Whether you’re a fan of Squid Games or not, Dalgona Candy, or ppogi as it’s called in South Korea, is a delicious, simple candy.
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Chopstick avoid plastic utensils
Bucket of warm water
Hotteok press or flat-bottomed metal measuring cup
Small cookie cutters
Parchment paper or silicone mat
2tbspwhite granulated sugar
Set out all of your equipment and ingredients. Because the sugar is very hot and can burn quickly, you need to have all of the tools ready to go right away.
Lightly oil the bottom of your metal measuring cup.
Add the sugar to the ladle.
Melt the sugar by holding it over an open flame burner set to medium. Hold it several inches over the flame, raising it if the sugar is starting to darken quickly or lowering it if the sugar isn’t melting.
As the sugar heats, it will begin to melt. Stir the sugar constantly with the chopstick or skewer to help it melt more evenly.
Continue stirring until the sugar is completely melted. It will go through several stages of melting. First, it will get clumpy; then, the clumps will start liquefying and turning a light brown.
Your sugar is ready to pour when it’s a deep amber color and has completely melted.
Remove the ladle from the heat and add a pinch of baking soda. Stir quickly to combine it with the melted sugar.
Pour the mixture out into two circles on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
Allow the mixture to cool for 10-20 seconds. Then, gently and evenly press it flat with the oiled measuring cup. Don’t press it too thin; between 1/8” and 1/4” is good.
Hold the cup in place while counting to 5, then carefully remove it.
Immediately press into the center with a small cookie cutter, but don’t push it all the way through.
Allow the candy to cool completely! You can use a needle to try to help remove the design from the center without breaking it.
If you have a high-powered burner, you may want to turn it down to medium-low heat so that some of the sugar doesn’t burn before all of it has melted.