Irreverent Reviews: Snack Fever

When it rains it pours and I have a ton of stuff to review coming up! Unfortunately I’ve been running myself to exhaustion between wedding stuff (friend’s, not mine), grad school requirements, taking on a second cat, preparing to take on a third cat, some health stuff, and trying to make time for friends and family.

I just haven’t felt like blogging. The last thing I want to do after speed writing a five page paper (because it’s Sunday afternoon and I just thought to check the syllabus and hey, paper due by 8am!). Which is a shame, because I actually have stuff to say.

I found out about Snack Fever through Beeju Boxes and was instantly intrigued. I haven’t been able to find Pepero in the states and even though it’s the same thing as the cult classic Pocky I don’t want your stupid Japanese sticks, I want Pepero chusayo! The price was reasonable enough that I figured I could get a regular subscription and have some fun snacks, but I had to cancel after the first month because when you bring home a stray cat the vet bills will get you.

We love Agnes. If only she could get a job.

Snack Fever!

Snack Fever!

So: Snack Fever is a monthly sub ($20/month) filled with assorted Korean snacks, including my beloved Pepero and ramyun (ramen). My time living in Korea wasn’t that great (nothing against Korea!) but there are still things I miss it about.

The box mostly reminded me how not into snacking I was in Korea (which is probably why I lost 50lbs when I lived there… just kidding, it was the crippling untreated depression that kept me bedridden even though I literally lived over a pizza place and a kimbap shop). Believe me, that actual food is incredible and I miss Pizza School, Dasarang, and cheap bibimbap all the time but I had a hard time finding snacks that I really liked. Fortunately I also lived near a Paris Baguette and could buy fresh bread and pastries from them.

Tangents! I received two almost-identical Snack Fever boxes and was super thrilled to see Pepero and one of my favorite raymuns in the box (and one I’d never tried before)! It also included little sticks that could be dipped in a sweet cheese or nutella-like mixture, some little candy wafers in lemon and apple flavor, “floral” gum, melon milk, little chocolate puffs, and an assortment of cookie like things. Most of it was crushed to heck but it didn’t effect the taste. I still haven’t tried everything in the box but other than the spicy corn chips there’s nothing I’ve really disliked

I've tried the ramyun in the red package, but have not tried the squid ink one!

I’ve tried the ramyun in the red package, but have not tried the squid ink one!

This was the best pepero: chocolate filled! The Kancho are little chocolate filled cookie balls.

This was the best pepero: chocolate filled! The Kancho are little chocolate filled cookie balls.

Crunchy biscuits (probably closer to the British estimation). Very mild coconut flavor

Crunchy biscuits (probably closer to the British estimation). Very mild coconut flavor

Spicy corn chips... not my jive

Spicy corn chips… not my jive

Dippin' sticks. The cheese is very sweet so if it gets mixed with the chocolate it doesn't taste awful.

Dippin’ sticks. The cheese is very sweet so if it gets mixed with the chocolate it doesn’t taste awful.

This was like a thin rice cake with a sweet glaze. I really liked this!

This was like a thin rice cake with a sweet glaze. I really liked this!

A spongy cookie with some quintessential Korean packaging.

A spongy cookie with some quintessential Korean packaging.

A little wafer stick with chocolate drizzle.

A little wafer stick with chocolate drizzle.

Fruit flavored hard candy. I haven't tried this one yet but I used to buy huge bags of these to give to my students as bribes.

Fruit flavored hard candy. I haven’t tried this one yet but I used to buy huge bags of these to give to my students as bribes.

"Floral" gum and another wafery cookie

“Floral” gum and another wafery cookie

I can't remember if I've tried this one yet

I can’t remember if I’ve tried this one yet

Candy tabs, kind of like giant sweet tarts

Candy tabs, kind of like giant sweet tarts

And I missed getting a picture of the Melon milk.

One time in Korea I had an upset stomach so I went to the store to try and buy some saltines. They didn’t have pure saltines so I got the closet approximation (a box that said “cracker” in English). Turns out these crackers were just crusted with crystalized sugar! I was so upset I threw them across my apartment. Fortunately nothing in this box was too sweet or too spicy and if you’re interested in Korean snack food this gives a great overview.

And it was entirely worth it to give Anges a new bed (since she didn’t like the actual cat bed we got her)

A cat with a box is a happy cat.

A cat with a box is a happy cat.

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