If you’re a Starbucks lover, then you are going to swoon over this at-home cold foam recipe!
It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and you can store this copycat vanilla sweet cream cold foam in your fridge for up to 5 days.
Starbucks fans, we are about to make your dreams come true with his vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe! In this post, we’ll teach you how to make cold foam, how to flavor it, and what to use it with.
What is cold foam?
Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is Starbucks’ signature summer creamer that’s commonly served on top of cold brew coffee.
Cold foam is sweet, creamy, and frothed (AKA foamed) perfectly to float on the top of your cold brew. It’s essentially an upgraded sweetened vanilla creamer and we’re here for it.
What You Need for Homemade Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Heavy cream: heavy cream is the basis of vanilla sweet cream foam.
2% milk: a little 2% milk is added in so that the heavy cream doesn’t turn into whipped cream, rather it turns into a foam. Don’t skip this!
Vanilla bean paste: there is nothing better than seeing the little specs of vanilla bean paste. You’ll need 1/2 vanilla bean for this.
Simple syrup: feel free to use a store-bought simple syrup or make your own homemade simple syrup.
Salt: a little bit of salt brings out all that yummy vanilla flavor!
Why do I need to use cream and milk?
The reason why you need to dilute the cream with a little milk is so that it doesn’t clump and can easily mix with your coffee. Often times when you add straight cream into coffee, it clumps, which is why most people use half and half (cream + milk).
Can I use iced coffee instead?
You can absolutely use iced coffee instead of cold brew coffee.
Not even sure what the difference is? Cold brew coffee is brewed through soaking instead of through heat. Check out our homemade cold brew recipe here.
How to Make
Cold Brew Coffee
Check out this super simple tutorial on how to make your own cold brew coffee at home with just 2 ingredients!
What can I use instead of simple syrup?
If you don’t want to use simple syrup but still want to make your sweet cream sweet, here are a few ideas:
- Honey simple syrup
- Maple syrup
- Stevia (not recommended)
Can I use vanilla extract?
While we prefer vanilla bean past, you can use vanilla extract if that’s all you have. We recommend 1/2 – 1 teaspoon.
How to Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Let’s make Starbucks vanilla sweet cream!
- Scrape vanilla bean: first, use the back of a butter knife to scrape the vanilla bean paste from the vanilla bean. Add that into a small jar.
- Add ingredients to jar: Place the rest of the ingredients into the jar.
- Mix: Put the cap on the jar and mix to combine everything together. Option to serve as is.
- Froth: To turn the vanilla sweet cream into a foam, use a frother to froth it for 15-20 seconds.
How to “Foam” Vanilla Sweet Cream
The reason why vanilla sweet cream is considered a “foam” is because it’s actually frothed into a foam. There are many different ways to do so.
Electric frother: we have a Nespresso electric frother and it works like a gem. Just make sure to use the cold setting.
Handheld electric frother: handheld frothers are an inexpensive way to froth vanilla sweet cream.
French press: this is a little secret of ours, but a French press actually works like a charm when it comes to frothing. Just place the vanilla sweet cream in your French press and use the pump to froth it.
Whisk: Don’t have any of the above? Use some elbow grease and get after it with a whisk.
Vanilla sweet cream foam is like an upgraded vanilla creamer. It’s sweet, foamy, and seriously so perfect on any coffee drink.
- Cold Brew: top your cold brew coffee with this frothy deliciousness.
- French Press Coffee: you’ll never want to drink your French press coffee any other way than topped with this foam.
- Drip Coffee: love classic drip coffee? Us too! This cold foam makes it even better.
If you think you will have leftover vanilla sweet cream, do NOT froth it if you’re going to store it.
Transfer it into an airtight container or jar, seal, and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
How to Make Cold Foam
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup 2% milk
- ½ vanilla bean paste scraped out (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 1-3 teaspoons simple syrup or more, to taste
- Pinch of salt
- First, use a butter knife to scrape out the paste from ½ a vanilla bean.
- Then, place all of the ingredients for the vanilla sweet cream into a mason jar.
- Cover the jar and shake until all of the ingredients are combined.
- Serve as is with any hot coffee or cold brew.
- To turn this vanilla sweet cream into “foam” use a hand-held frother to froth for 15-30 seconds until foamy.
- Serve on top of your favorite coffee drink.
Tips & Notes
- If you have a Nespresso frother (we do!) make sure to froth the vanilla sweet cream on the cold setting so it doesn’t heat up your sweet cream.
- Storage: Store vanilla sweet cream in the fridge for up to 5 days.