Maybe it was eating bugs, maybe it was running ourselves ragged, but this morning two out of four kids woke up with a runny nose and a cough. We skipped church and rested both Sunday and Monday. That meant no bingsu, no churros, no hotteok, no sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken, and no Korean Chinese food, no corn dogs, no Smoothie King, and no dumplings for two whole days!! Instead, we had to eat at home, gasp! These are our family’s favorite treats and snacks in Korea. The 10 best treats in South Korea!
Day 46 & 47 South Korea Family Travel Journal:
Our Family’s Favorite Snacks and Treats in South Korea
The 10 Best Treats in South Korea
한국 최고의 10 대우
While consuming said treats we watched Age of Ultron and Ant Man, in that order. Then we made treasure boxes for our scooters to hold snacks, money and mostly rocks.
Not allowing any time for idleness, we discovered creative places to play in our tiny apartment, like the shower.
Banana Milk | 바나나 우유
There are two places in the world you can get banana milk. One is South Korea, and one is Iran. It’s vegan and it’s supposedly super healthy containing a whopping .32% banana concentrate mixed in with all that sugar. K-Pop superstars drink it all the time on TV so you know you should too!
You can find it locally in Korea by the dozen at the Songdo Costco! I’m not sure if it does a body good, but it’s delicious!
No Brand Chocolate Bars
This chocolate bar sells for $0.85 so you should love it for no other reason that for the price alone. Except, it’s good chocolate. It’s really good chocolate. They sell a milk chocolate and a dark chocolate version and our pantry is always stocked because when you can buy for chocolate bars for $3, your hands begin to act impulsively.
Gimbap or Kimbap | 김밥
Don’t call this Korean sushi or you might witness the famous Korean ‘kimchi temper’. It does have some similarities though, like being wrapped in seaweed and mostly comprised of rice. This is, essentially, a rice sandwich. The bread, if you will, is the seaweed; the inside is rice plus various flavor combinations but never raw fish which is why you must never call it sushi. My favorite is the chicken teriyaki while Gabriel is more partial to the tuna.
Peanut Butter Squid
Squid is a popular movie, theme park snack, and everywhere snack that you can also enjoy at home! It tastes like rubbery chicken with a buttery flavor. As unappetizing as it sounds, it’s actually quite delicious. It’s like Paula Deen always says, “Butter or life,” or something like that. Don’t quote me, or her, for that matter.
Banana Chocolate Peeps
You’ll find banana flavored treats all over this country, from milk to popsicles but for some reason never banana flavored hi chews. That not only doesn’t make any sense but is also super irritating because they are my personal favorite.
These Banana Cheeps are not the official name, but the best way to describe them. They are shaped like bananas and covered in a layer of sugar. They are pillowy soft marshmallows that claim to be filled with chocolate cream. The chocolate is a bit lacking as we were only able to detect a few dots. Either way, more please!
No Brand Peanut Cookies
This list has a lot of bananas and a lot of peanut butter flavors. Now you know what we like. Outside of America cookies are called digestive biscuits. It sounds unappetizing if you aren’t used to it because it makes you think of going to the bathroom, but these no brand peanut cookie digestive biscuits are the best treat in Korea.
Digestive biscuits are a better term for them, because they certainly aren’t soft which is what the word cookie always makes me think of. These crunchy cookies are totally addictive, and we can’t keep our hands off of them.
Tropicana Sparkling Peach Soda
Tropicana Sparkling Korean sodas are made by none other than Mr. Lotte himself. LOTTE Chilsung Beverage will be with you, anywhere, anytime. There are six available sparking Korean sodas available: green grape, purple grape, apple, mango, orange and my beloved peach. The Tropicana Sparking Peach Soda is by far the best drink in Korea, edging out our prized banana milk ever so slightly. It’s sweet and tangy with a bite of carbonation and a perfect balance.
Plus, they come alongside these fantastic commercials.
Binch cookies | 적극추천합니다
One of the best treats in Japan are these chocolate covered biscuits, so it’s not surprise that we loved these binch cookies as well. They are very similar.,but the Japan cookies edge them out just ever so slightly. However, the Binch cookies are the best treats in Korea. They are a wafer shortbread cookie covered in a top layer of chocolate.
Did you read that description? Obviously, they’re good.
Choco Pies aka Moon Pies | 초코파이
These next two are not our family’s personal favorite, but they earn the best treat in Korea by their popularity. Holy crap are they everywhere. Korea loves moon pies, and they have always been the best treat in Korea.
Orion, the most popular choco pies maker in the country even gifted a man choco pies for life because he defected from North Korea where they are banned.
Honey Butter Chips | 허니버터칩
These are gross, but for a while in 2015 stores couldn’t keep these in stock. A convenience store would get a shipment once every two weeks, but within hours it was gone.
They are a true mix of sweet and salty, but the powder mix flavoring is nothing like true honey butter. Instead, the result is a deformed flavor that reminds our family of sour cream and onion Pringles.
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