What is this dalgona coffee that you keep hearing about? There are many things: an Instagram, YouTube and TikTok sensation. A fluffy drink that has taken over the CNET staff's kitchen. And a cold, whipped coffee drink that was inspired by a South Korean honeycomb caramel of the same name. The end result is a multi-layer drink that is as kerosene as it is tasty.
The basic recipe contains only five ingredients ̵1; instant coffee, sugar, water, milk and ice – and is easy to prepare at home or with your children. The beauty of this drink is that it is open to a dozen variations. Decaf versions don't keep you up all night. Almond milk and coconut sugar work just like the standard price. Lemon peel and mint can jazz up the milk. You can add a shot of booze and even extra caffeine.
There are just a few things we would not recommend. Cocoa powder does not work well for instant coffee. If you put the dalgona foam in a hot drink, it melts. And we do not recommend our colleague's version filled with bologna. See our gallery below for our best and worst dalgona coffee efforts.
For more coffee drink, here's to making yourself a cup of drip coffee or the. If you feel particularly ambitious, here's how to make your favorite Starbucks coffee drink at home.
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How to Make Dalgona Coffee at Home
For the basic dalgonac coffee recipe, you only need:
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee or quick espresso  tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- Milk (dairy or dairy works just as well here)
Add instant coffee, sugar and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use a hand mixer if you have one to make it to a much simpler process) until the mixture becomes super thick – it should have a similar texture to whipped cream with somewhat stiff peaks – and turn a subtle golden brown color.
Pour milk into a glass filled with ice cubes, then scoop the pillow mixture on top of the cold milk or mix the two parts together if you are looking for more of a latte situation.
You can also dress it up with variations, such as mint in the milk stock, or dalgona coffee foam over another drink – such asor cold chocolate milk – even sprinkled on top. It's a fun, lighter drink, so have fun with it.
Snap a photo (or video the whole thing) and post it online so you can also join the ever-growing coffee in Dalgona.
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A version of this story was published earlier on Chowhound .
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