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How to Make Dalgona (Video)

If you’ve already watched “Squid Game,” you’re likely acquainted with dalgona, a Korean sweet that’s straightforward to make at home with only 2 ingredients.

What is dalgona?

Dalgona is a Korean candy, also known as Ppopgi, that gained popularity in Korea in the 60s when street vendors sold it outside schools.

Squid Games

This sweet takes center stage in the third episode of Squid Game. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to read no further.

The game is nothing more than the same as the one children played after school in the 60s. They are offered this sweet, and the goal is to keep the inner form intact.

If you dare to play this game, preparing the candy is straightforward. As you can see in the episode, you’ll need sugar and baking soda.

Dalgona Ppopgi - a crunchy Korean treat - Dalgona Ppopgi's homemade recipe

The secret to making Dalgona at home

After several attempts, I soon realized that there are two tricks to getting them to come out.

Stir constantly

To achieve a uniform candy without burning, we use two chopsticks and constantly stir the sugar. This is especially important when baking soda is added. At that point, I like to swap the chopsticks for a silicone spatula.

Sodium bicarbonate

And speaking of baking soda…. The amount of baking soda added is so small that it is impossible to measure. The closest thing would be to say a pinch or a sixteenth part of a teaspoon.

It took me several tries to figure out how much to add. If you put too much on it, you’re left with candy full of holes. On the other hand, if we put too little, the texture is not the same. So my recommendation is to try until you find the perfect spot.

Dalgona Recipe (Squid Games)
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5 from 6 votes
If you’ve already seen “Squid Game”, you’re probably familiar with dalgona, a Korean sweet that’s very easy to prepare at home, with only 2 ingredients.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cooking Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Biscuits, Easy | Easy, Halloween, Sweets
Cooking method: Sartén
Servings: 1
Calories: 93kcal

Recipe Equipment

  • Olla
  • Medidor

Ingredients

  • 2 Cda sugar
  • 1/16 Tsp baking soda 1 pinch

Instructions

  • In a small pot, add the sugar.
  • With the help of chopsticks, and being very careful not to burn ourselves, stir the sugar until it has completely melted and acquires an amber color. The trick is to move the chopsticks quickly.
  • Remove from the heat and add a pinch of baking soda. Mix eagerly and pour on a non-stick surface that we have sprinkled with baking soda.
  • Let stand for 20 seconds. Press quickly (I’ve used the bottom of a cake pan) and, using a cookie cutter, shape it into the shape we want.

Video

Notes

In my attempts, the hardest thing for me is to square the amount of baking soda. If the dough swells too much and you have bubbles, it means that you are putting too much on it.

Nutrition

Calorias: 93kcal | Carbohidratos: 24g | Sodio: 1mg | Potasio: 1mg | Azúcar: 24g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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