The South Korean drama Squid Game has dominated Netflix’s no. 1 spot since its debut in September. The series follows a group of cash-strapped working-class people as they play schoolyard games to compete for ₩45.6 billion ($38.5 billion USD). The twist of course is that if they lose a game, they die. Fortunately, TikTokers have done away with the lethal consequences to create this viral challenge.
What is the Squid Game cookie challenge?
In one episode of the show, the characters must play a game where each person chooses a shape (before they know what the challenge is): a star, umbrella, triangle or circle. They each receive a crispy, thin cookie with the shape outlined on it.
To win the challenge they must perfectly carve out the shape using only a sewing needle. The hardest shape is the umbrella and the easiest is the triangle. If the cookie breaks, the player dies. The show’s protagonist, Lee Jung-jae, solves the challenge by dissolving the excess cookie by licking it as shown in TikToker @loeyyanss‘ clip of the scene.
What is the Squid Game cookie trend on TikTok?
Korean TikTokers quickly identified the cookie in the show as Dalgona candy or Bbopgi. It’s a toffee-like treat made of sugar and baking soda. Just like on the Netflix series, it has an image stamped in. Children in Korea often eat around the picture without breaking the cookie for fun.
Inspired by the television show, users on TikTok are learning how to make the classic Korean dessert and playing the game.
How to make Dalgona candy
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Pinch of baking soda
1. She held the sugar over low heat and stirred it until it became a liquid.
2. Then she mixed in a pinch of baking soda.
3. She poured the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper and let it set for 20 seconds.
4. Lastly, she gently pressed the cookie with a cookie cutter to stamp in the shape.
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