Dalgona Coffee

What better time to pick blogging back up than during a global pandemic? And, I know, I know – I’m late to the viral dalgona coffee trend. Better late than never, I suppose!

So how exactly do you make dalgona coffee? It only requires equal parts of three ingredients: instant coffee, sugar, and hot water, and your choice of milk (whether dairy or non). Whip the three ingredients together vigorously for a few minutes until stiff peaks form, either with a whisk or hand/electric mixer, et voilà! You now have a beautiful, frothy coffee to top off your milk. Here’s the recipe I used – everything can be adjusted according to your palate:

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee (I used Maxwell House Original)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (I used Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener as a 1:1 replacement)
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 8 oz milk (I used So Delicious Dairy-Free coconut milk because of my lactose intolerance)

I also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and ground cinnamon to the coffee mixture before whipping it together for some extra “oomph”. Other spices can be added, too, depending on preference.

whipped dalgona coffee
Whipped coffee ready for topping
dalgona coffee
Dalgona coffee

Dalgona coffee became popular in late March when most countries began instituting quarantine policies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Korean actor Jung Il-woo coined this term after visiting an eatery in Macau when he was served a beverage reminding him of the traditional Korean sponge candy, dalgona.

The beverage itself has origins from India, Pakistan, and Macau, where whipped coffee is a norm, and is a cousin of the traditional Greek frappe. It’s amazing how quickly this trend spread on TikTok (and went viral everywhere), and how creative people have been in making this drink their own.

Tell me how you’ve made your dalgona coffee in the comments!

Author: Wei

Foodie, traveler, athlete, dog mom. A unique blend of East meets West.

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