Starbucks likes to add new drinks to its menu every summer, it seems and the summer of 2022 was the year they added Chocolate Cream Cold Brew. So, now you have the option of this chocolate delight or their original vanilla cream cold brew.
The link just above will bring you to my sugar-free, keto version for you to make at home. Below will be the chocolate version. Use the Jump to Links for easy access.
Starbucks Chocolate Cream Cold Brew is their Vanilla Sweet Cream with chocolate and malted milk powder poured over their cold brew coffee.
I called my local Starbucks to see what was in their chocolate cream cold brew. The barista informed me that they use their sweet cream recipe plus chocolate malt milk powder. Then they have vanilla syrup in the cold brew.
Below is what I used to make this delicious drink sugar-free, low-carb, keto, and gluten-free friendly.
- Cocoa Powder
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Unsweetened Nut Milk, such as almond or milkadamia
- Vanilla Extract
- Liquid Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Optional Malted Milk Powder (contains gluten and sugar)
See the recipe card for quantities.
Liquid Monk Fruit
If you do not have liquid monk fruit you can use a powdered erythritol and monk fruit mix. Start with 1/2 tablespoon in the chocolate cream mixture.
You can also use liquid stevia instead of monk fruit.
Liquid sugar-free sweeteners are best for the sweeteners in the cold brew coffee part.
Vanilla Extract and Liquid Sweetener Replacements
Using sugar-free vanilla syrup would replace both the monk fruit and vanilla extract. Use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon in the coffee and 1/2 tablespoon in the frothed chocolate cream.
Liquid monk fruit comes in flavor options. Therefore, you can purchase liquid vanilla monk fruit. If you use this instead just leave out the vanilla extract and keep the same amounts for the monk fruit.
If you like stevia over monk fruit, you can also purchase liquid vanilla stevia.
Heavy Cream and Milk
To replace the nut milk and heavy whipping cream, you can use all half and half in the recipe, to give it the same creaminess.
Malted Milk Powder
Starbucks’ original recipe for the chocolate cream cold brew does contain malted milk powder, however, I left out this ingredient to keep this recipe gluten-free. Also, some people on keto like to stay away from wheat and this powder contains wheat flour and barley.
To keep this recipe truely sugar-free, there needs to be no malted milk powder as well. The powder contains added sugar.
If you are okay with wheat, barley, and sugar, feel free to use this ingredient that’s in the authentic recipe from Starbucks. I note in the recipe to use 1 tablespoon of it.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
You can purchase cold brew from the store or make your own with this easy recipe.
- Pour 1 cup of course coffee grinds in a picture then add 4 cups of cold water.
- Place the picture in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
- Strain out the coffee grinds and you are left with the cold brew coffee.
Tools for Frothing
Frothing the cream mixture is essential for this recipe and there are a few tools that you can use.
My favorite tool is to use a handheld milk frother, as it’s lightweight, easy to clean up, and stores easily on my countertop.