Heavy cream is probably my favorite addition to coffee - there’s simply no competition for me.

It instantly makes my drink smoother, creamier, and less harsh on my stomach. 

However, over the years I’ve come to realize that not all heavy cream is the same. 

So, which heavy cream does Starbucks use?

Starbucks uses different brands of heavy cream, depending on the local dairy providers available in the area of a store. 

This means that the exact brand of heavy cream used in Starbucks stores varies.

For example, some locations in the United States, like California, use a different brand from stores in New York.

This also applies to Starbucks stores internationally; the heavy cream in Canada is different from the one they use in the UK.

Key Takeaways

  • Starbucks typically uses Borden cream in the US.
  • Borden heavy cream is 100% cow’s milk and 40% fat.
  • There is no additional cost to add heavy cream to a Starbucks drink.
  • It’s 45 calories per tablespoon.

The Most Commonly Used Brands

However, I did some research, and the most common brand in the US is Borden. 

In Canada, the Dairyland brand of cream is what you'll usually see.

Starbucks uses different brands of heavy cream in stores located in Europe and Asia because they have different local dairy suppliers that Starbucks relies on.

Peaches and Cream Blended Beverage with Starbucks Heavy Cream

What To Know About Starbucks Heavy Cream

Just to clarify, Starbucks has 3 types of cream: whipped, sweet, and heavy. 

When I was a barista at the chain, we made the Starbucks whipped cream with heavy cream, along with vanilla syrup. 

Starbucks sweet cream also contains heavy cream, but includes other ingredients like vanilla simple syrup and 2% milk.

However, heavy cream on its own is not sweet. 

Starbucks' heavy cream is 100% cow's milk.

Heavy creams tend to have the same components, regardless of what brand manufactures them, though.

So, even if you want to know what heavy cream Starbucks use, it doesn’t really vary much between brands.

Apart from hot and cold beverages, heavy cream is also used in many Starbucks baked goods.

Starbucks Frappuccino with heavy cream

How Much Does It Cost To Add Heavy Cream At Starbucks?

It costs nothing to add heavy cream add Starbucks!

Trust me - I add heavy cream to many of my favorite drinks, and I’m always charged for just the regular price of the drink. 

So how do you purchase heavy cream at Starbucks? Simple. When ordering Starbucks coffee or any other drinks, simply mention that you want extra heavy cream on your order.

Here’s an example: “One white chocolate mocha with extra heavy cream and vanilla syrup.”

Barista HQ Tip: Chocolate lovers, heavy cream can elevate your favorite chocolate drinks, even the signature hot chocolate. Just ask for a heavy cream, and your chocolate beverage will become extra creamy! You can also ask for a half and half or breve instead of just heavy cream. 
Starbucks Coconut Cream Pie Frappuccino with vanilla sweet cream

Starbucks Cream Nutritional Facts

Now, let’s discuss how many calories, fat, and sugar are in Starbucks heavy cream:

Calories

The brand of heavy cream Starbucks stores uses, Borden, only has 45 calories per tablespoon/half an ounce of heavy cream.[3]

Most brands of heavy cream will be around 45 to 50 calories.

What matters is how much cream you add to your drink, as this will affect the calorie content.

Fat

Thick whipping cream or heavy cream is fatty. Borden heavy cream contains 5 grams of fat.

For less fat content replace heavy cream with a lighter creamer or non-dairy milk.

Sugar

Most heavy creams don’t have added sugar.

However, the Borden brand has one gram of sugar, but this comes from the natural cream-making process.

Do note that Starbucks sweet cream contains vanilla syrup, which has added sugar.

Starbucks Frappuccinos lined up on a countertop

Heavy Cream Alternatives At Starbucks

There are many dairy and nondairy substitutes to heavy cream. 

Here are some that could replace heavy cream:

Half and Half (breve)

If you want something lighter than heavy cream, breve can do the trick.

It is simply half milk and half cream, which means that the thickness of the heavy cream is counteracted by the milk.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, for me, is a fantastic alternative to heavy cream. 

However, I like the taste of coconut. 

The thick and creamy consistency is the closest I’ve found to heavy cream, and is dairy-free. 

More Milk

Sometimes I want my coffee more milky, but don’t want ALL of it to be heavy cream. 

After all, it’s packed with calories. 

I’ll sometimes get regular milk and heavy cream, together. 

Sweet Cream

For cold coffees like cold brew, adding Starbucks vanilla sweet cream instead of heavy cream can magically transform any drink.

The added vanilla syrup on the sweet cream makes any iced coffee drink creamier and sweeter. Ask for a non-dairy sweet cream if avoiding lactose.


Starbucks Heavy Cream Drinks To Try

Coffee lovers, if you want your favorite drinks to be richer and creamier, mixing heavy cream into your cup is the answer.

However, if you're tired of your usual order and want to try something new, check out these drinks:

Vanilla Latte With Heavy Cream

To order this drink, simply ask the Starbucks baristas for espresso shots, steamed milk, a splash of cream, a light layer of foam, and vanilla syrup.

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte with heavy cream

Pink Drink

This refreshing beverage is a nice take on strawberries and cream.

It is made with strawberry acai base, freeze-dried strawberries, coconut milk, heavy cream, milk, and acai base.

For extra creaminess, ask for extra whipped cream.

Low-Carb Pink Drink

Common Starbucks Heavy Cream Questions

How much heavy cream does Starbucks use in a grande drink?

Starbucks uses 2 ounces of heavy cream in a grande-sized drink.

How much heavy cream is used in iced beverages at Starbucks?

Starbucks uses one ounce of heavy cream in a tall drink, two ounces in a grande, and three ounces in a venti.

Is heavy cream suitable for diet plans?

Heavy cream is suitable for many popular diets like keto and no-sugar.

Do you have to pay for extra whipped cream at Starbucks?

You do not have to pay for extra whipped cream at Starbucks. Like heavy cream, whipped cream is free of charge. Only other customizations, like adding vanilla syrup or caramel sauce, will cost extra.


Conclusion

When it comes to what heavy cream does Starbucks use, it all depends on the store.

Most coffee shops in the US use Borden, while Canadian stores use Dairyland.

However, it’s pretty much all the same and can instantly elevate any drink texture and taste!

References:

1. https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/packages/food-network-essentials/what-is-heavy-cream-and-what-is-a-heavy-cream-substitute
2. https://www.myfooddiary.com/foods/7505063/dairy-pure-heavy-whipping-cream
3. https://www.bordendairy.com/product/heavy-whipping-cream/

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Kim offers a unique perspective on coffee culture and trends. Kim's writing is personal and experiential, providing readers with firsthand advice on the latest in coffee. Beyond her writing, Kim is an avid explorer of new coffee trends and spots, always seeking to share the most genuine advice and latest trends. True to her love for coffee, you'll often find her in a café, immersed in a book with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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  1. I believe Starbucks heavy cream it is thicker and creamier that the one that can be bought at the supermarket. I usually get it by ordering a venti cup of milk w/ no ice and sub heavy cream for the milk. Starbucks vanilla can be bought on their stores. So I can prepare my own sweet cream at home. 🙃

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