Monday, November 30, 2015

Snack Fever: Korean Snacking Made Simple November 2015 Review and Unboxing

I recently celebrated my 6 year Anniversary with my fiance, and rather than doing something super-fancy and boring (we're not a jewelry and fancy dinner kind of couple) Jeff decided to surprise me with a trip into Boston. We actually live about 40 minutes driving distance away, but we figured taking the train in would be more fun! Since he knows how much I love Korean culture and more generally- Asian foods, we stopped at H Mart to stock up on some of our favorite snacks. If you don't have an H Mart near you, I'm so sorry. It not only has a food court that would make anyone's mouth water, but the grocery store is filled with all kinds of delicious asian foods and ingredients- including snacks galore! I actually scoured the aisle for some of my favorite items from past Snack Fever boxes and found quite a few! 
I mention this because I feel like Snack Fever gives me the ability to try out all kinds of new and interesting Korean snacks without having to make a trek out to H Mart. If I dislike something- at least I know and won't make the mistake of buying a larger size. If I love something- I make sure to keep an eye out for it next time! Plus, what's more fun than getting a box of exciting and different snacks each month?

 The Deets
Snack Fever is a snack subscription based out of L.A. that sends you a box full of really unique and interesting Korean snacks. They don't stop at cookies and chips though- they send soups, ramyun, drinks, candy and more! 

Box Options and Prices
Snack Fever offers 2 different sized boxes: 

The Original Box ($20 or less)
10+ Snacks in Every Box (there were 14 this month!)
Mini Box ( $12 or less)
5+ Snacks in Every Box

Snack Fever also offers 3 and 6 month pre-paid subscription plans that are discounted, so the more you buy in advance, the more you save!

Shipping
Snack Fever offers free shipping to all 50 US States and Puerto Rico. Snack Fever will happily ship outside of these areas for an additional fee. 
Snack Fever also includes a color photo info card that gives you a description of each snack so you're not going in totally blind...unless you want to! It's fun to do it that way sometimes!
 Ottogi: Ppushu Ppushu Spicy Rice Cake Noodle Snack
So while this walks like ramyun and talks like ramyun...it's not! Not really, anyway. Have you ever opened a pack of ramen noodles and smashed it up, sprinkled the flavoring on and eaten it as a snack? Weirdly enough I haven't, but I know a lot of people who have! This snack is made to do exactly that. Simple smash up the noodles inside, open it up and spinkle the Spicy rice cake seasoning into the bag, shake it up and enjoy! I haven't tried this one yet but I love spicy rice cakes so I have a feeling it's going to be delicious!

Ottogi: Sesame Flavor Ramen
Snack Fever seems to include a new type of ramyun in every box- which I am more than OK with. A lot of people avoid it because of the high sodium content, but I have a little trick that I use that really helps with that: I cook the ramen as directed on the package, let the noodles sit in the broth for a little bit and then drain the broth out completely leaving just enough behind to keep the noodles wet. It keeps the flavor but takes away a lot of that sodium! I also like to add green onions, egg, sriracha...whatever I want on top to make it more of a flavorful meal! This one is a sesame flavored ramen that...weirdly enough, contains an "egg block" which looks to be a little scrambled egg block that rehydrates when you put it in the water to boil. That's different! 
 Oh! Gamja Honey Milk Chips
Honey flavored chips are insanely popular in Korea. They have a very sweet flavor that sometimes is delicious, but other times its so insanely sweet and is occasionally flavored with aspartame which gives it a really fake, almost chemical flavor. These chips look like little hollow french fries and are light and airy. In terms of flavor...well, they're odd. You can taste the honey flavor off the bat, but then this weird milk aftertaste comes into play that I just wasn't into. Also they're seasoned with parsley flakes which is just a bizarre addition in my opinion. They weren't terrible, just not something I'd get again.

Lotte: Inner Beauty Planner Aloe+Berry Drink
I'm super happy to see this drink! Many of the drinks that Snack Fever has included in the past have been carbonated, and since I had weight loss surgery, I can't have carbonated drinks. This one is an Aloe and Berry drink that contains Vitamin C and E and is supposed to be marketed as a "beauty drink." I love things like this and collagen shots etc so I'm more than happy to give this a shot. I usually avoid aloe drinks because something about it skeeves me out. Maybe it's that aloe is so gooey and has particles floating in it like orange juice pulp? I don't know. But this one looks yummy enough that I will chance it and see what I think!
 Purple Rice Crackers
This is a package of 2 small rice crackers that are made with purple sweet potato. They're pretty standard rice cakes- a little bland, but airy with a slightly nutty flavor. They have a sweet, saltiness to the that is really nice, though. I enjoyed these although my roommate was not a fan.

Oh Yes! Sweet Potato Cake
I am not a fan of sweet potato normally, so I was a little reserved about trying this snack. It looks so delicious right out of the package though. You've essentially got a yellow cake with a sweet potato filling layer in between. The entire thing is then covered in chocolate. So much yum. I took a bite of this and immediately did a little dance. No joke. It was so yummy! I didn't really taste the sweet potato at all, honestly. Regardless, this is definitely something I'm going to look out for at H Mart because I want more of them immediately!
 Ace Sand Cream Cookies
This was the first thing I tried in the box, more so because I was curious as to what they would taste like. These are little sandwich cookie/crackers that are somewhere between an oreo and a cheese cracker sandwich. I can't explain it! It's definitely more sweet than savory, but the cookies have more of a cracker consistency. The filling is a vanilla yogurt flavor, and it's really light and cool. I liked these quite a bit and they're a great light snack to toss in my lunch bag!

Lotte: Soft Strawberry Malang Cow Candy
I don't eat a lot of candy, so I handed these off to my roommate who thought they were delicious. They're kind of interesting- they're a firm, yet still soft marshmallow candy with a strawberry flavor. 
 Nuneddine Italian Snack
This is a rather large package of what is apparently originally an italian snack. What they are is essentially little squares of flaky pastry with a sweet glaze on top that tastes a bit like coffee and caramel. They're insanely addicting and I ate the entire package myself. No regrets.

Gosomi
This was a pretty confusing-tasting snack I have to admit. Firstly, why do Korean snack companies package sleeves of chips and crackers like this? They end up getting all broken up into pieces and it's a mess! Regardless, these are little crackers with a very weird flavor combo. They have a nutty flavor and seasame seeds on top, however they have a hint of coconut that's really apparent in the aftertaste. They're topped with what seems like a mix of salt and sugar. I was not a fan of these at all, but my roommate thought they were delicious.
Choco Kit
Firstly, if this isn't the cutest packaging you've ever seen I don't know what is! This was such a silly and fun product to include! Inside the box is a tray, two types of chocolate in tubes, and little cookie sticks. You simply soften the chocolate tubes with your hands, twist the tops off and squeeze equal amounts into the mold. Then, put the cookie sticks in to make what sort of looks like little chocolate mushrooms. Put them in the fridge to harden and then enjoy! I made these last night and it was actually a lot of fun! They have a strawberry/chocolate flavor too and it was really good!

Goraebap Crackers 
Oh these little crackers are quite deceptive! At first glance I thought they might be something like Goldfish? I was wrong. Oh so wrong. I opened up the package and they seemed to have a savory scent to them that I couldn't put my finger on. I ate a couple. The taste was something I couldn't put my finger on, but it was salty and slightly fishy. Not very tasty in my opinion. The info card says they're seafood flavored, however the box itself says 'seaweed' so I'm going with that. If you like seaweed you'd probably love these, but they definitely weren't for me!
Overall Thoughts
Compared to the October box, this things was JAM packed with snacks! Seriously there are 14 separate treats here and I only paid $19 for this box (I have a 3 month sub so I save $1 on each box.) Knowing how much these things cost at H Mart, I think I got a great value, especially when you consider shipping costs that are included in the price. There were lots of delicious snacks this month, lots of interesting ones that I had never seen before too! I think asian snacks are always so much fun and so interesting because many of them are so different from what we have in the US. I love this subscription and I'm already anticipating the December box!

If you want to sign up for Snack Fever, I would love it if you'd use my referral link HERE.
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