Skip the drive-thru and make your own Copycat Starbucks Chocolate Cold Brew at home! You’re going to love this blend of strong coffee and decadent mocha foam!
Homemade Starbucks Chocolate Cream Cold Brew
If you’ve yet to try Starbucks’ cold brew drinks, you’re in for a treat! And if you already know, well you know how amazing they are! Not only are they cold and refreshing on a warm summer day, but cold brew also packs quite the caffeinated punch (which this busy mom can always use!) This is no regular iced coffee!
Starbucks went one step further though, and started offering decadent cold foam as a topper for their cold brew drinks. Imagine a foamy cappuccino, with layers of flavors and textures…but icy cold!
This summer, Starbucks answered every chocolate-lovers dreams and added the new Chocolate Cream Cold Brew to their summer lineup. Strong coffee, rich chocolate…count me in! It was love at first sip!!
If you’ve got a chocolate craving, but live far away from a Starbucks or just want to try your hand making it yourself, I’ve got just the recipe for you! Y’all…this is a ridiculously EASY way to make a pitcher of cold brew that will last all week! Well, depending how much coffee you make!
The Starbucks menu describes the Chocolate Cream Cold Brew as Starbucks® Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with a silky chocolate cream cold-foam. We took it one step further and made a mocha cold brew too — double the chocolate flavor!
What is Starbucks Cold Foam?
If you’ve ever had a cappuccino, then you’re familiar with foamed milk. However, a cappuccino uses HOT milk that’s steamed to create an airy froth. So how does it work to make a COLD foam?
To make a cold foam, milk or cream is blended until it is thick and foamy, similar to making whipped cream. That way it doesn’t melt when it’s placed on top of a cold drink, but instead, it slowly swirls into the coffee drink for an extra decent treat! It almost tastes like a milkshake, or that last bit of melted chocolate ice cream from a sundae…sooo yummy!
Of course, I’m not a Starbucks barista and this is not an official recipe. But it is a spot-on copycat and I’m psyched to show you how I make it! And you’ll know how to make it in case this turns out to be a limited time menu offering! Enjoy!
- 6 cups Cold Brew Coffee — We used Starbucks cold brew to keep it authentic, but feel free to use your favorite brand or even homemade cold brew.
- 3 Tablespoons Mocha Syrup — This gives the coffee a hint of chocolate flavor, but it is not overpowering. Feel free to add more or less to your taste!
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream — If you’re interested in a non-dairy option, check our notes in the FAQ section.
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- High powered blender (we bought our Vitamix refurbished and saved a TON of money!)
- Milk Frother (if you make a lot of coffee drinks, this is a hand tool for making hot or cold foam)
First, we’ll make a pitcher of chocolate cold brew coffee. This step is simple! Pour the cold brew coffee into a large pitcher and stir in the mocha coffee syrup.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
To Make the Chocolate Cold Foam:
In a large bowl, beat together the heavy cream, milk, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder for 4-5 minutes, or until soft peaks form. You can do this with an electric mixer (easiest) or with a whisk (also works well, but takes a little muscle!)
Pour the chocolate cold brew mixture into a tall glass or mason jar (with or without ice) and top with a generous scoop of the homemade chocolate cold foam. Enjoy!
TIP: I generally drink my cold brew without ice, but if you just mixed it and it is still room temperature, you may want to pour over ice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make a Non-Dairy Cold Foam?
Yes! I was thrilled to learn that Starbucks offers a non-dairy cold foam made with oat milk as one of their available customizations for cold brew drinks. You can also make your own oat milk cold foam at home!
To do so, I recommend looking for a brand of oat milk that is made for using in coffee drinks, but you should be able to use any oat milk. For our recipe, substitute an equal amount of oat milk for both the cream and the milk and blend as you normally would. A coffee milk frother with a cold setting is also a helpful tool if this is something you plan to make often.
Different types of non-dairy milk foam better than others, which is why I’d suggest using oat milk. Almond milk can produce foam, but it is usually lighter and doesn’t last as long.
Keep in mind that any non-dairy or plant based milk foam will be different in texture than whipped cream made with dairy. But you can still create and enjoy a luxurious foam!
How Long Does Homemade Whipped Cream Last?
Both the cold brew and the cold foam should be kept refrigerated. The cold brew can stay in the refrigerator up to a week. The chocolate foam won’t last quite as long because it is homemade and contains to added stabilizers. But it will still stay fluffy for up to a full day in the fridge.
What is the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?
The difference is in how they are brewed, and as the name implies, cold brew coffee is made without using heat. Cold brew coffee is produced by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time. As a result, cold brew is less acidic and generally smoother in taste. Cold brew is also stronger that regular iced coffee, which becomes watered down and more diluted over time.
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Copycat Starbucks Chocolate Cold Brew Recipe (Printable Recipe Card)
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Copycat Starbucks Chocolate Cream Cold Brew
- 1 Blender
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 6 cups Cold Brew Coffee
- 3 Tablespoons Mocha Syrup or less to taste
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 35%
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
To Make Mocha Cold Brew
- Add cold brew to a large pitcher and stir in the mocha syrup. Set aside.
To Make the Chocolate Cold Foam
- In a large bowl, beat together the heavy cream, milk, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder for 4-5 minutes, or until soft peaks form.
- Pour cold brew into a tall glass, with or without ice (depending on your preference).
- Top with 2-3 Tablespoons of the chocolate cold foam.
- Keep leftovers refrigerated.
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