Ppopgi (Dalgona Sugar Candy) is a sponge toffee-like sugar candy we grew up having from street vendors everywhere, especially around the schools. The word dalgona came from the casual Korean word “dalguna (달구나)” meaning “it’s sweet.” It’s also called ppopgi (뽑기), which means to pick or select, referring to the game and reward aspect of this candy offered by the vendors.
Similar to honeycomb toffee candy, dalgona is basically melting sugar and stirring in a little bit of baking soda. The sugar mixture then foams up and turns into something that looks like light caramel-colored whipped cream.
This old-fashioned Korean sugar candy used to be made and sold by vendors on the side of the street and in neighborhoods. Now it is sold in virtually any grocery store, although they don’t taste as good as the ones that are made on the spot on the streets.
If you have never made or tasted Ppopgi (Dalgona Sugar Candy) before, and haven’t watched Squid Game, you should try making this, at least once. It requires some patience but you will be rewarded with the basic result.
You’ll enjoy it even more while watching Squid Game!
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- - Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of baking powder
- - Tools: Ladle, wooden chopsticks, paper foil, glass bowl, needle.
- - Molds: Cookie molds, stainless cup or bowl, wooden spatula
- Put 2 tablespoons of sugar in a ladle and dissolve over low heat.
- When the sugar starts to melt from the edge, stir gently with chopsticks and heat it until it melts completely.
- Coat the chopsticks with about a pinch of baking powder and stir quickly in the dissolved sugar.
- Pour the contents over the paper foil. (If you put ice under the mold where you pour the dalgona, it cools down quickly and falls off easily.) (If you stick tape on the edges of the paper foil to hold it, you can make a more round and uniform shape for your dalgona.)
- Cool for about 50 seconds and press it flat using a glass bowl.
- Press the dalgona hard using a small bowl or mold to shape it. You can make a triangle using a spatula with a flat end.
- Remove the edge by poking with a needle along with the dalgona shape.
If you have never made or tasted Dalgona before, and haven’t watched Squid Game, you should definitely try making this, at least once. It requires some patience but you will be rewarded with the end result. You’ll enjoy it even more while watching Squid Game!