Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Recipe & Calories

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Recipe & Calories

Last updated on November 13th, 2023 at 14:26

This article is all about helping you to make healthy and amazing vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cold foam. I focus on emulating the drink sold by Starbucks and discuss alteration for making both a much better cold brew coffee base and a better, more natural tasting vanilla sweet cream cold foam topping.

I also include how to make a non-dairy version of the topping. These instructions are brought to you alongside the recipe for emulating the beverage sold by Starbucks exactly.

Keep reading for the full details.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

This, a vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cold foam, is one of the most popular cold brew coffee drinks ordered during hot summer afternoons.

It’s easy to make at home with the benefit of being able to have greater flexibility as far customizing the beverage and making it healthier, more delicious and with reduced calories and less sugar.

You can also make it more nutritious.

And let’s get to it!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

Read: How many calories in vanilla sweet cream cold foam?

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Starbucks Recipe

This vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cold foam is a Starbucks copycat recipe with full instructions.

I also talk about the option of making this tasty coffee dairy free and your vanilla sweet cream cold foam using natural ingredients should you so wish to.

Ingredients For Making Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

Very few ingredients are needed for making this tasty coffee beverage. At Latte Love Brew, we encourage you to use the best ingredients and the best equipment that you can afford.

Ingredients Needed

  • 8 Oz (240 grams) Whole Bean Starbucks Breakfast Blend Coffee Beans.
  • 2 Oz (60 ml) Heavy Cream.
  • 2 Oz (60 ml) Whole Fat Milk.
  • Two Pumps Of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup.

Of course, you can use any coffee beans that you want to make a cold brew coffee. If you want to use beans, that is better than Starbucks Breakfast Blend. My suggestions are Stone Street’s Cold Brew and Out Of The Grey Coffee’s Honduras Comsa.

The Starbucks vanilla syrup can be switched for their sugar-free vanilla syrup.

You can also use other tastier and exotic versions like Madagascar vanilla or French vanilla syrup by Davinci Gourmet.

I’ll give you instructions for making the sweet cream cold foam using an organic vanilla pod later.

If you want a dairy free version, swap the heavy cream for coconut cream and the whole milk for coconut milk.

Why You Need To Use Milk And Cream

There is a reason why you must use both heavy cream and whole milk. If you use just heavy cream you may end up with a clumpy vanilla sweet cream cold foam. The addition of milk is to prevent that from happening.

This is also the same reason why half-and-half cream, essentially what we are making, is made with equal amounts of heavy cream and whole milk.

Instructions For Making A Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

The best way of making this beverage is to start by making your Starbucks cold brew coffee.

Let’s get you making the perfect cold brew coffee!

Weigh 8 Oz (240 grams) of Starbucks Breakfast Blend whole coffee beans.

(remember, you can use the two premium quality alternatives I suggested earlier).

Grind your beans to a coarse and even grind size using a ceramic flat burr grinder. Grind in 5 second bursts with a 3-second rest between. This technique is to prevent clumping and helps to reduce heat transfer.

Add your coarse coffee grinds to a glass airtight container.

Weigh or measure 64 Ounces (1.92 liters) of fresh bottled or filtered water.

Add your water to your container with your coffee grounds.

Shake your bottle and put it in your fridge to extract for 24 to 32+ hours.

The sharp coffee lovers will be noting we are using a coffee to water ratio of 1:8, and you are making a lot of cold brew.

Cold brew coffee takes a long time to brew and stays well in your fridge for 5 to 7 days. That is why it is a good idea to make a lot at a time.

We are extracting in the fridge to get a better extraction of the low temperature compounds.

Starbucks extract their cold brew at room temperature. You’ll get a better coffee at lower temperatures.

Taste test your coffee after 18-20 hours. If your cold brew is perfect and hits the spot for you, great!

If it is not, put your coffee back into the fridge and leave it to extract for three to four hours more.

When it is perfect for you, filter out the coffee grounds using a metal filter. A proper metal coffee filter is perfect, but the filter basket of your automatic drip coffee maker will get the job done just as well as will using a metal sieve.

Do not forget to filter your coffee grounds as they will continue to extract until you remove them, eventually over brewing your coffee.

Give your coffee grounds a second life by using them to fertilize your plants and revitalize your soil or use on yoru compost pile!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Starbucks
Cold Brew Is Easy To Make On Your Own

Read: Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam calories

Making Your Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Making sweet cream cold foam is very easy. Add the 2 Oz of heavy whipping cream and 2 ounces of whole milk to a mason jar. Mix them well together and add your two pumps of Starbucks vanilla syrup.

I suggest, for health reasons, using sugar-free vanilla syrup.

Mix well again to ensure your vanilla syrup is well mixed in your sweet cream.

To make your sweet cream a cold foam, insert your handheld electric milk frother to the bottom and froth while moving your milk frother through your vanilla sweet cream evenly and slowly from top to bottom again. Do this several times until you have thick, stiff peaks.

Your vanilla sweet cream cold foam is now ready for adding to your cold brew coffee. Use a spoon to scoop it in top of your cold brew coffee and enjoy.

You can make your recipe 100% dairy free by using coconut cream and coconut milk and using the same method. You’ll end up with a tasty coconut-vanilla sweet cream cold foam topping.

Making A Natural Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

This is how I love to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam and all my tasty toppings!

By using natural ingredients!

Since it stays well for 2 to 3 days, you can make a small batch at a time.

Add equal amounts of heavy whipping cream (heavy cream) and whole fat milk to a saucepan. Calculate 2 Oz of each ingredient for each cup that you want to make.

Slice an organic vanilla pod. You can get exotic and use a Madagascar or French vanilla pod.

Add it to your dairy solution and mix well and keep stirring while you heat at a low temperature.

Monitor your temperature and ensure that it does not go above 50C (130F).

The milk sugars and milk start to burn above this temperature. Let your vanilla and half-and-half cream simmer for half an hour to extract the vanilla flavor.

Transfer your solution to a mason jar or similar container with the slices of your vanilla pod and let it cool naturally and leave it for 6 to 12 hours to extract the flavor from the vanilla.

When ready, filter out the vanilla pods and whip your naturally flavored sweet cream to turn it into a sweet cream cold foam using your handheld electric milk frother.

Move your frother through your sweet cream evenly and slowly to ensure that you get both a good and even distribution of flavors and to get an even whipping of your sweet cream.

Whip for about a minute or two until you get good quality stiff peaks.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Calories
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam Calories

Keep an eye on your diet and sugar and calorie intake will help to keep you in shape.

The table below indicates the calorie count for the regular vanilla sweet cream cold brew cold for and the sugar-free version.

Drink Size Sugar Fat Calories Calories (Sugar Free Version) Calories Cold Brew Coffee Only Pumps Of Vanilla Syrup Caffeine
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 9 g 5 g 90 70 5 1 140 mg
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 14g 5 g 110 70 5 2 185 mg
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 23 g 11 g 200 140 5 3 275 mg
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 28 g 11 g 220 140 5 4 320 mg

The recommended maximum daily intake for sugar is 27 grams per day for women and 36 grams for men as specified by the American Heart Association, which I strongly advise that you pay attention to and stick to these limits.

The maximum caffeine intake per day is 400 mg for healthy adults and 200 mg for pregnant ladies and breast feeding women.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Calories

The vanilla sweet cream cold foam calorie count alone is easy to work out. I started with the cold brew calorie count which is 5 calories for all drink sizes and the number of calories in a vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

The difference between the two is how many calories the topping has. Which is as follows:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 85 calories.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 115 calories.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 195 calories.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 215 calories

For the sugar-free version I had to deduct 20 calories per pump of vanilla syrup used, which means the sugar-free vanilla sweet cream cold foam has the following calories:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 65 calories.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 65 calories.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 135 calories.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 135 calories

Notably, the sugar-free version is not completely sugar-free as it contains 4 grams of sugar for the two smaller drink sizes and 8 grams for the two larger drink sizes. This is due to the sugar that is in the dairy products used.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

Does vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Have Cold Foam On Top?

Vanilla sweet cream cold brew does not have a cold foam that sits on top of your drink as the vanilla sweet cream cascades into your cold brew coffee.

Cold foam, which sits on top of your coffee beverages, is different from sweet cream and the flavored versions of it such as salted caramel sweet cream, caramel sweet cream and of course vanilla sweet cream.

Is Sweet Cream Cold Foam And Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam The Same?

No, there is a slight difference between sweet cream cold foam and vanilla sweet cream cold foam. That slight difference is the use of vanilla syrup to flavor the sweet cream cold foam.

Can You Get Cold Foam On Cold Brew?

Yes, you can get a cold foam topping on your cold brew coffee, iced coffee or, to be quite frank, on any coffee drink that you want.

Cold foam originally debuted on a hot Caffe Americano and long before that, by a few centuries, a version of cold foam was used in coffee beverages in Vienna, Austria!

The cold foam can be flavored as you so desire.

What Is The Difference Between Cold Brew And Cold Foam?

Cold brew coffee is a coffee beverage that is intentionally brewed to extract the low temperature compounds and produces a tasty well-balanced coffee with a low acidity.

Cold foam is a topping made with nonfat milk and blended, often with a flavored syrup, to create a delicious topping.

What Is The Point Of Cold Foam?

The point of cold foam is to create a layered drink where you taste a little of the cold foam topping and the coffee with each sip creating a different experience with a little creaminess in the texture of every sip that you take.

Can You Add Cold Foam At Starbucks?

Yes, cold foam is an option that you have at Starbucks. In their outlets you can order it for any drink, hot or cold.

On their website and app (available on iOS and Android) at the time of writing only has the option for adding it to cold brew coffee, nitro cold brew and iced coffee drinks.

How Do You Modify Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew?

You can fully customize everything at Starbucks and have it as you like it exactly. You can order your vanilla sweet cream cold brew with more pumps of vanilla for a stronger vanilla flavor or less for a weaker one.

You can also opt for it to be made with a sugar-free vanilla syrup.

The milk used can also be altered with the regular cows milk swapped for oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk.

You can also get exotic and order a pump of honey to be added and yoru drink to sweetened with stevia.

Can You Add Any Flavor To Cold Foam?

Yes, you can add any flavor that you so wish to cold foam. A popular addition is, of course, vanilla syrup, as is caramel syrup and salted caramel syrup.

Honey is a great addition too.

You can also flavor using vanilla bean paste, vanilla extract and even sliced vanilla pods.

Final Thoughts – Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew With Cold Foam

I hope that you enjoyed making this vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee with cold foam and enjoy making a better, healthier and more delicious version of this drink, which is of course the coconut cream and coconut milk version made with a freshly organic vanilla pod.

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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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