The Fire Box is hot, Hot, HOT! 🔥

Love Fire Noodles? SnackFever has got you covered! First gaining popularity in the Korean Fire Noodle Challenge, these ramen picks are now all-time faves among our Fever Guys Fam and the general public, inspiring us to create our own Fire Noodle Bundle! Filled with many types of note-worthy fire noodles, here is what’s inside:

Fire Chicken Roasted Noodles

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If you love spicy food, these are the classic spicy ramen noodles you MUST TRY, and the ones that kicked off the huge Fire Noodle Challenge craze; therefore, it was a no-brainer to include it. Known for being one of the spiciest instant noodles ever, it will definitely overflow your mouth with heat. Be warned! This spicy flavor is dangerously addictive.

Carbonara Fire Chicken Stir-Fried Ramen

Love carbonara pasta? Look at what we have for you! You’ve probably seen these noodles pop up on your Instagram feed quite a lot, and if not, you should be following @snack.fever ;). These noodles aren’t as hot and spicy as the original, but they are still pretty high on the scale. Inspired by carbonara pasta, this delicious pack of fire noodles can be bought with all the other fire noodles in this bundle or in SnackFever’s Pink Box as well.

Jjajang Fire Chicken Roasted Noodles

The classic Chinese-Korean fusion dish: black bean noodles meet fire noodles! Though not as spicy as the original, it has a nice balance of flavors. If you are a fan of black bean noodles, and are also craving some spice, give these a try!

Cheese Fire Chicken Roasted Noodles

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If you didn’t know yet, cheese and ramen is a match made in heaven. Thank goodness there is a fire noodle with this amazing combination! The balance between the burn of the noodles and delicious cheese will leave you with the sweet satisfaction given by this ramen.

Fire Chicken Roasted Almonds

There are salted almonds and caramelized almonds, but have you heard of the Fire Chicken Roasted Almonds? What! Yes, you read it correctly. This bundle includes a fire chicken snack as well! Satisfy your craving on-the-go with a healthier alternative. These almonds are crunchy and dangerously packed with the fire chicken spice that will blast your mouth with flavor!

Overall, this bundle is a dream for fire noodle lovers. It includes different types to satisfy different cravings, from fusions to food on-the-go. Help a Fire Noodle Lover in need by getting them this beyond perfect bundle by SnackFever!

Korean Weddings Mix Classic Traditions with Modern Flair

Korean weddings are a different affair from a Western-style wedding.

Based more around the family unit, they often start with a proposal that’s completely different than what’s typically seen in the West: not a man going down on one knee and asking his sweetheart for her hand, but a meeting of families after a couple has decided to marry (or the marriage has been arranged). In Korea, the determination of a person and what job they can get is still based on hierarchical status, and the person you marry can affect that status. If the two families do not agree or get along, the marriage will probably not proceed.

Long engagements are uncommon, and most weddings proceed with ease as they are streamlined and easy to do. Bridal gowns as well as tuxes are rented, usually from the same shop. It’s not unusual for the bride and groom to shop together since it’s not considered taboo for the couple to see each other in their wedding attire ahead of time. They will often have photos taken before walking into the ceremony together.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom may change into traditional hanbok before retiring to a smaller room for pyebaek (폐백), a custom in which they seek blessing from their parents. In the original Confucian ceremony during the Joseon Dynasty, the groom would ride over to the bride’s home and present a goose to his mother-in-law. Geese are said to mate for life and were a symbol to in-laws that he would protect his new bride and never leave her. A live goose is no longer presented in this ceremony, but a wooden goose is used instead.

Both of these ceremonies are largely symbolic. Until the couple registers the marriage, it is not legal.

At the reception, food is served, and the bride and groom go around to offer personal greetings to their guests. This can take some time because invites can be mailed or verbally-given, and it’s not uncommon for a wedding to have over 400 guests. Wedding halls often have many rooms with several ceremonies going on at the same time, and are set up to do the catering and decorating so that the marrying couple does not have to worry on their special day.

Guests do not bring wedding presents for a new home or go online and look for the newlyweds’ wedding registry. Instead, the expected gift is a clean unblemished bill in a white envelope. How much you give is dependent on how well you know the bride and groom. Those who are mere acquaintances might give 30,000 won, while someone close might give 100,000 won.

Church weddings are not traditional but are becoming more common as are smaller, more intimate ceremonies as younger couples start to break with the norm. Couples do not take each the last name of the other spouse, and often do not wear a wedding band, though they may exchange matching rings early in their relationship.

Another tradition that is fading away, but may still be expected, is the expectation of the groom’s parents to buy a home for the new couple while the bride’s family buys its furnishings. As younger generations have begun to start living together before marriage, this tradition is not always practiced anymore.

If you are lucky enough to attend a Korean wedding, enjoy the food, and see both new and old traditions melding into one!

3 Great Winter Korean Movies 🎬🤩

Ah winter, the most comfy time of year. The bitter cold has grasped the outdoors, and we all just want to grab a nice cup of hot chocolate, snuggle up in the warmest blanket we can find, and prepare to binge watch as many Christmas movies as possible! If you’re getting tired of the same old (but classic nonetheless) Christmas movies, then here’s a small list of Korean winter-themed films prepared especially for your convenience:

The Tower

If you’re looking for something a bit more fast-paced than the usual Christmas movie, then The Tower is perfect for you! Set on Christmas Eve, a normal holiday party turns into a huge disaster! The further you dive into the plot, the stronger the relationship grows with each of the characters, and you begin to feel like part of the action. You’ll definitely become fully immersed in this intense film that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Snow in Sea Breeze

Slowing down from the fast-paced style, this movie has a storyline that will keep not only your eyes glued to the screen, but your heart, too! Though not based around Christmas, this film still provides you with all of the emotions needed to make it through this holiday season. When just a mere character becomes your friend, you’ll feel every emotion possible within the space of this movie. It’s not a thriller, but this movie will have you biting your nails as the characters and overall story develops.

Christmas in August

We’re going “old but gold” now as this older movie makes the list, offering warm emotions for all those who watch it. A man with an illness finds his true love, but the question is, how will it end? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out. Follow the characters, and experience the emotions with them. Tears may fall, so beware if you are a crier! Either way, this movie is one to watch this winter.

It’s not many, but there are definitely more than enough emotions in each of these films to have you set for a whole year, nevermind this winter! Now, when you’re huddled up in your blanket while the rain or snow is falling outside your window, why not whip out your laptop and settle in to watch these movies. Make sure you have the tissues at the ready!

What Comes after the Holiday Gifts? New Year’s!

The holidays are finally over. After we’ve filled ourselves with food, memories, and laughs to last a lifetime, what’s next? The new year!

Some spend the day with family, and others with friends. Whatever way you spend New Year’s Eve, we found a list of things to do in Korea on that special night.

  • Seoul

Ring in the New Year by hearing the bell of the city! If you love music and to dancing, why not dance the night away at The Final Countdown 2018?

  • Busan

Many love watching the sunrise, and with 2018 ending, why not celebrate the last day by taking in the sights from The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple? It’s a popular tradition among Koreans that visiting tourists who can also enjoy. The temple, which was built on the rocks, has an amazing ocean view. If this isn’t your ideal location, you can see the sunset from Taejongdae Park, a recreational area with a full view of the Busan Coastline.

  • Jeju Island

Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone plays tricks on the eyes, giving the illusion of pushing the sun back up in the sky. Many come here to take in the sunset on January 1st.

  • Jeongdongjin & East Sea

Jeongdongjin Beach is the ideal spot for lovers to take time away and spend New Year’s Eve together. The beach not only showcases a train station, but guests can also spend the night. Being able to watch the sun rise above the sea, smelling the ocean air of the New Year is what many dream of!

We hope you enjoy these ideas when it comes to celebrating the new year!

Written by Maegs

SEVENTEEN? Oh My! Who are they?!

One of the popular acts coming out of PLEDIS Entertainment is SEVENTEEN, a group that debuted in 2015 and had success with their song “Pretty U.” Originally a team of seventeen, four former members did not make it past final debut lineup. The thirteen member group is made up of three units:

  • Hip-Hop Team: Group leader S. Coups, Mingyu, Wonwoo, and Vernon
  • Performance Team: Hoshi, Dino, Jun, and The8
  • Vocal Team: Woozi, Seungkwan, DK, Joshua, and Jeonghan

Not only are their sub-units different, but the members themselves also come from various backgrounds: Korean, Chinese, and Korean-American.

SEVENTEEN is both humble and loving, and they live for their fans, which they call “Carats” because they keep the eyes of the group members shining. Carats from all across the word were left shaking with excitement during their first world tour, Diamond Edge, in 2017.

SEVENTEEN came out with their song “Oh My!” recently, which was successful. With their soothing vocals or synchronized dance moves, they have yet to disappoint. Numerous songs they’ve come out with have that same impact and feel on their fandom. Their latest single, “Getting Closer,” was released on December 21.

Carats can see the group on V-LIVE, and also Instagram, on which a few members have accounts. They give consistent updates on what they are doing as individuals, and SEVENTEEN’s official Instagram gives updates on them as a group.

Below is a list of members who have Instagram:

SEVENTEEN: saythename_17
The8: xuminghao_o
Mingyu: min9yu_k
Vernon: chwenotchew
Seungkwan: pledis_boos
Joshua: joshuahong951230

If you love songs that are catchy and visuals that please the eye, I suggest you check out SEVENTEEN and the videos below: Which also show the videos of each sub-unit as well as a video showcasing each leader from the 3 teams.

Getting Closer

Oh My!

Thanks

Clap

Don’t Wanna Cry

Cover Image: SEVENTEEN (Pledis Entertainment)

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Four Holiday Commercials from Korea that will Melt Your Heart ❤

When we think of Christmas, we think of bright colors, magnificent displays, and wonderful music. Around the holidays, where can we find all three from the comfort of the couch? Commercials!

Advertisements are quick to grab our attention during the holiday season by showing us things we should get for our loved ones, delicious food, or treats to buy for ourselves.

The following commercials straight outta Korea are not only catchy  and filled with holiday cheer, but they are also delightful to watch!

  • Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy shows how technology keeps us connected to our loved ones this winter season. 

  • Lotte Pepero (Lonely Christmas)

Lonely Christmas is a commercial that gives both laughs and smiles. Pepero will never leave you lonely during this time of year.

  • Coca-Cola Korea

Coca-Cola takes the time to showcase the happiness the holidays bring as well as the great taste of Coca-Cola!

If you enjoyed watching these, then check out the Pepero Commercials You Gotta See!

We wish you all the best this holiday season, and can’t wait to see you again next year!

Cover Image: Park Bo Gum (Blossom Entertainment); Kim Yuna; Coca-Cola Korea

Written by Maegs

Snack Hacks! Leveling Up ⚡

Level up your snacking in less than a minute!

Snacks are common within almost every household, providing a tasty treat to anybody that might be in the mood. However, is there any way to make the snacking experience more enjoyable? Of course! With these snack hacks, you can take your tasty treats to the next level!

Warm Choco Pie? Yes Please!

While Choco Pies provide a satisfyingly sweet taste, their deliciousness can be taken even further. Just pop it in the microwave for 10-30 seconds, and the soft and melty Choco Pie can be made even softer and meltier! Not only is the cake softened, but the marshmallow is even more gooey as well!

Fun Fact: G-Dragon would use this hack during his trainee days to make his Choco Pies last longer!

Cheese: How to Make Good Better

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Ramen is commonly known as one of the tastiest, simplest, and cheapest Korean snacks that one could have, but is there any way to make it even tastier? To answer it simply, yes. Adding cheese to your ramen can add another level to an already delicious meal! Not only can it add another layer of flavor to your meal, but it has a number of benefits as well, such as subduing spice and thickening soups.

Pepero Meets Cake?

That’s right! It’s not uncommon to find people decorating their cakes with a delectable surrounding of Pepero! Not only does it add a sweet accent to an already delicious dessert, but it adds a nice crunchy texture as well!

Waffle Mate Additions!

The Lotte Company’s Waffle Mate biscuits have a crispy waffle shape and a sweet honey flavor as well! While these delicious biscuits are great on their own, there are many great additions that can make the eating experience even more enjoyable! A little bit of melted chocolate allows for a delicious chocolate dip for the waffle biscuits, but a smear of cream cheese pairs well with the sweet biscuit as well. The possibilities are endless!

The Next Addition To Your Bar…Milkis? (Ages 21 + Only!)

Milkis is a refreshing and sweet drink that comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, mango, peach, and more! However, if you’re still craving something more, there’s a simple way to create even more variety: soju. Yes, by mixing together Milkis and soju, you can create a mixed drink that’s quite popular in Korea. Not only is the flavor delicious, but it has a satisfying fizz as well. Next time you want a drink, try this captivating concoction!

While snacks are delicious on their own, experimenting here and there with small changes and additions can increase your personal enjoyment of them! Not only is the process fun, but you get to figure out what you do and don’t enjoy as well! Do you have a favorite snack hack that is not on this list? Comment below!!

Korean Dramas to Watch with Family this Winter!

It’s the time of year where we relax with our families, enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa or eggnog, and stake claim on holiday viewing!

Below is a list of winter-themed dramas you can watch with your loved ones. This season is all about feelings, the good and the bad, and these shows will definitely hit you right in the feels!

  • Will It Snow For Christmas?

A woman and man, who are meant to be, can’t find a way to love each other. With so many troubles in their way, will they be able to overcome them and finally be together?

  • White Christmas

These students happen to be the only ones staying at the boarding school with their teacher during Christmas… What awaits them when they are alone together?

  • Winter Sonata

Finding your father can be hard. With his friends close by and feelings changing, what happens after you disappears from friend for ten years?

  • Snow Queen

Winter is very cold, and feelings can be, too. This isn’t the end of the season, but does it mean the beginnings of hope for a greater love?

  • Snow Flower

A mother’s lie, changing careers, and suddenly getting cast in a drama, which focuses on someone’s work who leaves her speechless. What will Yoo Da Mi do?!

  • Tree of Heaven

Hana had a troubled childhood, and things are not necessarily getting better in the future. A marriage brings along another person, so what happens when life takes a turn? How will the two new siblings adjust with family members in the mix jeopardizing what her mother worked hard for?

  • Bride of The Century

What happens when an heiress who’s destined to marry an heir with a history of misfortune disappears and a look-a-like is hired to take her place?

If you get the chance to check out any of these dramas, let us know your thoughts!

Written by Maegs

Korean Dishes to Dash through the Holiday Season!

Holiday months are always hard. Figuring out what to serve and finding the time to plan meals that suit everyone’s tastes can be a mind-boggling task in itself. We’ve crafted a list of some of our favorite Korean dishes that are great to serve for the holidays! 

FINGER FOODS

  • Korean Fish Cake Balls

Fish cakes, or eomuk (어묵) are boneless fish fillets, as well as squid/prawns, that are filled with an assortment of thinly-sliced vegetables and deep fried (covered in a light batter, of course). This version is a ball-shaped food that’s easy to pop in your mouth and keeps your hands clean.

  • Kimchi Pancake

A pancake mixed with kimchi. This is a great starter to give those who haven’t tried kimchi yet, as well as getting use out of kimchi you haven’t had the chance to eat. It has a sweet and tangy soy sauce specifically made for it.

MAIN COURSE

  • Korean Spicy Pork Stir-Fry

Pork slices (the meat from the belly, preferable) sautéed in a spicy sauce with vegetables, and served with a side of your choice. Rice or kimchi works, too!

  • Bo Ssam (Korean Roast Pork)

Pork shoulder gets coated in a salted shrimp sauce (totally optional) or else Ssäm sauce, which is made with Korean chili paste. Like the pork stir-fry, you can use rice and kimchi or even a spicy Korean coleslaw.

DRINKS

  • Korean Cinnamon Punch

After all that eating is done and your mouth is slightly on fire, here’s a Korean drink that can be served hot or cold to cool down your mouth and soothe your throat. It’s made with cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, brown sugar, and water; and you can also garnish your drink with pine nuts, jujubes or dried persimmons. 

DESSERTS

  • Hobakjuk (Korean Pumpkin Porridge)

Hobakjuk (호박죽) is a Korean porridge made with pumpkin. Some enjoy eating it first thing in the morning, while others like to eat it after dinner. It’s got a party of flavors that all bring together a great taste that’s sweet, nutty and even velvety!

  • Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice)

Patbingsu (팥빙수) is a Korean shaved ice dessert that’s popular in the summer months, but you can have it at any time. Sweetened red bean paste is a common addition to this dish, and small-sized mochi or sweet rice cakes are alternative toppings. Berries can also be a topping. Basically, when it comes to patbingsu, anything goes!

  • Baesuk (Korean Pear Dessert, Two Ways)

This Korean pear dish can be poached or steamed, and can also be used as a natural remedy to nasty colds this winter season.

  • Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancake)

Sweet Korean pancakes, or hotteok (호떡), are a popular street food filled with syrup and eaten in the winter months when the winds are fierce and the air is cold. You can add crushed nuts in your hotteok as well, which makes for a nice bite.

  • Yaksik (Korean Sweet Rice)

Yaksik (약식) is a rice and dried fruit/nuts dish that should be eaten for the Lunar New Year.

Keep warm this winter, eat and drink to your heart’s content, and stay healthy this holiday season!

These are just a handful of dishes you can make at home, but there are many more! You can also make these for family events, birthdays or other types of celebrations.

If you decide to try these yourself, don’t forget to share pictures with us on Instagram and tag us using #SnackFever.

Written by Maegs

The YG Family has Taken Over the World of Just Dance!

Many of you have probably heard of the video game, Just Dance; a game so simple, all you have to do is literally just dance. It’s a game for people of all levels and of all ages. So why is this game so popular? Well, because this game features your favourite songs from any genre of music and most time periods such as Classic Rock or Hip Hop. Players are given the opportunity to challenge other players from all around the world or play with multiple players at your home and it makes people move with so much excitement you won’t even realize you’re tired until you take a break.

However we won’t really be getting into details on how the game works or which American artist made it on the game nor which song is the hardest to pass or dance to. No, today we’ll talk about the family that seems to be taking over the world of Just Dance. The YG Family.

In 2014, Just Dance released that years version of the game Just Dance 2015, featuring PSY’s Gangnam Style which now has 3.2 billion views on youtube. The game features dance steps from the original music video with an icon that seems to represent the iconic YG singer.

In 2016, the franchise released Just Dance 2017.  PSY was featured yet again with his new hit song, Daddy ft. CL with 385 million views on YouTube. The forty-year-old who seems to have his own unique dance moves was featured the following year in Just Dance 2018, with his next big hit, New Face, with 151 million views on YouTube.

In 2018 Just Dance featured not one but two YG groups in their latest game Just Dance 2019. The franchise seems to have wanted to spread their horizons a bit and decided to feature BlackPink’s latest hit, Ddu-du-ddu-du. The song that earned more than 36.2 million views in the first 24 hours of its release is now a song you can challenge yourself with.  Featuring the iconic moves of the talented four and including icons that represent each member of BlackPink.

The very last group to be featured in Just Dance 2019, is no other than the (usually referenced as) “Kings of K-pop”, YG’s very own, BigBang. One of their most iconic songs, Bang Bang Bang, has reached 342 million views on YouTube. The dance in the game features their iconic hand whip which all five members of BigBang make their song known for.

So what are you waiting for?! Grab a friend and get dancing!