Dalgona coffee, more commonly known as "whipped coffee," has become one of the biggest trends on the internet over the past month. (You may have seen a video or two — or three or four — of people making whipped coffee on TikTok.) It is a hot or cold coffee drink that uses instant coffee, sugar, very hot water and any type of milk. It's as simple as it is delicious — and the best part is, you probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry.
(Don't like caffeine? Try Whipped Strawberry Milk instead!)
WHAT KIND OF SWEETENER DO I NEED TO MAKE WHIPPED COFFEE?
I tried using five different sweeteners to see what could be substituted, just in case you used the last of your granulated sugar in that banana bread recipe you made the other day.
Honey, confectioner's sugar, brown sugar and pure maple syrup all yielded successful results, but using granulated sugar produced the best texture in my opinion.
Granulated sugar: Best flavor and whip texture!
Honey: I used acacia honey, which gave the coffee a nice, light floral flavor — but a lighter, less stable whip.
Maple syrup: I used grade A Vermont maple syrup, which gave the coffee a nice, light, sweet and smoky flavor — but a lighter, less stable whip.
Confectioners sugar: It also resulted in a lighter, less stable whip — but it worked!
Note: If you prefer your coffee not too sweet, reduce the amount of sweetener.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE WHIPPED COFFEE?
You can use an electric hand mixer, a stand mixer or just a good old-fashioned hand whisk — which is what I prefer. In all of my trials, whisking vigorously in a zig-zag pattern for 2 to 3 minutes was more than enough time to get the perfect whip.
Pro Tip: For the best results, make the whip just before serving.
CAN I ADD FLAVORS TO WHIPPED COFFEE?
If you are into adding flavors to your coffee, the whisking step would be the time to do that. You can add a few drops of various extracts such as vanilla, almond or coconut — but use sparingly, because they can easily overpower. Cocoa powder or ground cinnamon are also nice additions for a little extra indulgence.
WHAT KIND OF MILK DO I NEED FOR WHIPPED COFFEE?
You can use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk and serve it hot or over ice.
- Ben Perez, Rachael Ray Show culinary team member
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 cup milk of choice
In a medium bowl, combine instant coffee, sugar and boiling water.
Whisk vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes in a zig-zag motion until mixture resembles whipped cream.
In a serving glass, add ice if serving cold and top with milk of choice or just add hot milk. Spoon whipped mixture on top, swirl into the milk and serve.