh water.
  • 1 Cup of sugar or alternative sweetener.
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, cut length ways.

The better your ingredients are, the better your syrup will be. For your water, spring water or mineral water is better. Your vanilla pod, you can get exotic and use an organic Madagascar vanilla pod or a French vanilla or simply a regular one.


Add all your ingredients to a saucepan and heat at a low temperature and stir well while the water, sugar and vanilla mix are coming to a boil. Let your sugar water mixture boil for 10 to 15 mins to extract the vanilla flavor.

Let your solution sit for 40 to 45 mins while well covered to cool down. Transfer to an airtight container and leave it for 8 to 12 hours to continue to extract the flavor from the vanilla.

Filter using a cheesecloth to remove the residue. You may need to filter a second time. Store in an airtight container.

How To Make Your Own Naturally Flavored Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Making a naturally flavored vanilla sweet cream cold foam is also very easy.

All that is required for you is to collect the ingredients and put in the same amount of effort as making your own homemade vanilla syrup.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1/3rd cup of whole fat milk.
  • 1/3rd cup of heavy cream.
  • Half a vanilla pod, sliced vertically.


Add all of your ingredients to a saucepan and stir well while on a low heat. Let your milk simmer for 5 mins and then remove from the heat.

Let your milk cool to a room temperature and then let it cool in your fridge before you remove the vanilla pod. No matter what method you use to foam your milk, it will foam much better when it is cold.

When it is fridge cold, filter or remove your vanilla pod and froth with your handheld milk frother, mason jar or French press.

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Almond Milk

Making your sweet cream cold foam with almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk or any other type of milk simply follow the instructions and recipe above and replace the whole milk with the alternative milk of your choice.

It is best that you use the barista brand of alternative milks as they are purposely designed with making coffee in mind. Unfortunately the lower fat and protein content and ratios make non-dairy milk more difficult for steaming and foaming and often curdle.

You will not get that problem with the barista brand.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Nutrition Details

The nutritional content of vanilla sweet cream cold foam from Starbucks for all drink sizes is below. Use this as a rough guide as per how much fat, sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine for your homemade version.

Drink Size Sugar Content Fat Content Calories Pumps Of Vanilla Syrup Caffeine Content Carbohydrates
Short 8 Oz (240 ml) 9 grams 5 grams 60 1 95 mg 9 grams
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 9 grams 5 grams 90 1 140 mg 9 grams
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 14 grams 5 grams 110 2 185 mg 14 grams
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 23 grams 11 grams 220 3 275 mg 23 grams
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 28 grams 11 grams 220 4 320 mg 28 grams

Obviously if you are making a sugar-free version your sugar content will be zero and this table above is only a rough guide for your homemade version.

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

Can You Shake Milk To Make Foam?

Yes, you can put milk into a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake with energy and vigor to make cold foam. This method aerates your foam and works best when the item you use is ice cold, as this helps the fats to emulsify better.

How Many Pumps Of Vanilla Are In A Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew?

A vanilla sweet cream cold brew is available in a few different sizes at Starbucks, Short, Tall, Grande, Venti and Trenta. Here is how many pumps of vanilla syrup are in each size has:

  • Short 8 Oz (240 ml): 1 pump.
  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 1 Pump.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 2 Pumps.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 3 Pumps.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 4 Pumps.

What Does Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Taste Like?

Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam tastes like a beautify fluffy cloud of vanilla. It’s airy and light and not too sweet with lovely hints, notes and tones of vanilla.

What Cream Froths Best?

Whole milk, milk with all the cream left in it is the easiest to froth. It creates a better quality thick and creamy foam. It froths better when you keep the equipment that you are using cold, very cold, ice-cold, as the fats emulsify much better and create a stronger and better quality foam.

For non-diary alternatives, look for the Barista brand as these froth and steam better. The barista brand of alternative milks add a little more fat to their milk for the purpose of using it with coffee to stop them from curdling.

Almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk and oat milk are great non-diary milks to use.

How Much Vanilla Syrup Is A Pump?

One pump of vanilla syrup, caramel syrup or any syrup at Starbucks is approximately one fluid ounce (30 ml).

Each pump, as a rule of thumb, has 5 grams of sugar and 10 calories, something to be aware of when ordering drinks at Starbucks or any other coffee shop.

What Is The Difference Between Nitro Foam And Sweet Cream Foam?

Both a sweet cream cold foam and nitro cold foam are made with the same ingredients; the recipe and method of making them are the same. The only difference is the method in which they are dispensed.

Nitro cream is dispensed using nitrogen to create an aerated pressurized foam that is like the whipped cream that a chef used. A regular sweet cream is whipped using a blender or handheld milk foamer. It’s softer and smoother and floats on top of your drink.

Note: Nitro cold brew at Starbucks doesn’t really need a foam or cream topping as the drink, due to the nitrogen infusion, is already very smooth and creamy.

Final Thoughts – How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Know how to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam takes your coffee and home barista skills to a new level and gives you the ability to make and enjoy gourmet coffee at home.

You can add these tasty and delicious toppings to iced drinks, cold brew coffees and hot drinks too.

Join our fun, active and informative online coffee community on Facebook/Meta and share your vanilla sweet cream cold foam creations, recipes, and fun coffee memes and jokes.

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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