Learning what’s in Starbucks vanilla sweet cream will help you stick to your dietary goals and obligations as well as setting you on the path to making your own Starbucks vanilla sweet cream recipe at home with an easy-to-follow copycat recipe.
If you are in a rush, here is the answer right off the bat:
It contains only 3 ingredients: vanilla syrup, 2% milk and heavy cream.
Keep reading for a tasty and delicious recipe and instructions on how to make vanilla sweet cream at home!
What Is Sweet Cream Foam Made Of? – What’s In Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream!
Sweet cream cold foam is made with 2% milk and heavy cream. It is very easy to make at home own your at home, it is also very easy to make a vegan friendly and keto friendly versions.
For a tasty vegan friendly version you can use coconut cream, coconut milk and, optionally, vanilla. For keto friendly options, it is as simple as looking for keto friendly cream and keto friendly milk, have a good look on Amazon.
For a flavored keto option, simply add sugar-free flavored syrup.
Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Recipe
I love just how simple it is to make a tasty Starbucks vanilla sweet cream with this copycat recipe.
Follow the instructions and, I advise using or making sugar-free vanilla syrup as there are 5 grams of sugar and 10 calories per pump.
There are only 3 ingredients that you need to make a Starbucks-style vanilla sweet cream. You might even have all 3 in your pantry!
Here they are:
- 2% milk.
- Heavy cream.
- Vanilla syrup.
How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream At Home
This is so easy to make, and you can make as much or as little as you wish. Let’s start with the vanilla syrup. I suggest that you make a lot of the coffee syrup since it doesn’t really go off and can be used in a number of recipes and not only coffee drinks.
Vanilla Coffee Syrup
This is easily available in Starbucks in both regular and sugar-free forms and can easily be bought in store from your local outlet.
You can also buy a number of other brands from Walmart, Target, eBay and Amazon. You can get exotic and try French vanilla or Madagascar vanilla simple syrup.
Making your own vanilla-flavored simple syrup for coffee drinks is easy. Just use equal amounts of filtered water and sugar.
Take 1 cup of water to a boiling point and let it simmer. Add one cup of sugar and mix well. Mix it very well until all is dissolved.
Take two freshly chopped vanilla pods and add them to your mix of simmering sugar water mix. Stir well, and ensure good extraction of the flavor from the vanilla pods. Let it simmer with a lid over your saucepan for approximately 20 to 25 min.
It is much better to make your syrup this way than using a vanilla extract.
Let the solution cool for approximately 30 min and then filter the vanilla pods from your solution using a sieve. You may need to filter a second time.
Store your vanilla flavored simple syrup in a glass container with an airtight container.
How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream At Home!
This part is just as easy as making the vanilla flavored coffee syrup.
Use equal parts of 2% milk and heavy cream. Mix them well together by stirring well. Add two teaspoons of vanilla syrup at a time and mix well each time. In between, taste test your sweet cream to ensure you have just the correct amount of vanilla added and not too much or too little.
You don’t need to use a hand blender to ensure that your ingredients are well blended; a whisk or a spoon is fine.
Viola! You have your very own Starbucks Vanilla sweet cream to add to your coffee.
Starbucks Sweet Cream Calories
It is not easy to determine how many calories are in Starbucks sweet cream on its own. The table below indicates how much sugar, fat and calories are in a Starbucks sweet cream when served in a cold brew coffee.
|Tall 12 Oz (360ml)||12g||90||6g|
|Grande 16 Oz (480 ml)||14g||110||6g|
|Venti 24 Oz (720 ml)||24g||200||11g|
|Trenta 31 Oz (930 ml)||26g||200||11g|
Try A Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew!
Your freshly made vanilla sweet cream is an excellent addition to a cold brew coffee. You can add your sweet cream to any coffee drink, but in opinion, one of the best coffees to use it in is a cold brew coffee.
If you want to replicate a Starbucks cold brew you have a few options:
- Buy a premade cold brew itself from Starbucks.
- Buy a packet of their instant “just add water” cold brew sachets.
- Buy their ready to drink box of cold brew coffee.
- Buy their breakfast blend of whole coffee beans and make your own cold brew coffee.
The first 3 options require no effort. The last one, a little effort and a lot of patience due to the long brew time of 12 to 16 hours.
Grind your beans to a coarse, even grind size and use a coffee to water ratio of 1:8. I strongly advise making extra due to the long brewing time. If you enjoy a 12 Oz (360 ml) cup of coffee, make 36 Oz, enough for 3 cups of coffee or a cup of coffee every morning for 3 days.
36 Oz (1080 ml) of water and 4.5 Oz (135 grams) of coarse coffee grounds. Use ice-cold filtered water and a glass container with an airtight lid. Add your grounds to the container and then add your coffee grounds. Place your coffee and water in your fridge and let it brew for 12 to 16 hours.
It is much better to extract your cold brew at a low temperature in your fridge to get a better extraction of the low temperature flavor compounds. You may need a longer extraction time, perhaps up to 24 hours. Taste test after 12 hours and every few hours after that to ensure you have the perfect taste for you.
Once ready, it is very, read critically, important that you filter out the coffee grounds as your coffee will continue to extract and eventually become too bitter to enjoy. Filter using a metal filter, due to the grind size a sieve will be good enough.
This too is important as a metal filter will not filter out any of the coffee oils that give your coffee its flavor and body.
When your cold brew coffee is ready, pour into a tall glass with ice and pour in your vanilla sweet cream and enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions About What’s In Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream
Does Vanilla Sweet Cream Have Coffee?
No, vanilla sweet cream on its own has no coffee. It is made with just three ingredients: heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup. No coffee is involved in its production. It is added to coffee drinks, but does not contain coffee or any caffeine for that matter.
Is Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Dairy Free?
No, unfortunately Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew is not dairy free as it contains 2% milk and heavy cream. Without the use of diary milk, it does not have the same texture or consistency.
You can request that your barista makes you a dairy-free cold foam to be made with almond, soy or coconut milk and flavored with any syrup that you so choose. Coconut milk and vanilla sounds delightful. You can make your own at home as long as you have a heavy cream or very creamy non-dairy milk and a milk to mix with it.
Is Sweet Cream And Sweet Cream Cold Foam The Same?
No, both are different. Sweet cream is designed to cascade and slowly drizzle down and blend into your drink. Cold foam is crafted to sit on top of your drink.
Does Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Have Caffeine?
No, there is no caffeine in vanilla sweet cream cold foam or any cold foam of any flavor. It is the coffee drink that accompanies the tasty topping that contains caffeine, not the cold foam.
What Is Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Milk?
Starbucks vanilla sweet cream is a tasty topping that is great with iced coffee and cold brew coffee drinks. Its a mix of equal parts of 2% milk and heavy cream. It’s flavored and sweetened with vanilla syrup.
What Is Substitute Vanilla Sweet Cream Starbucks?
Substitute vanilla sweet cream is vanilla sweet cream made with half-and-half cream instead of equal amounts of 2% milk and heavy cream. It is flavored and sweetened with vanilla syrup.
Does Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Have Dairy?
Yes, as a standard order vanilla sweet cream is made with heavy cream and 2% milk and has dairy. You can request that it is made dairy free with almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or soy milk instead.
Is Sweet Cream The Same As Milk?
No, sweet cream is not the same as milk it is a blend of heavy cream and 2% milk. It is more accurate to call it half-and-half cream.
Final Thoughts – What’s In Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream?
If you have read this far, you know exactly what the three ingredients are and no longer have that “what’s in Starbucks vanilla sweet cream?” question buzzing around your head.
you have a great recipe and instruction on how to make the vanilla syrup, the sweet cream and truly great cold brew coffee. Put them all together, and you can make truly enjoyable Starbucks style vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee.
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