How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam Like A Pro Barista!

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam Like A Pro Barista!

Last updated on March 3rd, 2024 at 11:30

Learning how to make Vanilla sweet cream foam is easy and leads to you being able to easily make Vanilla sweet cream cold foam with a few adjustments.

I’ll show you how to make both in this article and talk about the subtle differences between the two.

Keep reading for a great Vanilla sweet cream foam recipe that emulates exactly what you get at Starbucks.

What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam?

Vanilla sweet cream is a tasty topping from Starbucks and other gourmet coffee outlets that is a mixture of vanilla syrup, heavy cream and 2% milk. These simple ingredients make Starbucks vanilla sweet cream easy to make at home.

It’s more commonly seen on a cold brew or iced coffee and adds a velvety texture to your beverages.

Vanilla sweet cream is not to be mistaken with a Vanilla sweet cream cold foam as a cold foam, regardless of how it is flavored is different. It’s made with non-fat milk then whipped and blended in a bladeless blender at high speed to create a foam texture that is very much like melted ice cream.

The difference is very subtle when you look at the ingredients and visually different visually. Cold foam is designed to sit on top of your beverage, to float, sweet cream is designed to cascade beautifully into your beverage.

I’ll show you how to make both a vanilla sweet cream foam and a vanilla sweet cream cold foam in this recipe.

What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam
What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam

Read: Salted cream cold foam cold brew recipe

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam – Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam Recipe

Let’s get straight to making a tasty vanilla sweet cream foam that is delightful and can be added to any coffee drink.

At Latte Love Brew, we like to use the best ingredients as the best quality ingredients result in the best taste.

The aim of the recipes here and all over this site is to help you to make coffee that is better than or equal to what you would enjoy at Starbucks.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam Ingredients

The ingredients list below is for making an 8 oz (240 ml) cup of coffee.

  • 1/4 cup (2 Oz, 60 ml) non-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla syrup.


Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Pour it into your coffee drink. Cold brew and iced coffee work well.

How To Make The Coffee To Go With Your Vanilla Sweet Cream

Cold Brew coffee is amazing with the creamy foam topping of vanilla sweet cream and vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

Starbucks have pitcher packs of cold brew that you can just add water to and RTD Ready to drink options that are premade.

You can buy there from Amazon. I suggest that you add ice cold water when using their pitcher packs or put the RTD box in the fridge for best results.

You can also use Starbucks breakfast blend coffee beans to brew your cold brew coffee. Grind 30 grams (1 Oz) of coffee beans to an even coarse grind size and add 240 ml (8 oz) of ice cold water and brew for 16 to 24 hours in your fridge using a glass airtight container.

When ready, filter out your coffee grounds and add your vanilla sweet cream.

Starbucks Cold Brew
Starbucks Cold Brew

Read: Can you make cold foam with creamer? 

How To Turn Your Sweet Cream Into A Cold Foam

To turn your sweet cream into a cold foam be it a vanilla sweet cream cold foam or another flavor of cold foam that you want to make is easy.

Very easy.

First there is a slight change in the ingredients. Use 2% milk instead of non-fat and add an equal amount of heavy cream. Add the same 3 tablespoons of vanilla syrup.

To get the rich creamy texture, the goal is to achieve the same consistency as thawed-out ice cream; all you need to do is to blend your sweet cream. You can use a special cold-foam blender like Starbucks Verismo, an immersion blender, a high speed blender or an electric milk frother.

You can also go old school and use a cocktail shaker or your trusted and beloved French press. You will get best results if they are ice cold to start with.

Simply add your sweet cream to your cocktail shaker and shake with vigor for about a minute. With your French press all you need to do is add your sweet cream to it and pump it until you see it getting all cloudy and with a nice thick consistency.

Personally, I love the non-electric method of using my French press, the results are just as good, and it is more fun.

My preferred method when making any coffee is always the one that is most fun.

No matter which methods you choose, if you are making the sweet cream cold foam, pour it over the back of a tablespoon to diffuse it and help it sit on top of your coffee beverage.

Cold Foam
Delicious Cold Foam

Read: Cold foam recipe

What Does Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam Taste Like?

It has a rich sweet and delicious taste similar to a high-quality delicious vanilla creamer with a great texture. It’s not too sweet and has a great lingering vanilla flavor.

It matches smooth mellow coffees very well, so be careful not to make your coffee too sweet or too bitter. Cold brew, iced coffee and nitro cold brew work well as they naturally have that hint of creaminess and are very mellow and smooth with rounded flavors.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Nutrition

It is good to know and to keep a watchful eye on the nutritional profile of the drinks that you are enjoying at Starbucks. At times, they can be liquid cakes!

Fine the sugar, fat and calorie content in the table below.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Beverage Size Sugar Fat Calories
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 9 grams 5 grams 90 calories
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 14 grams 5 grams 110 calories
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 23 grams 11 grams 200 calories
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 27 grams 16 grams 245 calories

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Calories

The amount of calories in a vanilla sweet cream cold brew are as follows:

  • Tall 12 Ounce (360 ml): 90 calories.
  • Grande 16 Ounce (480 ml): 110 calories.
  • Venti 24 Ounce (720 ml): 200 calories.
  • Trenta 30 Ounce (900 ml): 245 calories.

Given the amount of calories, the smaller the better if you are on a diet.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Sugar

The amount of sugar in your diet is good to monitor even if you are not diabetic or pre-diabetic.

  • Tall 12 Ounce (360 ml): 9 grams.
  • Grande 16 Ounce (480 ml): 14 grams.
  • Venti 24 Ounce (720 ml): 23 grams.
  • Trenta 30 Ounce (900 ml): 27 grams.

As above, the smaller the serving, the better. What catches my attention is the larger sizes will both almost put you over the RDA for sugar for men and women.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam

Is It Better To Whip Cream Warm Or Cold?

It is more beneficial to whip your cream while it is cold. The fat in dairy products emulsify faster and stay in an emulsified state for longer when cold. For a much better effect use a cold mixing bowl and a cold mixing attachment.

This, in case you are wondering, is why your cream expands more when you are using cold equipment, even when you are using your French press or a cocktail shaker.

What’s The Difference Between Cold Foam And Sweet Cream?

Cold foam is made from low-fat milk or non-fat milk. Sweet cream is made using 2% milk, usually dairy milk. In addition to this, heavy whipping cream is used in an equal amount. Flavored variations of both sweet cream and cold foam are sweetened using a flavored simple syrup

What Vanilla Sweet Cream Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks makes their vanilla sweet cream and their cold foam in house using heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup. The syrup used is their own branded syrup which is made under license by Fontana, the dairy products brand and supplier are unknown. 

What Is The White Foam In Starbucks Drinks?

The white foam in Starbucks drinks varies depending on what beverage you have ordered as there are different types of white foam.

The white foam that you see on their hot drinks like a latte, caramel macchiato mocha and a cappuccino, to name a few, is steamed milk, the white foam on top is called microfoam.

On other beverages like cold brew, nitro cold brew and iced coffee and other iced drinks may be cold foam or sweet cream, depending on the beverage ordered. The cold foam is made by frothing (not steaming) nonfat milk with their milk frother. Sweet cream is made in a similar way with 2% milk and heavy cream used in equal amounts.

You can replicate and emulate the foam at home using a Starbucks Verismo milk frother from Walmart and get the same rich creamy texture.

How Do I Substitute Starbucks Sweet Cream?

You can easily replicate Starbucks sweet cream by using 2% dairy milk, heavy cream and a pump or two of vanilla syrup. You can make your own or buy Starbucks syrup. 

If you want to substitute Starbucks Sweet cream for a healthier option you can make your own sugar-free vanilla syrup or check out Torani for a tasty sugar-free vanilla syrup. You can also opt for a cold foam instead of sweet cream. 

Can You Turn Melted Ice Cream Into Whipped Cream?


you must let your ice cream melt first to a point where you can easily stir it. Blend at a high speed until it is of a consistency that you like and forms stiff peaks. Keep in mind that one cup of ice cream will produce 1.5 cups of whipped cream.

Final Thoughts – How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Foam

Learning how to make vanilla sweet cream foam at home is great as it saves you a lot of money from buying your fancy coffee treats, and you can enjoy it in PJ’s at home or snuggling up with your partner with a movie or your fav Netflix series. 

Join our vibrant online coffee community on Facebook/Meta and share your home-made vanilla sweet cream creations and fave coffee time jokes and memes. 

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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