Look no further if you are looking for the best Traditional Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe 달고나 커피. Compared to regular coffee, this South Korean drink offers coffee lovers a smooth and velvety taste that coats like blankets of marshmallows floating on top of a caffeinated beverage. If you love iced coffee, Make sure to try these fancy coffee sweet treats!
Unlike our quick and easy espresso latte with Dalgona Chocolate Recipe topped with Korean Honeycomb Candy, this dalgona iced coffee whips together equal parts of instant coffee, brown sugar, and hot water.
Is this frothy coffee worth the hype? Honestly, I never jumped on the Dalgona coffee trend when it went viral on TikTok since we had this whipped coffee drink many times in South Korea years before.
And since Netflix aired the popular Korean TV series Squid Game, street vendor honeycomb treat ppopgi (뽑기) is now served at many coffee shops!
Check out this quick story summary of our recipe!
> In This Post: Everything You'll Need For Whipped Dalgona Coffee Recipe
What Is Dalgona Coffee?
The name Dalgona Coffee refers to the fluffy coffee recipe that uses instant coffee, water, and white sugar in a 1:1:1 ratio.
This whipped coffee mixture forms soft peaks after being beaten repeatedly for 10 minutes with an electric hand mixer or 400 times (for exaggeration) if hand whisked.
The South Korean actor Jung II Woo, staring in a reality tv show (Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant 신상출시 편스토랑), described that this Korean Iced Coffee tasted like Dalgona, a type of Korean Honeycomb Toffee Candy. So hence the name.
Ingredients and Substitutes
Instant Coffee - Instant coffee powder or Instant espresso powder for best results. You can use something other than instant coffee to make Dalgona. It is the gluten in the instant coffee that help forms that whipped, perfect foam.
Freshly brewed espresso also works. Just make sure no additional hot water is added.
Sugar - Brown Sugar or White Granulated Sugar. If may want to use less sugar to make a healthier version of this Dalgona Whipped Coffee, but if you do not keep the same ratio of coffee to water and sugar you will have a hard to nailing the that pillowy, marshmallow like foam. We've seen the end results fail too many times altering that golden ratio.
Hot Water - Hot water is required to melt and dissolve the sugar and instant coffee powder. Cold water will not work. Also, no boiling water is needed if you brew a fresh espresso.
Milk - I prefer neutral-tasting Oat Milk. It is our favorite milk alternative without nuts. However, you can use whole milk or your favourite dairy-free milk substitutes, like almond milk. I am not a fan of soy milk, it gives my coffee a funny taste. Hemp milk is too thin and coconut milk is a little too tropical for my likings. For a thicker consistency, heavy cream works too. But you do you, and use your kind of milk.
Ice Cubes - for that perfectly chilled homemade whipped coffee iced latte, layer the bottom of your cold milk in a tall glass with lots of ice cubes.
Most dry ingredients, tools and supplies can be purchased at your local coffee specialty stores or Amazon Online.
What Is The Best Instant Coffee For Dalgona?
We prefer a medium roast as dark roast comes out too bitter. Waka Coffee Instant Granules and Nescafe Rich Instant Coffee are our favourites to nail that perfect stiff peaks coffee foam.
Starbucks VIA Instant Veranda Blend Blonde Roast also has a lovely soft and mellow taste that pairs great with dalgona candy!
If you have a favourite instant coffee, let us know in the comments below!
This Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe uses a few simple ingredients to create a fluffy texture that will become your favourite morning coffee routine!
The key to making a successful Dalgona latte is good dose of patience.
We recommend using an electric hand mixer with whisk attachments for your sanity. It is insane and a waste of time to hand whisk 400 times.
In a small or medium mixing bowl combine 1:1:1 ratio of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Combine and dissolve the sugar and coffee granules.
Whisk in high speed for 3-5 minutes or until stiff peaks forms. The coffee will become frothy and color will lighten.
The hot coffee will have cooled down after being whipped.
Add your favorite type of milk to the milk frother. We love our Nespresso Aeroccino! Set the mode to either "hot milk" or "cold milk" depending on if you fancy a hot coffee or an iced milk latte.
Alternatively, you can also use a handheld milk frother to make your milk of choice creamier directly in a mug or cup.
Or skip this step and just pour cold milk to the glass cup.
Add ice cubes to the bottom of a tall glass. Pour your milk from the milk frother into the glass. Remember to leave room at the top for the whipped Dalgona, foamy concoction.
Spoon the beaten coffee foam mixture over milk. Fold into your favourite milk when you are ready to enjoy this delicious coffee recipe.
Pro Tip: Dalgona whipped coffee is best served immediately. Dalgona foam can not be stored.
Dalgona Coffee Variations
Try drizzling some maple syrup or dusting your dalgona whipped coffee with cocao powder. It is super tasty and looks fantastic for posting on your social media channels!
What Do You Serve With Dalgona Coffee? Other Korean Food Recipes
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- Vegan Korean Spicy Beef Stew (Yukgaejang) 육개장
- Padak Korean Fried Chicken Burger 파닭
- Korean Green Onion Salad 파절이 파무침
- Padak Crispy Korean Fried Chicken 파닭
- Bibimbap Rice Bowl and Spicy Sesame Sauce
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Traditional Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe 달고나 커피
Look no further if you are looking for the best Traditional Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe 달고나 커피. Compared to regular coffee, this South Korean drink offers coffee lovers a smooth and velvety taste that coats like blankets of marshmallows floating on top of a caffeinated beverage.
- Prep Time: 1
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 2 people 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: Korean
- 500 ml Oat Milk or your milk of choice
Whipped Dalgona Foam
- 2 tbsp Instant Coffee
- 2 tbsp White Sugar
- 2 tbsp Hot Water
- In a small or medium mixing bowl combine 1:1:1 ratio of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Combine and dissolve the sugar and coffee granules.
- Use an electric hand mixer and whisk at high speed for 3-5 minutes or until stiff peaks forms. The coffee will become frothy and color will lighten.
- Add ice cubes to the bottom of a tall glass.
- Pour cold milk from the into the glass. If desired, run your choice of milk in the milk frother to make it extra creamy.
- Remember to leave room at the top for the whipped Dalgona, foamy concoction.
- Spoon the beaten coffee foam mixture over milk.
- Fold into your favourite milk when you are ready to enjoy this delicious coffee recipe.
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- Dalgona whipped coffee is best served immediately. Dalgona foam can not be stored.
- We love our Nespresso Aeroccino! Set the mode to either "hot milk" or "cold milk" depending on if you fancy a hot coffee or an iced milk latte.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 186
- Sugar: 20 g
- Sodium: 107.5 mg
- Fat: 5.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 31.8 g
- Fiber: 2.1 g
- Protein: 3.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: dalgona, coffee, latte, drinks and beverages, korean, honeycomb, squid game, espresso, instant coffee
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I'm sharing this fluffy and frothy Dalgona latte recipe to autumn comfort food with Family Friends Food for #CookBlogShare.
such a creamy coffee and perfect to start the day out with also!
It's a great way to change up the usual coffee routine!
Cynthia Crawley says
Hi, These delightful coffee recipes are really making me buzz still! Great tips for all coffee addicts (like me). I love to read every blog related to coffee. So, your ideas are very creative and useful. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.
Thanks Cynthia - i'm so happy to hear that you are fan! If the caffeine is too intense you can reduce the volume into your dalgona latter!
A great recipe! I love being able to make this trend drink at home so easily.
Cheers to that!
Gina Abernathy says
Loved this coffee. Just what I need this afternoon. A great pick me up!
It's definitely one of those days for me too!
Rebecca - Glutarama says
Amazing! I'm spellbound by this recipe. As a coffee latte lover I can seriously get on board with this recipe and using GF oat milk its perfect for me and my daughter too.
Enjoy this espresso treaT!!
Ahh I love this but had never realised where the name came from - super interesting!!
My hubby always just calls it 'that south korean coffee' haha
I never got on that tiktok bandwagon either, but I'm definitely going to try this now!
It's never too late!
I've heard so much about Dalgona coffee, thanks for the comprehensive information and recipe.
Now you can try to make this now
That foam is amazing, and this Dalgona is so smooth and rich and creamy. I just assumed it was a random Tik Tok craze, I had no idea of its origins, thanks for sharing that info.
Wasn't it such a treat?
I didn't get on the tic toc bandwagon either but when I saw your post I had to make it. Delicious! Thanks for sharing.
i didn't ever get on the tik toc train either. but this dalgona coffee is worth the hype!
Is it wrong that I ate the frothy coffee part before I even added it to the milk? LOL. But it was too good to wait!
I don't blame you! Never wrong to enjoy the frothy coffee first.
OMG you had me at blankets of floating marshmallows. The texture on this Dalgona coffee is amazing. No wonder this is such a popular recipe.
It's super tasty. I just would NEVER froth it up by hand. That's just insane!
I love that you used oat milk for this Dalgona coffee- it made for such a creamy and delicious treat.
Oat milk keeps it creamy, neutral and dairy free! 🙂
Look at that foam! This coffee reminds me the one I ve got in Vietnam, I believe they were using egg white there. I'm definitly going to try it out, and i need to tone up those arms too so. Thanks for sharing! Lovely!
This dalgona recipe doesn't have egg whites!
Wow, this looks amazing indeed Nancy. I'm off to try it out as soon as I've finished typing this up. I've heard of dalgona coffee, although I haven't yet tried it. But I had no idea it was Korean. Love learning abot these things. And you have some fabulous tips too.
Thanks Choclette - how did it turn out? Did your dalgona come out perfectly?
Such a treat! Thanks for sharing this clear instructions to make dalgona coffee.
Thank you for joining in with #cookblogshare.
Hope my tips can help you nail this frothy dalgona coffee recipe!
Thanks so much for the comprehensive guide on Dalgona Whipped Coffee ... it's delicious!
Thanks Erin! I hope these tips made your coffee mornings wonderful!
this coffee hit the spot! so tasty and kept me energized throughout the day!
Dalgona is a wonderful way to start the day !
This is so dreamy oh my goodness!! I am totally obsessed with making this as my morning coffee!
this is what dreams are made of!
this sounds wonderful seems perfect for a saturday morning
Add this to your weekend brunch menu!
I had never heard of this but it is both beautiful and delicious
beautiful food makes it extra enjoyable!
Simply delicious - every coffee lover needs to try this!
Made this again and loved it. Best use of instant espresso yet.
beats the regular Jo in the morning!
My oldest son and I (the only coffee drinkers in our family!) gave this recipe a whirl and it was delicious! We will be making again!
what a delicious mother / son bonding time!
Giangi Townsend says
My favorite coffee! I was first introduced to it in Vietnam and being in love since. Thank you for your recipe, now I can make it at home, all the time.
This is a bit different from the Vietnam coffee with egg whites. This Korean recipe is calling your name!
I love dalgona coffee so good!
Jere Cassidy says
This is the first time having Dalgona coffee and it was like drinking a dessert. Love how easy it is to make.
If you find it too sweet, you can add more oat milk or reduce the amount of foam you add to your milk!
Andréa Janssen says
What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing.
enjoy this delicious cup of coffee!
OOH this looks so good! I think I'd love this with a nice piece of coffee cake for dessert.
Steph - now you are speaking my love language!
The oat milk is such a yummy twist to this drink! Great in the mornings.
enjoy this easy meal !
It looks so delicious and easy!This is such an easy and delicious recipe, I cannot wait to make it again!
enjoy this easy meal !
I feel very confident I can make this with your easy step-by-step directions. Thank you!
I am sure you will be able to nail it toO!
I loved this, it's a fun change from regular coffee and it's so Instagram-ready!
Anything for the gram hahaa
I remember seeing this all over TikTok and always wanted to try it for myself, but never got around to it for some reason. Can't wait to give it a go, and thanks for the recipe!
I hear you Nate! We never got around to doing it when we saw it flooding TT. At least we never posted about it ahhaa
Kali Alexandria says
Amazing whipped coffee recipe, thank YOU!
Enjoy this Fluffy marshmallow goodness!
I love dalgona whipped coffee!! This was such a treat with my breakfast this morning!
Enjoy this Fluffy marshmallow goodness!
Gina Abernathy says
Loved this recipe! My daughter made some this afternoon and she loved it as well. Plus, it saved her some money from having to buy it at the local coffee shop.
OMG yes! It's crazy how much they charge at the cafe!
Sara Welch says
Enjoyed this with breakfast this morning and started my day off right! So delicious and refreshing and saved me a trip through the drive thru!
Enjoy this Fluffy marshmallow goodness! and 5 bucks!
This looks so good! This may replace my normal coffee in the mornings!
I'm so happy to hear that you have slow mornings!
This was so easy to make and so comforting and creamy! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!
Enjoy this Fluffy marshmallow goodness!
I tried making this this morning and it was the perfect way to start my day! Such a fun way to drink coffee!
It's nice to change up our regular coffee routines!
This Dalgona Coffee was so easy to make and so light and airy! We loved it!
It's like drinking clouds!
So simple and better than anything you could get a coffee shop. Thanks for this amazing drink inspo!
enjoy this fancy morning jo!
As delicious as it is beautiful, this whipped coffee recipe is superb!
enjoy this beautiful morning jo!
This whipped coffee recipe was super simple to follow and turned out perfect. Great for the holiday season
enjoy this delicious cup of jo!
I love dalgona coffee and this one you have is making me want to whip one up right now - even though it is 10 pm! 🙂
I'm so envious you can drink coffee at night!
Really fun recipe. I used a built-in frother on my espresso machine.
how lucky you have a built in frother!