I Tried the Creamy Coffee Recipe TikTok Can’t Get Enough Of
Does dalgona coffee deserve all the hype?
Think about your go-to iced coffee order. Got it? Now, what if I told you that it’s possible to make a better version at home in five minutes?
Yup. You heard that right.
In case you missed it, TikTok is currently obsessed with a frothy drink known as dalgona coffee. Also dubbed “creamy coffee,” this easy-to-make beverage hails from South Korea and is comprised of just four simple ingredients: instant coffee, sugar, hot water and a milk of your choice (non-dairy alternatives are a-OK). Mix the instant coffee, granulated sugar and hot water together into a golden-brown foam and place it on top of your milk. That’s it!
While it sounds too good to be true, amateur baristas on TikTok swear this at-home coffee drink tastes better than anything you’ll find at your favorite coffee joint.
Naturally, I decided to put it to the test. Even though I’m not a huge coffee person, I was intrigued by the process of putting this sweet treat together. Not only is the drink customizable (since you use one part of each ingredient, you can add as much sugar and instant coffee to your liking), but whipping up the creamy, caramel-colored froth is also super pleasing to watch.
To make dalgona coffee, I measured out two tablespoons of instant coffee, granulated sugar and hot water. I combined these three ingredients into a small mixing bowl and used a whisk to beat the mixture for about five minutes until it got thick and caramel brown. You can also use a hand mixer or a milk frother to make this part a little easier.
Next, I poured almond milk and ice cubes into a glass. I then scooped my froth out of the bowl and placed it in the glass on top of the cold milk. I used a spoon to swirl the froth into the milk to make it nice and creamy.
I took a sip of my finished dalgona coffee and was immediately hooked. This beautiful, ombré drink boasts a slight coffee flavor with a sweet aftertaste. The foam blended perfectly with the almond milk and offered a pillowy texture. It’s definitely creamier than any iced coffee or iced latte I’ve ever had and cheaper, too — I was able to concoct it with ingredients I already had in my pantry and fridge.
So, the next time I need a quick morning pick-me-up, it’s safe to say that I’ll be heading to my kitchen to whip up this fluffy, frothy drink.