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Paris Baguette Boulangerie

I adore Paris Baguette and lucky for me, there always seems to be one nearby in Korea. I’m a big fan of bakeries and literally want to try one of everything when I’m there. I have my favorites, but I usually pick up one or two items that I’ve never tried before. Today, I decided to try the Mocha cream, orange cream and strawberry white bread. Let’s dive in!

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Packaging: no frills here. Clear and see through, which I appreciated. You see exactly what you are getting. Nice brief description of what you are getting printed on the front. It’s in Korean (I do speak and read it fluently) but the pictures do help for those who don’t. 

Price: The mocha and orange cream bread was 1500₩ / $1.25. White strawberry was 2500₩/ $2.00. These are so affordable and won’t break the bank if you grab a few items. 

Texture: Mocha/ Orange Cream bread: I’ll be honest, this bread is basically a hot dog bun. It’s more dense and thicker than a hot dog bun, but it’s so similar. The bread opens up exactly like a hot dog bun and that’s where the filling is. The cream is rich but not too heavy or over filled. The Strawberry White bread was soft and slightly gooey, almost like a sweet glaze on the top. No filling. 

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Taste: Mocha cream/ Orange cream. Once you get over the fact that these are glorified hot dog buns, they’re actually delightful. The mocha cream was a nice blend of mocha, like a nice cappuccino/ latte flavor. The orange cream was so good! A good combination of orange and sweet cream. Not reminiscent of a creamsicle, this has its own distinct flavor. The bread was thick and doesn’t seem to be the proper proportions with the small amount of cream that is sandwiched in between. I wish there were more cream and less thickness of the bread. 

The Strawberry white bread didn’t live up to my expectations. I believe this was a limited edition, Valentine’s themed release. I assumed there was a cream filling inside, but sadly there wasn’t. This was just a slightly strawberry flavored bread. I wasn’t a fan of the texture and it was a bit too doughy for my liking.

Rating: Mocha/ Orange Cream bread would be a 3 out of 5 stars. I rate the Strawberry white bread 1 out of 5 stars. 

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Umaibo Cheese Corn Puff

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Umaibo Corn Puff sticks are my guilty pleasure. I can eat 10 of these in one sitting, I think they are that good! These are from Japan and Umaibo means “delicious stick.” Simple yet fitting, in my opinion. These remind me of a large Cheetos Puff but a slightly denser and crunchier.

Packaging: These are individually wrapped with fun characters that usually depict what the flavors are by the illustration. 

Price: 2000¥ or 10¥ when sold individually. $2.00 or $.10

Scent: Cheesy/ corn scent

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Texture: Smothered cheese powder, melt in your mouth, crunchy and slightly more dense then a the average Cheeto Puff. Larger in size too. 

Flavor: Imitation cheese powder but the flavor is great! Almost an American cheese, slightly sweet corn puff. Neither over power each, a good balance. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This is a repeat buy for me. 

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Dunkin Donuts Coffee Thins

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Coffee and chocolate… two of my favorite things! Dunkin Donuts are know for their coffee and of course, donuts! How well do they par for candy though? Dunkin Donuts Coffee thins has two flavors in the package. Original coffee and caramel.

Packaging: This bag was enormous! I’m not sure if there are smaller bags available, as this was the only one I’ve seen so far. Weighing in at a little over 1 pound, with approximately 48 chocolates. The bag itself was eye catching and with the logo, you knew exactly who the company was. 

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Price: $11.99

Scent: Just like roasted coffee beans

Texture: They weren’t playing around when they said thin. These are thinner than Hershey Bar and roughly thinner than Lindt chocolate bars too. Fun size little squares. Because they were so thin, these were hard to actually bite through. They are melt in your mouth but the initial bite need to be a bit forceful. 

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Taste: The original coffee flavored tasted more on the coffee side thank milk chocolate. I actually enjoyed that because I feel that coffee flavored chocolates are usually more muted on the coffee note. I appreciated this. Not a bitter coffee, just a rich and creamy roasted coffee flavor. The caramel flavor tasted just like a caramel macchiato! I was expecting caramel on the inside and was surprised that there wasn’t any. This is just a pure caramel/ coffee flavored chocolate. One thing I did notice, there were small, “crystals” inside. It’s not visible to the eye, but you can definitely feel them in some bites. It’s almost like a tiny sugar crystal. These were apparent in both the original and caramel thins. 

Rating: I rate this 3 out of 5 stars. Although the coffee flavor was great, the hardness of the thins made it uncomfortable to take bites. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ssamjang

Ssamjang may not be what comes to mind as a snack for most, but I like to put it in this category. Cucumbers, peppers and other veggies dipped in Ssamjang is a fun snack I consume at least 2-3 times per week.

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What is Ssamjang?  Ssamjang is a spicy Korean dip, marinade, a sauce. It has a thick, rich, paste like consistency which eliminates the dreaded drip that a lot of other sauces has. This one stays put on your food and doesn’t end up on your shirt. The ingredients are doenjang (bean paste), ggochujang (pepper paste), garlic, onions, green onions, sugar and sesame oil. This can be made at home but I honestly just prefer to buy it, for simplicity sake.

Ssamjang is primarily used with lettuce wrap, Korean Barbecue meat. Other uses include using as a dip for veggies, such as cucumbers, carrots and peppers. So let’s take a walk on the wild side and dive in.

Packaging: Simple green tub with lid. Standard packaging.

Texture: Thick, pasty, finely diced garlic and veggies scattered evenly throughout.

Scent: Spicy, rich, flavorful aroma

Price: 3200₩/ $2.75

 Taste: Hot, spicy, slightly sweet, salty, peppery, garlic. This is flavor overload. Only a smidge will do you well with each dip and bite.  

Rating: 5 out of 5. I cannot think that this could be improved upon, it’s already perfect in my opinion. This is a staple and a weekly repeat buy for me, hence the 5 star rating. 

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Nabisco Strawberry Oreos

Oreos have always touted that they are “America’s favorite cookie” or “Milk’s favorite cookie.” I hate to break it to you, but it has always been my least favorite cookie. I don’t completely dislike them, it’s just not been a staple in my pantry/ junk food cabinet. I’m opposite than most, I prefer the actual cookie over the cream inside.

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I adore strawberry flavored products and these strawberry Oreos caught my attention. I thought, why not? Let’s try them out!

Packaging: Standard Nabisco Oreo logo in English and in Korean. Although in Korean, it’s pronounced “Oh-Ray-Oh.” It came in a small snack sized box with 2 wrapped packages inside. Each wrapper had 5 cookies inside. 

Scent: The scent was amazing! I could immediately smell the fragrant and sweet strawberries. 

Price: 1000 won/ $.85 

Texture: These were as would expect with typical Oreos. Crispy and crunchy chocolate cookies sandwich between a creamy/ soft filling.

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Taste: This is where things get good and interesting. Same crispy chocolate cookies but the cream filling was something else. The strawberry cream was sweet, slightly tangy and oh so good! This was a perfect combination and paired so well together.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. 

 

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Lindt Lindor Strawberries & Cream White Chocolate Truffles

It’s that special time of year, when the store shelves are stock full of heart shaped boxes and chocolates galore. Seasonal candy is one of my favorites. There is something about limited edition flavors that draws my attention, like no other. My love for seasonal offerings are bittersweet. I will fall head over heels for a flavor just for it to be taken off the shelves without a promise or a guarantee if it will ever return. Sometimes they do but often times, I never see them again.

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I was so excited to see the return of Lindt Lindor Strawberry and Cream White Chocolate Truffles. I tried these last year and imagine my surprise and joy to see them on the shelves stocked for Valentine’s Day.

So… let’s dive in!

Packaging: My favorite color is pink and no doubt Lindt’s outer wrapping was encased in it. Little hearts and product photo on the front was a nice touch for Valentines. Each package contained 2 pre-wrapped truffles.  

Scent: Delightful! Unwrapping these, I could immediately discern a sweet strawberry scent. 

Price: $1.99 per bag. 

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Texture: Smooth outer shell and creamy truffle on the inside. The picture on the packaging shows a lot of specks on the outer shell but my truffle “balls”  only had a couple of them. Not sure what the specks were for other than aesthetic purposes to show it was a strawberry flavor.

Taste: These were heavenly and decadent, just what you would expect from Lindt. The white chocolate is a nice compliment to the strawberry. Neither flavor over powered or competed with each other. Absolutely delicious!

Rating: I would rate this a solid 4 stars out of 5. I typically award 5 stars for products that are repeat purchases. Since this is a limited edition, that’s just not a viable option for me. 

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Nestle Mandarin Orange Kit Kat

Ooh for the love of Kit Kat bars! The smooth milk chocolate and crispy wafers are always a mouth watering treat. I found these mandarin orange variety at a local 7/11 in Korea and thought I would give it a whirl. Without further a do, let’s dive right in!

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Packaging: I’m a sucker for good packaging. If the amount of time and effort is put in to make the packaging nice, it just has to be good, right? We are about to find out! The box contained 3 wrapped portions of 2 Kit Kat bars each inside.

Scent: I found these to have the most glorious scent. It was reminiscent to those chocolate orange chocolate slices that I usually buy as a stocking stuffers for my kids.

Texture: If you have ever had a Kit Kat, the texture of these were on par and exactly the same as the original. Creamy milk chocolate on the inside with an airy and crispy wafer layers on the inside.

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Price: I found these to be a tad pricier than the original Kit Kat counterparts. This could possibly be because of the packaging costs and wrapped products inside. 1,900 Won/ $1.65.

Taste: The scent, the texture… it was all there. However, this fell short in terms of taste. While I could certainly smell the citrus aroma, I could barely taste the mandarin orange goodness. What I got from this, was sugar overload. It was definately a milk chocolate but overly sweet. To be fair and give an honest assessment and review, I did try 2 full bars and that wasn’t easy an easy task. These were too sweet and not enough swirls of orange flavor.

Rating: I would rate this 1 out of 5 stars. In theory, it was a great concept. Out of curiosity, I’m glad I tried it but sadly, it’s not a repurchase for me.

* Hope you enjoyed the review. These are just my own opinions and thoughts. Let me know below if you’ve tried this and your thoughts! 

 

 

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Lotte Malang Cow

Greetings and welcome to my first post. My name is Jules and I have an insatiable love for snacks. I love all things sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy and savory. I love to travel and one of the high points of traveling is being able to try different snacks from the globe.

Let’s start with Lotte Malang Cow. These are delectable little milk flavored candies from South Korea. Milk flavored concessions are hugely popular in Asian countries, but not so much or even heard of in the Western parts of the world. So let’s dive in….

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As with most products in Korea, the packaging is cute and charming. A little cow to holding 2 little milk containers. Inside, these candies are individually wrapped with approximately 25 pieces per bag.

How do they taste? I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I do enjoy milk flavored goodies so I was excited to try them. I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as the sweet, creamy milk flavor hit my tastebuds, I knew I had made the right choice. These candies were really good! It’s not just a plain milk flavor, this has a slight sweetness and rich creaminess to them. It’s a bit similar to those cans of sweetened condensed milk, but just not as sugary or as sweet. Upon opening an individual packet, it really did have a milky “scent” but not off putting.

The texture…. I was expecting these to e hard candies, judging by the picture and illustration of the packaging. To my delight and surprise, these were soft and chewy. If a marshmallow and taffy were to have a baby, that would be the best way I could describe it. Light and airy, like little clouds of joy.

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There is also a strawberry flavor and since I was so pleased with the original, I’m going to have to try those next. The price for the Lotte Malang Cow candies are 1,800 won or $1.55.

If you’re a fan of milky flavors, give this a try. If you do try this or have tried this, let me know your thoughts about it. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more snack reviews from around the globe! 

 

 

 

Lotte Crunky Mint Ice Cream Bar

I’m not usually a mint flavor fan, it’s just isn’t one that I reach for, if there are other flavor options. Crunky makes chocolate candy bars and this was the first time I’ve seen it in a frozen treat form. When I saw this ice cream bar, I was intrigued by the packaging and wanted to see if the ice cream inside was really that pretty teal color. Aesthetics and pretty colors can really draw me in sometimes. Yes, the ice cream really is a teal, mint color. So what did I think? Let’s dive in!

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Packaging: simple, nothing flashy here. Like I mentioned above, the teal color ice cream pictured on the front was what I really curious about.

Price: 1000 ₩/ $.80

Scent: Milk chocolate and you could actually detect the mint. Neither is overpowering. 

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Texture: The outer shell is made up of milk chocolate and light, crunchy puffed rice. It reminds me somewhat of a Nestle Crunch Bar. The ice cream inside was slightly firm, but soft. Both textures meshed well together.

Flavor: Oh this is so good. The combination of the outer chocolate shell and the teal mint ice cream. The mint flavor was so creamy, a good blend of vanilla and mint. It isn’t the type o mint that is in a York peppermint patty, a candy cane or even Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Those give a strong mint taste. Not the case with this ice cream. This was well blended and delicious. 

Rating: I rate this 4 out of 5 stars. I took a star away because it was so messy. The little puffed rice embedded in the chocolate kept falling off. I’m glad I wasn’t wearing a white shirt.