A TikTok trend of the “squid game” of making dalgona, a popular South Korean candy, has hospitalized children with severe burns and prompted a hospital to issue a warning to parents.
Hospital issues warning after 3 children suffer third-degree burns after trying TikTok’s “squid game” trend of making dalgona candy
The classic South Korean snack is a sugary candy that is made by melting sugar with baking soda before pouring the mixture onto a flat surface and stamping it into shape.
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A Sydney hospital treated three children with burns that occurred when they attempted to pour a boiling mixture of sugar and baking soda onto parchment paper.
The children’s injuries ranged from minor burns to nerve damage.
“The sugar melts at a higher temperature than needed to boil water, so the honeycomb candy mixture is hotter and stickier. If the mixture is spilled or handled while hot, the higher heat and longer contact time cause more severe burns,” explains Dr. Erik La Hei.
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One Australian teenager who attempted to make the candy did so by heating a mixture of water, baking soda and sugar in the microwave, rather than in a pot on the stove, as most recipes teach home cooks.
The glass exploded in the teenager’s hand after he took it out of the microwave, resulting in first-degree burns to his hand and third-degree burns to his legs.
The damage was so severe that doctors could give him a skin graft and he may need a full year to recover.