The colder the weather is, the more important caffeine drinks become for me. They give me the energy boost I direly need in the morning as well as the comfort after a long day. The warmth seeping through the material of the cup, the tender and distinct scent, the slightly bitter yet addicting taste – everything about homemade hot chocolate and coffee is alluring and irresistible.
- 1 Homemade Hot Chocolate & Dalgona Coffee
- 2 What are the ingredients?
- 3 How to make these drinks?
- 4 Hot Chocolate Variations
- 5 Relevant Breakfast Recipes
- 6 Great Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 7 FAQs for Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 8 Easy Dalgona Coffee Recipe
- 9 FAQs about Dalgona coffee
Homemade Hot Chocolate & Dalgona Coffee
Have you ever wondered what the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate is? I haven’t paid much attention to it either until I started writing this article and asked myself what the title should be. To put it simply, chocolate is processed cacao, therefore it has cocoa butter while pure cocoa has no butter.
A dilemma I have seen people being stuck with is the healthiness of hot cocoa. Worry not, cocoa powder is a good supply of powerful antioxidants which have proved their positive effect on insulin levels, memory, heart conditions, and more.
Also known as whipped coffee, cloud coffee, magic coffee, and more, and I can agree wholeheartedly with the magic name. It started gaining attention and became a phenomenon on SNS during quarantine time in South Korea, before making its way to the worldwide favorite TikTok and leaving its mark all over the internet.
However, the original hot-hit drink was Indian Cappuccino (or Beaten Coffee). The name Dalgona was inspired by the candy with the same name from Korea, a spongy toffee resembling the creamy foam we will be decorating our cold coffee with.
I’m not a huge fan of coffee, but I must say I have officially become a follower of the Dalgona coffee trend!
What are the ingredients?
In our hot chocolate, the key component will be high-quality cocoa powder. However, if you don’t have it in your cupboard, a bar of semi-sweet or non-sweet chocolate will do magic as well! For Dalgona coffee, I simply use instant coffee powder. As usual, I don’t want any peculiar source of sugar other than sugar itself, thus I went for the purest available.
And there is sugar, an important flavoring I highly recommend. You might reduce the suggested amount a little if you have no sweet tooth, but don’t ban it from your energy beverages completely!
How to make these drinks?
These lovely beverages share the same process of mixing the ingredients and topping the substance with a layer of fluffy cream. The biggest difference between the two drinks is the temperature. We will be heating the cocoa and put ice cubes in the coffee. Certainly, you can switch things up a little and surprise your coffee partners! I will include the details for both of them in the recipes below!
Tips for hot chocolate
- Dutch cocoa powder gives your hot chocolate the bitterness and the depth regular powder doesn’t have, but it’s not mandatory! Remember that you will need to add more cocoa if you don’t use the Dutch.
Tips for Dalgona coffee
- The special trait about this beverage is we will have the coffee whisked into a cloud-like cream and topped the iced milk with it. Hence, the foam needs to be stable, and a sufficient amount of sugar is essential.
Hot Chocolate Variations
- Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to your cup if you love the cool feeling of mint in homemade hot chocolate.
- Swiss-style cocoa has around 2 teaspoons of instant coffee with vanilla.
- Are you a caramel lover? Salted caramel is a great flavor to add to your hot cocoa as well! Draw caramel zigzags on the cream layer to enhance the appearance as well as the taste!
- Canadian cocoa is very unique with ½ teaspoon maple-imitated flavoring and vanilla.
- For a fruit enthusiast, add ½ teaspoon of raspberry extract to the drink.
- Not into sweetness? Try slim-trim cocoa! The progress is the same, but we will omit the sugar and alternate it with artificial sweeteners.
Relevant Breakfast Recipes
Here are some great recipes you can combine with homemade hot chocolate and Dalgona coffee for an energy boost:
- Egg Muffins | Vegetable Omelet
- Egg Cheese Toast
- Chicken Burger
- One Pan Egg Toast
- Fluffy Souffle Omelet
Are you ready to learn how to make these comfort drinks? Open the video below!Print
Great Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
Nothing is better than hugging a cup of hot cocoa while snuggling under your blanket after hours of work on a cold winter day.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Heating & Mixing
- 12g cocoa powder
- A pinch of salt
- 55g sugar
- 40ml water (hot)
- 240ml milk (non-sugar, fresh)
- Desired toppings (whipping cream, cinnamon, or marshmallows)
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the cocoa powder with a pinch of salt and sugar for a stronger flavor.
- Pour hot water into the mixture and whisk gently. The high temperature will dissolve the dry ingredients easily. Even if there are tiny lumps, don’t stress yourself over trivial details!
- Dilute the thick substance with the fresh milk before transferring it to the pot and heating till the drink nearly simmers.
- Fill your cup with the warm beverage and top it with a luscious layer of whipping cream or grilled marshmallows, depending on your preference! Sprinkle the topping with cocoa powder to make your hot cocoa more appealing!
- As surprising as it might be, you can use water instead of milk in this recipe, since water allows the cocoa taste to show all of its glory.
- Microwave for heating is an option to consider! Set a timer of 60 – 90 seconds.
- Serving Size: 1 Cup
- Calories: 197kcal
- Sugar: 33.4g
- Sodium: 50mg
- Fat: 5.5g
- Saturated Fat: 3.6g
- Carbohydrates: 36.5g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 4.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: homemade hot chocolate
FAQs for Homemade Hot Chocolate
Must there be dairy?
Definitely no. You can replace the common milk with almond or cashew milk so it doesn’t trigger your allergy. For the recipes that require heavy cream, nut or coconut cream can be a good alternative for it.
Is it possible to reheat this hot cocoa?
Yes, you can reheat it on medium heat and stir gently until it’s warm inside out.
How do I use chocolate bars?
Heat the milk with medium or high heat and wait until it bubbles before removing the pan (pot) from your stove. Crush the chocolate bar into smaller pieces and drop them into the hot milk for melting.Print
Easy Dalgona Coffee Recipe
Started as a viral internet trend, there must be something that makes Dalgona coffee stand out, and you will figure it out very soon!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Mixing
- 30g instant coffee
- 100ml milk (non-sugar, fresh)
- 30g sugar
- 30ml water (hot)
- Dissolve instant coffee and sugar with hot water. Try your best to not leave too many hard particles in their solid form.
- Turn on the automatic mixer and whisk the mixture until the color changes from coffee brown to dark yellow and the liquid becomes a fluffy cream.
- Fill the cup with fresh milk and add several ice cubes before placating the coffee cream atop and enjoying your drink!
- Never exclude sugar from your Dalgona recipe! In your beverage, the milk is heavier than the cream, and gravity will inevitably pull it down. Without sugar, the surfactants in coffee won’t be enough to keep the foam floating.
- If your tools give you a difficult time whipping, double the recipe! Don’t worry about preservation, as the coffee foam will be delicious as new for a couple of days.
- Serving Size: 1 Cup
- Calories: 180kcal
- Sodium: 42mg
- Fat: 3.9g
- Saturated Fat: 2.6g
- Carbohydrates: 34.8g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 0g
Keywords: dalgona coffee
FAQs about Dalgona coffee
Can you leave Dalgona coffee overnight?
You can prepare enough cream for 3 – 4 days and store it in your fridge.
Is Dalgona coffee healthy?
It is basically a type of coffee, so you can expect an instant energy boost from it. Also, the drink contains a good dose of fresh milk, which provides antioxidants and nutrients benefitting your health in many ways! (1)
Is instant coffee healthy then?
Believe it or not, instant coffee holds more acrylamide, less caffeine, and equal antioxidants compared to the regular type. You can say it’s a low-calorie, healthy line of coffee.
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