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5 Ways to Make Dalgona Coffee (Easy-to-follow Recipes)

If you’ve spent time on social media this year, you’ve probably heard of the Korean whipped coffee drink known as Dalgona coffee. The classic recipe has only four ingredients, a simple foundation that’s just begging for exciting variations.

Keep reading to learn how to make a classic Dalgona coffee and its four tasty alternatives.

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1. Classic

The classic Dalgona coffee recipe couldn’t be more straightforward. Just combine equal parts of instant coffee, white sugar, and hot water, and whip it until you have a dense foam. An electric hand mixer will save time and effort for this step, but a whisk works. Drop your sweetened coffee foam gently atop a glass of warmed milk and enjoy it!

If you’re worried about which instant coffee to choose for your Dalgona – don’t be! There are plenty of amazing instant coffee brands to choose from.

Perhaps you’re also interested to know how instant coffee is made? Why not inform yourself? You can also read more about the difference between coffees if you want to become a true coffee connoisseur.

2. Mochaccino

For chocolate lovers, this recipe will be irresistible, and it’s nearly as simple as the original. Prepare the whipped coffee mixture just as you did for the classic Dalgona. Once it’s ready, stir in a spoonful of cocoa powder before spooning it over the warmed milk. For real chocolate fanatics, you could even swap out the regular milk for chocolate milk.

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3. Iced Dalgona

There’s nothing better than a cooling iced coffee on a hot summer day, except for maybe an iced Dalgona coffee.

To make this refreshing beverage, whip up the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water as you would for the classic recipe. But rather than adding it to warmed milk, spoon it over a glass of cold milk and ice cubes, and a light sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon would not be unwelcome.

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4. Matcha Dalgona

Matcha is a variety of green tea that’s nearly as trendy as Dalgona, and like instant coffee, it even offers some excellent health benefits (2).

For this recipe, start by whipping heavy cream, sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract into a smooth foam before adding the matcha powder. Be careful not to over-whip, or you’ll end up with matcha butter! Dollop the matcha whipped cream atop a chilled glass of milk and enjoy this coffee-free version.

5. Golden Milk Dalgona

Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink that combines milk with turmeric, which provides the golden color and other spices like cinnamon and ginger (3).

For this caffeine-free Dalgona recipe, combine egg whites, sugar, spices, and a hint of black pepper in a double-boiler and whisk it until you have a thick foam. Dollop the foam over a glass of chilled milk. The flavor of coconut milk works particularly well here.

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Bonus: Dalgona 2.0

Or, perhaps you’re interested in trying something very similar and yet much better than Dalgona:

Wrapping it up

With this list, you’re ready to tackle the Dalgona coffee trend head-on, with five unique ways to get this gorgeous beverage onto your social media feeds and into your belly.

Did you enjoy this list? If so, be sure to share it with your friends and followers. Do you have a favorite Dalgona coffee recipe that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Makalintal, B. (2020, March 20). People All Over the World Are Making Frothy ‘Dalgona’ Coffee, Thanks to Quarantine. Retrieved from https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/bvgbk8/people-all-over-the-world-are-making-frothy-dalgona-coffee-thanks-to-quarantinen
  2. Sifferlin, A. (2018, March 8). Should You Drink Matcha Tea? Retrieved from https://time.com/5188377/matcha-tea-benefits/n
  3. Petre, A. (2018, September 12). 10 Benefits of Golden (Turmeric) Milk and How to Make It. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/golden-milk-turmeric


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