Lotte Chik Chok Original

So here we have another top product from Lotte, their ‘Chik Chok Original’ chocolate chip cookies (칙촉).

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Honestly, these were, although delicious, a great deal similar to Orion’s cookies I posted a while back, albeit not quite as intense in terms of taste. That doesn’t however mean they were inferior (on the contrary, I enjoyed these I dare say a little more); but that the flavour wasn’t as rich, and consequently, not as sickly-sweet.

Call me childish, though I was impressed with the little folding hatch on the box, a la a box of Maltesers. It calls to mind those absurd pictures of 1960s Spiderman… and that has to count for something, right?

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The packaging is also highly similar to those by Orion, which prompts me to think that one is the counterfeit, or rip-off of the other. Given the above-mentioned hatch, I’m siding with Lotte on this. Sorry folks. The similarities continue: you get precisely the same amount of cookies. The cookies are the same size, thickness, and packaged very similarly. Even the design on the little foil wrappers is very similar. I assure you, I didn’t just buy a different flavour box!

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As for my personal preference, I prefer these. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of incredibly rich snacks and dessert foods – at least not in anything other than small quantities. For those of you with an intense sweet tooth, you might just as well opt for the Orion product.

Regretfully, this one may have to be cut short. There simply isn’t enough I can say about these without repeating myself by way of the Orion review. I did however enjoy two of these this morning with a glass of soy milk (a method of eating I’d highly recommend), something I didn’t try out on the other cookies.

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Haitai Original Egg Snack

It’s cookie time again! Well, sort of. As a dyed-in-the-wool filthy tea drinker and red coat, I’d have to describe these more as biscuits; though my girlfriend calls them cookies. Whatever category you want to put them in, these are known to Koreans by the name of ‘계란과자’ (kyeah-ran gwa-ja – literally ‘egg snack’). It’s original, too. This delightful product comes from Haitai, or as is written on the packaging, ㅎ태.

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I had an unusual attack of nostalgia whilst I eating these, which I still haven’t been able to identify exactly. It immediately called to mind those small, somewhat hard biscuits they sell here under the Farley’s brand, rusks. They’re not quite as hard, though there was a scarcely perceptible similarity. Aside from that, these are in a league of their own, unlike anything I’ve tasted before.

Inside the box is a small foil bag. Admittedly, these do tend to suffer from ‘air-packing syndrome’, as I shall now to refer to the phenomenon (totally just made that up): the ability for a foil or plastic snack bag to be seemingly bursting with contents, but in reality is scarcely halfway full. These have that, unfortunately. I didn’t count how many, as the biscuits themselves are very small; but there certainly weren’t as many as I was expecting.

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That said, they’re delicious. Something of a halfway house between a regular cookie and a soft mallow-type snack, they go down pretty easy. Owing to their small size, you need to take two or three at a time to really feel like you’re getting the most potential out of the flavour. The flavour, by the way, I thought was conspicuously un-eggy. Not in a bad way; though if I were handed these in a blind test I certainly wouldn’t put egg at the top of the list. There’s a certain creamy, ‘fresh’ flavour to which no words can do justice – you’ll simply have to try them to know what I’m talking about.

Despite being sweet, I feel these are very much the ambassadorial types of the Korean snack world: fairly simple, small in portion size, and inoffensive insofar as wildness of taste, texture and whatever else is concerned. In plainer terms, these are definitely the ticket when it comes to introducing your elderly or otherwise unassertive family members to foreign snack foods.

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Additionally, I’ve always thought these would make a good movie snack. Take a box with you, and gradually run through them as you watch. Not that I’m promoting avoiding the stinging prices of the concessions… but… yeah, well.

I was told after the fact by my girlfriend that these are heavenly to eat with a glass of milk, chocolate chip cookie style. Alas, I polished off the box before any such research could be undertaken; but that’ll definitely be my next venture.

Orion Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Having no time to update yesterday, I thought I’d make this extra special and bring in another Orion product: the ‘chocolately’ chocolate chip cookies.

촉촉한 초코칩, or ‘chok-chok-han cho-ko-chip’, as is written on the outer packaging, means something akin to ‘choc-choc choco chip’, making stellar use of that triumphal three-prong rhetoric. It also, so I’ve heard, means something like ‘moisturising’, due to the soft aspect. There was a very interesting (Korean) Wikipedia article on that little linguistic display of genius, though I don’t have the ability to spell it out properly. Anyway, the ‘촉촉한’ part of the name effectively means ‘chocolately’, the appended ‘한’ (han) signifying an adverb. So the full translation might effectively be ‘chocolately choco chip’. Very nice.

In my experience however, these are much more like your traditional brownies than they are chocolate chip cookies. Whatever it is that makes a brownie, a brownie – I don’t know. What I’m saying is, these have a very soft, very easy texture to them, and very little of that hard crunch common to your regular cookie. I personally see that as a bonus, though others I know aren’t great fans.

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What’s worth mentioning about these guys is that they’re pretty dense in calories for something so small. At marginally over a 100kcal a piece, you want to watch your hands before stuffing the entire box into your face. I managed to restrain myself and simply have two. I’ll ration the rest out… maybe. Due to these cookies being individually wrapped, you can save them as long as you like (well, before the expiration date at least).

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Also, to utilise a quintessentially British term for a moment, these cookies are extremely ‘moreish’. For those on the other side of the world not familiar with our helpless neologising, here’s what Google has to say about the word:

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And that’s exactly right. Eat one of these, and you’ll soon turn into Mr. Creosote, Garfield the Cat, and Daniel Lambert – all at the same time. If you don’t know who any of those people are, just imagine very three… well, two fat guys and one cat. But I digress.

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These are perhaps some of the best cookies I’ve tasted, with perhaps the exception of those Maryland double chocolate chips you can buy here in the U.K, and the famous soft, albeit much larger cookies they sell at Subway. Still, third place is respectable.