Dalgona Whipped Coffee

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  • Are you looking for a caffeinated pick me up, but can’t seem to bring yourself to drink another plain jane cup of coffee? Look no further than this whipped coffee recipe. 

    dalgona whipped coffee recipe

    Whipped Coffee Recipe

    Coffee is a daily necessity for many of us, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be mundane and lackluster.

    That is where the whipped coffee comes into play. I kept seeing these frothier than frothy coffees on social media and decided I had to give the Dalgona coffee a try. 

    dalgona whipped coffee in a mixing bowl

    I see it every place- it has to be good, right?

    Dalgona Coffee

    What is dalgona?

    After a bit of research, I learned that it is essentially a reverse cappuccino. Milk in the mug or glass with a fluffy, sweetened, coffee concoction on top and it is one heck of an eye-pleasing drink, to say the least. 

    layered whipped coffee in a clear coffee cup

    What I found most interesting, is that its magic lies in instant coffee granules. Surprise! Regular ground coffee or coffee beans need not apply here. With four ingredients (not including fun toppings,) it’s a no brainer. 

    Apparently this new trendy drink was named after a Korean actor ordered a frothy cup at a coffee shop and thought the top looked like the Korean candy called Dalgona.

    Instant Coffee

    Did you know that instant coffee was invented in the late 1800s and that it first became popular during WWI because of the convenience? If you don’t have some of this lying around, don’t worry. It is easily purchased in the coffee aisle at the store.

    close up of dalgona coffee toppings

    Luckily, I always have a jar of coffee crystals up my sleeve. It is a remnant of a layered pie recipe that we made for every holiday growing up.

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    By dissolving them in some hot water and putting that liquid in the brownie mix before it baked, you were able to make something so much more than a simple brownie. 

    Almost as interesting as the granules part, is that you don’t need some new-fangled, fancy coffee machine to make one. 

    Whip It!

    In terms of making it light as air. You have a few options that all work equally as well as the next. Grab a whisk, grab a hand blender, grab that trusty milk frother, or grab that immersion blender and get to work.

    whipped dalgone coffee in a bowl

    This recipe can easily be made hot or iced if you are feeling like you want something a little more refreshing. There’s an option for everyone.

    Choose your milk based on your personal or dietary preferences. Traditional dairy, soy, almond, oat – they all work just fine here. Warm your milk, serve it cold from the fridge or even add ice cubes.

    Dalgona Taste

    What does dalgona whipped coffee taste like?

    Funny you should ask because me and one of my friends had totally different experiences. I like my coffee black, so dalgona tasted pretty sweet to me, but she thought it was a little bitter.

    whipped coffee with shaved chocolate topping

    I think it really depends on how you usually take your coffee and also the flavor and intensity of your instant coffee crystals.

    Whipped Coffee Toppings

    You can customize your coffee drink with garnishes. Whipped cream if you want a little extra sweetness, a sprinkle of coffee crystals top, or even some chocolate shavings, will make this drink feel that much more of a treat. 

    Our favorite toppings:

    • Turbinado sugar
    • Coffee crystals
    • Shaved chocolate
    • Sparkling sugar
    • Swizzle sticks
    • Crushed peppermint

    Spiked Whipped Coffee

    To make it really over the top, you can spike it. Shhhh, you didn’t hear it from me, but let’s be honest, it would be me that came up with an alcoholic coffee drink.

    whipped coffee (dalgona coffee)

    A shot of something like Frangelico, Bailey’s, chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, or even bourbon in each cup or mug would be great whether you choose the hot or cold version and perfect for that after-dinner drink option and perfect for holidays.

    The only catch with this recipe is that you are the barista. Don’t worry, it whips up in a snap. Serve your forty cup with some Air Fryer Donuts and you’ll be all set!

    My suggestion, be sure to put out a tip jar because your family and/or your guests will be asking for seconds. You might even tip yourself!

    dalgona whipped coffee for pinterest

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    close up of whipped coffee for pinterest

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    Dalgona Whipped Coffee

    Dalgona Whipped Coffee is a fast and easy recipe that gives you the jolt of caffeine you need while making you feel like you are in a fancy coffee shop.
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: dalgona, whipped coffee
    Calories: 277kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Whipped Coffee:

    • 2 tablespoons hot water
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
    • 1 cup milk

    For garnish:

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, whisk together hot water, sugar and instant coffee powder. Water needs to be very hot for sugar to dissolve.
    • Whisk with a hand whisk, electric blender or immersion blender until a pale brown, light and frothy.
    • Pour milk into a glass and spoon frothy mixture on top.
    • Garnish with a sprinkle of instant coffee granules, whipped cream or chocolate shavings.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    For iced whipped coffee, use cold milk or even add 1-3 ice cubes to the milk.
    For hot whipped coffee, heat milk slightly (but not to boiling otherwise the whipped mixture will dissolve immediately).

    Nutrition

    Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 676mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 1mg

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