Want to Try the Dalgona Candy Challenge Going Viral on TikTok? Here's How to Make It

The game is as stressful as it is sweet.

September 30, 2021

Dalgona Candy

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

If you have spent basically any time on the Internet over the past two weeks, you’re likely at least somewhat familiar with Squid Game. The South Korean survival drama follows 456 people who are competing in a series of childhood games for a chance to win millions, including carving out shapes from a sweet treat known as Dalgona candy, which, believe it or not, has no relation to the viral dalgona coffee everyone was obsessed with last year. Instead, Dalgona candy is similar to honeycomb.

Since TikTok is chock full of trendy recipes and dishes, it didn’t take long before users of the app began making the candy at home and seeing if they could carve out shapes of their own. For some, like a user who goes by @Momakwon, the game is a welcome challenge.

In a TikTok posted last week, @Momakwon uses a wooden pick to successfully create a star-shaped piece of Dalgona candy. Another user, @mardyandbum, carved a nearly perfect heart quickly and efficiently.

However, others weren’t quite as lucky. A user who goes by @franziee_v broke a cute star shape while she was trying to free it from a larger piece of Dalgona candy, and another user, @biteswithhily, had a nearly identical incident with her own sugary star.

If you’re interested in making Dalgona candy for yourself, Food Network food stylist Jackie Park recently shared her recipe for the sweet treat, which played a large role in her childhood.

“[Dalgona candy] is essentially melted sugar with baking soda and quickly pressed into a round shape and stamped with a cookie cutter of any assorted shapes,” she explains. “It's mostly sweet, with a subtle bitterness from the baking soda, and it's one of many ultimate childhood foods in Korea.”

She continues: “In my case, I had it every day after elementary school for a penny a piece, from a man who perched on a mini stool and sold these. And whatever stamped shape I could carve out without breaking, he gave me a free one as a reward!”

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