Today, we decided to try a popular TikTok trend: Griffin and I made "Dalgona Coffee," a whipped coffee drink with a yummy caramel flavour. On TikTok, a growing app for everyone, different users have made numerous videos (likened to minute-long tutorials) on how to make this simple recipe. The recipe originates from South Korea, if I am not mistaken. Quite literally, you whip together equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and boiling water and "scoop" that mixture over milk (I served mine cold, over ice).
I used the instant coffee I already had in my house for this. I have heard that the Nescafé brand is popular for this recipe.
Fun fact: the famous Greek Frappe and the now popular Dalgona coffee use essentially the same ingredients; the difference between these two creations is in the way the instant-coffee-sugar-water combo is mixed. I am not sure which is better, but the Dalgona coffee recipe is delicious and I would love to try a genuine Greek Frappe (because I am sure it is unbelievably tasty)!
Since I (read: Griffin) whipped the ingredient mixture with just a whisk, we decided to use quite a large bowl for this. It took us about 10-15 minutes to whip the mixture. So, if you are looking for this to be a "quick and easy" DIY café drink, I would recommend you use some sort of electric mixer.
Note: I made my drink in a larger-sized mason jar and used 1/4 cup to measure each of the three ingredients.
Once my water was boiled, I immediately whisked the ingredients together.
Tip: move your whisk back and forth quickly from side to side (rather than moving your whisk quickly in circles).
Around the 5 minute mark, your mixture should begin to thicken and become lighter in colour.
I think the trick with this recipe--especially if you are using a whisk--is to have very strong arms!!
After 15 minutes of fast whisking (thank you, Griffin), we had the desired consistency for Dalgona coffee, very creamy.
You'll want the consistency of your mixed ingredients to be so thick that you have to use a spoon to "scoop" your whipped coffee onto the milk. This was an equally satisfying experience for the both of us.
Note: if you have kids, I think they would love to be in charge of the scooping part (it can get a little messy, though)! It would be a fun treat for them to put together for mom on Mother's Day!
After scooping our whipped coffee mixture over the milk, we finished our trendy creation off with a straw and some stirring action. Griffin and I shared our big jar of coffee and spent the entirety of our morning buzzing off all of the butterscotch/coffee flavours! I think Griffin's words exactly were, "Yeah, this is actually really good."
So, we 10/10 would recommend you try this trend out! And if you're electric-mixerless like we were, get those strong arms moving!
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Recipe: Making Dalgona (Whipped) Coffee
Ingredients (scaled to fill a large-sized mason jar):
- 1/4 cup instant coffee (I used Nescafé Colombian dark roast)
- 1/4 cup sugar (any type; you can alter this ingredient for taste--with equal parts sugar, instant coffee, and boiling water, it's deliciously sweet!)
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 4 cups milk (any type)
- Boil water, and pour 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of instant coffee into a larger mixing bowl.
- Once the water is boiled, immediately add 1/4 cup of boiling water to the mixing bowl.
- If you have an electric mixer, use it for 2-3 minutes on high or until the mixture is whipped and creamy. If you are using a whisk, quickly whip your mixture in a back-and-forth motion for 10-15 minutes (depending on speed/strength). Tip: do not whisk in a circular motion.
- Once you have the desired consistency, spoon your mixture over 4 cups of milk in a large-sized mason jar (more or less, depending on taste). You can serve your milk hot or cold and over ice.
My name is Tasha Guenther. I currently live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada while I finish my PhD in Cultural Studies with a concentration in digital cultures at McMaster University. I enjoy writing short stories and non-fiction pieces for grade school children.
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