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.