What is this dalgona coffee that you keep hearing about? A thrill from Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. A pillowy drink that takes over the kitchens from CNET employees. And a cold, whipped coffee drink inspired by a South Korean honeycomb toffee of the same name. However you look at dalgona coffee, the end result is a multilayered drink that is as photogenic as it is tasty. See our gallery below for evidence.
The basic recipe contains only five ingredients ̵
There are just a few things we wouldn't recommend. Cocoa powder does not come in well for instant coffee. If you put the dalgona foam on a hot drink, it will melt. And we don't recommend our colleague's version with bologna.
For more coffee drinks, you can make a cup of drip coffee or the best iced coffee ever
. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, read how to make your favorite Starbucks coffee drinks
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How to Make Dalgona Coffee at Home
For the basic recipe for Dalgona coffee you only need :
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee or instant espresso
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- milk (dairy or dairy works just as well here)
Add the instant coffee, sugar and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use an immersion blender if you have one to make it a much easier process) until the mixture becomes super thick – it should have a similar consistency to whipped cream with slightly stiff peaks – and changes a subtle golden brown color.
Pour milk into a glass filled with ice cubes, then scoop the pillow-like mixture on the cold milk or mix the two parts together if you are looking for a more latte situation.
You can also dress it up with variations, such as mint in the milk layer, or dalgona coffee foam over another drink – such asor cold chocolate – or even sprinkles. It's a fun, airy drink, so have fun with it.
Take a picture (or video the whole thing) and post it online so that you too can join the ever-expanding dalgona coffee community.
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A version of this story was previously posted on Chowhound .