Dalgona has become popular with the Netflix series the Squid Game. The name Dalgona comes from the Korean word “dalguna”, meaning “it’s sweet”.
Growing up in Korea, it was called ppopgi (which means pick or select) You would see street vendors selling these around the schools with various patterns to choose from. If you can eat around the pattern without breaking it, you would get another one for free so this was always a fun and competitive activity for kids.
You only need 2 ingredients to make Dalgona.
1.5-2 Tablespoons sugar - depending on if using a ladle or pan
2 pinches of baking soda
In a pan or ladle, add sugar and cook over low heat. Once the sugar starts to melt, continuously stir with a chopstick. Move the pan/ ladle away from the heat frequently so the sugar doesn’t burn.
Once the sugar has completely melted, add 2 pinches of baking soda and stir constantly, away from the heat, as the baking soda will burn quickly.
Once it turns into a caramel color, pour the mixture on a baking sheet or pan, scraping with a rubber spatula if needed.
Let cool for few seconds. Press down using bottom of bowl /cup/dough press and press with a cookie cutter.