Lovers of sweets around the world are consistently searching for new desserts and swooning over the latest flavor of macaroons and other western treats. However, in South Korea, traditional snacks are back at the forefront of popularity as young Koreans are choosing to enjoy a more old-school category of snacks known as “Hangwa” (traditional Korean snacks, sweets, and cookies). Among these, the stand-out favorites are the traditional snacks “Yakgwa” and “Yukwa”.
Yakgwa is a deep-fried, sticky rice-based cookie made with honey. It has long been a staple as a traditional snack shared during family ceremonies, holidays, and other large gatherings.
The Hojeongga gift set brings back this timeless treat with individual packaging that preserves each cookie's fresh taste while looking presentable for any special occasion. These cookies are carefully prepared using traditional techniques that capture the colors, chewy textures, and rich fragrances of the original yakgwa, and infuses them with cactus, bamboo leaf, sweet pumpkin, and gardenia seeds.
Yukwa is a hollow, deep-fried rice puff, traditionally coated with honey and followed up with sesame seeds, nuts, or powders such as pine nut, soybean, pine, and cinnamon powder. This snack is often seen at weddings, ancestral rites, and Lunar New Year celebrations.
The Heaven’s Sweet Cookies set from Lotustem offers four distinct flavors of Yukwa, including condensed milk, beet, wormwood, and gardenia seed. Among these, there is bound to be a favorite for everyone. One bite of these crunchy, yet soft, delicious treats will leave you craving for more.
Take the leap and experience one of these culturally significant Korean snacks - they might just be that special treat you’ve been searching for.