Cold foam…..one of my favorite things to top my iced coffee!
One of my favorite things to splurge on on my Starbucks drink out is adding cold foam to my iced Americano. So yummy! Did you know you can make cold foam at home with only 3 ingredients? When you want that yummy deliciousness at home, you can have it in less than 2 minutes. And what is so cool about this homemade cold foam is that you use store bought coffee creamer, so the possibilities of flavors are endless! So fun that you can make SO many flavors!
Top your favorite iced coffee, cold brew, iced latte or iced tea or chai with this decadent, creamy cold foam topping. No need to add milk or creamer when adding the cold foam! Find step by step instructions below and have this made in less than 3 minutes total!
You might have some questions like….
What is cold foam?
Cold foam is cold, frothed milk that is made without any heat or steam that is used to top iced, cold drinks. The froth will make its way down the cup. Mmmmmm 🙂
What is cold foam made of?
Cold foam is typically made of half and half and sugar or sweetener. In this case we are using flavored coffee creamers to get a myriad of flavors! That’s what is unique about our cold foam recipe!
How do you make cold foam?
It’s as simple as combining your ingredients and frothing with a frother or even a french press (find out more HERE) until the foam is thick and stabilized. Once it’s thick and stabilized, simply add to the top of an iced latte, iced coffee, iced chai, or a cold brew coffee.
What is the difference between cold foam and whipped cream?
The biggest difference between the two is that cold foam is frothed but still pourable. Hot lattes and drinks are topped with frothed milk and this is a cold version of that in a way.
How long will cold foam last?
The best advice I can give is to only froth as much of the liquid as you need. You can save the unfrothed liquid in the fridge in an airtight container or jar for up to 5 days. So, if you like the foam topping and want it every day or every other day, mix up your liquid and simply store in the refrigerator until you are ready to froth it.
Use Any Coffee Creamer to Make Cold Foam!
For my afternoon pick-me-up, I like to take some cold brew coffee and add some cold foam. It’s the perfect coffee treat. Remember we posted last week, HOW TO MAKE COLD BREW THE EASY WAY? This cold brew is easy to make and refrigerate and ready to have throughout the week.
But when I don’t have cold brew made, this Stok cold brew is my go-to ready to drink coffee. I like to drink my coffee normally un-sweet, so this is perfect for me. But, if you like to drink your coffee sweeter, they make this in ‘Not Too Sweet’ as well.
LET’S MAKE THE COLD FOAM:
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To make cold foam, you only need is
- heavy whipping cream
- your choice of refrigerated, liquid coffee creamer
- 2% milk
In a glass measuring cup, combine the 3 ingredients.
When I saw this coconut creme flavored creamer, I knew this was one I needed to try!
Using a frother, froth this liquid for about 30 seconds or until it starts to thicken up. The more you froth it, the more it’s going to turn into a heavier foam, so don’t froth for too long! 🙂
I used this frother that is attached to the Ninja coffee maker, and boy did it do the job! If you want to save money in getting less coffee when you’re out, this coffee maker can create delicious lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse-style drinks.
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A Ninja coffee maker is not something you have to have though! A simple hand held frother works too, and it will froth it up nicely! This hand held frother has great reviews on Amazon.
Pour your cold brew over ice. Now, if you like your coffee sweet, you will want to add sugar or sweetener to your cold brew before you top it with the cold foam, unless of course you have an already sweetened cold brew coffee.
And top it with some delicious creamy cold foam. Yum, yum 🙂
You can also mix up your liquid ingredients and have in the fridge. Then, when you want to make some cold foam, simply pour out as much as you want and froth it up.
I was curious how sugar-free coffee creamer would froth up, and from my experience, it frothed into foam nicely; it just took a little longer to froth over the non sugar-free creamer.
Ahhhh, this can be super fun to make in all the fun flavors! From holiday flavors like pumpkin spice, and peppermint mocha, to some of the classics as sweet cream, hazelnut and vanilla, to the unique, fun ones like Snickers, Cinnamon toast crunch, liquid cookie cocoa…..the flavors of cold foams you can make are endless!
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup flavored liquid coffee creamer
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- Mix all ingredients in a glass measuring cup.
- Using a hand held frother or frother on your Ninja coffee maker, froth for about 20-30 seconds or until it looks foamy.
- Fill 2 glasses with ice and cold brew or iced coffee and top with the cold foam topping.
The longer you froth it, the thicker it's going to get. And, you're not looking to top your coffee with whipped cream, so don't over froth!
You might ask,
What is cold foam at Starbucks?
Back in 2018, Starbucks first introduced cold foam. It is a modern twist on the classic, hot, frothed milk. Starbucks uses non fat milk and a special blender to create their rich, creamy foam topping. Starbucks flavored cold foams start with heavy whipping cream and a flavor such as vanilla or salted caramel. They even offer a pumpkin cream cold foam as a seasonal item. For an extra fee, any iced drink at Starbucks can be topped with cold foam.
Check out their menu and the cold foams they offer!