Caramel Cold Foam

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Top your iced drink with this decadent caramel cold foam that can easily be made at home in just 2 minutes!

Caramel cold foam poured over an iced coffee in a glass.

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Caramel Cold Foam

Caramel cold foam is cold, frothed milk flavored with caramel that’s poured on top of iced drinks. It’s made by frothing together (without heat or steam) cold heavy cream, milk, and caramel sauce.

Making the perfect cold foam is all about the bubbles you create when frothing the ingredients. The more uniform and tiny bubbles you can create in your foam, the more velvety the cold foam texture will be.

To make cold foam at home, all you need is a French press.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This easy caramel cold foam is based off of Starbucks cold foam recipe and takes just 2 minutes to make in a French press.
  • Caramel cold foam can be added to any iced drink, replacing milk and sweeteners.
  • The foam texture is creamy and smooth, making it a delicious drink topping.

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Ingredient Notes

Caramel cold foam ingredients in measuring cups.
  • Heavy cream: Combining heavy cream with milk gives cold foam the right consistency to float on an iced drink.
  • 2% milk: The milk thins out the heavy cream because cold foam is thinner than whipped cream and thicker than milk alone. Starbucks uses 2% milk but you can use full fat milk.
  • Caramel sauce: To flavor and sweeten the cold foam. Use store-bought caramel sauce since it’s easier than making it at home.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions

Heavy cream, caramel, and milk in a French Press.

Step 1: Put all ingredients into a French press. Stir to make sure the thick caramel doesn’t just sit at the bottom of the French press.

French press plunging ingredients into foam.

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

Expert Tips

  • An electric milk frother on the cold setting will also work well in place of a French press.
  • ⅓ cup of half & half can replace with heavy cream and milk in the recipe if you want a lighter version of the cold foam.
  • When frothing the ingredients, cold foam will increase in volume, so be careful not to fill the French press more than halfway.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or it won’t foam up. The French press filter must touch the liquid.
  • Cold foam can be stored in the fridge for 2 days. It’s best to make it and serve immediately.

Questions You May Have

Does Starbucks have caramel cold foam?

On their standard menu the only caramel cold foam is their salted caramel cold foam. Caramel cold foam is part of the secret menu, so must be ordered with directions on how to make it.

How can I order caramel cold foam at Starbucks?

Customize cold foam by asking: “Can I get vanilla sweet cream cold foam with 2 pumps of caramel syrup blended into the foam?”

Can I make cold foam without a French press or a handheld milk frother?

Yes. Shake ingredients in a large jar with a lid that’s tightly closed. The more you shake, the more froth you’ll create.

Pouring cold foam into a cup of iced coffee.

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Caramel Cold Foam

By: Jee Choe
Top your iced drink with this decadent caramel cold foam that can easily be made at home in just 2 minutes!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce

Instructions 

  • Put heavy cream, milk, and caramel sauce into a French press. Stir to combine.
    This is essential to make sure the caramel mixes well with the cream and milk.
  • 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.

Notes

  • ⅓ cup of half & half can replace with heavy cream and milk in the recipe if you want a lighter version of the cold foam.
  • A handheld milk frother can also make cold foam, but a French press does a better job of creating foam.
  • When frothing the ingredients, cold foam will increase in volume, so be careful not to fill the French press more than halfway.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or it won’t foam up. The French press filter must touch the liquid.
  • Cold foam can be stored in the fridge for 2 days. It’s best to make it and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 217Carbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 99mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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