Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

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Perfectly sweet, frothy, and creamy, this Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam copycat recipe is incredibly easy to make at home and takes just 2 minutes with 3 ingredients!

Cold Foam in a cup with iced coffee.

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is a Starbucks topping for cold drinks. It’s a cold, frothed milk and cream (made without heat or steam) that’s flavored with vanilla.

Cold foam is pourable, and it’s a cold version of hot, steamed milk froth that goes into lattes. It’s a thinner version of whipped cream and it’s made by adding air into the milk and cream, creating tiny air bubbles.

Starbucks makes cold foam in a special blender but it can easily be made at home in a French press.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This copycat Starbucks cold foam recipe is sweetened and flavored using vanilla syrup.
  • There’s just 3 ingredients in this recipe. Water, sugar, and vanilla syrup are all that’s needed. Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup.
  • A quick and easy recipe, cold foam is made in just 2 minutes using a French press.

RELATED: Caramel Cold Foam

Ingredient Notes

Vanilla Sweet Crean Cold Foam ingredients.
  • Heavy cream: This is key to making cold foam. The heayy cream froths up nicely to create velvety texture.
  • 2% milk: Because heavy cream alone is a little too rich, 2% milk is added to thin it out a bit to make it pourable. You can also use whole or skim milk.
  • Vanilla syrup: This flavors and sweetens the cold foam. Use homemade or store-bought.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions

Milk, heavy cream, and vanilla in a french press.

Step 1: Put heavy cream, milk, and vanilla syrup into a French press.

Cold foam in a French press.

Step 2: Put on the lid and move the plunger up and down. The cold foam will double in volume.

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

Recipe Notes

Use half & half as a shortcut.

A shortcut to making vanilla sweet cream cold foam is using half & half. Replace the heavy cream and milk with ⅓ cup of half & half.

A French press or an electric milk frother makes the best cold foam.

A handheld milk frother can also be used to make cold foam but the French press or an electric milk frother with a cold setting like an Aeroccino does a better job of creating smooth foam.

Don’t overfill or underfill the French press.

Since the heavy cream will double in volume as air is pumped in, only fill the French press halfway. Make sure the French press filter is fully submerged in the milk and cream so that air can be pumped in.

Expert Tips

  • Get Starbucks vanilla syrup at any Starbucks location by asking if they have any available for purchase. If they have extra in stock, they’ll sell it to you for about $20.
  • Cold foam is only added on top of iced drinks since it’ll melt into a hot beverage too quickly.
  • Any iced drink that tastes great with milk will be delicious when it’s topped off with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
  • Any leftover cold foam can be stored in the fridge for 2 days. It’s best to make and serve immediately.

Questions You May Have

What is cold foam?

Cold foam is cold, frothed milk and cream. It’s a drink topping for cold beverages.

Can I make cold foam if I don’t have a French press or handheld milk frother?

Another way of making cold foam is by shaking it vigorously in an airtight container like a large jar with a tight lid.

Can I make different flavored cold foam?

Swap out the vanilla syrup with another flavored syrup to make different cold foams. Try rose syrup to make rose cold foam or brown sugar syrup to make brown sugar cold foam.

Vanilla sweet cream cold foam in a cup with iced coffee.

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam (Starbucks Copycat)

By: Jee Choe
Recreate Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam in your kitchen in just 2 minutes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup

Instructions 

  • Put heavy cream, milk, and vanilla syrup 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.
    Serve immediately.

Notes

  • A shortcut to making vanilla sweet cream cold foam is using half & half. Replace the heavy cream and milk with ⅓ cup of half & half.
  • Since the heavy cream will double in volume as air is pumped in, only fill the French press halfway. Make sure the French press filter is fully submerged in the milk and cream so that air can be pumped in.
  • No French press? Just shake ingredients for a few minutes in a large jar with a tight lid. The more you shake, the more froth you’ll create.
  • Any leftover cold foam can be stored in the fridge for 2 days. It’s best to make and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 328Carbohydrates: 32gProtein: 2gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 112mgSugar: 31gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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