Dalgona Coffee

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If photos of whipped coffee took over your Instagram feed earlier this year, you’re not alone. Dalgona coffee — made from instant coffee, sugar, water and milk — has been one of 2020’s biggest food crazes. The trend started in January with actor Jung Il-woo, who tried the drink at a restaurant in Macau while filming an episode of a South Korean food show called Pyunstorang. The actor was blown away by the taste — and the fact that the chef had to stir it 400 times to whip it into shape. He likened the coffee’s color to a Korean honeycomb toffee treat called dalgona, coining the name. In March, TikTok creator @imhannahcho posted a tutorial on how to make the drink, racking up millions of views and helping set off an international obsession that is still going strong. Here’s how to make your own.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 dalgona coffee drink
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  1. Combine the sugar and instant coffee in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons boiling water and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale brown and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the milk into an ice-filled glass and spoon the whipped coffee mixture over the top just before serving.