Looking for a delicious and refreshing summer drink? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I’ll be showing you an at-home recipe for the chocolate cream cold brew that Starbucks recently announced.

It’s perfect for a warm summer day. I love making this recipe because it tastes great and is fairly easy to make.

I’ll show you the easy steps to make this drink at home, including all the recipes for the homemade add-ins. Let’s get started!

What is chocolate cream cold brew?

Starbucks recently announced their new summer drink that is here to stay. But what exactly is it, and how do you make it at home?

The chocolate cream cold brew is cold brew coffee topped with chocolate cream cold foam, sweetened with vanilla syrup, and served over ice for a refreshing touch.

You can quickly and easily make this drink at home by brewing a batch of cold brew and preparing the other components.

Below, you’ll find the ingredients that are needed for this recipe. After that, I’ll go over all the steps to make this drink at home from scratch!

What ingredients are needed to make chocolate cream cold brew?

There are a few components used to make the chocolate cream cold brew at home, which include:

  • Cold brew coffee
  • Vanilla syrup
  • Chocolate cream cold foam
  • Ice cubes
All the ingredients that are needed to make a chocolate cream cold brew coffee at home.

You can substitute the ice cubes for coffee ice cubes for even more coffee flavor to your drink.

Coffee ice cubes are made with brewed coffee instead of water, leaving you with more coffee flavor once they start melting. You can check out this recipe to learn how to make them at home.

"Frozen coffee ice cubes, ready to be served."

To make this drink at home in the best way possible, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients.

Below, I’ll cover how to make the chocolate cream cold foam, how to make cold brew, and a quick recipe for vanilla syrup at home.

With all of these at-home components, you’ll be enjoying a delicious chocolate cream cold brew multiple times in the coming days!

How do you make the chocolate cream cold foam?

The chocolate cream cold foam is made by mixing low-fat milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, and cocoa powder together. This is then aerated to create a fluffy cold foam.

Starbucks uses chocolate malt powder for their cold foam, but I found that cocoa powder is more readily available, and you might already have cocoa powder sitting in your cabinet.

Cocoa powder in a small bowl.

Unlike regular cold foam that is made with low-fat milk, this version has extra sweeteners added to create that delicious layer of depth to your cold brew.

You can check out the complete guide to making chocolate cream cold foam in this article!

How do you make cold brew at home?

There are a few different ways to make cold brew at home, but they all essentially involve steeping coffee grounds in cold water.

One method is to put coffee grounds in a jar or container with cold water and let it steep overnight. You can strain the coffee and enjoy it over ice or use it in this recipe in the morning.

Adding a lid to the mason jar cold brew to let it steep.

You can use any jar as a container, but making it with a mason jar seems to be the way to go for most. You can check out a step-by-step guide here, including the best way to filter the cold brew.

Another method is to put coffee grounds and cold water in a French press. Place the French press in the fridge for 12 hours or more (I like to go 15 hours), then press down on the plunger to filter out the grounds before serving.

Stirring French press cold brew.

When making cold brew in a French press, you won’t have to filter it like the mason jar method, which saves time. You can check out the recipe for it here.

Tip: You can also make decaf cold brew! Check out this recipe here.

Whichever method you choose, make sure to use a coarse grind of coffee so that it doesn’t end up being over-extracted. The grind size that I like to use looks like this:

Grind size to make cold brew coffee.

You might be wondering if you can use a different coffee for this recipe. I’ll cover the best alternatives below:

What are good cold brew alternatives?

If you don’t like the taste of cold brew coffee, or if you’re looking for a different flavor profile, you can try brewed coffee or espresso coffee instead.

Brewed coffee is made by pouring hot water over grounds that sit in a coffee filter. The time the coffee spends in contact with the water will affect the final flavor profile of the drink.

Espresso is made by forcing pressurized hot water through finely-ground coffee beans, and it has a more intense flavor than brewed coffee.

Doppio espresso.

For this recipe, you can use the same amount of brewed coffee as mentioned in the recipe card (listed a bit further down).

If you’d instead use espresso coffee, I suggest using a doppio espresso. This will give you almost the same strength as the cold brew coffee without having to wait for the cold brew to finish brewing.

Tip: Are you interested in learning about the difference between a doppio and a regular espresso? Check out this in-depth guide!

What are the best coffee beans for cold brew coffee?

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing coffee beans for cold brew coffee:

  • First, you’ll want to choose a medium-dark roast. This will give the coffee a richer flavor and more body, which is important since cold brew is typically served unsweetened.
  • Second, you’ll want to look for beans that are high quality and well-sourced. This will ensure that your coffee has good flavors and no bitterness.
  • Finally, make sure to grind the beans coarsely so that they infuse properly and don’t end up over-extracting. If you’re going to buy pre-ground coffee, make sure to ask for a “cold brew grind” so you know the coffee beans are well ground.

With all of that in mind, you might already have the perfect coffee beans in mind.

Dark roasted coffee beans.

If this is not the case, you can check out some of my favorite coffee beans for cold brewing in this article!

How do you make vanilla syrup?

To make this into the best homemade drink possible, you can make a batch of vanilla syrup at home in just five minutes.

You’ll only need cold tap water, white granulated sugar, and a vanilla bean. You can find a step-by-step guide to homemade vanilla syrup here.

Homemade vanilla syrup.

Alternatively, you can buy a high-quality vanilla-flavored syrup like Torani Vanilla Syrup from Amazon.com.

Now that you know how to make all the individual components, it’s time to put it all together into one amazing drink.

You can follow the steps listed below in the recipe card to get started:

Chocolate Cream Cold Brew

Chocolate cream cold brew, ready to drink.

This chocolate cream cold brew is the perfect drink for a hot summer day or whenever you need a refreshing start to the day!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of cold brew coffee
  • 1/4 cup (0.06 l) of chocolate cream cold foam
  • 1 tbsp (15 grams) of vanilla syrup
  • Ice cubes


Prepare the cold brew coffee and chocolate cream cold foam beforehand. That way, you can quickly combine it into one delicious drink by following the steps below:

  1. Fill a tall glass to about halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add the vanilla syrup to the glass (homemade or store-bought both work).
  3. Pour the cold brew coffee into the glass and give it a good mix so that the vanilla syrup is equally dispersed into the cold brew.
  4. Then, top the drink with the chocolate cream cold foam.
  5. Additionally, you can add a sprinkle of cocoa powder to the cold foam for an extra touch of color.
  6. Serve with a long spoon or straw, give it a good mix and enjoy!


If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, you can consider adding an extra tablespoon of vanilla syrup to your cold brew.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 5.2gUnsaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 9.8gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 8.5gProtein: 2g


So, there you have it – an easy guide on how to make your own chocolate cream cold brew coffee at home!

I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s a delicious and easy way to get your caffeine fix.

Plus, if you make a larger batch of the cold foam, you can add it to even more cold brew recipes (or iced coffee recipes!) in the coming days.

If you’re interested in checking out some more cold brew recipes, have a look below:

More cold brew recipes to try

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