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Sweet Cream Cold Foam (starbucks Copycat)

5 from 23 votes

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DIY sweet cream cold foam is a delicious way to start your day. Make it with just 4 simple ingredients and pop it in the fridge so you can enjoy coffeeshop drinks all week long.

Two glasses of cold brew coffee topped with homemade vanilla sweet cream cold brew.

Are the days of $6 coffees over?

This sweet cream cold foam recipe is perfect for busy foodies who want get their caffeine fix and save money at the same time.

I’m a huge fan of fancy coffeeshop drinks and they’re a great treat, but if you buy a venti every day the cost can really start to add up. Luckily, it’s super easy to make your own Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold foam at home!

It’s just as good as what you’d get at your favorite coffee shop (hey, I was a barista back in college!), but it only costs a few dollars to make a big batch that keeps well all week. That means you can treat yourself to a Friday afternoon pick me up and your bank balance will still come out ahead.

What you’ll love about this coffeeshop inspired recipe: 

  • Make it ahead! This recipe will stay fresh for up to five days, so you can make it ahead of time and enjoy it all week long.
  • Easy, 3 ingredient recipe. You can make it in minutes with a blender or milk frother.
  • Affordable. So you can drink it every day (multiple times!)
A wooden board with heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla ready to be turned into cold foam for coffee.

Ingredients you’ll need:

Heavy cream. Heavy cream forms the base of the foam. You can also use whipping cream.

Sweetened condensed milk. Canned sweetened condensed milk gives this recipe it’s sweet flavor and helps stabilize the foam so it lasts longer. Look for it in the baking aisle!

Vanilla extract. Starbucks uses vanilla syrup in their cold foam, but I love the rich, luxurious flavor that vanilla extract gives it. Plus it means our cold foam has less sugar!

You’ll also need a glass of your favorite cold brew or iced coffee. You can use this in place of coffee creamer in hot coffee, but it will melt and lose it’s velvety texture. It’s still delicious though!

Whip the mixture until it's thickened and hold soft peaks.

How to make sweet cream cold foam

  1. Whip together the condensed milk and cream until its thick and frothy. You can do this in a blender, with an immersion blender, or with a handheld milk frother.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Top your favorite coffee with cold foam or refrigerate it to use throughout the week.

Busy Foodie Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure you start with cold ingredients. This will help them whip up nicely.
  • This sweet cream cold foam recipe keeps for a week in the fridge, but it might start to deflate a touch after 3 or 4 days. For the best results, keep store it in a mason jar sand give it a quick shake before using.
  • If you like a sweeter coffee, you can add vanilla syrup to your cold brew before adding the sweet cream. I’m obsessed with this 0-calorie vanilla cinnamon syrup, and I can usually grab a bottle at Home Goods for a great price!
  • Stir this vanilla cold foam into your hot coffee or spoon it on top for a cappuccino-like effect. It’s also great on hot chocolate!
Spooning sweet cream cold foam on top of a cup of coffee.

Frequently asked questions

Can I freeze it?

Unfortunately, this recipe does not freeze well.

Is this the same as the Starbucks version?

This is as close to copycat Starbucks cold foam as you’ll get at home! And if you ask me, it’s even more delicious.

More delicious coffeeshop recipes to enjoy at home:

Drinking a sweet cream cold brew.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe

I worked in a coffee shop my senior year of college, and I haven't stopped drinking the stuff since. I love recreating my favorite drinks at home! I'll show you how to make sweet cream cold foam in your own kitchen.
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 155 kcal


  • blender or electric milk frother, stand mixer, or whisk


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Whip the heavy cream and condensed milk together until the mixture holds soft peaks.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • To serve, spoon a tablespoon or two of the cold foam over your favorite coffee.
  • Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.


Be sure the read the full blog post for tips, tricks, and ingredient substitutions. 


Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 30mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 484IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 0.03mg
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By on December 5th, 2022

Hi, I'm Lauren!

I love to cook -- but even more importantly, I really like to eat! I have a demanding day job that keeps me busy, so time is precious. I'm a culinary school graduate and five-time cookbook author who's all about finding ways to make delicious, restaurant-quality meals at home on a tight schedule. Read more...

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