By Jae-Ha Kim
November 28, 2016

I’m not gonna lie. When I watch TV, I like to snack. Back in the day when “Golden Girls” was on, whenever the Girls sat around the kitchen table eating cheesecake, I got a craving for it, too. When Angela ate spaghetti that her father lovingly reheated for her on “My So-Called Life,” I wanted to run to the kitchen and whip up some pasta.

These days, I rarely have time to watch network or cable TV, but when I’m waiting for my son to finish his taekwondo class or swim lessons, I will indulge in binge-watching K-Dramas on my phone.


Any Korean drama fan knows that the characters are constantly slurping up ramen, eating dukbokki and other delicious treats. Clearly, when I’m in a car waiting — or it’s midnight and I can’t sleep — it’s not feasible for me to follow suit.

Enter SnackFever, which takes its cue from those something-of-the-month clubs, where subscribers get a package of treats delivered to their homes on a regular basis.

These are just some of the items that came in a recent delivery. My son went straight for the strawberry custard cupcake, which he described as “super delicious.” I enjoyed the cream chip wafers, which didn’t taste particularly creamy, but weren’t super sweet like American cookies.

Living in the Chicago area, I have access to mom-and-pop Korean markets as well as the larger chains like H-Mart, which all carry a variety of Korean treats. And when my kiddo comes shopping with me, he’ll ask to try a new brand of cookies or chips. The problem is that the bags often are too large for a family of three. So if the treats don’t taste as good as they look, we end up throwing the rest away.

With the SnackFever packages, we received a few items that we’re already fans of (Milkis — a carbonated, fruit flavored milk(ish) drink). But we also sampled some new items. For instance, the only time I had seen dukbokki chips were in Korea and I didn’t buy them. Same for the sesame ramen (which is delicious, by the way, with a side of kimchi). Knowing what they taste like now, I would buy them in a heartbeat if I saw them at my local Korean store.

CHECK THIS OUT: SnackFever. Prices range from $10/monthly package up to $40. The treats shown here came in the box that sells for $20.

Comments (9)

  1. Denton says:

    Denton Morris Now I want a snack!

  2. Yoon Jae Kim says:

    That’s all good stuff!

  3. Pat Martin says:

    I know that you’re not supposed to snack on food while you watch TV, because they say you eat more, but I don’t care. I think a little snack here and there is fun. I like the honey chips that they sell. I can eat the whole bag myself!

  4. Judy Lee says:

    Whenever I watch Korean dramas, I want to eat 라면.I am actually on a KDrama hiatus because when I’m into them, I get NOTHING done and I have so little free time.

  5. Carolyn Butler says:


  6. Kathy Hewett Tsudama says:

    Ha ha! If I’m watching someone eat Ramyun on a drama and it’s not too late I make a bowl of spicy Korean ramyun for myself! It just makes the experience better. =)

  7. Robin Seabloom Kim says:

    This photo resembles what my husband brings back from the Korean market if I asked him to go buy fruit and meat. Of course, we do get the fruit & meat, but surprisingly, these items are always “on sale” without fail.

    • Jae-Ha Kim says:

      Ha! Well, they are FOR sale… Maybe that’s what he means… hehe 😛

      • Robin Seabloom Kim says:

        Yes, exactly. I have tried to teach him that “saving” is inconsequential if “spending” is part of the equation. It’s difficult, though, with seven Korean markets within two miles of our house. There’s always something on sale, and usually it involves childhood memories or something resembling childhood memories.


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