Cheese Foam

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 02/07/2022 Updated: 01/12/2023
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Fluffy, whipped, creamy cheese foam is a popular boba shop topping that is worth the hype—its phenomenal. BONUS: This creamy cheese foam recipe can be made in under 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients!
Cheese Foam

Fluffy, whipped, creamy cheese foam is a popular boba shop topping that is worth the hype—it is phenomenal. BONUS: This creamy cheese foam recipe can be made in under 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

A glass of milk tea topped with cheese foam.

If you’ve been to a boba shop lately, you may have noticed cheese foam as an additional topping on the menu. I was a little skeptical at first but when I tried it instantly became addicted! Cheese foam is a salted whipped cream cheese topping that adds a slightly savory flavor to your sweetened boba tea which creates the perfect salty-sweet balance.

This cheese tea recipe is incredibly easy to make with only 5 pantry staple ingredients and two simple steps. Plus, you can double the batch and make this cheese tea topping in advance so you can crave your boba cravings right at home. If you loved this boba shop recipe, check out my homemade boba recipe, brown sugar milk tea, taro milk tea, and jasmine milk tea for more boba shop favorites!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Cheese foam is a delicious, creamy, topping that takes any boba drink from 0-100 instantly.
  • This cheese tea recipe only needs 5 pantry staple ingredients and you can whip it up in under 5 minutes!
  • You’ll save so much time and money waiting in line at your local boba shop by making this cheese foam boba recipe at home.
Someone dolloping cheesefoam onto a glass of milk tea.

Kitchen Equipment

This cheese tea recipe is so easy and does not require any fancy equipment!

  • Mixing bowl: you will need a large mixing bowl to whip up the cream cheese. I recommend using a stainless steel mixing bowl that you chill before whipping up the whipped cream for best results.
  • Electric Hand Mixer: For the quickest method, I recommend using an electric hand mixer to whip up the heavy cream. However, you can always use a regular hand whisk and a whole lot of muscle as well.

Ingredients

This cheese foam recipe only requires 5 pantry staple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.

  • Cream Cheese: make sure to use full-fat brick cream cheese for the best flavor. I recommend using Philadelphia cream cheese.
  • Milk: thins out the cream cheese while adding an additional creaminess.
  • Granulated Sugar: sweetens the cream cheese.
  • Sea Salt: sea salt can be overpowering. You can add a little at a time to taste to adjust it to your taste preferences. I recommend using Himalayan salt for the best flavor.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: you will need heavy whipping cream in order to make the cream cheese mixture foam up. Make sure the heavy whipping cream is cold before you begin whipping.
All the ingredients to make cheese foam.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Milk: you can substitute the milk for evaporated milk, or condensed milk for a creamier, thicker, and sweeter consistency.
  • Sugar: sugar is the main form of sweetener in this cheese foam recipe. You can substitute powdered sugar for granulated sugar or condensed milk.

How to Make Cheese Foam

Making this cheese foam recipe only requires two simple steps that you can whip up in under 5 minutes!

  1. Cream the cream cheese. In a small bowl, add the cream cheese, evaporated milk, powdered sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
Creaming the cream cheese and other few ingredients.
  1. Beat the heavy cream. Add cold heavy whipping cream and beat until thick, and frothy with medium-soft peaks. Be careful to not overwhip it may curdle.
Beating the heavy cream into a foam.
  1. Serve. Serve on top of a cold drink of choice. Enjoy!
Someone adding cheese foam to top off a glass of milk tea.

Tips for the Best Cheese Foam Boba

  • Thoroughly mix your room-temperature cream cheese. Make sure to whip up your room-temperature cream cheese with the other ingredients until it is smooth and has no more clumps. Having the cream cheese at room temperature allows you to mix the cream cheese with ease and fully incorporate the other ingredients.
  • Use cold heavy whipping cream. Using cold heavy whipping cream allows the whipped cream to foam up easily.
  • Don’t over-whip! Whip the heavy cream mixture on low to be able to closely monitor the texture of the cheese foam. You want the final texture to be thick, and foamy, with medium-soft peaks. You know you have over-whipped the mixture if it starts to look like cottage cheese.

Storage Instructions

This cheese foam boba is best served immediately. You can make this cheese foam recipe in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Q’s & A’s

What is cheese foam made with?

Cheese tea is made with cream cheese, evaporated milk, sugar, salt, and heavy cream. Some recipes could use condensed milk, regular milk, or powdered cheese.

What does cheese tea taste like?


Cheese tea has a fluffy soft whipped cream texture with a sweet, slightly salty, cream cheese flavor.

How many calories does a single serving of cheese foam have?

A single serving will have approximately 160-170 calories.

What types of drinks do you serve cheese foam boba with?


Cheese foam boba is most often made with sweetened black, green or oolong tea. It can also be served with matcha lattes, iced coffee, and fruit teas like mango green tea!

Additional Ways to Serve Cheese Foam

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Recipe

Up close of two glasses with cheese foam topping.

Cheese Foam

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Fluffy, whipped, creamy cheese foam is a popular boba shop topping that is worth the hype—its phenomenal. BONUS: This creamy cheese foam recipe can be made in under 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients!
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Ingredients

  • 3 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream cold

Instructions

  • Cream the cream cheese. In a small bowl, add the cream cheese, evaporated milk, powdered sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Beat the heavy cream. Add cold heavy whipping cream and whisk until thick, frothy with soft peaks. Be careful to not overwhip it may curdle.
  • Serve. Serve on top of cold drink of choice. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Thoroughly mix your room temperature cream cheese. Make sure to whip up your room temperature cream cheese with the other ingredients until it is smooth and has no more clumps. Having the cream cheese at room temperature allows you to mix the cream cheese with ease and fully incorporate the other ingredients.
  • Use cold heavy whipping cream. Using cold heavy whipping cream allows the whipped cream to foam up easily.
  • Don’t over-whip! Whip the heavy cream mixture on low to be able to closely monitor the texture of the cheese foam. You want the final texture to be thick, foamy, with medium-soft peaks. You know you have over-whipped the mixture if it starts to look like cottage cheese.

Nutrition:

Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1481mg | Potassium: 241mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2140IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1mg

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