Dalgona coffee is the fluffy, Instagram-worthy drink that has been taken over the internet, as well as the CNET staff's kitchen. We made over a dozen varieties of the cold, whipped coffee drink, which was inspired by a South Korean honeycomb caramel of the same name. In coffee form, it turns into 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. Decaf versions don't keep you up all night. But we threw variations on it, including almond milk and coconut sugar; lemon zest and mint; try cocoa powder instead of coffee; a shot of booze and extra caffeine. There is even a version with bologna.
See our gallery below for our best and worst dalgona coffee efforts. Along withand it has become one of our favorite items to make during the . Here's how to make a cup of drip coffee or . If you feel particularly ambitious, here's how to make your favorite Starbucks coffee drink at home.
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How to Make Dalgonas Coffee at Home
For the basic dalgonac coffee recipe, you only need:
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee or fast 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 do so to much easier 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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