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(Time)   Kim Jong Un may have isolated Best Korea from the rest of the world, but the people know and love those decadent Choco Pies, leading to rampant pie smuggling   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 17
    More: Strange, Choco Pies, North Koreans, Kaesong Industrial Region, instant noodles, North Korean defectors, withdrawals, communist state, treating  
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2013-05-08 09:12:00 AM
In a sense, this sort of validates their policies.  Let just a little bit of capitalism in and the whole thing could easily fall apart.  Keeping them so isolated from the rest of the world is probably why they haven't revolted yet.  Yes, information does trickle in from the outside world, but I don't think it gets to the bulk of the people at all.
 
2013-05-08 09:12:23 AM
From the comments:

It really sucks to live in those countries where you cant even get the simple things in life. Shows how delusional their country is when even their own leader turns against them with food in the name of capitalism.
 
2013-05-08 09:20:40 AM
They don't show you what these pies look like in the article. Something like a Moon Pie?
 
2013-05-08 09:22:13 AM
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2013-05-08 09:24:47 AM
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/Obscure?
 
2013-05-08 09:42:04 AM
the pies were first given to North Korean workers by their South Korean bosses in lieu of cash bonuses

We get hot cocoa samplers. USA USA USA
 
2013-05-08 10:05:42 AM
Get a few of these into the country, and they'll bounce his fat ass out in no time

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2013-05-08 10:06:47 AM

KarmicDisaster: They don't show you what these pies look like in the article. Something like a Moon Pie?


I lived in Worst Korea for many years and can confirm that these are, in fact, very,very similar to Moon Pies.
 
2013-05-08 10:51:16 AM

tardisrider: KarmicDisaster: They don't show you what these pies look like in the article. Something like a Moon Pie?

I lived in Worst Korea for many years and can confirm that these are, in fact, very,very similar to Moon Pies.


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Choco pies are a little smaller and crispier than a Moon Pie, but they're similar.
 
2013-05-08 10:56:36 AM
Bang bang, dingy dingy, Choco Pie da.
 
2013-05-08 11:17:49 AM
Choco Pies are nasty. The revolution begins when they get their hands on Oh Yes.
 
2013-05-08 12:11:19 PM
I find this whole thing to be sad, especially:

Thanks to this porous border, the North Korean province of North Hamgyong appears to be "quietly liberalizing" according to the Washington Post. Residents there lead a relatively prosperous life. They even have regular access to rice, a cherished commodity tightly controlled by the government, which occasionally gives it out as reward for status and loyalty, according to the Post.

This is as good as it gets for them. This is akin to me saying that living in a particular apartment "even has access to a gym membership!"
 
2013-05-08 01:41:51 PM
Choco Pie?  No thanks.

Let me know when Chocobo Pot Pies are available.

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2013-05-08 07:06:41 PM
After hearing about 'em in movies and hearing my Korean friends extol the virtues of choco-pies, imagine my disappointment when I finally got to try one and they weren't even in the same league, the same class, nay, the same galaxy as Canada's humble chocolate piece of plastic-wrapped heaven:

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Choco-pies: Not even close.
 
2013-05-08 07:54:44 PM
Give people a taste of sugar and then deny them it...they will riot.
 
2013-05-08 09:10:17 PM

SirMadness: After hearing about 'em in movies and hearing my Korean friends extol the virtues of choco-pies, imagine my disappointment when I finally got to try one and they weren't even in the same league, the same class, nay, the same galaxy as Canada's humble chocolate piece of plastic-wrapped heaven:

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Choco-pies: Not even close.


Yep, tried some choco-pies once. They were properly sweet and soft, but found the texture too dry. Guess they don't bathe them in enough palm kernel oil.

This will just cause the black market along the border with China to grow faster. If I actually knew Korean and had enough heroic rogue tendencies in me, I would have found a way to go to China and help defectors out. Alas, all I can do is work my day job and fark all night.
 
2013-05-08 11:37:45 PM
They sell them here in Australia in all the small asian supermarkets - they are okay, but really crumbly and as one poster above said, kinda dry.
 
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