How to Say ‘Candy’ in Korean

Last Updated on May 26, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
Candies with different colors

Are you one of those people with a bit of a sweet tooth? Are you interested in trying out Korean candy, but not sure how to ask for recommendations from the locals? Would you love to impress your friends with your Korean language skills?

When your sweet tooth kicks in, it’s good to know how to say candy in Korean. In this lesson we’ll teach you the word you’ll need to know when asking your Korean friends which type of candy is good to purchase, and how to recognize it. After that, you can add new words to your Korean vocabulary.

Candies with different colors

‘Candy’ in Korean

The word for candy is 사탕 (satang) in Korean. So simple and sweet, just like how candy should be!

You can also use the Konglish word 캔디 (kaendi) to describe candy to a Korean person and they’ll understand you. However, 사탕 (satang) is more commonly used and knowing the word will make it easier for you to explain your candy-related experiences.


Cotton candy = 솜사탕 (somsatang)

Peppermint candy = 박하사탕 (bakhasatang) 

Jawbreaker = 눈깔사탕 (nunkkalsatang)

Lollipop = 막대 사탕 (makdae satang) 

Sugar = 설탕 (seoltang) 

Chocolate = 초콜릿 (chokhollit) 

A bag of candy = 사탕 한 봉지 (satang han bongji) 

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A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Sample Sentences


제일 좋아하는 사탕을 뭐예요? (Jeil johahaneun satangeul mwoyeyo?)

What is your favorite candy?

이런 사탕을 깨물어 먹어 본 적 있나요? (Ireon satangeul kkaemureo meokeo bon jeok itnayo?)

Have you tried to chew on a candy like this before?


나는 사탕을 싫어해. (naneun satangeul sirheohae.)

I don’t like candy./I hate candy.

사탕을 빨고 있어. (Satangeul bbalgo isseo.)

I am sucking on candy.

왜 사탕이 다 없어졌지? (Wae satangi da eobseojyeotji?)

Why is all the candy gone?

Go on and tell it to all your Korean friends now about your favorite candy and ask them to introduce you to their favorites as well. Now that you know how to say candy in Korean, the whole world of candy in Korea has finally opened to you! Be sure to share with us what you like best about your favorite Korean sweets in the comments below!

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