Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ice Corn Snack - H-Mart: Cherry Hill, NJ

Ice Corn Snack - H-Mart: Cherry Hill, NJ
Time for something wintery and unexpected, Korean corn snacks you put in your freezer! That's right, these are sweetened corn snacks that you're supposed to chill before eating, I'm not sure if it's meant to be a unique snack, or if the refrigerating process is meant to make these vanilla corn snacks taste like vanilla ice cream, either way, this is going to be really fun!

This is going to be a semi-photo-heavy post, you'll see why soon enough, so I'll keep my packaging review brief. The bag is made of foiled plastic, it functions well, and it features a cute snowman/yeti/sloth. He's dressed in winter clothing, hinting at the ice theme for this product, and the back of the bag features adorable illustrations that even I can understand. (And I can't read Korean, at least not yet.) It's adorable, functional, and informative. It's perfect! But wait, it gets better...

The packaging seems simple and cute at first, but it has a little secret. You know those Coors Light cans and bottles that change colors to let you know when they're cold enough to drink? This has that too!

Now you see it...

Now you don't!
See that? Visor. No visor! You know your snack is chilled to the proper temperature when your snow/yeti/sloth sports a fancy black visor. Adorable AND functional! Admittedly, I had to cheat to get these photos. Even though I froze these for the recommended time, and the visor showed up clear as day, my photo lights are so hot that they made the visor disappear the second I turned them on. To show the rest of you this neat feature I rubbed ice over his face to bring it back just long enough for a photo. (It's a bit darker in-person than pictured here, but the lights are pretty powerful.) That's why there's a bit of water on the bag. The visor may have faded, but the snacks inside are still chilly and ready to eat! Isn't that so cool? I'm geeking out! It's the first time I've seen this color changing stuff used on a snack food bag, and I love it!

Okay, okay, time to actually eat this stuff.

Inside the bag are several corn puffs, similar to the Kuai Kuai corn snacks I reviewed a few years ago. They are much smaller than American cheese puffs, like Cheetos, and the curl is a bit more exaggerated. They smell lightly sweetened and corn-y, kind of like Kix and other breakfast cereals, only a lot sweeter.

Chilled, the snacks seem to have a slightly stale texture, they definitely aren't as light and crispy as room temperature corn snacks I've had in the past, but I'm not sure if that is a result of the freezing, or this bag could be a bit old. (That's a problem you deal with when buying foreign snacks here in America, a lot of them end up here because they are older, discontinued, or unpopular.) The texturing isn't bad, they still have that fun Styrofoam-y crunch as all corn snacks, and the flavoring is light and sweet. These have a coating that reminds me of frosted flakes, only instead of being a hard layer of glaze, these seem a little crumbly and soft.

The taste is generically vanilla and sweet, it's nothing amazing, but it is very enjoyable. There's a kind of coconut-y aftertaste, that reminds me of coconut oil, but only palm, rice, and vegetable oils were used in the making of this product. I don't know where this slightly coconut-y flavor is coming from, but I like it!

This is an adorably packaged product with a fun gimmick, and I had a lot of fun eating and reviewing it. The taste isn't out of this world, or phenomenal, but they are sweet and enjoyable, I imagine this is what breakfast cereal would taste like if I ate it out of the freezer. (New summer trend for 2015? Frozen cereal for breakfast!) I wouldn't say you HAVE to try them, but I will be buying them again just so I could play around with the packaging and show it to friends. (I love it so much!)
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