White Cookie Pepero by Lotte

White Cookie Pepero by Lotte

Country of Origin: Korea

Ingredients: Chocolate (sugar, vegetable fat, lactose, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (e322), polyglycerin esters of fatty acids (e476), artificial flavor(milk)), wheat flour, cookie chips, sugar, shortening (palm oil), milky paste, grain products(wheat flour,non-glutinous rice, gutinous rice), egg, processed butter, whole milk powder, malt extract, salt, high fructose corn syrup, sodium phosphate tribasic (e339), ammomuim bicarbonate (e503), sodium bicarbonate (e500)artificial flavours (vanilla), yeast, papain

Allergy Info: Contains wheat, soy, milk and egg. May contain almond and peanut

White Cookie Peperos are biscuit sticks dipped in a thick layer of cookies and cream coating (white chocolate and cookie crunch.) Their packaging shows an Oreo-like biscuit dipped in cream, which suggests that the cookies and cream layer of these snacks are inspired by Oreo. An interesting fact about this snack is that it has an entire unofficial national holiday associated with it called “Pepero Day”, held on November 11th. The original stated purpose of Pepero day was to celebrate and promote the idea that eating Peperoes will make one taller and thinner. Nowadays people celebrate the holiday by exchanging Peperos with each other. The holiday also has a strong association with the number 1, possibly because it looks like the pepero in shape and is thin, suggesting slimness, and is shown in ideas such as to maximum height and thin ness, one should eat 11 Packets of Pepero on 11:11:11 am and 11:11:11 pm of November 11th (probably because Peperos are tall, thin and look like 11s in shape.) Pepero day is so popular in Korea that as of 2012, Lotte makes 50% of it’s annual sales on Pepero day

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