Starbucks whipped cream is so good and it is an excellent place to start when ordering a fancy Frappuccino or tasty latte. 

Today, I dive into the role that whipped cream plays in Starbucks coffee shop beverages and what makes Starbucks whipped cream so good.  

  • A Starbucks whipped cream topper adds about 70-100 calories to a beverage.
  • Their vanilla syrup has 80 calories (all in carbs/sugars) per 2 tbsp. serving.
  • Starbucks will gladly provide a free whipped cream cup for children or pets
  • Starbucks uses the iSi Profi Cream Whipper and N20 Cream Chargers.
  • Learn how to make the copycat whipped cream at home.

Starbucks Whipped Cream Ingredients

All iced coffees and cold brews (including nitro) at Starbucks come with whipped cream as an option. 

Whipped cream is also optional for most iced mochas, hot chocolates, macchiato, flat whites, lattes, espressos, and Americanos—as well as most of their hot-coffee equivalents. 

But what is it made of?

The ingredients for Starbucks' whipped cream are incredibly simple:

  • Starbucks' vanilla syrup (about 4 pumps)
  • Heavy whipping cream
As of yet, while Starbucks has other sugar-free options, it offers no sugar-free or dairy-free Starbucks whipped cream recipe.  
Starbucks Whipped Cream

Calories in Starbucks Whipped Cream

A Starbucks whipped cream topper adds about 70-100 calories to a beverage.

Most of the calories of whipped cream are fat calories from the heavy whipping cream, with only a few carbs and protein calories.  

For example, a normal Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino, which comes with whipped cream and caramel drizzle as toppings, has about 380 calories.

You can reduce it to 300 calories by ordering it without whipped cream; you would also be cutting the fat calories by about 50%. 

Starbucks vanilla syrup has 80 calories (all in carbs/sugars) per 2 tbsp. serving, but this is more than you get in one serving of whip cream topping. 

How To Order Whipped Cream At Starbucks

I know some people who love whipped cream to the point that they could just eat it by itself; luckily, you can get as much whipped cream as you want at Starbucks.

You can order a light serving for the elegance, a larger amount if you are a whipped-cream lover, or even just a cup of pure whipped cream.

In fact, Starbucks will gladly provide a free whipped cream cup for children or pets (this is a “secret menu” item), as long as you are also ordering a beverage off the regular menu.

Note that a few drinks have whipped cream as a definitive ingredient, an example being the Espresso con Panna.

However, many drinks that do not normally come with whipped cream do have it as a possible topping. In these cases, you can choose serving size—normal, extra, or light. 
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How To Make Starbucks Whipped Cream At Home

The Starbucks whipped cream recipe is basically just heavy whipping cream and Starbucks vanilla syrup and/or vanilla extract. 

The Starbucks whipped cream recipe can be altered to make it somewhat lower-fat whipping cream.

Some people can change the Starbucks whipped cream recipe to make it with half and half, but generally, you need a higher butterfat content to create a long-lasting and well-textured whip.

As for the Starbucks vanilla syrup within the Starbucks whipped cream recipe, you can buy it—in regular and sugar-free versions.  

If you really get into using these syrups a lot, you might want to purchase bottle pumps for added convenience.  

The Procedure To Do It At Home

Making Starbucks whipped cream at home is incredible simple!

All you need is:

  • Electric mixer 
  • Four pumps of vanilla syrup 
  • One pint of heavy whipping cream
  • A large bowl
  1. All you need to do is put the cream and syrup in the bowl and whisk until you create soft peaks. 
  2. Once it's ready, you can either spoon or pipe the cream onto your drink of choice!

The fun doesn't have to stop there! You can also experiment with adding things to your whipped cream, such as:

  • Food coloring
  • Spices (such as pumpkin spice) 
  • Matcha
  • Coconut 
  • Blended fresh fruit (strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple are my faves) 
  • Cocoa 
  • Chocolate syrup 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Nut butters (such as almond or peanut butter) 
  • Coffee and coffee flavorings 
  • Extracts (as vanilla extract, peppermint extract, or lemon extract)

What Whipped Cream Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks uses the iSi Profi Cream Whipper and N20 Cream Chargers.

If you are desperate to perfectly imitate a Starbucks whipped cream recipe, you need a whipped cream dispenser/maker. 

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Frequently Asked Starbucks Whipped Cream Questions 

Can dogs & cats have whipped cream from Starbucks?  

Most cats and dogs are lactose-intolerant to some degree, but some might be able to enjoy a small portion of whipped cream occasionally - AKA a puppuccino.  

If you are removing the whipped cream from your own beverage to feed to a pet, bear in mind that it also could have small amounts of coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar-substitute, or other animal-toxic ingredients from the drink.  

Is Starbucks sweet cream whipped cream?  

Not necessarily. It does have similar ingredients: vanilla syrup, whipping or heavy cream, and milk. It is frequently used as an ingredient or add-on to give milky richness to beverages.

Also, it has a high enough fat content to be whipped, so yes, there are Starbucks drink recipes with sweet whipped cream, and sometimes you can get it added to other beverages. 

How long does Starbucks whipped cream last?  

Homemade Starbucks' whipped cream will only have a decent texture for a day if kept in a sealed container in the fridge—at best. 

If you make a copycat Starbucks whipped cream yourself, you can keep it refrigerated for about a week. 

Is Starbucks whipped cream gluten-free?  

Yes. By itself, whipped cream is a completely safe food for those with Celiac Disease or other gluten sensitivities. 

Is Starbucks whipped cream kosher?  

Yes, Starbucks' whipped cream is kosher.


In terms of nutrition, Starbucks whipped cream has its good and bad points—but really, it is such a great comfort food and beautiful decoration on some of Starbucks’ best drinks.

If you are addicted to the heavy whipped cream like what Starbucks serves, then you might want to start making whipped cream at home.

It is relatively easy—as well as cost-effective and versatile. 

Chloe Page


Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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