This whipped chocolate recipe is a coffee-free twist on the viral Dalgona coffee trend! Perfect for non-coffee drinkers that still want to enjoy this fluffy delicious drink. Easily made eggless and vegan thanks to aquafaba.
I'm pretty sure you've heard of dalgona coffee by now. If you haven't (where have you been?!), I have a Ultimate Dalgona Coffee Guide posted for this viral drink covering all the frequently asked questions, what it is, how to make it, variations and helpful tips and tricks to making it.
If you haven't jumped on the dalgona coffee bandwagon yet and it's because you don't like coffee, you're in for a real treat cause today, we're making a coffee free chocolate version!
Yes, you heard right. Whipped coffee is now a thing and it's pretty bomb diggity.
Originally, in my guide I did mention that you could swap the cocoa powder for the instant coffee and increase the amount of liquid (in which case I did suggest using a creamy milk). However, I did have quite a few people request a chocolate and matcha version that fluffs up more like the original dalgona coffee.
I did some research and found that dalgona matcha was a thing where people basically whipped egg whites-- basically like a meringue.
Instantly, aquafaba came to mind because I know how magically aquafaba whips up for vegan macarons and meringues. I did a couple tests with different ratios and after many cups of dalgona-ish chocolate, I got the perfect ratio that:
- doesn't weigh down the aquafaba air bubbles
- holds its fluffy-ness
- isn't overly sweet but rich in chocolate flavour
- and keeps in the fridge for an entire day!
All you need are 4 ingredients:
- Aquafaba: The liquid from canned chickpeas. Don't be turned off, I personally think it's way better than raw egg whites... but be sure to used no salt added chickpeas!
- Confectioners Sugar: I tried it with granulated sugar, maple syrup, dissolving sugar in hot water and confectioners sugar and found that confectioners sugar worked the best. You can easily make powdered sugar by blending granulated sugar in a high speed blender. However, you can use granulated sugar but it does take a bit more time to whip up.
- Cocoa Powder: use a high quality cocoa or cacao powder here.
- Cream of Tartar: a small amount really helps hold its peaks and helps it last longer.
How to Make Whipped Chocolate
Once you have all the ingredients, whip the aquafaba until peaks form. This takes anywhere from 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong your electric mixer or stand mix is. I do recommend using a larger bowl for this version vs. a jar just because you'll need to sift the other ingredients in.
Peaks are when you remove the mixer and you get a little mountain that doesn't instantly deflate down. Once you achieve that consistency, sift in the cream of tartar and whip for another minute.
Then sift in the powdered sugar and continue whipping for another minute. And then sift in the cocoa powder and whip until super frothy! For me, using a electric hand mixer it takes about 3 minutes.
Now, time to assemble the drinks.
To make a chocolate latte:
- Cold Chocolate Latte: Add instant coffee and hot water into a cup (or just 1 shot of espresso) with 1 tablespoon of sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add a cup of ice and slowly stream in the non dairy milk. This helps create the pretty latte the layers! If you don't care for the layers, you can totally be aggressive with the milk pouring. Then just top it off with the whipped chocolate and serve!
- Hot Chocolate Latte: Add 1 cup of warm milk into a cup with a shot of espresso (or 2 teaspoon instant coffee). Stir until combined and then top with the whipped chocolate.
To make whipped hot chocolate (coffee-free):
- Cold Version: Add ice and milk to a cup and then top it off with the whipped coffee. Serve with some chocolate shavings to be extra fancy.
- Hot Version: Add warmed milk in to a cup and then top with whipped coffee. Throw in some marshmallows for extra deliciousness.
And there you go, 4 different ways to enjoy this whipped chocolate. Honestly though, the combo possibilities are endless because what doesn't go well with chocolate? You could even get creative and put it on top of desserts like brownies or cakes! YUM.
Tips & Tricks
- Use a Electric Hand Mixer or Stand Mix: With dalgona coffee, you can use your hand but for this recipe I highly recommend using an appliance for best results. You can also try a hand held milk frother but it may not come out as fluffy.
- Sift the Ingredients: This helps break up any clumps of cocoa or powdered sugar that can affect visual appearance and weigh down the aquafaba foam faster.
If you have anymore questions regarding dalgona drinks, check out my Ultimate Guide to Dalgona Coffee It may be answered there!
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