DELICIOUS: It’s Korean snack time!
Summer is over and it’s time to head back to school and work. To make this transition a little easier it helps to bring some delicious snacks with you. Instead of grabbing your trusty American snacks, spice things up by trying a Korean snack. In order to determine which Korean snacks are the best, I headed over to K-town to pick some up. I had a hard time deciding because once I see Korean stuff I want to buy it all, but I finally narrowed it down to 5!
We scored the snacks on texture, flavor intensity, aftertaste, and balance of sweetness/saltiness. Here are the results:
1. Corn Chi
Flavor Intensity: 9/20
Min: “It was kind of bland and too mushy. Flavor was ok, but I wish it were more crunchy.”
Jackie: “Not crunchy at all. Quite disappointing because I thought it would be like cheese puffs.”
Stan: “Mushy and on the bland side.”
Coco: “Not good at all.”
2. Sweet Potato Snack
Flavor Intensity: 13/20
Min: “It’s good and sugary but the hard texture and funky aftertaste make me not want much.”
Jackie: “Very sticky but pleasantly crunchy. Nice mix of sweet and salty. Kind of too savory for a snack.
Stan: “Crunchy and just a little sweet. Could eat lots of them.”
Coco: “Kind of like sticky pretzels. Good for a handful, but not a whole bag.”
3. Corn Snack
Flavor Intensity: 6/20
Min: “Tastes like day old popcorn without butter. Is this a snack for old people?”
Jackie: ”Very light and not crunchy at all. Neither sweet nor salty.”
Stan: “Very soft and mushy, but a pleasant aftertaste.”
Coco: “Has a bland taste with a strange not-quite-popcorn texture.”
4. Peanut Balls
Flavor Intensity: 13/20
Min: “Funky fishy taste. The nut in the middle was a nice surprise, but it was not my favorite.”
Jackie: “I definitely like this crunchy snack with its peanut taste.”
Stan: “Crunchy and a little sweet with an odd aftertaste.”
Coco: “Like a peanut-y, fishy version of Captain Crunch. Strangely I want more. Kind of addictive.
Flavor Intensity: 18/20
Min: “Can’t tell if it’s sweet or salty. The spiciness is good until the aftertaste.”
Jackie: “ Very flavorful. The spicy kick is a nice surprise. It has a lasting aftertaste.
Stan: “Crunchy with a pleasant spicy aftertaste.”
Coco: “It’s like dehydrated Asian noodles: sweet, spicy, and sticky.
And the winner is Ddukbokki! Check out your nearest Korean market to try some of these snacks for yourself!