Healthier (and pareve! and vegan!) Dalgona / TikTok / Korean viral coffee
Voila! Dalgona coffee!
- Whip the base
- Mix with milk
- Drink. This one doesn't count as a step!
For the base, I've cut the amount of sugar in half, to 1 Tbsp. This is still a LOT of sugar, so that's why I'm calling this "healthier" and not actually "healthy." Sorry. My daughter says it will whip without any sugar, but that it doesn't hold its foam well after that.
For the milk, I've switched to no-sugar-added almond milk. Feel free to substitute any tasty milk you enjoy. Note that I'm not saying vegan milk is better than cow's milk. But this one has less sugar and fat than our usual cow's milk. Plus, I find that milk-based coffee drinks leave an unpleasant aftertaste which I don't get with non-dairy milks.
Finally, for the mixing step, I use a sports shaker bottle (mine's the Blender Bottle brand, only $3 from iHerb) with a little metal whisk ball inside. If you don't have one, anything you can cover and shake gently without it leaking everywhere will work.
(Not sure why anyone would need a 2-pack, but here you go, on Amazon.)
(iHerb branded version is exactly the same as the expensive Amazon one, for only $3 with any iHerb order…)
(note that these are affiliate links to products I actually like and use, meaning if you click through I may earn a penny or two – and thank you for it)
It's important to note that with this method, you're not going to get the stark "coffee on white" look of the classic dalgona coffee. But you're going to get something a whole lot drinkable. This isn’t my picture, and mine is fluffier than this one:
Another point: the quality of your final coffee varies based on the instant coffee you use, so I strongly recommend a good one. I've switched away from Starbucks Via Instant (which is crazy expensive on top of not being available here in Israel, so it made us dependent on the kindness of relatives). After a survey of the Foodies in Israel Facebook group, I eventually switched to Elite Platinum Brazilian, which -- unlike most instant coffees here -- actually tastes pretty good, even without a ton of sugar and window-dressing.
(My coffee of choice. You can actually get this on Amazon.com, if you’re desperate to try it! I actually think it’s pretty good…)
So here's what you do:
Healthier Kosher Pareve Vegan Dalgona Coffee
- With a hand mixer, whip 2 Tbsp instant coffee, 1 Tbsp sugar, and 2 Tbsp boiling water until it holds firm peaks
- In the glass you'll drink from, add 3 ice cubes and pour milk to reach the top of ice cubes
- Transfer milk + ice cubes from glass to shaker bottle
- Gently spoon a little of the coffee foam base into the glass. This will be your "top foam," if you like that sort of thing
- Transfer the rest of coffee foam base to shaker bottle. Seal and shake VERY gently.
- Transfer cubes and coffee mixture from shaker bottle back into glass (you'll probably have some left over for later!)
- (optional) Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa
- Drink and enjoy!
One final note: the first thing many people think of doing when they find out about this is add cocoa. It seems like such a natural combination! But it was one of the first things I tried when I first went on this kick. And unfortunately, all that happened was that it killed the whip -- the base would not fluff up at all. Your mileage may vary. Let me know in the comments if you've found a way to make a mocha dalgona coffee. I'd love to try it!
What’s your coffee looking like these days? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to find out!