The easiest copycat recipe for Starbucks' sweet cream cold foam. This go-to recipe is the simplest way to make your homemade cold brew and espresso drinks a little bit fancy.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Low effort. Making cold foam at home is easier than ordering coffee out. It's fast, straight-forward and easier than anything.
Cheap. A whole batch of cold foam is cheaper than a single cup of cold brew at Starbucks. It's made with only 3 ingredients and costs less than $5.
Accessible. This cold foam recipe can be made in a blender, a French press or a cold mason jar. There's a version for equipment of all kinds for all households.
Vanilla Syrup. Any store-bought vanilla flavoured simple syrup will do, but I always prefer to make mine from scratch. Check out my simple syrup base recipe!
Milk. 2% milk is ideal as it's what Starbucks uses. In a pinch, you could use 1% or whole milk, but avoid using skim milk.
Whipping Cream. Heavy cream or whipping cream are interchangeable. Coffee cream is not a substitute for whipping cream.
How to Make This Recipe
Combine the vanilla simple syrup, 2% milk and cream in a bottle with an airtight container. Stir to combine. This creates vanilla sweet cream.
To turn your sweet cream into sweet cream cold foam, simply mix together your sweet cream until it's the consistency of melted ice cream. There's two ways to do this.
Take the entire recipe and place it in a high powered blender. Blend on high until the cream mixture has reached the desired texture (again, it should look like melted ice cream).
French Press. Take a single serving of sweet cream and place it in a French Press. Move the plunger up and down until the mixture has doubled in size.
Mason jar. Place the single serving of sweet cream into a chilled mason jar and shake vigorously until the sweet cream has reached the desired texture and doubled in size.
Milk frother. Add 3 tablespoons of the sweet cream to a small glass. Whip with the milk frother until the sweet cream resembles melted ice cream and has doubled in size. Do not use a steam wand as it will heat the mixture. You want the sweet cream cold foam to be cold.
FAQs and Expert Tips
To make sure you give your sweet cream the best chance to foam, make sure all ingredients are cold. If you find the foam isn't thickening, return all ingredients to the fridge to chill.
The final texture of your cold foam should be creamy, foamy and frothy. It should look something like melted ice cream or whipped cream right before it reaches soft peaks.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you can't make cold foam with a steam wand. Steam wands use steam to froth and heat liquids into a frothy drink, so it will be too warm to add to iced coffee drinks.
In a pinch, you can replace the milk and heavy cream with 1 and ¼ cups of half and half. Coffee cream is a good substitute for half and half for my Canadian readers.
Make sure if you use this as a substitute, you use coffee cream and not a flavoured coffee creamer.
Ideally, you should use ¼ cup of sweet cream cold foam per cup of coffee. If you do, you'll be able to make about 6 cups of cold brew with cold foam.
The best way to enjoy sweet cream cold foam is over a cup of cold brew coffee! If you're buying store bought coffee - STOP! It's as easy as soaking coffee grounds in water overnight. Check out my cold brew coffee recipe to see for yourself.
Cold foam also makes a delicious addition to matcha or any latte tea drinks like a chai tea or London fog. It's great when added to Dalgona Matcha Lattes, too.
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Sweet Cream Cold Foam
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- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and stir to combine. This is sweet cream and it stays good in the fridge for up to 5 days. To make sweet cream cold foam, choose one of the methods below.
- This is my favourite method! Take 3-4 tablespoons of sweet cream and add it to your French Press. Pump the French Press until the sweet cream has doubled in size and looks like melted ice cream.
- Place a mason jar in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before you want your coffee. Place 3-4 tablespoons of sweet cream and add it to the cold mason jar. Shake the jar vigorously until the mixture has thickened and resembles melted ice cream.
- Add 3 tablespoons of the sweet cream to a small glass. Whip with the milk frother until the sweet cream resembles melted ice cream and has doubled in size. Do not use a steam wand as it will heat the mixture. You want the sweet cream cold foam to be cold.
Bulk Batch (Blender)
- If you're making a large batch of cold foam, place the entire batch into a high powered blender and blend until doubled in size and until the mixture looks like melted ice cream.
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