Thanks to the hit Netflix show Squid Game, a Korean candy engraved with shapes called dalgonahas gone viral on TikTok. And it's also flying off shelves in shops around the world — including in Montreal.
Whether you just want a taste or you're hoping to play the game featured on the show (hopefully minus all the blood and gore), check out these six Montreal spots that sell the sweet and spongy honeycomb treat, made with sugar and baking soda.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette
Courtesy of Robert Kim
This Saint-Henri depanneur told MTL Blog that their homemade dalgona is selling like hotcakes. It's no surprise that they've really gotten into the Squid Game spirit, even decorating their dep with Squid Game Halloween balloons.
Marché Oriental Jang Teu sells dalgona at its three Montreal locations, but a spokesperson told MTL Blog they have limited quantities so they recommend reaching out to the branch you plan to visit for exact stock information.
DÉCARIE JANG TEU - 2116, boul. Décarie, Montreal, QC
DOWNTOWN JANG TEU - 2109, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
ST-JACQUES JANG TEU - 6785, rue Saint-Jacques O., Montreal, QC
This Korean grocery store sells dalgona, along withother Korean grocery items and ready-to-go lunches. But, if you want dalgona,get there early. A spokesperson for the NDG location told us they sell out later in the day and the best time to get it is in the morning.
Address: 6151, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, Quebec
Single All The Way is Netflix's first gay rom-com and IMDb describes it as a movie about a guy, Peter, who — "desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status" — convinces his best friend, Nick, to come home with him for the holidays and pretend they're now dating.
It stars Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom from American Pie) and Jennifer Robertson (Jocelyn from Schitt's Creek), both of whom spent time in Montreal while shooting the film.
If you watched the movie, did you recognize any of the locations as being in Montreal? The movie was also shot in a couple of other parts of Quebec: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Bromont. You can check out Netflix's interactive map of all the locations for more details. Or check out the Montreal spots in person, using the list below.
About The Scene: "McKibbin’s, a cozy Irish pub in the heart of Montreal, stands in for Lisa’s pub, where Peter and James go for a drink after the Nativity play," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood explains. The production used the rue Bishop location near Concordia University but there are four McKibbin’s locations in the Montreal area.
Scene: "Peter hints to his sister on the phone that he might be bringing a 'surprise' home for Christmas from a trendy L.A. bakery. The location used for this scene is actually the interior of Maman, a charming patisserie and restaurant," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood says. Maman, a famous bakery that's originally from New York City, opened its Montreal location in Griffintown in 2019.
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame Montréal, QC
Scene: "Parc Jean-Drapeau is a stunning park made up of two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, and is used as the New Hampshire forest where Peter takes photos of Nicholas for his client’s marketing campaign," says Netflix in Your Neighbourhood. Of course, if you're a Montrealer, you probably already knew how gorgeous and versatile this site — home to Jean-Doré Beach, Osheaga and, now, Peter and Nicholas' photoshoot — truly is!
Scene: The West Island also makes an appearance in this holiday rom-com. "In Single All the Way, Peter shows up at Bridgewater Spin & Fit for a blind date, where he meets James for the first time. Filming for this scene took place at Custom Conditioning, a full service health & fitness studio located just outside of Montreal in Pointe-Claire, Quebec," according to Netflix in Your Neighbourhood.
Multiple fans have posted photos with the 25-year-old actor on the streets of the city, and some have even spotted him in Old Montreal's Tiers Paysage restaurant and Tommy Café. But now we've got the first update from Centineo, himself.
In a Monday Instagram post captioned, "thus far in Montreal," he shared a peek into his activity in the city — which has included attendance at a Montreal Canadiens game alongside reported Graymail producer Doug Liman.
The activity's creator shared a preview of the game map with MTL Blog and it looks so legit that you may have you remind yourself your life's not in danger in this "non-murderous" take on Squid Game— although, the fact that he was wearing a square-marked mask and holding a bag of marbles at the time might have also had something to do with it.
The Montreal activity is being organized by Walking Brain, a geo-gaming company that runs outdoor adventure games around the city.
Walking Brain founder David Naderi told MTL Blog that during the Squid Adventure Games, players will walk between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine guided by their smartphones. Games will be played on a web-based mobile app that uses artificial intelligence, meaning players don't actually need to touch anything or enter any buildings.
"They will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game," Naderi said.
MTL BLog's Alex Melki met up with Naderi at McGill University to get a better idea of how the games will work, which is how he ended up getting a sneak-peek of the map on camera.
Squid Game fans will notice that the map is full of imagery depicting different aspects of the show, including the "red light green light" game, the VIPs, tug-of-war and dalgona candy.
Asked his advice to potential players, Naderi said, "[They should] find someone to be teamed [up with] that's as passionate as themselves to play this game and just enjoy because we're going to separate them from the world of reality."
Teams will consist of three to four players with six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. The activity lasts three to four hours and you need to be 18 or older to play.
Winning teams get a cash prize of up to $200, depending on how many players sign up.
If you're obsessed with Squid Gameright now — you know, like everyone else in the world — then we'd like to present you with an opportunity. You can participate in a real-life activity based on the hit Netflix show in Montreal this month, and there's even a cash prize up for grabs!
Don't worry, though. This version of Squid Gamedoes not involve blood, gore or risking your life.
All of their games are COVID-19 friendly, using the streets of Montreal as a playground and web-based mobile apps to facilitate the activities. They also have a matchmaking service that pairs you with other players if you don't have a team.
Walking Brain Founder David Naderi told MTL Blog the Squid Adventure Games will use artificial intelligence. He said everything will be guided by players' mobile phones so you will need a smartphone with a working data connection.
"You don't need to enter any buildings or touch any objects. They just will have their phone in their hand," he explained.
"They will walk from location to location in the area between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine. And they will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game."
The teams will consist of three to four players and there will be six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. If multiple teams complete all the rounds, the winner will be determined based on which team was fastest, Naderi said.
The amount of the cash prize depends on how many people participate. Naderi said that if there are 10 players, a team can win $100, but if there are 15 to 20 players, a team can win $200 because they will put the entry fees toward the prize.
The activity lasts three to four hours and you'll need to be 18 or older to play.
Address: Meet at McGill University's Roddick Gates
Why You Need To Go: Immerse yourself in your favourite Netflix show without risking your life! The website promises that the activity is "super fun and exciting" but also "challenging" — and, best of all, "non-murderous."