Starbucks Cold Foam Copycat Recipe

4 servings
2 min

Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is a popular topping added to cold drinks at Starbucks. Preparing this delectable cold foam recipe takes three ingredients and one minute; it is that easy!

Frothing Equipment Options

To prepare sweet cream cold foam recipes, Starbucks uses a unique blender. However, to make copycat vanilla sweet cream cold foam at home, there are various options to give the foam an airy, frothy, and light consistency. Different equipment can deliver different consistency.

Equipment options, electric frother, french press, immersion blender and mason jar.

Handheld Frother

A handheld frother is budget-friendly and easy to use. A drawback: the foam won’t stay 'foamy" for a long time. Place the frother inside the glass/jar and turn it on for 30 seconds till the volume doubles.


Add the ingredients to a blender cup and select “high” for about 30 seconds to create a cream foam. I recommend using a small blender for the best results.

French Press

This method requires you to double the sweet cream quantity because you will need more liquid for it to work correctly. Add the syrup and half and half to the French press. Move the plunger up and down quickly till the mix doubles in volume.

Mason jar

If you are short of this equipment but still want to learn how to make cold foam, then a mason jar is your answer. Even though it is the least effective method, it still creates cream foam. Add the vanilla syrup and half and half to a mason jar, and shake it vigorously after putting on the lid. Since the foam will melt quickly, it is best to serve immediately.


Wondering how to make sweet cream cold foam at home and what ingredients are required? This easy-to-make copycat recipe only requires three ingredients.

Ingredients used to make this recipe.
  1. Milk- For this copycat recipe, you can use regular or plant-based milk; however, the go-to choice is 2% milk. Since the heavy cream is rich, 2% milk will thin it out. Other alternatives include skim or whole milk.
  2. Heavy Cream is the main ingredient to nail Starbucks cold foam recipe. You can use half and half or heavy whipping cream. It will froth up nicely to create a perfect velvety texture.
  3. Vanilla Syrup - If you plan to prepare homemade vanilla syrup, you will need some extra ingredients. This vanilla syrup can be easily made by mixing an equal amount of sugar and water. Add vanilla extract to the mix, and you will have homemade vanilla syrup. You can also use any bottled brand of vanilla syrup, such as Torani, Starbucks, Monin, etc.

Two mason jars filled with apple crisp macchiato topped with sweet cream.


While this sweet cream cold foam recipe is delightful, you can try plenty more flavors and customizations.

  • Vegan – This cold foam recipe can be converted to a vegan version using plant-based milk and canned coconut cream. Make sure the cream is not sweetened. Coconut cream offers a creamy texture while ensuring that the cold foam is vegan.
  • Skim or Almond milk – Low-fat milk froths easily, which is why the original recipe uses 2% milk. Likewise, skim, almond, coconut, oat, and whole milk are good alternatives for the Starbucks cold foam recipe.
  • Vanilla – Vanilla extract in place of vanilla syrup is an easy swap.


If you aren’t a fan of vanilla, there is no reason to avoid cold foam. Try one of these flavors instead (psst - all you need to do is use a different flavor syrup.)

  • Pumpkin: This is a great seasonal cream cold foam. You can use it to top fall-inspired drinks. Add one tablespoon of pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice instead of vanilla syrup.
  • Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? It adds a rich, sweet flavor to your icy coffee drinks. Follow the recipe above and add one tablespoon of cocoa powder.
  • Salted Caramel: YUM, try this mouth-watering cream foam. Add one tablespoon of caramel and one pinch of sea salt instead of vanilla syrup.
  • Peppermint: To give the cold foam a Christmas feel, you can use peppermint syrup. Add one teaspoon of peppermint extract.

Cold Foam Recipe Flavor Combinations

This vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe can pair with mixed drinks. The key is to find the right balance of sweetness to ensure that your beverage is not overwhelming.

  • Iced chai latte + pumpkin cold foam
  • Iced brown sugar latte + vanilla foam
  • Shaken iced espresso + vanilla cold foam
  • Perfect topping for any icy beverage

Starbucks Cold Foam Copycat Recipe
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 2 min
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  • ▢ 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

Froth: Combine heavy cream, milk, and vanilla syrup. Froth using your preferred frother until you have created a thick foam.
Top: Top your favorite iced coffee beverage with cold foam.
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