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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Recipe

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Special Equipment

  • a small (13-ounce) jar with a lid

Ingredients

For the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces or 43 grams) cold heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce or 28 grams) cold milk (preferably 2%)
  • 1 Tablespoon (.5 ounces or 14 grams) vanilla syrup

To Serve

  • coffee or espresso beverage of your choice

Instructions

  • Make the vanilla sweet cream cold foam. In a small jam jar with a lid, combine the cream, milk, and syrup. Seal with the lid and shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes until thick, but soft and creamy.
  • Serve immediately. Pour the vanilla sweet cream cold foam over the coffee or espresso beverage of your choice. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Some recipes online instruct you to use a milk frother. However, I don’t recommend it. It’s easy to overwhip the cold foam with a milk frother. And doing so results in the cold foam separating, taking on an unpleasant texture similar to what happens when a custard splits. So instead, I instruct you to mix the ingredients in a small jar with a lid (I used a cleaned out Bonne Maman jam jar, but you can also use a mason jar or whatever else you have on hand). Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake, similar to what you would do when making a drink with a cocktail shaker. Although it’s a little bit of a workout, it results in a much creamier, softer vanilla sweet cream cold foam that won’t separate.
  • How do you enjoy vanilla sweet cream cold foam—do you stir it in to your coffee with a straw? Well, there’s a whole genre of TikTok dedicated to instructing you NOT to stir the cold foam into your drink (see: here and here). Instead, the cold foam is supposed to sit on top of your beverage, allowing you to taste it as you sip through Starbucks’ lidded cups. They claim that using a straw to drink a beverage with cold foam defeats the purpose of the topping, and doesn’t let you taste it at all. But honestly, I like stirring the foam into my drink? And I find that doing so still leaves a thin layer of cream on top, allowing me to still taste that layered effect. So you do you, don’t listen to the kids on TikTok (lol).