Sweet treat from sinister Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ a hit at Montreal shop

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MONTREAL — A mistletoe featured in the wildly popular Netflix series Squid Game is causing a stir in Montreal.

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Robert Kim sells Korean food at his Saint-Henri shop, Claude & Claudette Depanur. Two weeks ago, they began selling Dalgona, a candy featured in the series.

The treat comes with its own built-in game: The brittle sugar scrapes the inner shape from the disc without snapping.

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Kim remembers playing Dalgona as a child.

“Me and my classmates, we went for it, and played this game and we enjoyed it,” he said.

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His youth’s post-school treats are now being consumed by the neighborhood kids. Though, of course, the stakes are not as high as they are in the sinister series of South Korea taking the world by storm.


This undated photo released by Netflix shows a scene from “Squid Game” watching contestants win the Dalgona Korean candy challenge. (YoungQ Park/Netflix via AP)

“When we trim to the perfect size, we get some free Dalgona, that’s what the whole game about it is. No blood without death, nothing like that. Just fun,” Kim said.

The ‘squid game’ is the latest Korean pop culture craze that has hit the world. Experts say the show’s popularity signals a growing North American interest in international content.

Young Montrealers play with their Dalgona cookies – a common South Korean snack popularized around the world by the smash-hit series “Squid Game”. (Christine Long, Granthshala News)

“‘Squid Game’ is a unique phenomenon, but it will inspire more Canadians to choose their entertainment in Hollywood and outside of Canada – outside the West, let’s say. It’s a sign of what’s to come,” said Michelle Cho, a professor of Korean studies at the University of Toronto.

The show’s streaming host Netflix wrote on social media this week that the show has garnered 111 million viewers, making it the biggest series launch in the platform’s history.

The nine-episode thriller, released on September 17, follows protagonist Seong Gi-hyun (played by Lee Jung-jae) – a man in dire debt to a local gang. He and hundreds of others enroll in a range of children’s games for cash prizes. However, the losers in those games face fatal consequences.

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