September 24, 2023

N.Korean snacks: The good, the bland and the prettily packaged

We asked defectors, S.Koreans what they think of North-produced snacks; the answers may surprise you

"Thank you, General, for all these great snacks!” joked one defector when she saw the packages filled with recently purchased Pyongyang-made snacks and candies.

Light was shed on the snack business in North Korea – not considered a national priority until recently – when Kim Jong Un visited Pyongyang’s KumCup Food Factory in January 2015, where he ordered an improvement in both the quality and quantity of their products, which range from breads to snacks to sausages.