How to Make Dalgona Coffee at Home – Viral Recipe

Written by: Shreyal Shingala

Last Updated: September 20, 2023

2 cups of dalgona coffee
2 cups of dalgona coffee with a tray filled with coffee powder.

Dalgona Coffee, pronounced as (Dal-Go-Nah) coffee, has been in trend since February 2020.

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, we were trapped in the house and couldn’t have our favorite coffee from outdoors.

We missed the coffee dates and coffee hangouts. So, this beaten coffee originated from South Korea.

Dalgona Coffee Recipe is super easy to make as it requires only 3-4 ingredients to brew. And if you have a coffee maker, it will be a cherry on the cake.

Along with that, knowing how to make various types of coffee to brew your mood buster coffee is necessary.

Yes, I know that you are looking forward to a perfect recipe for the dalgona coffee, so let’s get to the point without wasting time.

1 Ingredients for Making Dalgona Instant Coffee

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How to serve Dalgona Coffee
  1. Instant coffee powder.
  2. Instant coffee, sugar, and hot water.
  3. You can use brown sugar or granulated sugar instead of coffee sugar.
  4. Electric hand mixer, stand mixer, blender, frother, or whisker.
  5. Hot milk or cold milk, the choice is yours. Hot milk for hot coffee, cold for a cold one.
  6. If you prefer vegan, you can even use almond milk as a substitute.
  7. Ice cubes are optional, but they will add to the flavor.
  8. Cocoa powder (optional).
  9. Straw, spoon, and serving glass.

Hand mixer, Stand mixer, Frother, and Whisker for mixing Dalgona Coffee

2 Ingredients Proportions for Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Proper measurement of the ingredients will help you whisk the perfect Korean froth and fluffy coffee. Let’s see more about it.

  1. 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
  2. 2 tablespoons sweetening sugar
  3. 2 tbsp boiling water
  4. 1 cup of hot/cold milk
  5. 2-3 ice cubes
  6. 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.

3 How to make Korean Creamy Whipped Coffee

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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.
  • Now add the ingredients one by one.
  • First, add 1 tbsp instant coffee powder and 2 tbsp sugar.
  • Followed by adding 2 tablespoons of hot water.
  • Whisk it using the whisker or electric frother or any device that you think produce a frothy texture in the dalgona coffee mixture. If you want to know how to whip cream read this article.
  • Whip the coffee mixture until it changes its color to brownish-yellow and increases in mass.
  • After the froth turns out to be creamy and thick, keep it aside, and chill because the main ingredient of dalgona is ready.
  • Now, take a cup and put 2-3 ice cubes in it for iced dalgona coffee. It’s optional to use ice cubes.
  • Add cold or hot milk in the glass so that 3/4th glass is filled with milk, and the remaining void will be filled with whipped cream.
  • After adding milk, take a spoon and spread the beaten coffee mixture on the milk.
  • And the delicious Dalgona Coffee Glass is ready to serve.
  • You can garnish it with a pinch of cinnamon powder or cocoa powder.
  • Also, do not forget to insert a straw in the glass.

Here’s how your Dalgona Coffee will look when it’s ready to serve:

4 Approximate Nutritional Value of 1 Serve Dalgona Cup

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Approximate Nutritional Value of 1 Serve Dalgona Cup

Comparatively easy to make and with less prep time, you can call dalgona an instant coffee too.

It takes less than 10 minutes to enjoy the creamy coffee in the comfort of your home.

5 Know More About Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona… the name itself makes us think about its origin and the second question might be:

What actually is Dalgona Coffee?

Don’t worry, here’s the exact answer to your question.

Dalgona is a popular name for Korean snacks. Its flavor is similar to honeycomb toffee.

Moreover, I’ve heard many people say that it tastes similar to Indian cappuccino or the Frappe. Yes, they might be correct sometimes because whipped cream almost tastes the same.

But once you make the Dalgona Coffee by yourself, I bet you will not turn your head towards costly coffees available outside. Instead, you will prefer clean and healthy coffee making at your home.

How to Drink Dalgona Coffee? [Without Getting White Froth Moustache]

I know that most of us already know how to consume Dalgona Coffee. But still, if you are thinking about the creamy froth (the main ingredient), how to endeavor it?

You just need to stir the topping and milk with a straw before drinking it. Or else, you will not realize the authentic taste of the whipped coffee.

You will either just eat the froth or directly drink plain milk without stirring it. To avoid it, you should stir the mixture thoroughly and then drink it.

What Does Dalgona Coffee Taste Like?

When describing Dalgona coffee’s taste in the matter, it tastes like the Frappuccino of Starbucks. However, it’s less icy and might taste like a milkshake.

If you are a Starbucks fan, you might know about the iced cloud macchiatos. However, it tastes similar to that milky ice coffee, but it has a foamy layer on the top.

It’s reminiscent of coffee, sugar, and water and makes it look like cappuccinos, espresso, and lattes.

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.

7 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 British Crunchie 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.

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FAQs about Dalgona Coffee

8 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.

Ending the delicious Dalgona Coffee article, with a sweet note to our readers: You can get to our team through the comment section any time and we will be ready to help you.

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FAQs about Dalgona Coffee

Can we make Dalgona Coffee without a Mixer?

Yes, you can make whipped Coffee even if you do not have a mixer. Actually, there is no need for a mixer in making Dalgona coffee.

You will need a simple whisker, coffee froth machine, or electric blender to froth the creamy coffee. You can even use a spoon to whisk the coffee mixture till it’s frothy. But it will take more time.

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.

You can store the whipping coffee mixture in an airtight container in a cool place.

Either place one small piece of ice in the mixture or place it in the refrigerator. It will remain worth using for a maximum of 1 week.

No doubt, using a whisk, aka, beater to make the whipped creamy coffee is time-consuming. It takes comparatively more time to whip the coffee using a whisk.

The electric froth machine completes it in comparatively less time. While with the beater, you have to whisk the mixture continually for several minutes to turn on the froth texture.

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Shreyal Shingala
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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.

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