Dalgona’s ingredients have a ratio of two heaping tablespoons of sugar to a very small pinch of baking soda. First, you pour the sugar into a metal ladle that can withstand heat and melt it over the stovetop, stirring it vigorously with a chopstick throughout the process so it doesn’t burn. As soon as the melting is done, you take the ladle away from the heat and stir the tiny amount of baking soda in.
Then, pour the golden dalgona mixture into round shapes on a sheet of parchment paper, and use a flat-bottomed metal cup — with some cooking spray on the bottom so it doesn’t stick on the dalgona — to press it into the kind of thinness “Squid Game” fans know and dread. Finally, you can use cookie cutters to press shapes into the candies as they cool to give them that Dalgona game look.
Appropriately for a recipe associated with “Squid Game,” there may be some speed bumps along the way. The sugar-melting part can be deceptively difficult, for one, and the cleanup can be a bit of a hassle. Still, if you feel like finding out what dalgona tastes like or how difficult it is to carve shapes out of it, it’s definitely possible to make your own without any special equipment.