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. Learn how to make it with this easy recipe.
After several attempts, even beginners will be able to persevere. Rub a thin sheen of oil on half of the paper. Dalgona candy is a sponge toffee-like sugar candy we grew up having from street vendors everywhere, especially around the schools. You can have Dalgona Candies using 2 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you make it.
Ingredients of Dalgona Candies
- You need of sugar.
- It’s of soda.
The word dalgona came from the casual Korean word "dalguna (달구나)" meaning "it's sweet." Dalgona was a popular sugar candy for young children in those days, and the candy came with a game. There were many dalgona vendors on the street, each with a portable charcoal stove that provided an opportunity for children to make their own dalgona candy. Dalgona Candy or Korean Honeycomb Toffee is made using sugar and baking soda! It has a taste and consistency like a honeycomb.
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..
Hence, it is also called "honeycomb toffee". 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. If the candy maker wants their sweet treat to have an imprinted shape to challenge their carving skills like the show, the dalgona candies get pressed down with a cookie-cutter before it cools down. The candy seller who made dalgona, a sugary toffee candy, for Netflix's "Squid Game" was so swamped with customers after a resurgence in interest that he didn't go home for a full week to keep up.