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How to Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam

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Once you learn how to make sweet cream cold foam at home, you won’t believe how easy it is. This Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam is lightly sweetened and has real flecks of vanilla bean in it to take it over-the-top. Just like my lavender latte, we’re making a homemade vanilla-flavored simple syrup in just a few minutes for the best flavor. My ideal breakfast may or may not be this served with bagels and lox. (And here are 31 Starbucks drinks for kids!)

Try this delish drink with avocado toast, ricotta toast, mini chocolate chip muffins or mini banana muffins for a perfect morning meal.

Glass of iced coffee with sweet cream cold foam and a glass straw.

In the original cold foam recipe, I share flavor ideas like bitters, mint, golden latte, and vanilla bean (similar to this sweet cold foam recipe but the original one is made without sugar) and if it’s PSL season, you better try the pumpkin cream cold foam or iced psl. Pour your homemade vanilla sweet cream cold foam over cold brew or your favorite iced coffee drinks. Espresso or coffee both work – it’s totally up to you!

If you love an easy Starbucks copycat recipe, be sure to try my protein box, iced pumpkin spice latte, double shot espresso and milk, tomato mozzarella panini, turkey pesto panini, or Crumbl copycat sugar cookie next time.

Sweet cream cold foam pouring over iced coffee GIF.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What is Sweet Cream Cold Foam?

Sweet cream cold foam is just like the original cold foam, but is made with a vanilla syrup.

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What You’ll Love About Sweet Cold Foam

  • Lightly sweet
  • Real vanilla bean flecks
  • Made with just a few ingredients
  • Ready in less than a minute
  • No barista necessary!
Glass of sweet cream cold foam coffee with a straw.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Ingredients

This vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cold foam is made with just a few simple ingredients:

  • Heavy cream – This gives major whipped cream vibes and is SO good. It also helps the foam have a thick and strong structure (so that the foam doesn’t deflate right away).
  • MilkYou can use skim, 2%, or whole milk. The regular milk help lighten the foam up a bit.
  • Vanilla simple syrup – You can use store-bought vanilla coffee syrup, or make your own in a few minutes.
  • Coffee – Cold brew, iced espresso, or your favorite iced coffee.

And here are the ingredients from the Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam:

Ice, Brewed Coffee, Vanilla Sweet Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Milk, Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Vanilla Syrup [Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid]

Ingredients to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

How to Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam

It’s easy to make your favorite Starbucks drinks at home:

  • Mix. Combine heavy cream, milk, and vanilla bean syrup (or vanilla extract) in small glass (leaving room for foam to expand).
Pouring vanilla simple syrup and cream for vanilla cold foam.
  • Froth. Use a frother or milk frother and froth for about 15-25 seconds, until lightly frothy with a velvety texture.
  • Serve. Pour sweet cream cold foam over cold brew coffee and serve immediately.
Glass of iced coffee and vanilla cold foam.

How to Make Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

This delicious homemade vanilla syrup is made in just a few steps:

  • Mix ingredient. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat. Heat mixture over medium heat to a boil, lower heat, and stir until all of the sugar dissolves.
  • Add vanilla. Stir in vanilla bean paste.
  • Store. Let syrup cool and store in fridge.
Making vanilla simple syrup with vanilla paste.

Use a 1:1 ratio (1/2 cup of sugar + 1/2 cup of water + 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste) which will make about 6 oz. (12 tablespoons) of vanilla bean syrup.

Using a tablespoon of vanilla syrup in each serving results in a medium sweetness level, but feel free to adjust according to your preferences.

How to Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam with Nespresso

You’ll make the sweet cream foam exactly the same, but instead of serving it over cold brew, you’ll serve it over brewed espresso.

I typically like to use two shots (two capsules) and I prefer making it weaker by using the larger cup size on the top, but make it according to your preference.

Glass of iced coffee with sweet cream cold foam.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sweet cream cold foam at Starbucks?

The Starbucks sweet cream cold foam is a foamy mix of milk and vanilla syrup. It’s similar to whipped cream in flavor, but with a lighter, frothy texture.

Is there a difference between sweet cream cold foam and whipping cream?

Yes and no. While they are made with essentially the same ingredients, cold foam is not whipped as much as whipped cream as we want it to flow and not beat it to stiff peaks like you might with whipping cream.

Can you make dairy-free sweet cream cold foam?

Yes, you can make dairy-free sweet cream cold foam, but it doesn’t hold up structurally as well as heavy cream, but it definitely still works, so if that’s your preference, you can use oat, almond, or soy milk.

Can you make sweet cream cold foam without a milk frother?

Yes, you have a few options if you don’t have a handheld frother or electric milk frother. You can try blending the mixture (though you’ll need a small blender attachment), or shake in a small mason jar until it’s frothy.

Pouring sweet cream cold foam over iced coffee.

Storage Instructions

Vanilla cold foam is best served immediately.

Two glasses of iced coffee with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

More Easy Coffee Drink Recipes

If you love this vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe, you might also like some of these other easy drink recipes:

Easy and Delicious Breakfast Recipes

Coffee alone does not a breakfast make! Try one of these simple breakfast recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Starbucks Sweet Cream Cold Foam

  • Milk frother – This handheld milk frother 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.
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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe

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Learn how to make sweet cream cold foam, so you can master your Starbucks favorites at home! Vanilla sweet cream cold foam takes 2 minutes. 


  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla syrup (see recipe above or use store-bought)


  1. In a small glass, combine heavy cream, milk, and vanilla syrup. 
  2. Froth mixture for 15-25 seconds until light and foamy. 
  3. Serve immediately. 

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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes

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