30 Jul '14, 9am

S. Korean 'Choco Pie' balloons launched into North

South Korean activists on Wednesday launched balloons across the border with North Korea carrying thousands of Choco Pies -- a favoured chocolate snack that has become the target of a reported crackdown. Around 200 anti-Pyongyang activists released 50 large helium balloons carrying 350 kilograms (770 pounds) of snacks, including 10,000 Choco Pies from a park in the border city of Paju, organisers of the event said. The humble Choco Pie -- a saliva-sapping confection of chocolate-coated cake and marshmallow -- has become an oft-referenced footnote in the volatile history of inter-Korean ties. Offered as perks to North Koreans working in South Korean factories in the Kaesong joint industrial zone, Choco Pies spawned their own black market and were traded on at sharply inflated prices. According to domestic media reports in Seoul, the emergence of a South Korean snack as an u...

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