Brown Sugar Cold Foam

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Sweet and delicious, brown sugar cold foam is so easy to make at home in 2 minutes using 4 ingredients!

Brown sugar cold foam on top of an iced drink.

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Brown Sugar Cold Foam

Brown sugar cold foam is frothed heavy cream and milk that’s flavored with brown sugar. It’s made by adding air to the milk and cream by whipping or blending without heat or steam. A pourable topping for iced drinks, it adds a creamy, velvety touch.

At Starbucks, cold foam is made in a special blender that has a circular disc which makes tiny and perfectly uniform bubbles in the heavy cream mixture. Brown sugar cold foam can easily be made at home with a French press.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This brown sugar cold foam is based off of Starbucks’ cold foam recipe. It’s made with heavy cream, 2% milk, brown sugar syrup, and ground cinnamon (optional).
  • A deliciously smooth topping that can be poured onto iced drinks, it can be added or swapped in place of milk or cream.
  • This recipe takes only 2 minutes to make with a French press.

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Ingredient Notes

Brown Sugar Cold Foam ingredients measured in cups and bowls on a table.
  • Heavy cream: This key ingredient makes the cold foam thick enough to float on top of an iced drink.
  • 2% Milk: The milk is used to thin out the heavy cream so it can be pourable. Starbucks uses 2% milk but you can use the kind of milk you like.
  • Brown sugar syrup: Homemade brown sugar syrup is super easy to make at home. Make a batch and have enough left over for drinks the rest of the week.
  • Ground cinnamon (optional): Cinnamon goes really well with brown sugar, adding another layer of flavor but this is optional so you can take it out if you want.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Brown sugar syrup poured into a French press with milk.

Step 1: Put all ingredients into a French press.

French press with brown sugar cold foam.

Step 2: Place lid and move the plunger up and down. The cold foam will increase in volume.

Pour cold foam on top of an iced drink and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

To simplify the recipe, use half & half.

If you want to reduce the calories in your cold foam, replace heavy cream and milk with ⅓ cup of half & half.

Using alternative milk.

Almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk can all be used to replace the 2% milk in the recipe. Frothing just almond, soy, or oat milk and not using heavy cream at all will create varying results. The foam will be watery and thin.

Best results come from a French press or electric milk frother.

The more uniform and tiny bubbles you create in cold foam, the more velvety the texture will be. The French press or an electric milk frother that makes cold foam will give you the best results. If you don’t have a French press, a handheld milk frother will work, but the foam won’t be as uniform.

A manual way to make cold foam is to shake all the ingredients in a large jar with a tight lid. Just keep shaking until the froth looks like cold foam!

Expert Tips

  • Brown sugar cold foam can be placed on top of any iced drink, either by replacement for milk and sweeteners, or adding an extra creamy, sweet topping to your iced beverage.
  • Don’t overfill the French press since the foam will increase in size. Leave at least half the glass container empty.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or it won’t froth correctly, or at all. Be sure the liquids are touching the French press filter before moving the plunger.
  • Cold foam can be made up to 2 days beforehand and stored in the fridge.

Questions You May Have

How can I order brown sugar cold foam at Starbucks?

Since brown sugar cold foam is not on the regular Starbucks menu, you can order a customized one: “Can I get vanilla sweet cream cold foam with 2 pumps of brown sugar syrup and a little cinnamon blended into the foam?” This can only be ordered in person since the option isn’t available on the app.

Can I get flavored cold foam at Starbucks?

Yes, in addition to the regular menu flavored cold foams at Starbucks, you can customize them with any flavored syrup, matcha, or puree that’s available. All customized cold foams must be ordered in person since there’s no way to request the syrup blended into a cold foam via the app. Ask the barista to add 2 pumps of the syrup you’d like to be blended into cold foam.

How does Starbucks make their cold foam?

Starbucks has special Vitamix blenders with a circular disc with holes that can aerate liquids and it’s only used to make cold foam.

Brown Sugar Cold Foam being poured into a tall glass of iced coffee.

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Brown Sugar Cold Foam

By: Jee Choe
Sweet and delicious, brown sugar cold foam is so quick and easy to make at home!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar syrup
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Put all ingredients into a French press.
  • Place the lid and move the plunger up and down 40 times.
    The cold foam will increase in volume.
  • Pour cold foam on top of an iced drink and serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you want cold foam with less calories or to make things easier, replace the heavy cream and milk with ⅓ cup of half & half. Half & half is half cream and half milk.
  • A manual way to make cold foam is to shake all the ingredients in a large jar with a tight lid. Just keep shaking until the froth looks like cold foam!
  • Don’t overfill the French press since the foam will increase in size. Leave at least half the glass container empty.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or it won’t froth correctly, or at all. Be sure the liquids are touching the French press filter before moving the plunger.
  • Cold foam can be made up to 2 days beforehand and stored in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 264Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 906IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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