Can I Make "Dalgona Coffee"?
Updated: Aug 27
Dalgona Coffee has been everywhere! I saw a bunch of tiktok videos and YouTube articles about it, so I wanted to try to make it myself! Dalgona coffee has 3 ingredients: instant (not ground coffee), sugar, and hot water.
First, I wanted to know what "dalgona" is; it's a type of Korean honeycomb toffee candy.
The majority if not all "Dalgona Coffee" do not actually have dalgona in them. Haha! :) It's called this because a South Korean actor Jung Il-woo thought it tasted like dalgona.
"The coining of the name is credited to theSouth Korean actor Jung Il-woo, who ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery inMacauduring his appearance on a TV show calledStars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant(“신상출시 편스토랑”). He likened the taste to that ofdalgona, a type of Korean honeycomb toffee."
Vice has a really good article to learn more about "the disputed history of dalgona coffee". Haha! :)
"The whipped coffee drink has many names all over the world—including, at one point, "Chow Yun-Fat coffee."
There are similar drinks all around the world.
T"he drink's reach extends further. In Greece, it's known as a "frappe," and it's been called the country's "unofficial national drink." In Libya—where the drink is referred to as "cappuccino Libyan style" or simply as Nescafé, like the instant coffee brand—the drink is so common that large families and cafés might even keep the mixture in the fridge to use as needed, according to the blog We Are Food. As HuffPo pointed out in a 2017 post about the "Indian cappuccino," the process is similar to the technique used for Cuba's iconic café cubanos, though the Cuban drink differs slightly in that it involves whipping hot espresso with sugar."
Here is a YouTube video on the science of Dalgona Coffee:
Here is one YouTube video I saw:
What I used:
- 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of hot water
I microwaved the water for about 45 seconds to make it hot. I added it all to the bowl and started mixing.
Check out the 30-second YouTube video I made. It was too big for me to e-mail and upload.
I was apprehensive about it because of my failed attempt at mixing and making foaming things with my edible Elephant Toothpaste cooking/art projects. :) They turned out cool, but not as foamy as I wanted.
We are good at this! Got a foamy Dalgona coffee! It was even foamier than it looks in the pictures. Maybe if I had waited a couple more minutes it would have been foamier. Anyways, they are tasty!
It's a fun drink.
Give it a try! We are good at this!