Food & Drink

26th April 2020

TikTok Whipped Coffee: Worth the Hype?

Who even needs Starbucks these days… right?

So, we’re a month into lockdown, it seems like there’s a new trend or challenge every day, and I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to keep up. I like a viral trend with the best of them; I’ve binged Tiger King, I’ve tried dying my hair using concealer and eyeshadow (would not recommend), and I’ve shared my four favourite albums with the world. But, one trend that has intrigued me ever since I first saw a video of it on TikTok, was DIY whipped iced coffee. 

So. Many. Questions.

How were these people managing to get the coffee so thick and creamy? How were they making an iced latte from HOT coffee and sugar? Is it actually just like Starbucks? It seemed a complete mystery to me. 

If you’ve seen the videos in question, then you’ll understand that no one really explains how you make them, you just see a coffee-like substance turn into what looks like caramel and then into an iced latte in a fancy glass. 

Well, here at LGSM we’ve compiled the basic steps of how to replicate this TikTok trend so you too can satisfy your caffeine cravings and bring a bit of normality back into 2020. 


  • 4 tbsp instant coffee
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp boiling water
  • Milk (as much as you want/need)
  • Ice (I used 5 cubes)

Step 1:

Add the coffee, sugar and boiling water to a bowl and whisk it together. I used my trusty little Ikea milk frother, but eventually the coffee got too thick, so I had to whisk it manually. 

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Step 2:

When the coffee mixture is thick enough (ideally a gooey consistency), put your ice and milk into a glass and then scoop the coffee on top, before stirring it all together.

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Step 3:

Sit back, enjoy your coffee, and relish in the fact that you have conformed to yet another lockdown trend.

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The Verdict

So, after a good 15 minutes whisking coffee, making a mess of the kitchen in the process (I don’t know how I managed it), I finally got to see whether my expectations had been met. 

Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed…

When they say this is as good as any iced coffee you’d buy from a café, they’re not joking! While I didn’t quite achieve the same amount of whip as they do on TikTok, the satisfying swirl of the coffee, and the strong but milky flavours of the drink delivered the coffee shop experience I’ve been craving ever since lockdown started. 

This recipe makes enough for two coffees, which if you’re looking to win some brownie points with siblings, it’ll go down a treat. In fact, my sister was so impressed by the fluffy, creamy coffee, complimenting how, ‘it tastes like a cloud but less watery’ – I’ll take that as a win. 

If you want to get creative with the coffee, why not try adding a syrup flavouring, to give it an extra sweet taste, or embellish it with squirty cream and caramel sauce, just like an actual Starbucks.


Coffee not your thing? Then why not try this recipe for a dalgona strawberry milk! Let your creativity go wild!

To find out the best food and drinks that Liverpool has to offer, and tasty recipes, check out some of our other articles!

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