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Dalgona candy, a Korean traditional candy, has recently become famous all around the world thanks to a Korea series on Netflix named Squid Game. Join BestLifeTips to find out what is it and how to make dalgona candy.
What is dalgona candy?
Before getting to know how to make dalgona candy, let’s find out what is dalgona candy.
Dalgona candy is a Korean candy, which was a popular street food in the 1970s and 80s. It is now still sold and eaten in South Korea.
Dalgona comes from Korean word, dalguna (달고나), which means sweet. Traditionally, dalgona candy is made with glucose, but now they use sugar instead. The sugar candy version used to be called ppopgi (뽑기), but not many people use the term ppopgi anymore.
You may remember the word ‘dalgona’ from an earlier TikTok trend: dalgona coffee.
Ppopgi is actually a game. Similar to the game in Squid Game, street vendors sometimes awarded prizes to children who had cut the mold nicely.
Dalgona candy is also known by many names around the world, such as gulali in Indonesia, honeycomb some places of the U.S., Australia, U.K, sponge toffee in Canada.
Why does dalgona candy become so hot?
Thanks to the Korean series Squid Game, dalgona candy has come back to the global scene again.
In episode 3 of Squid Game, this children’s game taking a twisted turn. If players fail to remove the indented shape, they will lose the round and die.
Thanks to the series’ popularity, the old school Korean candy has now become the Dalgona candy challenge or Squid Game cookie trend challenge on TikTok.
Fans of the show are challenging themselves to remove the indented shape to see how difficult the game really is and whether they would survive in Squid Game.
Keep reading this article to find out how to make dalgona.
What is dalgona candy challenge?
The street vendors will challenge the kids to carve out the symbol etched in the middle of the dalgona candy by breaking or eating the outer part of the candy without breaking the symbol in the middle. If they succeed, they will get another dalgona candy for free or some sort of prize.
Dalgona candy is making a comeback thanks to the Korean Netflix show Squid Game. The contestants can win a cash if they can successfully carve out the symbol without breaking the symbol, or they will risk losing their lives.
As mentioned above, it has become a dagona candy challenge on TikTok. The dalgona candy is very brittle, it can break anytime. You’ll know that when you find out how to make dalgona candy.
So how to make dalgona candy? Keep reading to find out!
How to make dalgona candy?
All tools that you need to make a dalgona candy are a ladle, a parchment paper or silicone baking mat, a steel soup spoon and a wooden chopstick. Here is how to make dalgona candy step-by-step:
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- A pinch of baking soda
Step 1: Prepare the setting. Lay out parchment paper or silicone baking mat on a flat surface. Have the sugar and baking soda ready to use.
Step 2: Preheat your pan or ladle on medium to low heat.
Step 3: Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the pan or ladle and stir it with the wooden chopstick or spoon.
Step 4: The sugar will start to melt. Keep stirring and check out the color to make sure it doesn’t burn.
If you use a ladle, it’s easier to move the sugar away or closer to the stove.
Step 5: When the sugar is completely become the liquid and has a golden brown color, remove from the heat quickly.
Step 6: Add a pinch of baking soda and stir well until the mixture is frothy and has a light caramel color.
Step 7: Pour the mixture out on parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Allow it to cool for 15-20 seconds.
Step 8: Press the shape in the candy with a cookie cutter. Press the cookie cutter in the candy gently a couple of times, otherwise the cookie cutter might stick.
Step 9: Let the dalgona candy cool off completely, before removing from the parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Repeat the recipe for as much candy as you want.
Tips for making dalgona candy
This dalgona recipe doesn’t work with baking powder, so use any kind of sugar instead.
The dalgona candy recipe sounds very easy. However, it’s not easy as you expected. Sugar or caramel can burn quickly, so you need to have an eye on its color.
Here are some tips on making dalgona candy:
- Gather all the ingredients and tools before starting.
- Use a steel soup spoon and a wooden chopstick.
- Cook this candy on medium to low heat since sugar burns very quickly. It’s easier to use a ladle to keep the sugar farther away or closer to the stove.
- Don’t let the sugar burn.
- Do it fast when adding baking soda
- Do not press your cutter too late into the dalgona candy, because it will harden quickly.
- You can sprinkle the base with sugar and rub the press on it, or apply oil to prevent the frothy mixture from sticking. Try to see which works for you the best.
- If you’re making more than one, keep a pot of hot water on the stove to rinse off the ladle and the spoon between the batches.
- Let the dalgona candy cool completely before removing it from the baking paper.
How to enjoy dalgona candy?
You can eat dalgona candy by eating it by itself or with milk. You can also break it into small pieces and serve over ice cream or a cup of dalgona coffee.
However, the most popular way to enjoy dalgona candy is to play the ppopgi game. Try to remove the indented shape without breaking it. See whether you can overcome the dalgona candy challenge.
Is dalgona the same as honeycomb?
Dalgona candy is a form of honeycomb toffee. There are different countries and cultures that make this type of candy.
Other variants include hokey pokey, sponge toffee (or sponge candy), and cinder toffee.
How to make the thing from Squid Game?
• 1 tbsp sugar
• Baking soda
• A stainless steel soup ladle
• One chopstick
• A cookie cutter
• A sheet of parchment paper
• Pour sugar onto a metal ladle and heat it up over low heat.
• Stir constantly with a chopstick until the sugar has melted.
• Add a pinch of baking soda into the sugar and stir well till everything is well combined.
• Pour melted sugar onto parchment paper and press a cookie cutter down onto the mixture.
Let it cool at room temperature till it hardens.
What is Honeycomb Game in Squid Game?
In the new K-drama series named Squid Game, there is a game called Honeycomb game in episode 3 titled The Man With The Umbrella.
After heading into the game room, participants are presented with a sugar honeycomb game. They are shown four different doors with a symbol before them.
A total of 212 participants are then each given a circular-shaped tin can which has a piece of sugar honeycomb inside.
They consist of one of four different shapes: triangle, circle, star or an umbrella.
Each player is instructed to cut out the shape with a needle, without cracking or breaking the sugar honeycomb.
If they win, they can win cash. If not, they’ll lose their turn and get kill.
The honeycomb game you see on Squid Game is actually a traditional children’s game, and played in real life in Korea.
This game is used to call the ppopgi game. Kids will try their best to remove the indented shape without breaking it. If they’re successful, they’ll get an award from the street vendors.
Making dalgona candy is an interesting process. Hope that this article of BestLifeTips about how to make dalgona candy can help you make this candy at home and try to overcome the dalgona candy challenge. Leave a comment below to let us know how you make this old school Korean candy.