Kids: Make Mom a Dalgona Coffee


If you’ve been on social media at any point during the pandemic, you’ve likely seen a Dalgona coffee. It’s a whipped coffee drink that emerged in South Korea and has now taken over Instagram feeds the world over during this time of physical distancing. And we wouldn’t be that interested in it except that Mother’s Day is coming. (Yes, seriously. It’s this weekend). And Mother’s Day in isolation means little kids aren’t at school to make adorable crafts, and big kids aren’t in the mall picking out costume jewellery and chocolate.

Enter the Dalgona. This drink, made from instant coffee, sugar, hot water, milk and ice, doesn’t require a stove. If someone shows a kiddo how to use an electric whisk or a milk frother, even school-age kids could whip this one up. Pun intended. (It can be made with a regular old whisk, but that takes some serious stamina smaller children probably won’t have.)

So we decided to test our theory and have Julie Burke, 15, make the drink on her own with an electric milk frother. What emerged is an Insta-worthy concoction that would impress any mama on Sunday. It drew a rave from the teenager, too: “The coffee was super great! I made it with almond milk, and it took just over five minutes to whip with the frother. I would definitely make it again!”

Want to try making a Dalgona with your brood? Here’s how:

In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of instant coffee with 2 tbsp of granulated sugar and 2 tbsp of boiling water (really hot water from the tap may also work, if it’s hot enough). Using a handheld whisk or a milk frother, whip the mixture until it’s foamy. In a clear mug or glass (because it’s way more impressive when you can see the layers), pour the milk of your choosing over a handful of ice cubs and then top with the coffee foam. Serve with a spoon so Mom can mix!

Smaller kids will need a hand with the hot water and potentially the pouring, but overall? It’s a pretty easy, hands-off Mother’s Day treat. Or, you know, every day. Who doesn’t want their own in-house barista?

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