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Dalgona Coffee

You’ve seen it all over the Internet–now try it yourself! Dalgona Coffee is the light-as-air instant whipped coffee treat you can make at home. No special equipment needed.

Clear stemless wine glass with whipped coffee over milk.

Some food trends I’ve seen on social media over the years I just don’t get. (Remember when everyone was suddenly making fancy Spam recipes a couple of years ago? No, thank you.)

The whipped coffee trend? This one I get. Dalgona Coffee is well worth the hype!

What is Dalgona Coffee?

If you’ve somehow managed to escape the wave of Dalgona drinking sweeping the world, I’m happy to introduce you!

This sweet caffeinated treat is made from instant coffee, sugar and water beaten together until whipped.

The final product resembles a cross between a mousse and a foam. Served over a glass of milk, whipped coffee is a delicious way to get your caffeine fix!

When Dalgona Coffee first came on my radar, I was surprised. Not because it didn’t sound good, but because it was a coffee drink I’d somehow never tried.

For those who are new around here, I LOVE my coffee. I love the taste, the smell, the ritual of making it every morning. And, naturally, I love the boost of energy it gives me to start my day.

Most days, I drink my coffee without a ton of bells and whistles.

But sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little something special with her daily java. Instead of spending all my money on a trip to the coffee bar for a specialty latte, I tend toward making my own versions at home.

From Mocha Latte to Eggnog Lattes, I’ve created plenty of copycats of my favorite cafe beverages at home.

Dalgona coffee? This was new to me!

Dalgona coffee in a clear stemless wine glass with silver straw.

History of Dalgona Coffee

Before giving this pretty looking whipped coffee drink a try, I did a little investigating into the history of Dalgona Coffee.

Whipped or beaten coffee has been a popular specialty drink in the middle east for generations. While Americans tend to shy away from instant coffee, in many countries its the go-to way of making your daily cup.

What better way to enjoy instant coffee than whipping it with sugar and pouring it over milk?

We owe the name “Dalgona coffee” to a Korean TV star who compared its flavor to a popular sponge candy called dalgona. The name stuck and all of a sudden whipped coffee was everywhere!

You might have heard this drink referred to as TikTok coffee but it’s also been ALL over Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Step by step photo collage on how to make whipped coffee drink.

How to Make Dalgona Coffee

Whipped coffee looks impressive, but you don’t need any special equipment or weird ingredients to make this drink.

In fact, the ingredients couldn’t be simpler:

  1. Instant coffee granules
  2. Sugar
  3. Hot water
  4. Milk (for serving)

STEP 1. Combine equal parts water, sugar, and coffee in a large mixing bowl.

STEP 2. Whisk with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture becomes thick and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. It will be a light caramel color and should form soft peaks. It should be similar in consistency to whipped cream.

STEP 3. Pour your milk in a glass. Top with whipped coffee. Stir to combine whipped coffee and milk.

Don’t forget to snap a picture of the pretty caramel colored coffee whip on top of your milk before stirring it! Or make a TikTok coffee video.

Or just send pics of your perfect whipped coffee to all your friends and family to make them jealous. (Be sure to tag #shugarysweets so I can see them too)!

Two stemless wine glasses with dalgona whipped coffee.

More Flavor Ideas

After you try the classic Dalgona Coffee recipe, have fun mixing it up with some different additions!

Serve the whipped coffee over chocolate milk for an instant mocha, or beat a tablespoon of cocoa powder in with the sugar and water.

My favorite variation is to add a splash of vanilla! It tastes like a whipped vanilla cappuccino!

A dash of cinnamon would be delicious as well.

Whisk held upright with big swirl of whipped coffee in a stiff peak.

Tips for Making Whipped Coffee

  • You can serve Dalgona Coffee over cold milk or hot milk. It’s delicious both ways! Non dairy milk works well for this recipe, too, if you’re avoiding dairy.
  • If it seems like the mixture will never “whip”, don’t give up! It takes a few minutes of constant beating. I promise you the time is worth it.
  • Use a large mixing bowl to prevent splattering. I started with the mixer on low speed and gradually increased it as it thickened to keep splattering to a minimum.
  • No electric mixer? You can also make this by hand with a whisk. Just be prepared for a major arm workout! It’ll also take much longer to achieve the desired texture.
  • Make ahead Dalgona coffee: Save time by preparing your coffee for the week all at once. This coffee keeps in the fridge for a week in a tupperware container or in the freezer for up to a month. If separation occurs, just give it a quick stir and it’ll be ready to drink!

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Yield: 1 serving

Dalgona Coffee

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Dalgona Coffee is the light-as-air instant whipped coffee treat you can make at home. No special equipment needed.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 8 oz milk

Instructions

  1. Combine water, sugar, and coffee in a large mixing bowl.   
  2. Whisk with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture becomes thick and fluffy, 5-7 minutes.  It will be a light caramel color and should form soft peaks.  It should be similar in consistency to whipped cream.
  3. Pour your milk in a glass, it can be hot or iced, whichever you prefer.  It is delicious either way! 
  4. Top with whipped coffee. Stir to combine whipped coffee and milk.

Notes

  • You can serve Dalgona Coffee over cold milk or hot milk. It's delicious both ways! Non dairy milk works well for this recipe, too, if you're avoiding dairy.
  • If it seems like the mixture will never "whip", don't give up! It takes a few minutes of constant beating. I promise you the time is worth it.
  • Use a large mixing bowl to prevent splattering. I started with the mixer on low speed and gradually increased it as it thickened to keep splattering to a minimum.
  • No electric mixer? You can also make this by hand with a whisk. Just be prepared for a major arm workout! It'll also take much longer to achieve the desired texture.
  • Make ahead Dalgona coffee: Save time by preparing your coffee for the week all at once. This coffee keeps in the fridge for a week in a tupperware container or in the freezer for up to a month. If separation occurs, just give it a quick stir and it'll be ready to drink!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 9g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Did you make this recipe?

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I’m so happy to have Dalgona Coffee in my rotation of sweet caffeinated drinks to pep up my days. Give it a try and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!

Aimee

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on May 8, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Haha yes the TikTok coffee, thank you for the recipe. I am planning on serving it with brunch for this Mother’s day, since we will be eating out on the patio, I can already tell this will be a hit!!!

  2. How have I missed this? It sounds amazing. I will be trying this just as soon as I get some instant coffee. Yum!

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