What is this dalgona coffee that you keep hearing about? An Instagram, YouTube and TikTok sensation. A pillowy 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. But you look at dalgona coffee, the end result is a multi-layer drink that is as photogenic as it is tasty. See our gallery below for proof.
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 great thing about this drink is that it is open to dozens of variations. Decaf versions don't keep you up all night. Almond milk and coconut sugar work like standard dairy and sweeteners. Lemon peel and mint can jazz up the milk. You can even add a bit of booze and 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.
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, like 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 clip of the whole thing) and post it online so you too can join the ever-growing Dalgona coffee community.
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A version of this story was published earlier on Chowhound .
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