Happy Pepero Day!

Pepero Day is a kind of holiday in Korea on November 11 (aka 1111). The tradition is to give people Pepero, which are long skinny cookie biscuits dipped in chocolate. It’s similar to Valentine’s Day but has the underlying Hallmarkism of Sweetest Day. There are prominent displays at the grocery stores of the seven different flavors of the original Pepero brand.


Pepero boxes


Pepero is manufactured by Lotte, a multinational food, chemicals, and shopping corporation. Lotte seems to rule Korea… there’s even a Lotte World amusement park.

People once exchanged Pepero with wishes to be tall and skinny (so says Wikipedia). However, now people give Pepero as a sign of affection. The tradition started sometime in the 80’s.

David came home with a lot of boxes. Some students wrote cute messages on the back:


Pepero box messages


As someone who is a fan of 11:11 and chocolate, I can get down with this holiday. I don’t have a lot of hope that eating these will make me taller, though. Maybe wider.


A Pepero stick


Happy Pepero Day!


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