Choco Pie: Potent symbol of advanced civilization
Hubby was watching a re-run of season 2 of Falling Skies, and there’s a scene where one of the main leads finds a stash of Choco Pies. That started an on-screen conversation about homesickness, childhood and better, less-dangerous times when a young girl’s main source of anxiety was outgrowing baby fat.
This humble dessert in all of its mechanized, industrialized, junk-food glory was a potent symbol of civilization and a heart salve for the homesick young Korean-American doctor lead character in the show.
The chocolate-covered cake-and-marshmallow sandwich is the Korean version of what’s called in the U.S. a Moon or Scooter pie, in Japan an Angel Pie and in Commonwealth countries a Wagon Wheel. Choco Pies are so popular in North Korea that the North Korean government is selling a knockoff.
Many of you might not know that there’s more than one South Korean company making choice-pies for the American market. There are two main companies making them for the U.S.: Lotte and Orion. But in Korea, there are more versions: