Dalgona candy was a famous snack in Korea during the ’70s and ’80s. It is also known as Korean sugar candy or ppopgi. The candy recipe gets viral when it is recently shown in the popular Netflix show Squid games. It is a simple but quite tricky candy recipe made with only two ingredients sugar and baking soda. You can try varieties of Korean candy by adding different flavors into a traditional style recipe. In today’s recipe guide let’s make traditional Korean street candy in your own kitchen.

Dalgona Candy

  • Preparation time:   minutes
  • Freezing  Time:  hours
  • Total time:
  • Type: Snack
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Yield: 1 Serving
  • Calories:  70 kcal
Dalgona Candy Ingredients
  • Sugar 1 1½ tsp
  • Baking soda  pinch

Directions for Making Dalgona Candy

Add Sugar to a Spoon Ladle

Firstly, take a spoon ladle and then add one and a half tablespoons of granulated sugar into it.

add sugar in spoon laddle

Heat Spoon Ladle

Secondly, turn on the stove and put the spoon ladle over medium-low to low heat. Let the granulated sugar melt in a ladle.

turn on flame and heat- korean candy

Stir with Chopstick

Once the sugar starts melting, take a chopstick and stir it in the melting sugar. Keep stirring until sugar starts caramelizing. Stirring with a chopstick prevents sugar from burning and sticking to the edges. If you don’t have a chopstick you can use popsicles.

stir and cook

Add Baking Soda

Once the sugar is fully caramelized and the caramel is in light amber color, remove the spoon ladle from heat. Then add a pinch of baking soda into the caramelized liquid for making a tasty korean candy, and keep stirring for a minute or until well incorporated.

add baking soda

Pour Candy Mixture on Parchment Paper

Then put a parchment paper or silicone mat on a flat surface and pour caramel mixture on it.

pour mixture on parchment paper

Press with Flat Cup

Then take a flat surface measuring cup and press the candy mixture with it. Most Koreans use a hotteok press to press candy mixture, but you can use any cup having a flat surface. Then gently lift the cutter from the Korean candy.

press with cup

Shape with Cookie Cutter

Finally, take a cookie cutter and press it over the caramel. Once induction is printed on candy lift up the cutter.

shape candy

Enjoy Dalgona Candy

When the candy is cool enough, lift it up from parchment paper. You can break the edges around the shape, and enjoy its delicious taste.



  • Don’t use more than a pinch of baking soda it will make candy taste bitter.
  • You can store dalgona candy in an airtight container for 3 days.
  • Don’t use high flame while caramelizing sugar.


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