Have you seen the viral craze of dalgona coffee yet? All over social media, the frothy beverage seems to be everywhere. And while it looks so fun and delicious, what exactly is this dalgona coffee?

What is it?

Dalgona is the coffee version of a South Korean candy by the same name, which turns into a multilayered drink that’s as photogenic as it is tasty. The viral trend of sharing recipes and photos of the do-it-yourself (DIY) coffee first gained prominence during the social distancing orders in South Korea, and for that reason it is dubbed the ‘quarantine drink’ or ‘quarantine coffee’. The coining of the name is credited to the South Korean actor Jung Il-woo, who ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery in Macau during his appearance on a TV show called Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant. He likened the taste to that of dalgona, a type of Korean honeycomb toffee.

Viral Trend

Under the hashtag #dalgonacoffeechallenge, homemade versions of dalgona coffee began spreading throughout social media. Along with banana bread and homemade pizza, dalgona coffee has become one of the hottest things to make during the coronavirus lockdown. 

There are so many recipes and tutorials for this drink that I decided I needed to try this for myself. After picking a recipe that seemed easy enough and buying the items the recipe called for off Amazon Prime, I crossed my fingers and hoped that mine would turn out just as beautiful and delicious as the one’s I had saw on Instagram.

I could find these ingredients easily on Amazon and have them shipped in two days.

Dalgona Coffee Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons of Instant Coffee

2 Tablespoons of Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Hot Water


Tallย Glass with Ice

and a Blender Bottle

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Now, the Blender Bottle was a hack I found in one of the recipes and decided that it was the best way for me to go.ย  I didn’t want to whisk by hand for ten minutes, my mini milk frother seemed too small, and I don’t have a mixer.

Start by combining equal parts of coffee, sugar, and water in the Blender Bottle, then shake it like a Polaroid picture. I shook the Blender Bottle for 2-minutes, setting the timer on my microwave and walking around my kitchen scaring my cats with the loud shaking. Once the 2 minutes was up, I opened the bottle to a caramel-colored frothy mixture.


After you shake your coffee/sugar concoction completely, pour milk into a glass filled with ice cubes. I also added a little drop of Ube flavor to the milk and mixed it in. The Ube adds a sweet flavor and makes your drink a really pretty purple color.

Once you have your milk ready, scoop the frothy coffee mixture on top of the cold milk. Letting it sit on top of the milk is definitely visually pleasing and that’s how I snapped my photos for Instagram. You can mix the two parts together if you’re looking for more of a latte situation, which is what I did once I was done taking pictures of my drink. 


I experimented with the drink a few more times and added chocolate sauce to the milk before pouring my frothy coffee on top. That made the drink more decadent. My drink tasted awesome and cooking is all about trial and error. You take what you learned from your last attempt and use it for your next creation.

In my research of this drink, I also saw that people used all kinds of different milks. Instead of instant coffee, some people have been using matcha. And some people even added toppings on their drinks, like coffee powder, sprinkles, crumbled biscuits, and honey. I’ve even thought about using Butterfly Pea Powder in my milk to make my drink blue.


The beauty of this DIY drink is that you can make it into anything you want it to be and enjoy it sip by sip. I admit, the appeal to trying this recipe was to make a pretty image for my Instagram, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ease and taste of the DIY dalgona drink. Highly recommend giving this a shot for yourself.

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