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Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee): A Trendy, Frothy, and Creamy Coffee Recipe

If you’re a coffee lover seeking a new and exciting way to get your daily caffeine fix, you should try whipped coffee, also known as Dalgona coffee. Originating from South Korea, this frothy, creamy coffee recipe has recently taken the internet by storm. But don’t worry; you won’t need to go to a fancy coffee shop to taste this delightful beverage. Instead, we’ll guide you through an easy way to make whipped coffee at home with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Let’s dive in!

What is Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)?

Whipped coffee, or Dalgona coffee, is a frothy and incredibly delicious coffee drink that originated in South Korea. It’s made using equal parts of instant coffee, granulated sugar, and hot water, whisked together to create a creamy topping. This creamy topping is served over a glass of your milk of choice, either iced or warm, transforming your everyday coffee into a special treat.

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Dalgona Candy and Its Relation to Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona is not only known as a type of coffee but also as a traditional Korean candy. It’s a sponge-like candy made from sugar, baking soda, and sometimes a bit of oil. The process involves melting sugar and stirring in baking soda, which creates a reaction that turns the mixture into a fluffy, sponge-like texture. This is then pressed flat, typically into a circle, and imprinted with a shape—often a heart or a star. Once it’s cooled and hardened, the candy is enjoyed by eating around the shape without breaking it.

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This candy became particularly well-known outside of Korea due to the Netflix series “Squid Game,” where players were tasked with cutting the imprinted shape out of the candy without breaking it.

How does this relate to Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee got its name because the whipped coffee foam resembles the color and texture of Dalgona candy. When the coffee, sugar, and water are whisked together, it creates a creamy, frothy mixture similar to the fluffy texture of the candy when the baking soda reacts with the melted sugar.

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Interestingly, though the coffee shares a name with the traditional Korean candy, the method of making Dalgona coffee is more closely aligned with an Indian beverage known as “beaten coffee” or “phenti hui.” However, the drink went viral as “Dalgona coffee” due to a Korean TV show where a celebrity likened the flavor to Dalgona candy, and the name stuck.

Whether you want candy or coffee, Dalgona offers a delightful culinary experience. The candy provides a fun and nostalgic treat, while the coffee offers a creamy, frothy twist on a classic beverage. Both are worth a try for anyone interested in Korean culture and cuisine.

The Essential Ingredients for Whipped Coffee

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delightful coffee recipe:

  1. Instant Coffee: This recipe requires 2 tbsp of instant coffee. Instant coffee is essential for achieving the right consistency. Although any brand of instant coffee can be used, Nescafe is a popular choice among many.
  2. Sugar: Another crucial ingredient is sugar. Granulated sugar is typically used for this recipe, but you can experiment with different types of granulated sugar, such as brown sugar, coconut sugar, or raw sugar.
  3. Hot Water: 2 tbsp of hot water is required to whip up this coffee. Hot water is recommended as it aids in quicker results, but you can also use cold or room-temperature water.
  4. Milk: Choose your preferred milk to serve your whipped coffee over. Whether you like hot or cold or prefer dairy or plant-based milk, the choice is yours!
  5. Ice Cubes are optional and only necessary if you serve your whipped coffee over iced milk.

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Tips and Alternatives for Your Whipped Coffee

  • You can use sugar alternatives like monk fruit sweetener or erythritol, but note that the texture of the whipped coffee may be affected.
  • Use plant-based milk like almond, oat, or soy milk for a vegan option.
  • If you’re not a fan of cold coffee, heat your milk before adding the whipped coffee on top.
  • Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, or vanilla extract to your whipped coffee for a fun twist.
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Other Delicious Dalgona Recipes

If you love the frothy and creamy texture of Dalgona coffee but want to experiment with different flavors, you’re in luck. Here are a few creative Dalgona recipes that you might want to try:

Dalgona Milo

Dalgona doesn’t have to be limited to coffee. If you’re a fan of the popular chocolate and malt powder Milo, you’ll enjoy this Dalgona Milo Recipe. Instead of instant coffee, this recipe uses Milo to create a frothy, chocolatey treat. Like with the coffee version, you’ll whip the Milo with sugar and hot water until it becomes creamy, then serve it over milk.

Dalgona Matcha

For those who prefer tea over coffee, there’s Dalgona Matcha. This recipe replaces instant coffee with matcha powder, which gives the drink a beautiful green color and a unique, earthy flavor. The process is slightly different—you’ll need to make a matcha paste first, then whip it with whipped cream instead of water. But the result is a deliciously creamy and frothy Dalgona drink with matcha’s health benefits.

Dalgona Milk Tea

If you’re a fan of bubble tea, you’ll want to try Dalgona Milk Tea. This recipe starts with making a Dalgona coffee but adds a twist by serving it over milk tea instead of regular milk. The creamy coffee topping complements the milk tea wonderfully, creating a new and exciting way to enjoy your favorite beverage.

These Dalgona recipes demonstrate the versatility of the Dalgona method. So whether you’re a coffee lover, a tea enthusiast, or a fan of Milo, there’s a Dalgona recipe out there to try. So enjoy whipping up these frothy, creamy drinks and savor their delightful textures and flavors.

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Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)

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Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee) is a creamy and frothy coffee recipe you can easily make at home. It’s a fun and trendy way to enjoy coffee, made with simple ingredients like instant coffee, sugar, hot water, and your choice of milk.

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  • 2 tbsp 10 g Instant Coffee

  • 2 tbsp 24 g White Sugar

  • 2 tbsp 29.57 ml Hot Water

  • Milk of your Choice

  • Ice Cubes (optional)


  • Prepare Your Ingredients: Gather your instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Having the right measurements to achieve the perfect whipped coffee is essential.
  • Combine the Coffee, Sugar, and Water: In a mixing bowl, combine your instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. These ingredients are the foundation of your whipped coffee.
  • Start Whisking: Now, it’s time to whip it up! Using a hand mixer or a whisk, vigorously whisk the coffee mixture until it becomes frothy and reaches a creamy, whipped texture. This process can take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes with a mixer or 10-15 minutes by hand.
  • Check the Consistency: You’re looking for your coffee mixture to form stiff peaks, much like a meringue. If your coffee drips off your whisk, it’s not ready yet. Keep whisking until it holds its fluffy shape.
  • Prepare Your Milk: While using any milk for this recipe, iced milk is a popular choice. Fill a glass with your milk of choice, leaving some space for your whipped coffee at the top. If you prefer your drink chilled, add a few ice cubes.
  • Top with Whipped Coffee: Dollop and smooth your whipped coffee over the milk. Marvel at the beautiful contrast between the creamy coffee and the milk!
  • Mix and Enjoy: Before diving in, mix the whipped coffee into the milk to ensure an even distribution of coffee flavor in every sip. Now, enjoy your homemade whipped coffee!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular ground coffee instead of instant coffee?

Unfortunately, regular ground coffee won’t work for this recipe. Instant coffee is essential for achieving a frothy texture.

Can I store whipped coffee?

You can store whipped coffee in the refrigerator for a few days. However, keeping the whipped coffee separate from the milk is best until you’re ready to consume it.

Can I use a hand mixer to whip the coffee?

Yes, using a hand, stand, or milk frother can make the whisking process faster and easier. But a regular whisk will do the job if you don’t have any of these appliances—it might take longer.

What if I don’t like my coffee sweet?

You can reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe or even eliminate it. Remember, though, that the sugar contributes to the fluffy texture of the whipped coffee. If you use less sugar, your coffee might be drier.

Can I use whipped coffee as a topping for desserts?

Absolutely! Whipped coffee can be a fantastic topping for desserts. It’s especially delicious on brownies, cookies, or banana bread. It can also be used to make coffee-flavored ice cream.

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