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Dutch Bros Soft Top Recipe

Dutch Bros Soft Top Recipe

Regardless of whether you call it soft top like the Dutch Bros baristas, or cold foam like their Starbucks competitors, soft top is quickly becoming the most popular add-on at coffee shops this year.

Soft top is a soft, lightly whipped sweet cream poured atop hot or cold coffee drinks, and it gets really interesting when baristas add different flavorings: pumpkin soft top for fall or sugar cookie soft top for the holiday season.

dutch bros coffee, photo of the top showing the creamy and fluffy soft top
Iced Coffee with Soft Top from the Dutch Bros. Coffee Menu

You’ve probably noticed on your receipt that it’s a significantly priced upgrade, so after we built our own coffee bar we decided we would try making a dupe of the recipe to eliminate some of those costly trips to the coffee shop.

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How Do You Make Dutch Bros Soft Top?

The secret to these flavored soft tops is in Dutch Bros favorite brand of Torani syrups lining the wall of the kitchen. Soft top can be made with any of these syrups for a twist on the flavor…

Overhead of torani toasted marshmallow syrup, cream, and a milk frother.
Torani Syrups are available in grocery stores and online

Their signature soft top is made with the Toasted Marshmallow syrup in my area of Texas. (I say this because other stores could potentially use another flavor for their basic soft top, such as vanilla or hazelnut syrup.)

The soft top we created is a 2:1 ratio of heavy cream to syrup, which maintains a creamy texture that is positively loaded with flavor.

This means you can make any increment that you want by using 2 parts cream to 1 part syrup of your choice.

marshmallow syrup, cream, a milk frother, and a stainless steel cup for making the recipe
With a few simple ingredients, you can make any flavor of soft top you want…marshmallow soft top is the house flavor.

You can even use other syrups that are not the Torani brand, such as Skinny Syrups which are sugar-free, or grocery store caramel sauce, both of which make delicious drinks using the soft top formula.

What Do You Need To Make Soft Top or Cold Foam?

  • Heavy Cream
  • Clear Flavored Syrup
  • Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher
  • Handheld Milk Frother

To make soft top you’ll pour 2 parts heavy cream and 1 part syrup into the pitcher and insert the milk frother. Froth this mixture of heavy cream for 30 seconds or until you reach your desired thickness.

What Does Soft Top Go Best With?

Some of the best dutch bros drinks to try at home with your soft top are…

Cold drinks like:

  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Iced Coffee
  • Iced Americanos

Hot drinks like:

  • Hot Coffee
  • Shots of Espresso
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cappuccino with Irish Cream Syrup Soft Top
  • Hot Black Tea can be paired with Cinnamon Syrup Soft Top
  • Green Tea can be paired with Vanilla or Coconut Syrups
  • Earl Grey or Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea with Caramel Sauce used in place of the Basic Syrup (Yes, Caramel Drizzle Sauce works too in this soft top recipe)
  • Hot Coffee paired with a White Chocolate Sauce based Soft Top

One of the best drinks I like to make at home is a dupe of the Dutch Bros iced coffee with Toasted Marshmallow Soft Top, which is the signature flavor on the Dutch Bros Menu.

This iced coffee drink is simple to make and refreshing all year round.

I use Stok Iced Coffee over ice balls and top with copycat dutch bros soft top made with pumpkin spice or peppermint bark syrup and cream.

All of the items I use to make my home coffee bar are linked here in my Amazon Shop.

As you can imagine with this many flavors of syrup available, the flavor combinations using this sweet drink topper create a variety of drinks!

A milk frother in a stainless steel pitcher filled with soft top for coffee
Completed soft top for your coffee!

It will be easy for you to invent your perfect drink and bring a little Dutch Bros. into your own home kitchen.

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A milk frother in a stainless steel pitcher filled with soft top for coffee

Dutch Bros Soft Top Recipe

This recipe is a perfect dupe of Dutch Bros. Soft Top Recipe perfect for at-home coffee baristas! A creamy blend of Torani Syrup and Heavy Cream, this recipe is customizable to your favorite coffee flavors.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Breakfast
Servings: 1 /2 cup
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Sarah Penrod


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 Torani Toasted Marshmallow Syrup

You will also need

  • stainless steel milk frothing pitcher
  • handheld milk frother


  • 1. Pour cold whipping cream and Torani syrup into the milk-frothing pitcher.
  • 2. Insert the milk frother and froth moving up and down under the surface of the liquid. The soft top will get increasingly thicker until it looks like actual whipped cream.
  • 3. Soft top is beaten to about soft peaks, or when the milk frother is pulled vertically up out of the whipped cream and the tip of the whipped cream curls over itself in a soft curl.


**This recipe can be created with any Torani Syrup, or even sugar-free syrups like Skinny Syrups. You can substitute other flavors such as pumpkin, vanilla syrup, or sugar cookie syrup to create other recipes for flavored soft tops.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 222mg | Sugar: 31g
Recipe Rating


Monday 15th of April 2024

Just tried making the Dutch Bros soft top at home and it turned out amazing! If anyone else is interested, I found a great guide that really breaks down the process into easy steps, making it super accessible even if you're not a pro barista.

Just me

Monday 11th of September 2023

My dutch bros soft top is in a carton I've seen them use that many times for soft top.

Sarah Penrod

Monday 11th of September 2023

Yep, that's new. It came out in 2023. I think they just have it pre-made for them at a commissary now to save time. This is the way they made it when it first came out. (And how you would do it if you made it at home.)

Michelle Jefferson

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

I added soft top to my recent Dutch Bros order and they literally poured it straight from a carton you can order online (through food service sites). They were using Rich’s On Top Soft Whip Topping. I will definitely have to try this recipe as I don’t need an entire case to store!

Sarah Penrod

Monday 16th of October 2023

I did notice they changed it this year! I like this version better though. I feel like when they made it from scratch it was creamier and tasted less oily!


Saturday 5th of August 2023

Super excited to try this! But how much syrup do you add? Recipe just says 1/4, but 1/4 what? 1/4 cup, 1/4 ounce? Thank you for any clarification!

Sarah Penrod

Monday 16th of October 2023

It's just equal parts, so 1 part cream to 1 part syrup is fine. I think I did 1/4 c. cream 1/4 c. syrup.


Thursday 6th of April 2023

Amazing! Worked perfect and tastes just like the real thing! Thank you so much for creating and sharing!!

Sarah Penrod

Thursday 6th of April 2023

Yay Hollie! Glad you liked it.