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These have been popping up in various places around Seoul. They originate from Rothenberg, Germany, one of my favorite places in Europe, but I had not seen them when I lived in Germany. It does look like they do have some copycats jumping on the trend, though.

They come in different sweet and savory flavors. I got one that was coconut and banana, and it was a good choice.

So, what the freak are they?

The best I can describe it is sugar ice cream cones coated in flavorings then layered like jawbreakers into balls. You buy what you want then go to the Cracking Zone.

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This one cafe next to the Hongdae playground had the Cracking Zone set up conspicuously at the front window for all passers-by to see.

Here is the result of my SMASH!! The cases they’re in are refrigerated, and they did taste good cold. You should carry a beverage with you, though, as it gets rich on the throat after a while. But they’re a good bit of fun. A little thicker than ice cream cones, but they have that satisfying crunch without being too sweet.

Here’s Seattle-based food writer Jay Friedman whacking out a ball. To read his take on it, go to Serious Eats.

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