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Players about to be shot for not finishing in the time limit.

Sugar Honeycombs (설당 뽑기 Seoltang Ppopgi?), also known as Dalgona (달고나 Dalgona?) or Ppopgi, was the second game in the 33rd Squid Game held in 2020. In the game, contestants were tasked with using a needle to carve a shape out of a dalgona honeycomb without cracking the candy. Players whose honeycomb cracked or broke, or did not finish in time were eliminated from the game and shot in the head and die.

187 players entered the game: 79 were eliminated and 108 progressed to the next round.

Game Information

In Sugar Honeycombs, contestants were told to choose a honeycomb shape to carve out before being informed of the game's premise. The options were a circle, a triangle, a star, and an umbrella.

After selecting a shape, they were handed small metal containers. Inside, they found the shapes they chose drawn on the sugar honeycombs along with a small needle.

The game was to carve the shape out of the honeycomb without breaking it before the time ran out. Breaking/cracking the honeycomb or not carving it out in time resulted in being eliminated.

Shape Difficulty

  1. Umbrella: Umbrella is the hardest shape because of its many lines and angles.
  2. Star: This shape like the umbrella, also has a lot of lines. When you cut it out it breaks most of the time.
  3. Circle: Circle is a really easy shape because all you have to do is break it into pieces.
  4. Triangle: It's the easiest shape. It only has 3 lines and you can cut them out easily.

Guards firing at players who didn't finish in time.

Players Eliminated

Player Shape
Park Ju-un (369)
Player 209
Player 061
Player 412
Player 182
Player 123
Player 338
Player 237
No Sang-hun (119)
Player 004 (Eun-Ji Lee)
Player 030
Player 042
Player 045
Player 053
Player 108
Player 134 (Chae Gang-Sun)
Player 148
Player 195
Player 197
Player 230
Player 238
Player 242
Player 279 (?)
Player 292
Player 325
Player 334 (?)
Player 323 (?)
Player 337 (?)
Player 450
Player 138 (?)
Player 272 (?)
Player 167 (?)
Player 205 (?)
Player 418 (?)
Player 447 (?)
Player 445 (?)
Player 225 (?)
Player 236 (?)
Player 098 (?)
Player 361 (?)
Player 443 (?)
Player 248 (?)
Player 413 (?)
Player 065 (?)
Player 227 (?)
Player 277 (?)
Player 312 (?)
Player 402 (?)
Player 313 (?)
33 Other Players

Players Passed

Player Shape
Byeong-gi (111)
Kang Sae-byeok (067)
Ali Abdul (199)
Player 210
Player 224
Player 246
Player 073
Player 072
Player 034
Player 044
Player 032
Player 122
Player 029
Cho Sang-woo (218)
Player 357
Player 083
Han Mi-nyeo (212)
Player 196
Player 244
Player 069
Player 070
Player 062
Player 096
Player 308
Player 151
Player 322 (Jung-Min Tae)
Jang Deok-su (101)
Oh Il-nam (001)
Seong Gi-hun (456)
Player 303
Player 040
Player 278
Player 194
Player 198
Player 453
Player 407
Player 021
Player 360
Player 002 (Moon-Jung Ho)
Player 120
Player 063
Player 017 (Do-Jung Soo)
Player 202
Player 204
Player 074
Player 245
Player 003 (Ji-Hu Kang)
Player 005 (Cho Seung-yon)
Player 006 (Choi Woo-seong)
Player 010
Player 011
Player 014
Player 016
Player 019
Player 027
Player 028
Player 036
Player 037
Player 041
Player 043
Player 055
Player 058
Player 085
Player 095
Player 100
Player 103
Player 130
Player 131
Player 158
Player 159
Player 181
Player 183
Player 203
Player 204
Player 206
Player 210
Player 211
Player 226
Player 229
Player 231
Player 233
Player 274
Player 301
Player 408
Player 321
Player 323 (?)
Player 327
Player 328
Player 329
Player 331
Player 334 (?)
Player 310
Player 325 (?)
Player 409
Player 109
Player 337 (?)

Player Ideas

Although they were told they needed to carve out the shape, they were never told that they had to use the needle included. Most of the players assumed they had to use the conventional method, but a couple of participants got creative.

Licking the Honeycomb

Seong Gi-Hun holding the honeycomb to the light, showing that he was successfully melting the outline.

Player 456, Seong Gi-Hun, chose the umbrella shape prior to the second game's beginning. This was remarkably the hardest shape to carve out, and thus he found himself at a disadvantage.

Nearing the game's end, Seong Gi-hun noticed a change in the honeycomb's color where his sweat had fallen, after holding it up to the light he realized it was slowly melting. After this discovery, Gi-hun began licking the honeycomb, melting its thinnest part, and ultimately taking out the shape smoothly. Player 278 noticed him, then everyone started to replicate his own method, including Oh Il-nam, who later on thanked him for indirectly saving his life.

Using a Heated Needle

Han Mi-Nyeo using the heated needle to carve out the star shape.

Player 212, Han Mi-nyeo, chose the star shape, the second hardest shape to carve out, proven by Oh Il-nam's initial struggle. Nonetheless, Mi-nyeo smuggled a lighter before the Squid Game was restarted, and was able to use it to burn the tip of the needle, making it much easier for her to carve the star out of the honeycomb. Later she lent her lighter to Jang Deok-su, who had also chosen the star shape, in order to prove herself as useful and to gain his alliance for future games.


  • When actors HoYeon Jung, Anupam Tripathi, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryoung and Lee Yoo-mi attempted to do a similar challenge, all of them failed.
  • This is a South Korean activity where the person must remove the shape that is implemented on the candy, without breaking it. Often vendors will allow you to have another, if you can successfully remove the shape.