Made popular on TikTok during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantines, this coffee drink is a delight for the eyes and taste buds. Dalgona originated in Korea, not as a coffee or a beverage, but rather as a toffee-like snack. The colors and fluffy texture of dalgona are what inspired the name of this trendy coffee.
Despite the luxurious look, dalgona coffee is fairly simple to make. Most recipes call for instant coffee (using instant is a must), white table sugar, hot water, and milk. Additional tweaks and flavorings can be used to create variations, such as matcha dalgona.
So, what are the health facts of this trending food? Overall, this drink won’t cause problems when consumed in moderation. For those of you who already drink coffee every day, this can be a good way to switch up caffeine fix. If you can’t have caffeine or are trying to cut down, you can opt to use decaf instant coffee instead.
However, watch out for the sugar content. In order to achieve the whipped or meringue-like texture, a lot of sugar is necessary. Try substituting part of the sugar with a substitute such as Splenda or Stevia.
Cloud bread is another food for the eyes and stomach. This airy treat made its rounds on social media because of its simplicity and visual appeal. Generally, the recipe calls for egg whites, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla extract (or other flavorings), and food coloring. The result is essentially a meringue in cake form.
Similar to other food trends, cloud bread was not an entirely new invention. The origins of cloud bread go back to the Atkins diet. This four-phase diet was popularized in the 1960s and focuses on low carb intake.
Currently, the Atkins cloud bread recipe consists of cream cheese, whole eggs, cream of tartar, and zero-calorie sweetener. This version of cloud bread has virtually no carbs, is keto-friendly, and simple to make and bake.