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Learn how to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam like a barista
If you've ever wondered how to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam, this is the recipe for you! I'll teach you how to recreate this delicious foam at home. It can be used in your morning coffee to spice things up! Feel free to add flavoring like vanilla or caramel to change up the flavor.
I cannot get enough of the Starbucks sweet cream cold foam. It's the perfect addition to my morning cold brew. I love the creaminess, richness, and decadence that it adds to almost any drink!
If you love Starbucks and want to recreate some of your favorite drinks at home, you have to learn how to make sweet cream cold foam. There are so many ways to level up your coffee with this recipe.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
Throughout this coffee series, you'll learn lots of fun tips about making coffee at home. In this particular recipe, you'll learn:
- The difference between sweet cream cold foam and regular cold foam
- Two ways you can make this recipe at home - with a blender or whisk
- Easy variations to spice up the flavor - from vanilla to pumpkin spice
What Is Sweet Cream Cold Foam?
After lots of research on Starbucks barista TikTok, I have finally figured out what makes sweet cream cold foam so unique! Sweet cream is made up of:
- 3 parts: heavy cream
- 2 parts: 2% milk
- 1 part: simple syrup
Sweet cream by itself can just be mixed with a spoon and poured over a drink. However, if you wish to make it into a cold foam (the foam that sits on top of many cold brew drinks), you'll need to blend the sweet cream in a high powdered blender for about 45 seconds.
Most other generic cold foams are just made from nonfat milk. Sweet cream adds a depth of richness to the coffee with the heavy cream and 2% milk.
Here are all the ingredients you'll need to make this at home sweet cream cold foam:
- Heavy cream: You might see this labeled as whipping cream at the store. The fat of the heavy cream pairs so perfectly with the bitter notes of coffee.
- 2% milk: To get the correct texture, flavor, and consistency of the Starbucks version, make sure to use 2% milk (not 1% or nonfat). The milk helps lighten up the taste of the heavy cream, while also providing some lift and airiness in the cold foam when blended.
- Simple syrup: Simple syrup adds some sweetness and stability to the cold foam. You can easily change up the flavor by adding in different types of simple syrup. My favorite flavors include vanilla, caramel, or brown sugar.
- Cold brew coffee: The simple cold foam pairs perfectly with cold brew coffee! You can use a homemade cold brew or purchase a concentrate.
Tools & Equipment
Personally, I prefer the blender version. However, both will work and taste delicious on your coffee!
What Can I Make with Sweet Cream Cold Foam?
The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily customize the flavor of your foam and coffee through the flavor of your simple syrup!
Here are some delicious simple syrups to try in your cold foam:
- Vanilla: Perfect if you want to make a copycat vanilla sweet cream cold brew.
- Caramel: Try this, along with a pinch of salt, to recreate the salted caramel cream cold brew.
- Pumpkin Spice: Love the pumpkin cream cold brew? This is the one for you!
- Hazelnut: A perfect addition for any fall or winter drink.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! A frother will also work to blend the ingredients together. The texture will vary slightly depending on the method you use to blend (frother, blender, hand whisk). However, they all create a delicious final product.
Nope! It doesn't matter what flavor you use. Adding different flavors can make your coffee take on a completely new taste.
Recipe Video Tutorial
Sweet Cream Cold Foam
- 2 ounces heavy cream
- 1 ounce 2% milk
- ½ ounce, plus more for serving simple syrup
- 1 cup cold brew coffee for serving
- Add heavy cream, 2% milk, and simple syrup to a high powdered blender. Blend for 45 seconds until a thick foam has formed.
- To serve, add ½ cup ice, 1 cup cold brew coffee, and additional simple syrup as needed to a 12 ounce cup. Top with sweet cream cold foam mixture.
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