If you do a quick skim through the lifestyle and cooking sections of TikTok and IG in the last few weeks, you’re bound to see people trying to make the famously fluffy and viral new coffee trend: Dalgona coffee.
Originating in South Korea and named after a popular street toffee, the drink is made by mixing and beating up a tablespoon of instant coffee and sugar and a quarter cup of hot water, and then adding boiled milk and ice.
And, while we’ve all no doubt tried it, that deliciously fluffy caffeine hit is going to get old soon. So, with that in mind, here are some alternatives to Dalgona coffee to try at home.
Spice up your morning coffee with your favourite flavoured powder
First and foremost, to really spice up your morning coffee, why not replace the instant coffee in the dalgona mix with another wonderfully powdery treat? Say, matcha powder to turn it into a dalgona matcha latte, chocolate powder (or with caffeine for a choco mocha dalgona), Milo or the tea leaves from an earl grey tea bag to make it into a dalgona milk tea.
For a dalgona matcha latte, YouTuber Jenny Jeong suggests using a pasteurised egg (beaten not stirred) to give it extra fluff.
Or, crush up some strawberries and mix them with milk to make a strawberry milk dalgona (yum), or with crushed oreos for a blended surprise.
And, as TikTok user Harlsmalone did, if you’re really feeling it, why not say, fuck it, and use Corona beer instead.
We’re all totally going to come out of this self-isolation period rolling out of our homes, aren’t we?
Alternatives to Dalgona coffee
Other TikTok alternatives to the traditional Dalgona coffee include a latte in a Cadbury easter egg, mocha made from Cadbury’s Caramilk chocolate, a latte ft. a condensed milk ice block, a Café Con Nutella, or, simply, an iced caramel latte.
And, if you want to try something completely different from dalgona coffee, Bon Appétit just released a compilation video of their chefs making their favourite coffee while in self-isolation.
Some of the recipes in the vid include Brad’s own latte ooh lala, an Argentinian version of coffee called mate and, my personal fave, Italian pressed coffee from a percolator on the stove (bless my Italian internet mum Carla).