Squid Game has taken the world by storm and broke the record for the highest-rated Korean drama on Netflix. Out of the many things that caught the viewer’s attention is the Dalgona candy featured in episode 3. But even before the series popularized the delectable treat, it has been a beloved Korean street snack.
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Dalgona candy became popular long before it grew into a quarantine food trend of 2020 and the debut of Netflix’s Squid Game. In fact, it’s been around since the 1970s and is still widely sold in the streets of Korea today. An Yong-hui, a vendor in Seoul who provided the “ppopgi” for the series, told The Independent that the show created a high demand for the Dalgona.
How Vendors Make Ppopgi
You only really need two ingredients to make Dalgona. Melt sugar (either white or brown) in a non-stick pan and whisk in a pinch of baking soda until the mixture puffs up. Then, press it onto a flat surface and embellish it with stencils. In Squid Game, a circle, triangle, star, and umbrella are the shapes of choice.
The hard candy can be eaten as is or on a stick once it has cooled and has a burnt caramel taste. Some local vendors will even offer you a complimentary piece if you successfully carve the shape out without shattering the honeycomb.
How to Make Dalgona Candy at Home
Many TikTok users have attempted the Honeycomb Challenge themselves in response to the show. Following the steps above, you too can make Dalgona at home and take on the challenge. Just use a baking sheet as your flat surface and a cookie cutter to shape your candy. Allow the caramel to solidify, and you’re ready to play.
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