The Dalgona coffee is a new coffee trend that went viral on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube and emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an icy and sweet whipped coffee that requires only four ingredients: instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk.
Origin and history
The Dalgona coffee (달고나 커피) trend owes its popularity to Korean YouTubers, and a Korean actor Jung Il Woo who saw a street stall in Macao making the drink — he remarked that the way it looked reminded him of “dalgona”, a toffee candy made popular with kids after the Korean war. The trend picked up online and spun out as people all over the world found themselves stuck inside with pantry ingredients and social media as part of the #dalgonacoffeechallenge.
But the Dalgona Coffee that people are making recently has nothing to do with actual Korean dalgona. The recipe is more similar to a beverage commonly made by street stalls across South East Asia, India, Pakistan, Greece, and Macau.
The actual dalgona toffee candy is made by whipping sugar and baking powder overheat. It comes out looking creamy, and then it’s poured and pressed onto a surface to make a lollipop with a shape in the middle.
Tips and notes
Since we love coffee and after all the hype about Dalgona coffee, we decided to try it. Here are some of our tips :
- The ratio for the whipped coffee is a 1:1:1 of coffee, sugar, and boiling water.
- You should use granulated sugar. Otherwise, it doesn’t stay fluffy as long as the granulated sugar version.
- You can substitute the white sugar for any other sweetener as long as it’s granulated.
- You need to use instant coffee for it to work. Since, it’s the instant coffee that creates the dense and foamy topping, which has a lot to do with the drying process of the coffee granules.
- You should use boiling water since it’ll help dissolve both the instant coffee and sugar instantly, leading to a fluffier dalgona coffee.
- We used a stand mixer to whip the coffee. You can also whip it with a hand frother or a hand whisk. But keep in mind, if whisking by hand, it will take 10 to 15 minutes to get to optimal fluffiness.
- We’ve tried a cold coffee version, but you can try it with a hot milk version if you prefer it. You can also use plant-based milk for a vegan version.
- For a strong coffee, use a small glass and less milk.
Toppings ideas: coffee powder, cocoa, cinnamon, honey, caramel syrup, crumbled biscuits, …
Dalgona Whipped Coffee
- 1 tbsp instant coffee (15g)
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar (15g)
- 1 tbsp hot water (15ml)
- ¾ cup milk (200ml)
- 2-4 ice cubes
- In a bowl, mix instant coffee, sugar and boiling water.
- Using a handheld mixer whisk it on high speed for about 3-5 min, until it forms a stiff peak.
- Add the ice cubes to a glass, then fill it most of the way full with milk.
- Scoop out the whipped coffee mixture on top of the milk.
- Using a spoon, stir vigorously to swirl it into the milk.
- Serve !!!