Dalgona coffee: The latest whipped internet sensation

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Asst. Features Editor

As states across the country have issued orders to shelter in place, people with more leisure time on their hands are now picking up new hobbies and diving into a variety of different activities including baking, binge-watching TV series and of course, whipping up the latest viral food trend: dalgona coffee.

This drink has recently blown up on TikTok, Instagram and other social media platforms due to its soft and aesthetically pleasing appearance, with #dalgonacoffee racking up over 215 million views on TikTok and around 284,000 posts on Instagram. Known as frappé coffee in Greece and whipped coffee in other places around the world, like India and Pakistan, this viral sensation picked up its newest nickname because of its resemblance to a South Korean sponge-like honeycomb toffee called dalgona, which is similar to sponge candy and cinder toffee. 

This drink requires only three simple ingredients: equal parts of instant coffee, granulated sugar and hot water. Once combined, whisk the mixture until it becomes foamier and turns a lighter, butterscotch color; the more whipped the coffee, the creamier and thicker the drink. Using a hand-held mixer will make whipping much easier and efficient, but the same consistency can still be achieved by whipping with a regular whisk in zig-zag motions, which will take around 10 minutes.

When the mixture is at the desired texture, simply spoon it over either hot milk for a creamy warm beverage or cold milk for a classic iced coffee. Top it off with some cocoa powder, honey or any other toppings for an extra kick of flavor. For a vegan alternative, substitute the sugar for vegan granulated sugar and spoon the coffee mixture onto dairy-free milk.  

With that being said, here is Harker Aquila’s take on a quick and easy step-by-step on how to make dalgona coffee. Sweet whipping!

Emily Tan