Happy Pepero Day!

Something I love about Korea is the unabashed love for sugar. There seems to be a country-wide sweet tooth that infiltrates even soups, meat sauces and the like with seemingly unprecedented frequency. Today we celebrated the one and only Pepero Day, where it is customary to give little chocolate covered-cookie sticks to those you love. Since the sticks are sorta shaped like the number 1, 11.11 is Pepero Day. See how that works? And this year was the millenial jackpot year for Pepero, being 11.11.11; lots of new flavors have been promised. As a teacher, those I love was expected to be no less than my number of students, so maybe for Josh and I it’s Happy Bank Account Day… but that’s fine. The gifts are reciprocated, so we get the chance to nurse along our developing sweet tooth as you do when an expat resident of a country all about the candy.

Chances to buy the Pepero Day goods were everywhere during the day and late into the night.

Even though Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day, Pepero Day has some similarities. Here’s a high school boy with his Pepero Day date. Afterwards I posed with them for their camera. What is better than a picture with your date on Pepero Day? A picture with you and your date AND a Westerner on Pepero Day, of course.

If candy isn’t enough, there are Pepero-manufactured stuffed animals to purchase on Pepero Day.

I don’t think it’s fair to cover the topic of Korean sweet-lovin’ without showing off a little more of the unique ways that sweets are enjoyed. Rice cakes and soft drinks are as varied as the grains of sand on Odongdo Island.

Sweet drinks here come in tiny little cans, bottles, microwavable cappuccino and latte-esque go-cups and even drink baggies. We have blueberry, cherry, strawberry fruit drinks, creamy milk soda (wow, I know!) to name a few. Your average convenience store has shining little refrigerated rows of the sparkling, pastel-colored drinks with happy little cartoon guys on them. I love going into these stores just to look, it’s a bit like visiting Candy Land in person (minus the slides, of course).

Even manga girls are all about fun sugary beverages.

Rice cakes are tasty any day, but I’m told that Korean Thanksgiving’s equivalent to turkey is rice cake. They are beautiful and sweet, sweet, sweet to eat.


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4 Comments on “Happy Pepero Day!”

  1. Wickless December 14, 2011 at 12:10 am #

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  2. Reed Golonka November 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

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  3. mklilley November 15, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    You two are so sweet to keep us all in the loop of your adventures! Hope you don’t mind that I pass on your blog address to a college friend who taught in Korea two years ago and is now back for another masters to train ESL instructors. She’ll love it!

    • everythingbutkimchi November 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      We definitely don’t mind–the more the merrier! and I’m so glad you have been enjoying it!

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