Nothing Beats the OG? 8 Ways to Tweak the Original Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Dalgona coffee has been the top coffee craze for 2020. It seems like people needed something sweet and caffeinated to get through this year and this fluffy whipped coffee hit the perfect spot. 

If you've already gotten bored of the standard Dalgona coffee, or you didn't like the original, it doesn't mean that you have to be left out. 

Trying a different Dalgona coffee recipe might be the trick to reigniting your interest and getting you back to your morning whipped coffee routine. 

Not convinced? Let's talk about it. 

Keep reading for some of our favorite tweaks and tips for making your Dalgona coffee totally new.

1. Make It Vanilla

This is such an easy trick that you'll be disappointed that you didn't think of it yourself. 

If the coffee taste isn't quite for you but you know you love those fancy drinks from popular coffee shops like Starbucks, try adding some vanilla to your whipped brew.

You only need a little bit, especially if you're using pure vanilla extract. 

Add a teaspoon of vanilla to start with. If you think it could use more, try opting for a tablespoon next time. Add a pinch of salt and a thickener, like cornstarch, to make sure that it all comes together. 

When you whip this mixture up you'll have a sweet and frothy vanilla coffee that will make you smile. 

2. Try Brown Sugar

Some of you who happen to not have white sugar at home may have already tried this tasty alternative. Brown sugar has a bit of an edge to its taste and it might be your new favorite way to make this fluffy coffee!

You might find brown sugar easier to whip than its white counterpart. It's sticky and "thicker" and many people find the taste to be more complimentary with coffee.

Brown sugar will give your coffee a slight molasses flavor. Because it's commonly used in chocolate chip cookies, you might even get a hint of that cookie taste! 

3. Who Doesn't Love Chocolate?

Do you ever wish that your whipped coffee was actually chocolate coffee? Mochas are one of the most popular coffee drinks whether they're hot or iced and you can totally bring that flavor in when you're making your Dalgona recipe!

There are two ways to do it (or at least two ways that we would do it). 

You can add cocoa powder when you're doing the mixing. You don't need much, only a teaspoon to a tablespoon depending on your preference. Add a pinch more sugar if you opt for this method (hot tip: use the brown sugar to really get that chocolate chip cookie taste!) because cocoa powder can be bitter. 

You'll have to experiment with the whipping process. The powder shouldn't make a difference, but if you add too much it might change the texture. Play around until you know what your ideal texture is. 

You can also make whipped chocolate and add this instead so you can layer the coffee and chocolate. Yum!

To do this, take an egg white or aquafaba (about 2 tablespoons) and beat or whisk until the resulting liquid is white and thick. Add about a tablespoon of sugar and continue whipping until it forms stiff peaks. Then add in the cocoa powder and continue whisking until it's well-incorporated. You should have what looks like chocolate whipped cream! 

If this is too much and you want to stick to the basic Dalgona coffee ingredients, it's also nice to drizzle chocolate syrup on your glass before you pour it. You get a hint of chocolate and a barista look.

4. It's Almost Autumn...Pumpkin Spice, Anyone?

The quintessential autumn drink: the pumpkin spice latte. 

While many people see this as the "basic girl drink," we still love it and others love to hate it. Incorporate some of that energy into your Dalgona coffee and make something fall-friendly. A whipped and layered pumpkin spice cloud. 

All you need is the addition of whipped pumpkin spice milk. 

For this, take 2 to 3 tablespoons of pumpkin and add it to your milk of choice (we love oat milk). Add a tablespoon of sugar or 2 tablespoons of real maple syrup. Add a pinch of pumpkin spice mix or cinnamon depending on what you have on hand. Whisk or beat until it's frothy.

If you want it hot, use this exact process but do it in a small saucepan or pot on the stove. 

This might not give you the true "whipped" appearance that the Dalgona coffee has, but it's a great addition to your coffee when you want to feel those autumn vibes (even during the summer). Layering it underneath your coffee should give you a taste of both the coffee and the pumpkin when you take a sip.

5. Make It Workout-Ready

You can make Dalgona "coffee" with almost any powder. People have been experimenting with all kinds of lattes and "non-coffee coffees." If you still need the caffeine kick but you want some nutrition too, why not give your coffee a muscle-building boost? 

Take your favorite protein powder and use about a teaspoon (you may need more to taste). Add it to your instant coffee and sugar. If you have a sweetened protein powder, you may find the coffee too sweet for your preferences, but we have a sweet tooth over here so we think it's great!

Whisk as normal. The stabilizers in the instant coffee should allow this to froth up just the same as normal Dalgona coffee, but do some experimenting. 

This won't give you the same amount of protein as a true protein shake, but it will give you a protein-packed coffee and a strong start to your morning. If you're the type to skip breakfast (don't worry, we're guilty too) you should still be set until lunchtime. 

6. Make It Keto-Friendly

Keto friends, we're sure you've felt left out of the Dalgona trend. You don't have to miss out on the frothy drink just because it doesn't suit your diet. Let's make it work!

For this, the only change is in the sweetener (and you'll be omitting milk if you usually add it. You're sticking to hot water for now!). 

Do you have a favorite artificial or substitute sweetener? You're looking for one that's in powder form or very fine granules. It can't be too gritty or it won't dissolve or whip very well, resulting in a coffee that isn't smooth. We like to use Monk Fruit!

Use this in place of the sugar and whip it up like normal! This is an easy fix but some people are worried that they won't be able to make the swap and still get the same results! It might take some tweaking, but it's not a problem at all. 

7. Make It Bubbly

How do you feel about boba tea? What about boba coffee?

Boba is a popular trend in drinks, particularly milk teas. There's no reason that you can't do it with a milky coffee. Boba is just tapioca in a black pearl shape. It has a chewy texture that many people like (but others find unnerving). 

You can make the boba at home or buy the pearls. Making boba isn't difficult, but it is time-consuming, so buying is the best choice for someone new to it. 

Cool your Dalgona coffee down and make one of these tasty and textured drinks next time you're ready for your whipped coffee.

You don't want to put the boba directly in the whipped part, so only do this in the cool milk at the bottom. Warm milk may ruin the texture of the boba.

8. Try A Different Sweetener

We already mentioned using artificial or substitute sweeteners but why not opt for something more natural? 

For those who want a different flavor to their drinks, we suggest trying out honey or maple syrup. 

For these sweeteners, you want to use the real deal. Artificial maple syrup (usually referred to as "pancake syrup" in the grocery store) won't give you the same flavor and might leave a bad aftertaste in your coffee. Real maple syrup is more expensive, and harder to find, but the taste is worth it. 

Honey might take some adjustments when you're whipping. It's sticky and hard to work with. We suggest putting it in the hot water and giving it enough time to dissolve but find a method that works for you. 

What's Your Favorite Dalgona Coffee Recipe?

People all over social media have been posting their favorite Dalgona coffee recipes. From Instagram to TikTok, everyone wants to spread the good word of this whipped coffee creation. 

Which one do you want to try first?

If you need more inspiration, or you're looking for a great and flavorful instant coffee to use with your next Dalgona mix, visit our site. We've got the bold and organic coffee for you. 


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