February 6, 2019
There's nothing better than a good snack, whether it's sweet and salty, sour, tangy, or just chocolatey. We certainly are guilty of hording snacks, tucking Oreos and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups away in cupboards the kids can't reach.
But there comes a time when you've exhausted all the snacks in the land of the free and the home of the brave (at least the ones that look palatable at our local grocery stores and gas stations) and you've got to look outside the friendly confines of the Lower 48.
That's how we ended up with a box full of yumminess from South Korea, with more countries en route over the next few months.
Having long heard about mail-order snack boxes from around the world, we settled on Snack Crate, a company that promises a starter box from a certain country and then a steady variety of snacks from other countries around the world.
Our first mini box: South Korea, the land of K-Pop, Psy, Hyundais, and apparently the largest Lego tower in the world (we googled it!). It didn't disappoint. In fact, the mix of treats left us ready to throw on some Hello Kitty backpacks and start Gangnam Style-hopping around the kitchen.
Here's a picture once we popped the lid, with what looked like a Rice Krispie Treat, a moonpie and a cupcake on top:
If there's one thing we all love, it's Rice Krispy Treats, so we zeroed in on that first: Yugwa traditional rice cookie. Taking it out of the packaging we quickly realized it was not the familiar American cereal treat. The puffed rice wasn't sweet and had a slightly soft texture, but it was held together by flour and honey. It wasn't as sweet as a Rice Krispy Treat, but that didn't make it bad.
On to the rest of the box:
The custard soft cupcake
Soft sponge cake filled with custard cream with a slight butterscotch flavor: imagine a menage a trois of a Twinkie, a cream-filled donut, and a Tastycake krimpet.
There's not much different between the Choco-Pie and a traditional moonpie, but unfortunately the ratio between marshmallow and cookie is too skewed toward the cookie. It's still good, but chalk one up for Uncle Sam.
The directions on this Ramen snack say not to boil it and punch it. OK? We took pleasure in beating this snack up in the pouch before pouring it out, and to our surprise the Ramen wasn't as crunchy as the typical soup version, more like an air-puffed noodle. Sprinkled with barbecue flavor, this one was a hit.
It looked like a Starburst or a Hi-Chew, and by golly, it tasted like one too, hewing more to the texture of a Hi-Chew. Lemonade was a good start, but do they have one that rivals a pink Starburst?
So apparently these chocolate-filled biscuits are named after a prank played by Korean children that involves them clasping their hands together and credit card-swiping each other's butts. Weird? Absolutely. But these little gems were pretty darn good, despite the bizarre source of their name. They were perfectly crunchy with a healthy amount of chocolate inside that mimicked the flavor of a Milano cookie. If we're being honest, we could've eaten a lot more than the handful that came in the package.
We are anxious to see what the next Snack Crate brings for sure. We'll keep you posted!