How to Say “Candy” in Korean – Words related to sweet treats

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?

A polaroid picture of different candies

When your sweet tooth kicks in, it’s good to know how to say “candy” in Korean. In this article, 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.

“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. However, 사탕 (satang) is more commonly used, and knowing the word will make it easier for you to explain your candy-related experiences.

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Sample Sentences:

Here are some examples of how to use the Korean word for “candy” in 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 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?

There are different kinds of candies that you can possibly try. We’ve listed some of them below and how to say them in Korean, along with sample sentences that can be used for practice.


솜사탕 (somsatang)Cotton candy
박하사탕 (bakhasatang)Peppermint candy
눈깔사탕 (nunkkalsatang)Jawbreaker
막대 사탕 (makdae satang)Lollipop
설탕 (seoltang)Sugar
초콜릿 (chokhollit)Chocolate
사탕 한 봉지 (satang han bongji)A bag of candy

“Cotton candy” in Korean

The word for “cotton candy” in Korean is 솜사탕 (somsatang).

This cotton-like sweet treat is also commonly found in Korean street food stalls.

Sample sentence:

솜사탕은 입에서 금방 녹아요. (somsatangeun ibeseo geumbang nogayo.)

Cotton candy melts quickly in the mouth.

“Peppermint candy” in Korean

You can say “peppermint candy” in Korean as 박하사탕 (bakhasatang). You’ll mostly see this type of candy during Christmas time.

Also, a popular Korean movie is named after this candy!

Sample sentence:

박하사탕 드실래요? (bakasatang deusillaeyo?)

Would you like some peppermint candy?

“Sugar” in Korean

The sweet ingredient that mostly makes up a candy, sugar, is called in 설탕 (seoltang) Korean.

Sample sentence:

커피에 설탕을 넣어 드릴까요? (keopie seoltangeul neoeo deurilkkayo?)

Would you like sugar in your coffee?

“Chocolate” in Korean

The word for “chocolate” in Korean is 초콜릿 (chokhollit).

It’s pronounced almost the same as its English counterpart, so it’s quite easy to remember.

Sample sentence:

초콜릿을 먹으면 기분이 좋아져요. chokolliseul meogeumyeon gibuni joajyeoyo.

Eating chocolate makes me feel good.

“A bag of candy” in Korean

You can say “a bag of candy” in Korean as 사탕 한 봉지 (satang han bongji).

If one piece of candy isn’t enough for you, make sure to know the vocabulary for the whole bag!

Sample sentence:

수퍼마켓에서 사탕 한 봉지를 사다 주세요. (supeomakeseseo satang han bongjireul sada juseyo.)

Please buy me a bag of candy at the supermarket.

“Sweet” in Korean

The word for “sweet” in Korean is 달콤한 (dalkomhada).

This is an adjective mostly used to describe things such as candies or desserts.

Sample sentence:

달콤한 디저트를 먹고 싶어요. (dalkomhan dijeoteureul meokgo sipeoyo.)

I want to eat a sweet dessert.

“Sweets” in Korean

The Korean word for “sweets” is 과자 (gwaja). This is a general term for sweet treats, including candies.

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 to you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Wrap Up

Go on and tell all your Korean friends to know 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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