Laica’s BeanieBox Review: Study Goodies
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LAICA’S BEANIEBOX REVIEW
A BeanieBox full of snacks just as my finals were about to start? Yes, please! This was the perfect time to crack open a box full of goodies from Korea, and I was eager to try everything that was packed into it—which was a surprising amount, given its size. There was no empty space in that box! It contained a variety of sweet and savory items, like chips, cookies, and most exciting for this drama fangirl, Maxim Gold coffee mix. I was also very excited to get some Dramabeans swag, but unfortunately the only thing with our logo on it was the package of a traditional cookie. I did get a lovely gold-plated bookmark, though, which I’ll definitely be using for the stacks of reading that still remains for me before I turn in my thesis next semester.
I was surprised that three items were actually corn-flavored; as a North American I’ve always thought of corn as more of a base than a flavor. (I did learn in Korean class this semester that some corn is grown in the mountains, harvested by hand, and sold as a specialty in South Korea, which is very different from its status as a basic staple that goes in everything in the US.) I mostly found the corn flavor good but a bit overwhelming, with the exception of my favorite item among the chips, the Turtle Chips. They were like a lighter, crispier, tastier version of Sun Chips and I basically finished them in one sitting.
I also really enjoyed the octopus flavored chips, and although I’m allergic to shellfish, my family assured me that the shrimp chips were similarly tasty. I loved the rice crackers too, which like a lot of these snacks gives you an interesting mix of sweet and savory with a distinct, satisfying crunch.
Pouring hot water into my mug of Maxim Gold took me right back to Shopping King Louis. Although it didn’t quite live up to my expectations (likely because I don’t take sugar in my coffee), I definitely got a kick out of feeling like the little tubular package came out of my drama screen and into my life! It went well with the many chocolate cookies that came in the box—my favorite were the nude chocolate flavored Peperos and the Diget Mini, small, digestive-style cookies with a layer of chocolate on top.
I’m in the thick of writing my final papers, and I still have lots of these snacks left, so when I inevitably get the munchies I’ll definitely be reaching for them. Especially during these long winter evenings, there’s nothing like snacking on something chocolatey while I work—or, let’s be real, while I blithely procrastinate and watch dramas, ignoring my deadlines.