You’ll love this Starbucks copycat of Chocolate Cream Cold Brew. It’s easy to make, plus with an irresistible frothy and creamy texture, it’s an excellent pick for hot days.
Cool down and relax with me while you prepare this quick and simple recipe. I’m sure that you will enjoy this drink all summer long!
I’m fascinated with these fancy and trendy beverages, and I love replicating them using simple and easy ingredients from my fridge at home. This preparation is popping up on social media lately, and I’m sure you’ve seen it on the menu at Starbucks, too.
And I have good news, you can take part in the beverage trend of the moment and easily prepare these delicious drinks like a pro!
The Starbucks version has a strong coffee flavor and a slight taste of chocolate and vanilla. I made this chocolate cream cold brew beverage a little sweeter and fluffier on top by playing around with a mix of ingredients like half & half, cocoa powder, vanilla, and malted milk powder to achieve the best flavor and texture.
I also love using the fluffy chocolate cream cold foam topping in other drinks such as iced americano, iced salted caramel coffee, iced mocha, cold brew and more. So, let’s make summer more fun and delicious with this chocolate cream cold brew.
Chocolate Cream Cold Brew Ingredients //
All the ingredients are staples you might already have in your fridge or just make a quick trip to the supermarket to indulge in this refreshing coffee drink immediately.
For the cold brew:
- ¾ cup cold brew
- 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
For the chocolate cream cold foam:
- ⅓ cup cold half & half
- 1 tablespoon malted milk powder
- ½ tablespoon vanilla syrup
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
What is cold brew? A slow coffee infusion pulls all the great coffee flavor from the beans yielding a concentrate that’s smoother and less acidic than hot brewing. It’s simply made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. See my detailed guide on how to make it below.
What is chocolate cream cold foam? Cold foam is generally milk that’s been frothed into a fluffy foam. Here it has a touch of sweet cream and a bit of cocoa powder for a creamy, chocolatey flavor. The fluffy topping is used on cold beverages like iced coffee, or other cold coffee drinks. This topping can vary in flavor and is very similar to steamed milk but without the use of any heat.
What is half and half? A mixture of equal parts cream and milk, and the most important ingredient in this preparation for a fluffy and perfect cold foam.
How to Make Chocolate Cream Cold Brew //
- Step 1: Combine cold half & half, malted milk powder, vanilla syrup, and cocoa
powder into a French press.
- Step 2: Replace the lid and move the plunger up and down about 30 times until the mixture doubles in volume. Your chocolate cream cold foam is ready.
- Step 3: Add ice to a serving glass and vanilla syrup.
- Step 4: Add the cold brew.
- Step 5: Top the cold brew with the chocolate cream cold foam.
How to Make Cold Brew //
It’s easier than you think.
- Combine coffee and water: The first step is to combine coffee grounds and water into a pot or pitcher. The general ratio is 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans for every 4 cups COLD filtered water.
- Let brew in the refrigerator overnight: Once the coffee and water are combined, place your pitcher into the refrigerator and let brew overnight, or at least 12 hours if brewing during the day.
- Drain out coffee grounds and serve: When you are ready to serve the coffee, drain the coffee grounds by pouring through a fine-mesh strainer, a cheesecloth, or even a traditional coffee filter before drinking. Dilute the coffee with 4 cups cold water, or less depending on your desired coffee strength.
Why it is Better to Make Cold Foam with a French Press //
I like using the the French press method to create a cold foam with uniform bubbles and perfect texture in this recipe. A French press can also be used to brew loose-leaf tea or cold brew and it’s easy to use and clean.
How to Make Cold Foam with a Handheld Milk Frother //
Using a handheld milk frother is another way to prepare the chocolate cream cold foam. However, the texture of this foam can be heavier and less uniform than with the French press method.
- Put the cold half & half, malted milk powder, vanilla syrup, and cocoa
powder in a glass.
- Whisk using a handheld milk frother until doubled in volume for about 20
Chocolate Cream Cold Foam Upgrades //
The variations are endless for the creamy cold foam. Once you get the hang of it, play around with different ingredients and flavors.
- Flavor the syrup using other extracts like lavender, almond, or peppermint
- Try dairy-free milk or half & half alternatives
- You can use natural sweeteners instead of vanilla syrup
Try these fun ideas for a new take on chocolate cream cold foam: chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, peanut or other nut butter. Or give these other tasty recipes a go: Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew or Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.
How to Make Vanilla Syrup //
Vanilla syrup is a sweet syrup made with granulated sugar or brown sugar, water, and a bit of vanilla extract. This syrup is perfect for coffee, tea, breads, cakes, ice cream and more. You can buy it but I like making mine myself and keep it in the fridge to sweeten any beverage or cakes.
- Combine water and brown sugar: Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup brown sugar to a saucepan set over medium heat.
- Boil the mixture: Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Flavor with vanilla extract: Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge for up to 1 week.