Ever tried making your own Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam at home? Don't worry coffee lovers, you can skip the Starbucks line. Make your own sweet cream at home quickly and easily to top your cold brew and iced coffees!
We like making our own copycat Starbucks cold foam recipe at home. It's just so simple! Take your drinks up a notch, you deserve it. 😉
Add this creamy cloud with the consistency of melted ice cream to your favorite iced coffee drinks, or cold brew coffee recipe for the perfect sip.
❤️Why you'll love this
- Simple ingredients: There are only 4 necessary ingredients needed for this recipe, and you most likely have them all on hand without needing a trip to the grocery store.
- Quick & easy: This delicious coffee creamer substitute is ready in less than 5 minutes.
- No special equipment needed: You don't need an espresso machine or really any fancy barista equipment to make this yourself at home.
- Easy to customize for different diet types
Here are the necessary ingredients. You will find full quantities and nutritional information in the recipe card below.
- Heavy cream - The base of the cold foam recipe.
- Milk - Whole milk is what we used for a creamy and delicious texture.
- Sweetener of choice - We eat a sugar free diet, so we use a powdered sugar replacement. Powdered sugar works just fine, and you can use your favorite sweetening agent.
- Vanilla extract - To flavor the cold foam.
To start, make sure your heavy cream and milk are very cold.
Start by making the vanilla sweet cream. This can be pre-mixed and stored in the fridge. It can be added to drinks on its own like coffee creamer without being frothed.
Add whole milk and heavy cream to a mixing jar or container.
Add in vanilla extract, powdered sweetener, and stir to combine. This can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days and doesn't need to be frothed to use.
To make the vanilla sweet cream cold foam, add 2-3 ounces of the vanilla sweet cream to a jar. Use a handheld frother to froth the mixture for about 1-2 minutes until thickened, but not totally whipped like cream. The mixture should be pourable.
Add to your favorite iced coffee or cold brew.
That's it! Enjoy!
Hint: Make sure the vanilla sweet cream is very cold before frothing.
✨Substitutions & variations
Looking to make this suit your diet type? No worries, this sweet cream foam can be made in a few different ways.
- Lower calorie - You can swap the whole milk for non-fat milk or skim milk. We do recommend using the heavy cream so the mixture can whip up with a nice creamy texture.
- Lower carb - Use a low carb milk (our favorite brand is Fairlife) in place of regular whole milk. You can also swap with your favorite nut milk.
- Dairy-free or vegan - Feel free to use creamy oat milk, full-fat coconut milk, or soy milk in place of regular milk.
- Sweetener of choice- As mentioned, we eat a refined sugar free and reduced sugar diet, so we use sugar replacements in our recipes. This recipe can easily be made with any sweetener you choose, including honey, maple syrup, agave, simple syrup, regular sugar or powdered sugar.
💭How to make your own homemade vanilla syrup
You may prefer to make a vanilla syrup to have on hand to make your vanilla sweet cold foam at any time, or to make other drinks. It will keep for weeks in the fridge in an airtight container. Here's how to make it.
- Combine 1 cup of water with 1 and ⅓ cups of allulose sweetener, or 1 cup of granular sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sweetener.
- After the mixture has dissolved, remove from the heat, and stir in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
- Allow to cool completely before adding to regular cold foam, then continue with the steps as before to whip the cream.
*Allulose has been known to cause some GI distress in some people if consumed in large quantities. We recommend starting out by not consuming more than 1 serving at one time before making another drink!
☕️Copycat Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew
- Start by making your vanilla sweet cream. Keep refrigerated until time to use.
- Add ice to a glass, followed by 1 cup of store-bought or homemade cold brew coffee.
- Top with sweet cream cold foam and enjoy!
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We don't recommend fully preparing your coffee drinks ahead of time. But you can make the vanilla sweet cream ahead of time. Mix ingredients together, and store in an airtight container like a mason jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
The vanilla sweet cream can be added to drinks on its own as regular coffee creamer. Make sure to whip it fresh if you want to make cold foam.
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Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe
- 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
- 4 ounces whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 27 grams powdered erythritol (3 tablespoons, or to taste. Can be substituted 1:1 for powdered sugar)
- Start by making the vanilla sweet cream. Combine milk, cream, vanilla extract, and sweetener to a mixing glass and mix with a spoon to combine. This can be used on its own without being frothed like coffee creamer.
- To make the cold foam, add 2-3 ounces of COLD vanilla sweet cream to a jar or mixing container. Use a handheld frother or whisk and mix for 1-2 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. It shouldn't be whipped cream but should thicken and still be pourable.
- Add to top your favorite iced coffee or cold brew. Enjoy!
- Store vanilla sweet cream in the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container. Don't froth and then store, only froth when you are ready to enjoy it. Do not freeze.
- One serving weighs roughly 2.25 ounces.
- Powdered erythritol lowers the calories significantly, as it's a zero-calorie sugar substitute. It can easily be substituted with powdered sugar.
- The sweet cream should be sweetened to taste. Feel free to add more sweetener to suit your personal preference.
- If you're looking to lower the carbs even further, use a special brand (our favorite is called Fairlife) or nut milk.
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.