Dalgona Coffee Recipe: How To Make The Internet Loved Whip Coffee


You can make thick dalgona coffee as a dessert, or more like a latte.

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More than a year after it became very popular online, dalgona coffee is still popular on the internet. This cold smoothie coffee drink is an Instagram, YouTube and TikTok sensation and was inspired by a South Korean honeycomb toffee of the same name. It’s soft, smooth and will make you forget to run for a latte.

The basic recipe includes just five ingredients – instant coffee, sugar, water, milk, and ice – and is easy to make at home by yourself or with your kids. The beauty of this drink is that it is open to dozens of variations. The decaffeinated versions won’t keep you awake all night. Oat milk and coconut sugar work just as well as standard dairy products and sweeteners. Lemon zest and mint can brighten up the milk. You can even add a dose of alcohol and extra caffeine.

There are just a few things we wouldn’t recommend. Cocoa powder does not work well with instant coffee. If you place the dalgona foam on a hot drink, it will melt. And we don’t recommend our colleague’s version topped with bologna.

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How to make dalgona coffee at home

For the basic dalgona coffee recipe, all you need to do is:

  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee or instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • milk (dairy or non-dairy will work just as well here)

Add the instant coffee, sugar and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use a hand blender if you have one to make one. a lot easier process) until the mixture becomes super thick – it should have a consistency similar to whipped cream with somewhat stiff peaks – and takes on a subtle golden brown color.

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Pour the milk into a glass filled with ice cubes, then pour the fluffy mixture over the cold milk or mix the two parts together if you are looking for more of a latte situation.

You can also dress it up with variations, like mint in the milk layer or dalgona coffee foam on a different drink – like iced coffee or cold chocolate milk – or even sprinkles on top. It’s a fun, light drink, so have fun with it.

Take a photo (or film it all) and post it online so you too can join the ever-growing dalgona coffee community.

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One version of this story was previously posted on Chowound.

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