Proper measurement of the ingredients will help you whisk the perfect Korean froth and fluffy coffee. Let’s see more about it.
1 tbsp instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons sweetening sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
1 cup of hot/cold milk
2-3 ice cubes
Pinch of ground cocoa powder (optional)
Prep Time: 5 minutes (for 1 serving)
Total Time: Maximum 10 minutes (for 1 serving)
These ingredients are enough for 1 Serving. So, if you want to make more than one serving, you can multiply the ingredients accordingly.
For instance, if you want to prepare 2 servings, you will need 2 tbsp coffee powder, 4 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp boiling water, 2 cups of milk, more ice cubes, and ground cocoa powder to garnish the dalgona coffee.
I hope you have gathered the required ingredients now. So, let’s finally begin with the dalgona coffee recipe.
How to make Korean Creamy Whipped Coffee
Making Dalgona Coffee is comparatively more accessible than other coffee recipes.
After just waiting for 8-10 minutes to prepare it, it will enhance your taste buds.
Let’s see what the exact preparation steps of the Creamy Dalgona Coffee are:
Take a deep bowl in which you can whisk the creamy layer of instant coffee, sugar, and water.
Dalgona coffee started to trend in February 2020 and is famous in South Korea. People around the world started preparing dalgona coffee at their places.
They are now used to home-made dalgona coffee than their typical routine coffees from shops.
Along with that, people shared Dalgona Coffee short video tutorials on their social media handles using the hashtags of #dalgonacoffee. In fact, almost all videos were instant hits. The first tutorial on YouTube has 4+ million views.
This trend followed in the US in mid-March. Along with that, Ben Mims, a famous columnist of the LA Times, wrote how this drink got viral from South Korea.
I first tried this coffee after I drank it at one of my friend’s homes. It took my taste buds to the seventh sky and it was one of the best homemade coffee varieties I ever tried.
Of course, I too mentioned the recipe on my Instagram handle and motivated others to try it out 🙂
You can still see the hike in the trend of Dalgona coffee because many people prefer homemade eatables now.
Why Is It Called “Dalgona” Coffee?
Dalgona gets the name so unique from South Korea itself. Dalgona is a spongy coffee candy in South Korea.
It tastes very similar to a honeycomb, an American candy also known as Butterfinger, and a BritishCrunchie Cadbury candy bar.
This candy with a bubbly texture appears similar to the pockmarked foam of dalgona coffee in the glass.
Many similar names of this coffee shown in the video tutorials are like: ‘Fluffy coffee recipes,’ ‘Whipped coffee recipes,’ ‘the Frothy coffee recipe,’ etc.
But the fact is, almost all these coffees will ultimately be the dalgona coffee. So, follow any video tutorial instead of getting confused between various videos.
Where is Dalgona Coffee From?
You might think the answer is South Korea, but it’s incorrect. As per specific research, in many studies, people have mentioned that they already had such coffees in their past.
So, we cannot claim that Dalgona Coffee is from South Korea. But yes, the trend of this coffee started from South Korea itself.
But the research shows that coffees and drinks similar to dalgona were already popular in many cultures and countries. So, we can conclude that the trend emerged from South Korea, but Dalgona already was into existence in different forms across the world.
FAQs about Sugar proportion in Dalgona Coffee
With Sugar (2 tablespoons), you can easily make 1 cup of dalgona coffee.
The sugar helps stabilize the foam and whip it to achieve the fluffiest form. But make sure, dalgona will be sweet, so, if you drink black or lowkey sweet coffees, you will find this too sweet.
Do I have to use Sugar for Dalgona Coffee?
Yes, you can skip sugar in dalgona coffee, but do not expect the foam to whip as shown in different images. So, I do not recommend cutting sugar out of this recipe.
If you want to flaunt your dalgona coffee with foamy cream frothy coffee foam, then sugar is a must to add.
Another reason behind avoiding skipping sugar is that it adds to this drink’s flavor. Dalgona will not taste well without sugar. The sugar helps in forming the meringue-like structure.
Whipping the mixture of sugar, coffee, and water makes it airy and turns the texture fluffy. However, you can reduce the amount of sugar if you feel so.
But no sugar amount less than one tablespoon can help you get the best fluff out of the mixture.
If we talk about the substitute of white granulated sugar, you can use brown sugar or other forms of sugar. But the foam will never be the same.
If you use Coconut sugar or artificial sweetening agents, there are chances of getting the same foam as white sugar.
Can I use Brown sugar or Coconut sugar instead of White sugar for Dalgona Coffee?
Yes, using coconut or brown sugar instead of white sugar is entirely okay. But, you might or might not get the required results.
However, if flavor is the main focus, coconut/brown sugar makes a more delightful dalgona coffee mixture. But it will just not foam like the white sugar.
This is because coconut and brown sugars are heavier than white sugar and have moisture. So, it doesn’t allow the airy formation in the coffee mixture.
However, you can experiment with these sugars and try making Dalgona. It will indeed taste better than no sugar.
Can I use a non-refined Sugar Alternative like Stevia or Xylitol for Dalgona coffee?
Yes, you can. But it’s not gonna whip up the creamy texture in the bowl like the mixture with white sugar will foam to form instant coffee mix for dalgona.
In order to make the ultra frothy foam, sugar is required. The surfactants in whipped coffee are good at stabilizing bubbles while foaming the liquid, but they aren’t powerful enough to keep the froth going. Instead, gravity will draw the liquid down, causing air bubbles to rise and mix.
Yes, you can use an immersion blender, stand blender, or electric frother to make dalgona coffee. It is not compulsory to have an electric device to froth. You can even use a beater to froth the mixture.
Shreyal Shingala is a Content Writer and also a Product tester at BestCheck. Overseeing the content and products, she edits our preceding articles too. Along with that, she loves to spend time with her family when she got her leisure time.
Previously, she worked as a content writer and researcher for a digital marketing agency and has written in different niches like blogs, comparison guides, entertainment, and many more.