Did You Know Dalgona Coffee Is Inspired By A Korean Candy?

It's a lollipop!

IMAGE Bea Faicol

You've probably seen Dalgona coffee all over your social media feeds by now and attempted to make a cup of it for yourself at one point. What started out as a TikTok trend is inspired by Dalgona candy (also called ppopogi), an old traditional candy in Korea that is similar to a honeycomb.

Both the Dalgona candy and the Dalgona coffee have that signature coffee-colored fluff but they are consumed differently and have slightly different ingredients. The typical Dalgona candy you can find being sold along Korea's streets is made with sugar and baking soda that's continuously mixed in a ladle over a fire, while Dalgona coffee is made with a 1:1:1 ratio of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water that's whisked continuously.

To make the Dalgona candy, the Dalgona fluff is flattened and made into an airy, brittle, flat lollipop that often comes with a design in the middle-the most basic ones are an outline of a heart, star, and flower. According to multiple Korean blogs, the Dalgona candy vendors would usually offer a Dalgona candy on the house if they can eat the outer part without breaking the design of the candy.


Dalgona coffee, on the other hand, will maintain its gorgeously soft and fluffy texture on top of iced milk, chocolate, or matcha latte. When you continuously mix it with your drink, it will form a thin layer of foam on top, which then makes the drink thicker, creamier, and all the more irresistible.

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