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Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe + Video

April 24, 2020 | 7 Comments

How to make TikTok's easy and delicious korean whipped coffee (Dalgona coffee recipe). You only need two ingredients to make this delicious coffee drink! | sophisticatedgourmet.com

I had to hop on the Dalgona Coffee / Whipped Coffee bandwagon. Forgive me if this is the umpteenth post you have seen about whipped coffee. The thing is: I’m amused by the simplest things in life. For something so simple, I figured a Dalgona coffee recipe is worth talking about for a second.

This whipped Dalgona coffee drink is one of those trends that you have to get with. It’s a nice treat and tastes delicious. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and I’ve resulted in sunbathing on the oversized windowsill in my living room. Whipped coffee in one hand, everything bagel in the other.

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The thing about this whipped Dalgona coffee is: it’s not meant as a daily drink. Though if you feel obliged to have one everyday, I am not going to be the one to stop you! Considering the current state of the world, I think it is safe to say that we can overlook the fact that this is not the year of the “snatched” summer body.

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Dalgona coffee, because it is so simple, only tastes as good as the instant coffee granules that you use. If you can help it, get something that tastes good. It was a two-hour ordeal to finally get my hands on some. Most of it was spent waiting on a line wrapped around my local Portuguese grocery store. Luckily, most Portuguese and Latin grocery stores have an impressive selection of coffees.

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I’m no expert on instant coffee, so I went with what everyone else seemed to be stocking up on– Nescafé (specifically, this one). It was a good choice, but if you can’t find the same thing please don’t beat yourself up. Anything should do the trick, honestly– this is not the time to spend incredible amounts of money or time searching for instant coffee granules for this whipped Dalgona coffee.

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WHAT IS DALGONA WHIPPED COFFEE?

Dalgona coffee is a simple two-layered whipped coffee or latte drink originating from Rajasthan, India, and recently popularized in South Korea and on Tik-Tok. Though, it is said to have actually originated in Greece by a Nescafé representative (read: Frappé) back in the 1950s. The whipped coffee received its popularized name after a South Korean Actor, Jung Il-woo visited Macau and was served the luscious pick-me-up; saying it reminded him of Korean honeycomb “Dalgona” (also known as ppogi) toffee.

Considered an upside-down cappuccino, this foamy Dalgona Coffee drink packs a lot of punch in the caffeine and sugar department and will put some pep in your step. The first layer is a velvety thick layer of caramel-colored whipped coffee, and the second is milk–– either warm or cold (often iced)

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IS THIS DALGONA COFFEE RECIPE ANY GOOD?

Dalgona coffee, though a popular craze at the moment, is truly a delicious treat! Because the whipped coffee mousse is made packs quite a bit of caffeine (unless you’re using decaf) and sugar per serving, it should be consumed sparingly.

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WHAT’S IN DALGONA COFFEE (WHIPPED COFFEE)? WHAT MAKES IT SO FOAMY?

Dalgona coffee is simply made with three ingredients: instant coffee or espresso granules, granulated sugar (white or natural cane), and boiling water.

The bottom portion of Dalgona whipped coffee is milk–– whether you prefer dairy milk or non-dairy (i.e. almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, soy milk), a little Bailey’s… The choice is yours. Dalgona coffee tastes great with a bit of ice, but a warm milk version is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold, rainy day.

Spooned Whipped Coffee | sophisticatedgourmet.com

CAN I MAKE DALGONA WHIPPED COFFEE WITHOUT SUGAR?

Dalgona coffee, like meringue, is best made with sugar. You can cut down on the amount of sugar by about 1/2 a tablespoon, but this will result in coffee foam that is not whipped to its full billowy potential.

Whipped Coffee Foam | sophisticatedgourmet.com

HOW CAN I MAKE DALGONA COFFEE HEALTHIER? IS THERE A VEGAN OR KETO VERSION OF WHIPPED COFFEE?

The original preparation for Dalgona coffee calls for granulated sugar (granulated cane sugar / natural cane sugar can be used). Other alternatives to granulated sugar are granulated maple sugar and granulated coconut sugar. An alternative Keto and sugar-free version of Dalgona coffee can be made using confectioners’ or granulated Swerve Sweetener, or with granulated monkfruit sweetener.

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HOW IS THIS DALGONA COFFEE RECIPE MADE?

Dalgona coffee is made by simply beating instant coffee granules, sugar, and boiling water together for several minutes until thick and mousse-like. The thickness of the dalgona coffee mousse simply depends on how much it is beaten with a whisk or electric mixer. Like whipped cream, the thickness of the dalgona coffee mousse is a matter of preference. For us, it’s best served at medium-ish peaks, swathed on ice-cold milk.

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CAN I USE NORMAL COFFEE OR COFFEE GROUNDS FOR THIS WHIPPED DALGONA COFFEE RECIPE?

Simply put, Dalgona whipped coffee cannot me made with normal coffee. There are companies that take some of your favorite coffees and turn them into instant grounds. The uniqueness of instant coffee grounds (essentially: dried coffee extract) makes it the best means of achieving a heavenly mousse consistency for your dalgona coffee.

Thick Coffee Foam - Recipe from sophisticatedgourmet.com
Mixed Dalgona Coffee - Recipe from sophisticatedgourmet.com

HOW SHOULD I DRINK DALGONA WHIPPED COFFEE?

While Dalgona whipped coffee is beautiful to look at with both layers perfectly separated from one another, it is best stirred into the milk. The coffee flavor in the milk is heavenly and tastes like a better version of your favorite iced coffee.

Mixed Dalgona Coffee - Recipe from sophisticatedgourmet.com

Yield: Makes Enough for 1 Whipped Coffee

Whipped Coffee Recipe

Whipped Coffee Recipe

When it comes to whipping the Dalgona Coffee, you can either go the route of beating it within an inch of its life or lean for something a little more luxurious and billowy. Whether you like your whipped coffee thick like shaving foam or not, it's all based on preference. I aim for softish peaks because it mixes a bit better into the milk. This makes one serving of whipped coffee, but feel free to double or triple it to your needs.

The whipped coffee can be served over ice-cold milk or warm milk. Any milk will work here. Just be sure to mix everything together to enjoy the true taste of this luscious coffee drink. For an adult version of this, add a shot of Baileys Irish Cream to the milk before spooning the whipped coffee on top. Thank me later.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon boiling hot water
  • Milk, for serving
  • Ice, for serving

Instructions

    In a small bowl, combine the sugar, instant coffee granules, and boiling water. Beat the mixture with a whisk or an electric hand mixer until the coffee is like whipped cream (about 3 to 5 minutes). You can err on the side of soft peaks or go for something more stiffly whipped. Set the bowl aside.

    Fill a glass with ice cubes and milk (you can use warm milk instead), then dollop the mixture of whipped coffee on top and mix before serving.

Notes

For a Keto whipped coffee: use confectioners’ or granulated Swerve Sweetener. Granulated monkfruit sweetener is also an acceptable alternative.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

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7 Comments

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  • Reply Dee April 24, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Just happened to be in the kitchen funnily enough baking your bagels. Just made my husband do the whisking lol. Added to some oat milk. DEEEELICIOUS! I’m too old for tiktok so I do appreciate you sharing this on your blog. Love the baileys idea trying that this weekend.

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  • Reply Andrea April 24, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Via+Sugar packet! I’ll bring a mini whisk and we’ll have galley whipped coffee!!!

    But seriously, would Via be considered instant coffee? Or I have a bunch of Nescafé packets from The Closet!

    • Reply Kamran Siddiqi April 25, 2020 at 1:27 am

      I made some with a pack of via when I first saw this online. It works perfectly!

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  • Reply Kiera S April 25, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    You made this look so elegant! Just did as you suggested and made one with Bailey’s. I usually don’t like the taste of instant coffee but my partner only drinks that. It tastes soooo good in here. Maybe the alcohol helps with that too haha!

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  • Reply Kamran Siddiqi April 26, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Kiera- it definitely does! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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  • Reply Vincent May 13, 2020 at 8:34 am

    I love dalgona coffee because of the smooth texture provided by the coffee foam atop the silky milk! :) Your take on dalgona coffee is very exquisite!

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  • Reply Rosaria Mitchell May 14, 2020 at 4:05 am

    I love coffee, but I think that we have to be careful with it. If you drink too much coffee, you will be able to have serious problems with your stomach, that is why I love this recipe. Can control how much coffee you’re having and make it a treat and customize it with whatever milk you have on hand.

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