Koreans take snacking very seriously and the competition is fierce for ranking high among the best Korean snacks. You may have heard of Korean turtle ships but have you heard of Korean turtle chips? If not, you are missing out! There’s no limit to how creative they get in terms of variety of flavors and cute packaging.
Luckily for us, many of the best Korean snacks are available worldwide either via Asian grocery stores or online. Pick up a few of these favorites on your next trip to your local Korean market. You won’t be disappointed!! If you’re a fan of Korean foods, why not also check out our guide to the best Korean ramen, too.
Here are 20 of the Best Korean Snacks!
(First published 9/1/2020, Updated 9/1/2023)
These chips are sweet from the honey and savory from the butter (featured in tons of K-Dramas)
2. Turtle Chips
Turtle chips are one of the most popular snacks in Korea. The original flavor is great but my favorites are the cinnamon (시나몬) ones!
3. Choco Heim
Chocolate cream wafers have hazelnut filling and are great to pair with tea or coffee.
4. Onion Rings
A lighter and sweeter alternative to American “Funyuns”- I definitely prefer these over Funyuns!
5. Choco Boys
Choco Boys are a tiny biscuit topped with chocolate!
A Korean snack classic- so popular there is even a holiday dedicated to these cookie sticks (November 11)!
7. Ssal Ro Ppung / Grain Rice Bar
Another classic snack that I grew up eating with my Halmoni (할머니-grandmother). They are somewhat similar to a rice crispy treat but are light and not as overpoweringly sweet.
8. Honey Twist Snack
When I was in Korea last summer I ate these every single day; they are very sweet and very addicting!
9. Soft Cow
An on-the-go candy popular amongst children. It’s chewy and similar to a marshmallow consistency.
10. Ppushu Ppushu
Crunchy dried ramen with (optional spicy) flavor is another go-to!
11. Homerun Ball
Similar to Hello Panda cookies, these are little round biscuits with a chocolate filling.
12. Korebap / Whale Food
Korebap is another classic snack popular amongst children. The crackers are crispy, light and airy in the shapes of various sea animals.
13. Shrimp Crackers
Shrimp crackers (or shrimp chips) are similar to American Veggie Sticks but feature a subtle shrimp flavor.
14. Pocari Sweat
An electrolyte drink that’s great for after workouts or when you need hydration. I drink these after workouts instead of Gatorade!
15. Banana Milk
In America our milk flavors are chocolate and strawberry but in Korea it ranges from melon to banana and more! Banana milk is a refreshing children’s classic drink of choice!
16. Mogu Mogu
This delicious juice comes in tons of flavors with jellies to add texture!
17. Coco Palm
Similar to Mogu Mogu, this drink has a candy-like taste and has jellies in it!
Described as a carbonated citrus cream, this drink has a subtle dairy flavor to it.
Another classic! Often used for mixing cocktails to get that lychee flavor!
20. Brown Sugar Popcorn / White Sugar Popcorn
Bonus! If you can find these in a store, comment below! I had them in Korea but can’t seem to get my hands on them in the US!
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