Why 11/11 is better than Valentine’s Day in Korea

Why 11/11 is better than Valentine's Day in Korea

It’s early November in Korea. As I’m writing this post, people are scrambling around and buying out cases and cases of Peperos. They must hurry before they run out in stores. Why? Because 11/11 is coming up!

In case you’re not familiar, Pepero is a popular Korean snack which is basically a stick biscuit covered in chocolate. (There is a Japanese alternative called “Pocky”) Pepero is one of my favorite childhood snacks and it still has a special place in my heart. In Korea, November 11th (11/11 looks like four Peperos, in case you haven’t noticed yet) is a special day for couples and I dare say it is just as important as Valentine’s Day. Couples will celebrate Pepero Day by exchanging Peperos (duh), just like they would exchange chocolate on Valentine’s Day. It might sound like another one of those silly days created to drive Pepero sales (which I’m not doubting it isn’t), but today I’m here to prove to you why it’s not, and why it might be better than Valentine’s Day. 

Peperos are delicious

I’m sorry for stating the obvious, but the taste of the Peperos itself is enough to make me anticipate Pepero Day. The combination of the biscuit and the thinly layered chocolate on top is a magical combination. The journey to the very last bite is to be cherished and you’ll immediately yearn for another one. Yes, it is very easy to finish a case in one sitting. Therefore, one must really eat Peperos with caution and with strenuous self-control. Also, did I mention that there are multiple different flavors? There’s chocolate-almond, strawberry, Oreo, green tea, yogurt…

That Pepero kiss

gary ji hyo pepperoThere’s nothing that’ll make your heart beat faster than your seeing your S/O inching closer to your face while sharing you two share a Pepero. The old Lady & Tramp spaghetti kiss is so old-fashioned and it’ll make your breath smell like tomato sauce and cheese. So why not switch it up and go for the Pepero kiss?

Anyone can make Peperos!

Peperos might look daunting to make at first, but they are actually very easy to recreate in your own kitchen! What’s better about making you own is that you can customize them to your own liking with sprinkles, letterings, and other ingredients. Plus, people always appreciate receiving a handmade gift over store-bought ones. If you’re interested in making your own, check out the Youtube tutorial below:

Will you give your S/O a Pepero?

Happy Pepero Day!


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