Recipe Review

I Tried the Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe and I’ll Be Making It at Home from Now On

published Aug 17, 2022
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Starbucks Cold Foam Brew
Credit: Tai Saint-Louis

Whenever it’s that time of year for me to create a budget and stick to it, I’m forced to take stock and admit the fact that Starbucks gets quite a bit of my monthly dining allowance. Of course, I know I can make coffee at home, but what am I supposed to do when they keep coming up with new concoctions like Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew?

Luckily, in the age of foodies-turned-TikTok and IG influencers, there’s a hack for everything. And thanks to this Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam recipe, I won’t even miss Starbucks on my next spending fast.

How to Make the Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

This simple recipe requires just three ingredients — plus the jar in which you will combine them. Pour 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of 2 percent reduced-fat milk, and one tablespoon of vanilla syrup into a small mason jar. Shake until the mixture is smooth and pour it over the iced coffee of your choice.

Credit: Tai Saint-Louis

My Honest Review of the Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

This hack delivered on its promise: my iced coffee tasted just like the real thing. If you want to recreate the exact Starbucks experience, this recipe technically makes one serving. If you prefer your coffee a little darker, however, you can split it between two cups. And just like with the Starbucks version, you won’t need to add sugar to your coffee, as the cold foam will handle the sweetening. While it’s done wonders for my iced coffee obsession, if it works just as well with hot coffee, I may never buy creamer or sugar again.

3 Tips for Making the Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

  1. Start by pouring half of your cold foam into your coffee. You may find you don’t need the whole thing, depending on how much iced coffee you’re drinking. I tried mine with 10 ounces of coffee and found half to be enough. I also tried topping the same amount of coffee with the full yield of the recipe and found it creamier, not sweeter.
  2. Feel free to increase the quantities and prepare a larger batch in advance. While this is a pretty quick recipe, grabbing your mason jar and giving it a quick shake is obviously a little quicker than having to measure out your ingredients before combining. This is especially true if there’s more than one coffee drinker in your home.
  3. Watching your sugar intake? Grab sugar-free syrup instead. If your local grocery store carries flavored coffehouse syrup, they may also carry sugar-free versions of the most popular options, too. Having cooked and worked with Torani sugar-free hazelnut and salted caramel, I immediately grabbed the sugar-free vanilla syrup. To put it into context: Torani’s standard vanilla syrup contains 10 grams of sugar per tablespoon. That’s 20 percent of your suggested daily intake.