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What is the Squid Game cookie and how can you make it?

Olivia Olphin September 26, 2021
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Fans are loving the all or nothing nature of Squid Game on Netflix. Players are forced to fight for their lives, and a hefty sum of money, by playing traditional Korean children’s games. However, viewers have become obsessed with the Squid Game’s dalgona cookie, and have been trying to make it on TikTok. We give you an easy, straight-forward recipe for this Korean classic.

Spoilers ahead!

What is the Squid Game dalgona cookie?

The Squid Game follows 456 people who are in debt, and down on their luck, as they play a series of six children’s games for 45.6 billion won (about $38 million). However, the stakes are incredibly high, because if you lose, you die!

The second of these tasks, following the deadly red-light green-light game, entails carving shapes into the top of a cookie, or as they’re better known, a dalgona candy. However, if a player breaks the thin wafer-like cookie, they must be eliminated.

Dalgona candy is a well known childhood favourite in Korea. It is made by cooling hot burnt sugar to room temperature, which makes an incredibly sweet and crunchy cookie. They are also embossed on the top with cute shapes and designs.

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Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

Cookie recipe goes viral on TikTok

Many fans of Squid Game had never seen a dalgona candy before and many took to TikTok in order to share their attempts and recipes.

The ‘cookie’ only has two ingredients, sugar and baking soda. However, it is important not to burn the sugar as it becomes incredibly bitter and tough to work with.

Place 1tbsp of sugar onto a metal ladle or spoon and heat it slowly on a low heat. Make sure you keep stirring it, for example with a chopstick, so that everything has melted. Add a small pinch of baking soda and stir quickly to combine all the ingredients.

Then simply pour the sugar/honeycomb mixture onto a piece of baking paper and press down to make it flat. Finally, quickly stamp it with your desired shape using a cookie cutter.

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However, some TikTok users were more successfully than others with their first cookie attempt.

Fans go mad for the Squid Game cookies

Many users have taken to Twitter to share their baking attempts, and also to express how they felt watching the players carving into the cookies with their lives on the line.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.