Strawberry Dalgona Latte

Hello! How are you all? Some of us have had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful spring weather this past week. It was sunny, warm and we were blessed with an almost cloudlessly blue sky and a brisk wind. I did some garden work, planting a rhododendron, tending to my hydrangeas and tulips, and taking my pots of herbs from my study back outside to the patio, now that the frost has gone away. Spring makes me think of all the lovely pastel colors brought on by May flowers, which inspired me bring you a pastel-colored drink: my strawberry Dalgona latte. In late April, many of you saw my strawberry Dalgona latte for kids recipe on Instagram and wanted to try it, so voila, I bring you the recipe you requested!

Because Dan isn’t a coffee drinker, after trying the original coffee Dalgona latte, I started experimenting with other flavors and keeping the original Dalgona technique. The first one I created was the green matcha vanilla, which is currently my favorite and features a matcha-vanilla-flavored, fluffy meringue-like topping. (If you want to learn a little bit about the Dalgona craze the world has experienced, myself included, read my first post on it here.)

IMG_1706IMG_2832IMG_2833IMG_2830IMG_2834IMG_2835The second latte I created is today’s recipe: a strawberry flavored version that is also kid-friendly: no merengue here, but decadent whipped cream beaten with strawberry Nesquik, sugar, and vanilla extract. The resulting whipped strawberry topping is creamy, thick and fluffy. Yum! Plus I put confetti on top and that really made it super festive. The inspiration for this Dalgona latte came from the pandemic pantry:  we had reorganized its contents while staying at home and discovered we still had a can of strawberry Nesquik from our last visit to the Burrito Mercado in St. Paul. I grew up with Nesquik of both flavors (chocolate and strawberry). Buying that can at El Burrito was a trip down memory lane, and I got to show Daniel some of the flavors of my Argentinian childhood. Now the strawberry Nesquik came in real handy! A strawberry Dalgona latte would be way tastier and fancier than just strawberry milk.

I did discover a few weeks later that several other home cooks and latte lovers tried their own version of strawberry Dalgona too, just like I did. Some make it with egg white for that shiny meringue top, and some did it the same way I did and used whipped cream instead. The only downside of using whipped cream is that it does require a significant  quantity of cream to make one serving. The merengue version is definitely lighter, but not everybody feels up to using egg white, especially where kids are involved. I included both options here below so you can choose the one you prefer. And yes, I highly recommend going all-out and spraying some confetti on top! It will take your latte to the next level and also brighten a coffee break or post-work latte enough to make this pandemic a tad bit happier.

Update: I found out later that Sweet Portfolio came up with the strawberry Dalgona latte a day before I did! A shout-out to her, since she has also been experimenting with different Dalgona flavors.

 

Strawberry Nesquik Dalgona for Kids

 

Prep time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 0 min.

Servings: Makes 1 fluffy latte

 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp strawberry Nesquik
  • ¾ cup milk (can be dairy, nut or oat milk, your choice)
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine the ice cubes and milk until the ice cubes are crushed. Pour into a glass and set this milk aside in the refrigerator until the Dalgona layer is ready.
  2. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream using an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form. Do not over-beat or it will turn into butter.
  3. Add the sugar, vanilla, and strawberry Nesquik to the cream and beat on medium until the cream is fluffy and forms peaks that hold their shape.
  4. Retrieve the iced milk from the refrigerator. Using a spatula, spread the Dalgona on top of the iced milk. Sprinkle with confetti and drink while cold!

 

Dairy-Free Strawberry Nesquik Dalgona for Adults

Notice the different shine and texture!

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Prep time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 0 min.

Servings: Makes 1 fluffy latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp strawberry Nesquik
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract (optional)
  • ¾ cup milk (can be dairy, nut or oat milk, your choice)
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, blend the ice cubes and milk until the ice cubes are crushed. Pour the milk into a glass and set aside in the refrigerator until the Dalgona layer is ready.
  2. In a small bowl, whip the egg white using an electric hand mixer until the egg white is frothy and increases to twice its volume.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, sprinkling it gently over the egg white. Keep beating while you add the sugar.
  4. Add the vanilla extract, strawberry Nesquik, and if using, the strawberry extract. Whip until the mixture is uniformly pink and glossy, stiff peaks form.
  5. Retrieve the iced milk and pour it into a wineglass or glass cup, leaving about ½ inch to the rim.
  6. Gently spoon the strawberry Dalgona mousse topping onto the milk all the way up to the rim of the glass. Using a spoon, you can create a decorative swirl or peaks if you want a dramatic visual effect.
  7. Sprinkle confetti on top and drink while still cold!

 

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