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How to Make Cold Foam at Home (Starbucks Copycat + 5 Flavor Ideas!)

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Learn how to make cold foam (Starbucks copycat recipe!) at home with just one simple step and your days of a boring cup of coffee are behind you. This sweet cream cold foam recipe is creamy, slightly sweet, and OH-SO-DELICIOUS on it’s own but add one of the cold foam flavor ideas below to take it over-the-top. Pour the milk foam over your iced coffee for the best sweet, creamy, and cold coffee drink. I’d argue it’s better than the coffee shop. 😉 And next time, give my pumpkin cold foam a try!

You can use this cold foam recipe on cold brew, or over iced espresso. I make a lungo espresso with my nespresso machine, pour it over ice, and top with cold foam. YUM. I promise you, it’s a simple process and it’s sure to become one of your favorite drinks.

Be sure to tag me when you make this delicious iced coffee, I love to see your creations! And if you’ve made it, will you please leave it a ⭐️ star rating on my website? It helps me out a ton!❤️

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What is Cold Foam?

Sweet cold foam is just like the hot foam that would be found in a latte or cappuccino, but instead of frothing hot milk, cold milk is used.

Cold Foam Ingredients

Making this cold foam recipe can be made with just one ingredient: heavy whipping cream. (See other options below.)

You can also add in sweeteners and flavors like vanilla or caramel syrup, maple syrup, or simple syrups along with the flavor ideas below.

Cold foam over iced espresso

How to Make Cold Foam at Home

Ok, so how do you make cold foam at home? It comes together in just two steps.

  • Make coffee. You can put cold foam over any iced coffee you like. Homemade cold brew, iced espresso, iced latte, shaken espresso, . Pour the coffee over a cup of ice cubes. It’s up to you.
  • Make cold foam recipe. Combine whipping cream and any additional flavors (see ideas below!) and use a hand frother to froth until thickened, but not until stiff peaks form (that’s too long!). You could also use an immersion blender, but a hand held milk frother works best and they are under $10!
How to make cold foam at home with frother

Cold Foam Recipe FAQs

What’s in Starbucks cold foam?

Starbucks makes its cold foam using skim milk and a cold frothing machine. Some of the cold foams at Starbucks are also made with flavors, sweeteners, and both!

Here are the ingredients from the Starbucks menu for their popular vanilla sweet cream cold brew: Ice, Brewed Coffee, Cold Foam [Nonfat Milk, Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)]

Can you make cold foam with creamer?

Yes, making cold foam with creamer is possible, but I found the best results (and best flavor!) by using heavy cream.

Half and half and other coffee creamers like oat milk will work, but the air bubbles are larger and they fall flat faster.

Do I need a cold foam frother?

You will need something to froth the milk. There are different ways to make it: you can shake in a mason jar, use an electric milk frother with a cold setting, or by using a using a hand held milk frother, which is I think the best way.

Not only does it take just 15 seconds, but it also makes great warm frothed milk as well. Oh, and it takes up minimal space, no need for another appliance. No need for a big, special blender.

Cold foam recipe flavor ideas

Cold Foam Flavor Ideas

Now to the fun part! Making cold foam whipped cream with FUN flavors! Here are a few of the ideas I came up with, please share yours in the comment section so we can grow the list.

How to Make Mint Cold Foam

First you’ll need to make mint simple syrup, which you can find in my mint cold brew coffee recipe, but simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until dissolved. Add fresh mint leaves in and let sit for 30+ minutes. Remove leaves and store in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.

Mix mint simple syrup with whipping cream and froth until thickened.

Iced coffee with mint cold foam

How to Make Golden Latte Cold Foam

Add 1/4 teaspoon of golden latte mix to the heavy cream and froth until desired consistency. Sprinkle a dusting on the top for serving.

Golden latte cold foam for iced coffee

How to Make Copycat Vanilla Bean Cold Foam

This is probably my favorite version and the one I make most often. It’s rich, creamy, and slightly sweet, even though we haven’t added any sugar.

Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla paste into the heavy cream and froth until desired consistency. You can also use vanilla extract or a bit of vanilla syrup, but the paste is so amazing and adds real vanilla flecks.

Want a salted vanilla bean sweet cold foam? Add a pinch of salt before frothing.

Vanilla cold foam with iced coffee

How to Make Bitters Cold Foam

Add a dash of bitters to the heavy cream and froth until desired consistency. I used a classic bitters for this one, but orange or any other flavor bitters would also be fantastic. You can get creative with this one.

Bitters cold foam recipe with iced coffee

Helpful Tools to Make Cold Foam at Home

  • Milk frother – This is a kitchen must in my opinion, and it’s less than $20.
  • Vanilla paste – You know those gorgeous vanilla bean flecks? It’s from a vanilla bean paste and makes the BEST vanilla cold foam with flecks you can see.
  • Nespresso – Make high-quality espresso right at home with the touch of a button.
  • Golden latte mix – I used a local mix, but here’s a similar one from amazon.
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Cold foam over iced espresso

How to Make Cold Foam at Home (5 Flavor Ideas!)

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Description

Do you know how to make cold foam at home? Spoiler, it’s EASY! Make this cold foam recipe plain, or elevate it with some of the flavor ideas. 


Ingredients

  • heavy whipping cream
  • flavors (optional, see list above)

Instructions

  1. Pour heavy whipping cream in a small glass that’s tall enough that it can double in size. Add in any flavorings if using. 
  2. Using a handheld frother, froth until thickened and doubled in size, about 15 seconds. 
  3. Pour cold foam over iced coffee. 


Notes

  • Don’t over froth, you want the consistency of a very loose whipped cream, no stiff peaks! 

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