Dalgona Coffee -when you can’t go out to a cute cafe

A three-ingredient, pantry friendly way to have a picture-perfect coffee when you can’t go out to a cute cafe.

Dalgona coffee is having a moment. This whipped coffee is viral on TikTok, trending on Twitter, and blowing up my insta feed. It’s pretty, it tastes good, and it’s probably the best way to spend some time while you’re at home during the pandemic – COVID19

The best part about it is that you only need three ingredients, two of which you probably already have at home so that means no need to put in a delivery order or go to the grocery store. If you have instant coffee, sugar, and milk, you’re fluffy coffee ready. It’s super simple: mix equal parts coffee, sugar, and hot water, then whip until it turns into luxe and silky thick creamy foam. Spoon it on to some iced milk (which is literally just milk with ice in it) then enjoy, no Starbucks run needed.

Dalgona coffee, fluffy coffee, frothy coffee, whipped coffee – whatever you want to call it, here are all your questions answered right here!

What is dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee is a whipped frothy coffee that’s made from instant coffee and sugar, then put on milk. It’s called dalgona because the fluffy creamy coffee looks like dalgona candy, a candy from South Korea that’s just like honeycomb toffee or sponge toffee. You’ve probably eaten honeycomb toffee before, covered in chocolate. I haven’t had it in years but it’s good.

Dalgona coffee’s origin:

The popularity of dalgona coffee mostly stems from South Korea where it started trending because of social distancing/isolation. Everyone was stuck at home and Instagramming their daily lives and dalgona coffee caught on, probably because you don’t need much to make it and it’s really cute. Whipped coffee exists elsewhere in the world too – apparently, it came to the Korean consciousness via a big Korean actor discovering it in Macau, but they also have it in India and Pakistan. Apparently, it comes from Greece where a Nescafé guy figured out that instant Nescafé whips up nice. They call it frappe!

How to make dalgona coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp very hot water
  • 2 glasses milk with ice cubes

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. While the water’s coming to a boil, make the dalgona coffee fluff: In a bowl, mix together the instant coffee and sugar.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, carefully add 2 tablespoons of the hot water to the coffee sugar mix and whisk or use a hand mixer to whip until light and frothy.
  • Fill two glasses with ice and pour in the milk. Top the glasses with equal amounts of fluffy coffee. Stir thoroughly before enjoying!

Hot Milk vs Cold Milk Dalgona Coffee

You can use hot milk or iced/cold, it’s up to you! I went with iced because it makes the milk go farther and I need to stretch out my milk for as long as possible because I’m literally frightened to go to the grocery store. You can also use evaporated milk (which comes in cans, perfect!), either watered down a bit or not.

As per taste it’s velvety and creamy and full of sweet coffee flavor. Kind of like a non-icy frappuccino. It’s full of strong coffee flavors and pretty darn sweet. But if you’re not so concerned about getting that picture-perfect fluffy cap, you can ease up on the amount of fluffy coffee you put on top of your milk.

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