Today I will make another popular Korean street food using fresh strawberries. It is called “strawberry hard candy,” or “딸기 사탕” in Korean. All you need to do is simply melt white sugar and cover the strawberries with it. It can make great and unique party or snack food. In Korea, these are skewered like a kebab. I will show you an easier way to make it at home rather than the typical way you see it as street food.
Yield: 20 Candies
Short Korean Lesson
- DdalGi (딸기) = Strawberry
- SaTang (사탕) = Hard Candy
- 20 Medium-sized Strawberries
- 20 Bamboo Skewers (6 Inch)
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- ½ Cup Water
Obtain 20 medium-sized fresh strawberries. Wash them good.
Wipe the strawberries with a paper towel to get rid of any remaining water. It is important to get all of the water so that the candy will stick better to the strawberries.
Optionally cut the stem and leaves off.
Obtain 20 (6 inch) bamboo skewers.
Put the strawberries to the skewers one by one. It is better to use firm strawberries for this because when you coat the sugar, the strawberries will stay on the skewer better.
Alternatively, you can put about 5 strawberries on each skewer.
In that case, you will only need 4 (9-inch) skewers. This is the way you typical see these strawberries as street food.
Obtain an empty cardboard milk container. Poke some pin holes into it, or score the cardboard with a knife, so that they can hold the skewers while the sugar is hardening. Space each hole out far enough to allow room for the strawberries.
Push the skewers into the holes.
Make the holes the same number of your strawberries skewers.
In a small sauce pan, add 1 cup of white sugar and ½ cup of water.
Stir it until the sugar dissolves. Cook on medium-high.
Once it starts to boil, cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the sugar thickens. Depending on your stove temperature, the time can be different.
This is a little tricky because of temperature and cooking time. The syrup can become too hard or soft. We want a crunchy texture. So to check if the sugar is done, this is my secret. When the sugar starts to become thick, dip a tooth pick into the syrup and then immediately dip it in cold water. The texture of sugar syrup should be changed immediately. Try it and see if that’s the texture you want for your candy. If it’s not hard enough, cook it longer. If it’s hard enough, turn off the heat.
Things should be prepared ahead of time because the sugar syrup will become hard very quickly. Dip your strawberries into the syrup and roll them to cover them with the syrup evenly.
If there is nobody near you to hold your coated strawberries, use that milk box to hold them for you while they harden. If you just put the candies on a plate, they will stick to it and the nice shape will be ruined. It doesn’t take long for them to harden. So if you have somebody to help you, they can hold them until they become hard.
If you want to make skewered ones, instead of on per skewer, pour the syrup onto the strawberries using a spoon. You have to do this step very quickly and it is a little tricky to cover them evenly.
You can use different kinds of fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, grapes, etc. I just wanted to show you an interesting way of eating your fruit, but personally I think it is the best eat fresh fruit without any sugar. This can be a little dangerous for kids to make because the sugar is very hot. The sweet and crunchy outside, along with the soft and fruity inside, make them very delicious. Enjoy!