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Monday, September 28, 2020

Whipped Dalgona Coffee Made With Instant Coffee

 Dalgona coffee is a whipped, frothy iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk. This drink is creamy and loaded with plenty of sweet coffee flavor. 

 I may be a little late to the Dalgona whipped coffee trend but I am so glad that I joined the party and made this incredible sweet coffee drink. This whipped coffee drink was so delicious and even my husband enjoyed it. The coffee drink was easy to make and it left me saying "Why did I wait so long to make this delightful cup of coffee?"

 The reason I was late to the Dalgona coffee trend was simply that I did not have any instant coffee in the house. When this whipped coffee excitement was happening, most of the world was following a stay at home orders due to the lung virus pandemic called Covid-19. I was not shopping at any grocery stores during this time and was using up my food stockpile. I had plenty of ground coffee in the house so I saw no need to buy any instant coffee to make the whipped coffee drink. Sure I was drooling over the whipped videos that were circulating all over the web but a coffee drink was not going to have me risking my life or have me having an asthma attack from all the harsh cleaners that the stores were using. 

Looking for some more coffee inspiration? ~ Check out this National Coffee Day Post! 

What is Dalgona Coffee?  

Also known as "whipped coffee", "frothy coffee", or "fluffy coffee", Dalgona coffee has two distinct layers made from whipped coffee cream sitting on top of iced milk.

 Dalgona coffee is a coffee drink that is made from instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk. Ok, that sounds like most cups of coffee but what makes this drink different is how it is made. It is the process of whipping together the instant coffee crystals with sugar and hot water that makes the creamy, like whipped cream, layers of sweet coffee that sits on top of cold milk. To most, it is the presentation of the drink that makes this drink so special. The fluffy coffee or frothy coffee layer just floats on top of the milk as it is so airy.

What does Dalgona coffee taste like?

 To describe this delicious drink called Dalgona coffee, I would compare it to a fancy coffee shop drink like a Frappucino but not as thick. So maybe it is like a thick cold coffee latte. Think of the creamy top part of the whipped coffee as a scoop of coffee-flavored whipped cream and the bottom layer as ice-cold milk. When you blend the two layers together, you get a sweet creamy coffee drink.

How did this Dalgona coffee craze get started?

The viral Dalgona coffee trend that had everyone on Facebook and TikTok showing off their whipped coffee drinks did not start in the United States. This do-it-yourself coffee drink started in South Korea at the beginning of 2020 after Jung Il-woo,  a South Korean actor, ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery in Macau and he likened the taste to that of Dalgona, a type of Korean candy

This got folks in South Korea, who were stuck at home, making this whipped coffee since they could not get their favorite coffee drinks at local coffee houses. Since these people had plenty of time on their hands, they shared short video tutorials on how to make Dalgona coffee on TikTok and Instagram using the hashtags #dalgonacoffee. The whipped coffee trend hit the internet in the US in March, just as folks were following social distancing rules.

Why is it called Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee gets its name from Dalgona, a spongy South Korean coffee candy. The candy has a light caramel-colored bubbly texture, which looks like the coffee foam of the Dalgona whipped coffee. This sweet candy has a toffee flavor or caramel flavor. This sweet Dalgona candy is a popular treat in Korea.

Ingredients needed to make Dalgona Coffee

~ Instant coffee

~ Sugar, granulated works best

~ Hot water

~ Ice

~ Milk or  plant-based milk

~ A whisk, electric mixer, or stand mixer

How to make Dalgona coffee

 Making whipped coffee is quite simple. All you need to do is combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water in a bowl. Then whip the ingredients together until it is light in color and resembles a whipped cream texture. There are several ways to whip up the ingredients. You can use a whisk, an electric mixer, or a stand mixer. I recommend placing the ingredients in a small bowl and mixing them first with a spoon so the coffee and sugar dissolve together in the hot water.

 Since the process of whipping the ingredients can take 5-7 minutes, I recommend using the stand mixer or electric mixer. The ingredients will start out thin and dark like a cup of coffee but will gradually start to get thicker and lighter. The whipped coffee mixture is done once it looks like a light brown whipped topping.

 Then you fill a glass with cold milk, some people like to add ice cubes, and use a rubber spatula to spoon half or more of the whipped coffee mixture onto the cold milk. This recipe will make one to two drinks. It will look so pretty.

How to drink the whipped coffee drink

Drinking the whipped coffee drink is a matter of preference. If you like your coffee strong then drink this coffee drink as is. The coffee whipped topping has a strong coffee taste and is bitter. If strong coffee is not your thing then stir the whipped coffee into the glass of milk for a delightful coffee and milk drink.

Dalgona whipped coffee tips and questions

Can I use ground coffee or brewed coffee? ~ This recipe will not work with ground coffee or brewed coffee. It only works with instant coffee crystals or powder.

Can I use plant-based milk? ~ You can use any type of milk that you like and that includes plant-based milk like almond milk. The secret to this recipe is in the whipped coffee layer and this layer will blend in nicely with any milk. I used unsweetened almond milk for my drink and as you can see in the photos it looks perfect.

Can I use cold water? ~  Cold water will not work as the hot water helps dissolve both the instant coffee and the sugar more quickly, helping it whip up into its foamy state. I boiled my water in a tea kettle but you can use a microwave.

Can I use other types of sugar? ~ Granular sugar works best but I have heard that other people had good results with brown sugar, coconut sugar, and monk fruit. These types of sugar may not produce a light and fluffy coffee whip.

Can I store this in the fridge for later? ~ While you can save any leftover whipped coffee in the fridge for later, it will return to its liquid state and will have to be whipped again. So I don't recommend this.

How much does this recipe make? ~ This recipe uses instant coffee which equals two cups of coffee so if you like a strong coffee taste use all of the coffee creams on a glass of milk. If you like a milder taste of coffee use half of the coffee topping.

Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Yield ~ 1 serving


2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons hot boiling water

½ cup ice

1 cup milk or plant-based milk of your choice


 In a small bowl or the stand mixer bowl, use the whisk attachment, to combine the coffee, sugar, and hot water. 

Immediately whisk on medium-high speed until light, airy, and doubled in volume, about 4-5 minutes.

If using a handheld whisk,  quickly whisk the ingredients together. This may take 5-7 minutes.

If using an electric mixer, combine on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes.  

Serve immediately. Pour the milk over the ice in a tall glass. Use a rubber spatula to place the coffee cream over the milk. To enjoy the drink, lightly mix the coffee cream into the cold milk.

Check out how to make an even creamier whipped coffee cream that can be used for frosting a cake and more. This Dairy-Free Magic Coffee Whipped Cream uses ice water instead of hot water. It is so thick and creamy. It also stores in the freezer for several weeks. Get the amazing Magic Whipped Coffee Cream HERE!


Julia Hess said...

I have yet to try this new trend but I have been seeing it all over the internet. And so many rave about whipped coffee. Guess I will have to try it and see what all the buzz is about.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I keep hearing about this whipped coffee but I haven't tried it yet. I really should! It looks delicious.

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

I'm not a coffee drinker, but this looks like something I'd enjoy. I may have to try it!!!

Midaa said...

This looks delicious! I'm a coffee drinker and I will definitely try this out.

Fatima D Torres said...

My mom has been obsessed with this idea. She makes it every now and then.

Sherry said...

I have seen this around but haven't tried it. I'm not a huge coffee drinker. I'll have to pass this on to my daughter. She loves her coffee.

Ryan Escat said...

We've tried to make Dalgona Coffee once, twice, thrice I can't count it on my fingers because it was really amazing! My wife is a coffee lover she makes it from time to time.

Toni said...

This is such a delicious treat for all coffee lovers!! Love it!

Monidipa said...

I am about to make coffee within sometime, I will try this whipped one. I had made Dalgona earlier but not this way. This looks great!

Lavanda Michelle said...

That looks like an fantastic recipe. I’m not a big coffee fan, but I will definitely show this to my husband and eldest daughter. They’ve never had whipped Dalgona. Thanks for sharing!

Kita Bryant said...

This stuff is delicious. I love having a cup of it every now and then.

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

it look ideal. I want to go and make it right now. and well.. why not?

rachel said...

I'm absolutely OBSESSED with this coffee! SO strong!

Sacha said...

I don't drink coffee but this sounds like a nice idea - something different!

melissa said...

I have not had instant coffee in a while. This whipped version is a great drink in the summer.

Tammy said...

I’ve been wanting to try this so much. Sounds so good

Marysa said...

I have made this a few times. So good! I will have to start making it again.

Terri Steffes said...

We make this a lot and love it. I am cutting back on caffeine though, so I have to see if I can find a decaf instant coffee!

Ivan Jose said...

People here in the Philippines are also so crazy over Dalgona coffee. I honestly haven't tried to make it but I can always reconsider because your recipe is tempting.

Richelle Escat said...

tHanks for the idea, I joined this craze last year haha, it's really fun to make one of this lovely coffee.

Gust si Aroma said...

Mmmmm .... I can't resist to good coffee! And this one looks so inviting!

Laura JL Books said...

I'm more like a tea drinker not so much as a coffee drinker but this sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

Oh la la! This is such a yummy drink! The coffee flavor really comes through in this drink and it is quite refreshing. Stephanie

Kathy said...

This sounds like it would be really good. I'm not the biggest coffee fan, but I'd still try it.

Monica said...

Wow this looks so good! I can see myself getting addicted to this in the morning to start off my day!

Lisa said...

I remeber seeing this all on online not too long ago. It looks like a fun experience!

Lady In Read said...

we tried making it once when it was trending and your post now reminds me that we need to try it again.. your dalgona looks so perfect

Gust si Aroma said...

I am drooling over this coffee! I can't resist to a good cup of coffee!

Melanie Edjourian said...

I've seen these online and really wanted to try making one at home. Luckily I've now found your recipe. This sounds really lovely. I am looking forward to making this for myself and my husband.

Richelle Milar said...

This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I’m sure my husband will love this so much!

Rose Ann Sales said...

Can’t wait to try this out! I’m really a coffee love and I’m absolutely going to love this for sure

Beautiful Touches said...

This whipped Dalgona coffee looks frothy, fun and light! I'm not much of a coffee person but I bet my DiL would love this!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, this whipped dalgona coffee looks so good! I can't wait to try out this recipe 😍.

Everything Enchanting ❤️

Christy G said...

This coffee looks delicious. I’ll have to make a cup on morning.

Zena's Suitcae said...

I love trying out new ways to experience my favourite beverage. This sounds like such a treat

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