Dalgona or Ppopgi is a Korean Sponge (aka Honeycomb Toffee or Sea Foam) Candy that you can make with just sugar, baking soda and heat. Classic Korean Street Food from the 60's and 70's. Press shaped molds make it even a fun game!
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword candy, fun snack, street food
KoreanCategory Hankwa (한과)
1ladle or large spoon
1metal chopstick or a candy stick
1small silicon spatula or spoon for scraping
1flat plate or smooth metal or stone surface
dalgona mold or cookie cutter moldsoptional
Coat a plate or a metal or stone surface with a bit of vegetable oil. Coat oil on a hotteok press or any ceramic or metal plate/pan that you can use to press the melted sugar. Have these two items and a silicon spatula ready next to your stove.
Add 1 Tbs sugar in a ladle or large spoon.
Hold the ladle or spoon on top of the stove at medium-low heat and melt sugar for about 3-4 min until it becomes liquid and is transparent. Avoid burning by stirring constantly with a chopstick while it melts and take it away from the heat anytime it starts to smoke. Lower the heat if necessary.
Once it has turned into sugar syrup, add a pinch (or 3 dips with the end of the chopstick - see video) of backing soda to syrup.
Immediately take the ladle off the heat and mix soda with the syrup.
Move the ladle one more time back on top of the heat and heat it up for just about 4-5 seconds, until the sugar mixture starts to puff up. Don't wait until it puffs up fully, then you are most likely going to burn it.
Transfer sugar+soda mixture onto greased plate or surface. Immediately press it down to make a thin disc like candy. Press for 3 seconds or so and then before it fully hardens, press your mold on the candy - not so hard that the shape will be cut out.
Let it cool and then you have a fun Korean Dalgona Sugar Sponge Candy!
The hardest part about making this candy is the pressing down and making indentation with the mold. You don't NEED to do that if you just want to enjoy the taste only. It will just be whatever shape you leave it.
Dalgona - Korean Sugar Sponge Candy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Total Carbohydrates 12g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe by JinJoo Lee at www.kimchimari.com(c) All content on this site are copyright protected and images are ALL registered at the U.S. Copyright Office. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please modify or re-write the recipe and link back to this post as the original source. Thank you.