The viral drink is inspired by a South Korean candy.
If you’ve given up attempting to learn a viral TikTok dance, you can shift back to the culinary world and get on board with a separate trend that’s taking over Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook: dalgona coffee. Dalgona coffee is inspired by a South Korean candy of the same name, a sweet toffee that boasts a spongy texture and bears a similar list of ingredients.
When restaurants and bars closed due to the coronavirus crisis, those in quarantine needed a new way to get their coffee fix—without having to venture outdoors. And while it’s certainly easy to make yourself a mug of drip coffee at home, it’s harder to prepare a barista-style brew without having access to a state-of-the-art espresso machine.
And so those who were finding a bit of extra time on their hands started documenting this easy coffee recipe, which is basically a whipped coffee. To make dalgona coffee, all you’ll need is 1 tablespoon instant coffee (or instant espresso), 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 tablespoons water, and some milk (dairy or non-dairy will work here).
Add the instant coffee, sugar, and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use a hand blender if you have one to make it a much easier process) until the mixture becomes super thick—it should hold a similar consistency to whipped cream with somewhat stiff peaks—and turns a subtle golden brown color. Pour milk into a glass outfitted with ice cubes, then scoop the pillowy mixture on top of the cold milk, or mix the two parts together if you’re looking for more of a latte situation.