Hello and happy Wednesday! If you need some pep in your step today, I have just the thing for you: a vegan version of Starbucks NEW summer drink! The Chocolate Cream Cold Brew launched recently and as soon as I saw it on Tik Tok I knew I had to try it. Unfortunately the drink is made with sweet cream which isn’t dairy-free. Here’s how Starbucks describes it: “Starbucks® Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with a silky, chocolaty cream cold foam.”
Well, I got way too excited and decided I needed to recreated the drink NOW. So, I hopped into the kitchen and got to work. Homemade chocolate cream cold foam? Check. Homemade vanilla syrup? Check. Cold brew? Well, I cheated and used iced coffee but cold brew is easy to buy or make yourself.
How is the vegan chocolate cream cold brew made?
Basically, this drink is what summer dreams are made of. The homemade vanilla syrup is super easy to make. You can make a double batch or even quadruple batch of the syrup and just keep it in a jar in the fridge. That way you can make these all week and it will be faster than driving to your closest Starbucks!
If you want to use store-bought cold brew, great! You can also just brew some coffee and pour over ice (or chill in the fridge) or even make your own cold brew which I included instructions for in the recipe.
Lastly, for the cold foam, you want to use a nondairy milk that you know froths really well with a handheld frother. I prefer using a plain creamer which produces the best “cold foam” consistency similar to Starbucks’ dairy version. You can also use coconut milk but that will add a coconut flavour of course so keep that in mind. Here is a photo of the version I made with coconut milk:
The chocolate sauce I use is the Dark Chocolate flavour from Monin which is dairy-free! I got it at a local small coffee supply store, but you can order it online too. Any chocolate sauce works!
Looking for more Starbucks copycat recipes? Try these!