Dalgona Candies. With a small charcoal burner and single griddle, the ppopgi ajusshi was a street vendor who sold ppopgi candy (now known as dalgona candy). He would caramelize sugar in a soup ladle, pour it onto a griddle, flatten it and stamp a fun shape in the candy while it was hot. Dalgona candy, also known as ppopgi, is especially nostalgic for me.
It may take a while to win, but the effort is worth it. After several attempts, even beginners will be able to persevere. Learn how to make it with this easy recipe. You can have Dalgona Candies using 2 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you achieve that.
Ingredients of Dalgona Candies
- It’s 6 tbsp of sugar.
- Prepare 1 tsp of soda.
Rub a thin sheen of oil on half of the paper. Dalgona was a sweet treat for kids, but it also provided a fun game: If the kid could remove the shape from the rest of the candy without breaking it, they were given another candy for free. "Kids were told by parents and teachers to shun junk food, especially those sold on the street," explains Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, Lecturer in the UCLA. Dalgona candy is a sponge toffee-like sugar candy we grew up having from street vendors everywhere, especially around the schools.
Dalgona Candies step by step
- 1 tbsp sugar and a pinch of baking soda will make one single candy at a time. We will make 6 candies with 6 tbsp of sugar. Make one candy and wash the tadka pan every time then start with the second one..
- Before starting, grease the countertop well with the oil so that the candies doesn't stick to the countertop and comes out easily. Grease the moulds (cookie cutter/cap) with oil too if you want to make any of the designs..
- Now firstly take a tadka pan, add a tbsp of sugar in it. Now switch on the flame, keep the flame at the lowest. Donot stir it, the sugar will start melting on its own. Once it starts melting, quickly start stirring with the help of a spoon..
- Remove it from the flame, add a pinch of soda and start stirring it quickly. If will start becoming light and frothy..
- Now pour the mixture quickly but gently on the countertop, place a lollipop stick on the centre of it. Let it set for few seconds then carefully place a cookie-mould or a small cap on top of it and press it gently over the candy. Then remove the cap/mould. It will get a nice design at the centre..
- Your first candy is now ready. Wash the tadka pan well and repeat the same process with the rest of the candies. You can make as many as you want but only one at a time..
The word dalgona came from the casual Korean word "dalguna (달구나)" meaning "it's sweet." Dalgona or Korean sponge candy is a fun Korean street food that will bring out the kid in you!! or at least in my husband… 🙂 With a sweet caramel flavor and a lightly crunchy but also melt-in-your-mouth texture, this is my husband's childhood favorite. Lately, it's gained popularity due to this candy appearing in Netflix's Squid Game. Dalgona Candy or Korean Honeycomb Toffee is made using sugar and baking soda! It has a taste and consistency like a honeycomb. Hence, it is also called "honeycomb toffee".