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South Koreans are sending North Koreans balloons full of Choco Pie

It blows when the grocery store runs out of your favorite snack cake. But you know what really bites? When the government imposes a national ban on the stuff. According to reports earlier this month, the North Korean government has banned Choco Pies, the chocolate-coated marshmallow cakes its people love to hoard. And now, in a move straight out of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' playbook, sympathetic South Koreans have begun launching enormous Choco Pie-stuffed balloons over the border.

A group of about 200 South Korean activists gathered today to send an airborne care package. They launched 50 large balloons that contained a whopping 10,000 Choco Pies, making for a total 770lbs of snacks. North Koreans have long been fans of these chocolaty SK treats -- savvy managers offered them as perks to factory workers in the Kaesong joint industrial zone, which eventually spawned a thriving Choco Pie black market. But Supreme Leader/Dennis Rodman BFF Kim Jong-un was apparently mad that a "symbol of capitalism" was his nation's most popular snack, so he recently ordered the factory owners to stop handing them out. Hopefully the 10k shipment will tide the Choco Pie-hungry public over until the next drop. Either way, we're anxiously awaiting a poutine gondola from Canada any day now.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and frequently dreams of similar balloons falling from the sky. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.