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WTF – Old School Korean Candy

November 16, 2014

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So, for this week’s WTF Korea episode, Soo Zee got very excited and took matters into her own hands. She pretty much dumped this bag of old school Korean candy in front of us and said “figure it out yourselves! Buwahahahahah!” Yay! We like being really confused, if you couldn’t tell from our Sushi Candy Kit (which we found more of in our local HomePlus recently, by the way! OHHHMMEMERRGGAWWWDDDD). Soozee warned us that we would be confused for some of them but seriously refused to help us out. She wanted to see if we could figure it out on our own which essentially means if we can’t figure it out, Korean children are actually smarter than us. I’d just like to know who makes such complicated candy! And it’s not complicated like the sushi candy which is meant to be challenging, it’s complicated like “you must first warm this food over an open fire and then stretch it in order to properly eat it” kind of complicated.

So in the end, I do think we definitely ate that cassette tape roll out plastic candy incorrectly. Is there another way to eat it? Are we supposed to dip it into something? Cover it in sugar? Put some in our mouth and drink water with it? Because it was just…ummm…totally flavourless and almost inedible. It was just like eating a dry rice noodle. A really thin rice noodle. I don’t even know if it was candy. Soo Zee could have just made us eat actually tape as some form of retribution for making her eat Mountain Dew Chips before. That’s probably it. Don’t worry Soo Zee: we’ll get you back! How do we eat this thing!!?? If you know please please let us know! The other candies weren’t as complicated to use, but I bet those little plastic tubes would be illegal in Canada as a choking hazard to children. They were NOT edible and were very touch to maintain their shape after chewing on them with your teeth. The inside tastes almost like a really soft starburst candy or the inside of a skittle, but the texture was like eating fudge. Very thick and smooth. A little too sweet for me but as I child I would probably love it. The corn thingy we ate that smelt really good but tasted like sadness was supposed to be warmed up! I’m not sure how warming it up would help it taste any better, but it was such a strange dull corn flavour.

I really think a lot of these old school candies have sentimental value to people, rather than just tasting super awesome amazing. I think it’s the same way we might eat an old fashion salt water taffy or a candy apple. Yes, it tastes good, but it’s not the greatest sweet on the planet that you’d want everyday. Anyone get what I’m saying? More importantly, has anyone actually tried these candies? If yes, can you let us know what they are and how to eat them? My question for everyone else is: do you have any old fashion candy in your country? I’d love to see some pictures posted!

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  1. I lived in S Korea as a child, 40 years ago, my father was in Army. We used to love the candy in the plastic tubes. Does anyone know what the name of it? I love to find it again. thanks

    1 year ago
  2. Does anyone know what the name of the candy in the plastic tubes is? thanks

    1 year ago
  3. By the way, thanks for putting the previous post/next post buttons in!

    5 years ago
  4. As a child, I wasn’t the sharpest crayon in the box and my grandmother would feed me those fish oil capsules as candy treats. I actually used to work so hard at being a “good girl” to get those capsules because I liked the gelatin. Ah the regret.

    5 years ago
  5. When I was a kid we used to go to the baker’s or local deli to get candy. It was super cheap. I remember spending my last francs on candy before we switched to euro. I was 10.
    The most memorable French candy of my childhood are:
    – “Couilles de mammouth”, literally mammoth balls. They were balls of almost pure sugar that fit in our hands. We would lick them and the inside was all colourful and pretty. They should have been called unicorn balls, except they were a bit big for that so the maker settled for mammoths. Or did the kids name it? Here’s a picture: http://www.generation-souvenirs.com/images/imagecache/fiche_article/boule-mamouth-coupee-2_1402954934.jpg
    – Those candies that come in little characters that pop their head to give you the candy. What are they called?
    – Some other thing where you dump a lollipop shaped like a pacifier in some sugar powder
    – Rolled fruit flavoured strips covered in sugar
    – Malabar, big pink bubble gum
    – Some lollipops with a gum inside
    – Sunflower seeds. Lick the salt off the shell, crack the shell with your teeth, eat the inside, spit the shell as far as you can. Repeat. And cut your tongue on the shell in the process. I still eat these things for a bit of nostalgia (beware of the salt high)
    – FREAKING. CANDY. NECKLACES.
    – and horrid liquorice things I hated.
    Man this is making me crave these things…

    5 years ago
  6. We have salt water taffy here where I live. There’s a candy “kitchen” just a few hours north that makes their taffy fresh, in store. In fact, you can watch through the window as they make it.

    I remember candy sticks (or “cigarettes” as I call them) They’re basically just sugar sticks with one end painted red. I have to say though having them as a kid never made me want to smoke (real cigarettes).

    I don’t know if anyone else remembers them, but there was some lollipops that had The Spice Girls faces inside of them & they were strawberry flavored.

    I really miss Hubba Bubba Bubble Jugs. They were little bubblegum chunks & they were wonderful. Hubba Bubba doesn’t make them anymore.

    5 years ago
  7. lol this was one of the best WFT’s i laughed so hard XD

    5 years ago
  8. OMG. That cassette tape candy brought me back to the early 1980’s about a long forgotten memory. I remember my cousin and I took our “fun money” and raided the candy store. We were 5 and 6? I remember we busted open the cassette tape candy first, unraveled a bit, then stuck it in our mouths. I looked at him. He looked at me. We thought we got ripped off and didn’t get candy or we bought something that was not candy at all. Haha. You guys confirmed it’s allegedly candy. I still have no idea how you’re supposed to enjoy it.

    5 years ago
  9. I watched this earlier today and then I went out to eat with my family. Well we went into this cute little candy shop and in there was a bunch of Japanese candy and I saw this gum. coincidence? I think not! Also I got my parents to buy me some and it’s really yummy ^_^

    5 years ago
  10. Oh man, this takes me back- I haven’t tried any of the other candy, but we used to eat those Apollo candy sticks ALL THE TIME when I was in 4th grade or so. They were horrendously sweet even then but we all loved them- even more so because they were so cheap! I think at some point our teachers got a bit worried about all the sugar we were consuming and told us to stop eating them in class. Which didn’t stop us. I remember there being pink ones and yellow ones…and maybe white ones?

    5 years ago
    • Heya! I remember you! I thought you stopped posting comments. Or maybe I just didn’t see them for a while. I though…I thought *sniff* I thought you were gone for good! Glad that you’re not :D

      5 years ago
  11. wait…. don’t you have to heat up those 쫀드기’s…?? If you checkout one of those eps on 별에서온그대 the two guys in those ridiculous training clothes asks the librarian person to get them some 쫀드기 and cook it rare… but then they changed their mind to a dried squid also cooked rare…

    5 years ago
  12. DD

    Wow…this is kinda nostalgic for me. About the 쫀드기 Jjondugi , I’d recommend you to slightly heat it on the pan as you heat 김seaweed paper. It will be kind a toasty flavor of overcooked sweet corn.

    5 years ago
  13. I’m going to South Korea in a month’s time. Anyone who knows where i can get the Chewing Gum in a box and the cola balls? Thanks A lot! :)

    5 years ago
    • I dunno about the Cola Balls, but you can definitely find the Gum in the US at your local H Mart or Mitsuwa.

      5 years ago
    • In North Carolina I’ve seen them before at the Asian/international grocery store.

      5 years ago
    • I think Soo Zee found these at a candy shop that just opened close to our studio recently, on Parking Lot Street, but I could be wrong…

      5 years ago
  14. This video made me want to try all of those candy x3

    As for “traditional” candy from my childhood… Well there are/were these caramel candies called “Irisai”. I loved them as a child for it took you quite some time to chew even one of them; they had a really rich taste to them and were fun to chew. However they received a nickname “(dental) filling killers”. While chewing they’d become So sticky they’d just pull tooth fillings out. I guess that’s the main reason they’ve been removed from sales *sigh* I really miss them.

    5 years ago
  15. I live in the middle east the gum boxes were a part from my childhood as well I remember we had a lot of flavors and we used to exchange them in elementary school

    5 years ago
  16. MLE

    I instantly knew the tape candy was rice paper because it looks exactly like white rabbit candy! Have you guys tried it before? It’s like a milky candy that you can chew, roughly the size of a tootsie rolls, and they have a single layer of rice paper around them. they’re pretty hard at first but once you get round to chewing them they’re really lovely. I think it’s a Chinese candy? It had a lot of sentimental value for me, growing up in Hong Kong.

    5 years ago
    • That’s rice paper? It kinda tasted like rice paper, now that you mention it. But how does it work? Are we just supposed to put one end in and nibble it forever? I’m still confused!

      5 years ago
    • White Rabbits are amazing!I went to Beijing a few years ago, and we got a huge stockpile since they were illegal here for a while haha. My grandma actually cried when we ran out of them, LOL. Now we found a store like 30 minutes away that sells them. :D

      5 years ago
    • I was thinking of the exact same thing!! I loved white rabbit candies growing up and I can’t seem to find them anywhere now :(

      5 years ago
    • Oh my goodness! I’ve had those and I never knew it was rice paper! I’m a Chinese American, so we ate Chinese candy like that, but no one ever explained the weird plastic bit around them before now.

      5 years ago
  17. So remember those dot candies that were on paper so every time you ate one you ate little bits of paper? Also wax bottles. Pretty sure I consumed some amount of wax as a child. And black licorice, every kids worst nightmare. =P

    5 years ago
    • I forgot to mention Rock Candy! Which I love! Its basically just pure sugar. I’m sure thats the appeal.

      5 years ago
  18. Did anyone else have candy “sticks”, which totally looked like cigarettes, as kids?
    http://www-static.weddingbee.com/pics/278075/5325493093_d70e5c98ce_z.jpg
    Or candy cigars? I remember having them a few times at a friend’s house (my parents wouldn’t buy them) or if we got them from Trick or Treating, but I haven’t seen them in awhile. Probably because they were such a terrible idea!

    My siblings and I didn’t get a lot of candy (except on Halloween) growing up, but the one “sweet treat” we did get was honey sticks (plastic tubes of honey) in an assortment of flavors. And by assortment I mean like 5. I think the flavors were original, orange, lemon, cinnamon, and I think there might have been a mint one. Ahhh, those glorious sources of sugar, they still invoke fond memories.

    5 years ago
    • I ATE THESE ALL THE TIME! In fact, I remember first getting them at the first Dollarama that was built in Ajax. I’d go there with my parents as they bought tons of stuff I didn’t care about, but I’d always get a pack of those candy sticks, which they also made in Chocolate :D

      5 years ago
    • I’m going to South Korea in a month’s time. May I know where i can get the Chewing Gum in a box and the cola balls? Thanks A lot :)

      5 years ago
    • I know about those ‘cigarette’ stick candy and up till now, i still eat them.

      5 years ago
      • Really?! Are you in the States? I can’t believe they are still making them, I thought for sure they had been discontinued.

        5 years ago
    • I totally remember the cigar sticks! We used to hold them between our fingers as cigarettes and pretend to be smoking. Some were even filled/dusted with confectioners sugar so you could blow out “smoke” from them, it was the coolest thing ever for us as kids. I wonder who came up with that, “I have a good idea: I’ll make candy sticks that would stimulate smoking, for kids!”

      5 years ago
      • Haha, same here! And I totally agree, it was just an all around bad idea. But there are actually some candies available today that I would add to that “bad idea” list, as well.

        5 years ago
  19. Those candies looked tough to eat..

    What I remember most from when I was young (not at all that long ago) were these baby bottle pops. They’d have the pacifier part as the lollipop, you’d lick it and then dip it into the sugar. ( image: http://www.sugarmancandy.com/Baby_Bottle_pops.jpg ) There were various candies much like these, like these red food-shaped lollipops in a silver bag which had the sugar that fizzes in your mouth. And I really don’t know why it was shaped as a foot. It’s totally weird now that I think about it. I really liked those types of candy, the lick and dip kind. (I probably still do, lol)

    5 years ago
    • The foot-shaped lollipops are Pop Rocks Lollipops! I’m pretty sure they still make them. I don’t know if you know what Pop Rocks are or not. But, the whole novelty of the candy is in the fact that is fizzes once in your mouth.

      5 years ago
    • Baby Bottle Pops! I think I still know the song from the commercials! I used to beg my parents for those, but still to this day I have never tried one. I always envisioned them tasting like a Ring Pop meets a Pixie stick.

      5 years ago
  20. The sentimentality of these candies sounds like lemon drops, root beer barrels, candy buttons (on paper tape), or horehound candy. Like little old man/little old lady candies. They aren’t great but old ppl still but them because it’s what they used to eat as kids.

    5 years ago
    • Candy buttons! I LOVED those when I was little but every time I’ve tried them as an adult, the paper just constantly sticks to the sugar dots! How did I ever like them so much? I probably consumed a lot of paper in the process.

      5 years ago
    • Root beer barrels are still awesome!

      5 years ago
    • I used to LOVE candy buttons when I was a kid just because they looked like toys. They don’t really taste like anything though. I bet that tape candy was fun for kids simply because it came out like tape. I can see kids wanting it so they could toss them around like confetti streamers. Now I’m craving vintage candy.

      5 years ago
    • Hey now, I think lemon drops are objectively great, and not just because they make me nostalgic :D

      5 years ago