Extra! Korea

December 26, 2009

I bought a penguin hat

Filed under: food, hard to categorize — extrakorea @ 2:12 pm

Yes, after ridiculing them in this post, I bought a penguin hat, a blue one, to be precise.

I really wanted one to send to my family back home, so much so that I bought a cake just for myself. After eating a sliver, it’s now in my freezer, where it will stay for who-knows-how-long, unless I see a homeless person starving outside of my apartment building. Brian will probably be annoyed with me, as my behavior is sure to encourage the continued tradition of selling cutesy hats every Christmas.

One thing I don’t understand is why all of the chains (Paris Baguette, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) offer the same deal: buy a cake and get a free hat. They’re all competing to offer the same product to the same demographic. Why not buy-a-dozen-donuts-and-get-big-mittens-that-look-like-bear-paws? Or buy-a-mini-cake-and-six-pastries-and-get-a-scarf-that-looks-like-candy? Honestly, I would have bought a box of donuts (which I would have given away) just for another hat to send home. But no, you have to buy a cake.

Neither Brian nor Zen Kimchi took a picture of the cake I bought, so here is the container and cake:

As Zen Kimchi pointed out, unlike Baskin Robbins cakes in North America, which are a combination of cake and ice cream, the ones here are just ice cream. At first I was annoyed by this (and still am). However, cake goes stale, so my cake should keep better.


  1. Nice lookin cake. Can’t say that about those two girls though-or even about 90% of Korean girls…not that that’s the point.

    Comment by Zuni — December 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    • Nice to see that you don’t suffer from yellow fever.

      CL, the girl on the left in the blue hat, is actually pretty talented. The one on the right, not so much, but she does have a likable personality.

      Comment by extrakorea — December 27, 2009 @ 12:47 am

  2. Oh, dear Lord. This is the source of one of the ugliest Christmas threads imaginable.

    Comment by kushibo — December 26, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    • one of the ugliest Christmas threads imaginable.

      A million foreigner march?

      Comment by extrakorea — December 27, 2009 @ 12:37 am

      • My bad. I had meant to link to Brian’s post’s comments section celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. 😉

        Comment by kushibo — December 27, 2009 @ 12:47 am

      • Actually, it began two years ago in this commercial for Baskin Robbins in which the Wonder Girls promoted fox hats. Then last year, Big Bang and Kim Tae-hee promoted snowmen hats and smurf hats for Baskin Robbins and Paris Baguette, respectively. This year, everybody piled onto the bandwagon.

        Comment by extrakorea — December 29, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  3. If they made it easier to get hats w/o buying a cake they’d make a fortune.

    Comment by Brian — December 26, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

    • If one of the sandwich chains (Isaac and its numerous copycats) made good sandwiches, they might make a fortune. Or maybe not. Look at how Subway has fared in Korea.

      Comment by extrakorea — December 27, 2009 @ 12:48 am

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  5. Why is there a vagina on your ice cream cake?

    Comment by nb — December 30, 2009 @ 9:43 am

    • Do you mean the pink cookie that does not look like a vagina?

      Comment by extrakorea — December 31, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

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  8. Where did you buy the hat from?
    Could i please have the linK!?

    Comment by Gabyyyy — January 24, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    • If you buy a Christmas cake from Baskin Robbins, it’s a freebie. I don’t know if the offer still stands.

      Comment by extrakorea — January 25, 2010 @ 7:50 am

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