[UPDATED 2 MAY 2019] Note: This is an old article and since then, many readers have given feedback to us on the halal status of the snacks. Do refer to our updated article on Muslim-friendly convenience store snacks. Thank you! 

South Korea has a few convenience stores from international chains like 7-Eleven and Ministop to local stores like ‘GS 25’ and ‘C U’.


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They pretty much sell the same thing – snacks, instant noodles and basic toiletries. With ingredients written in Korean and close to zero halal certified snacks being sold, it would be quite the challenge for Muslim travellers to try local snacks.
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Fret not, for this article will introduce some convenience store snacks from chips to cookies and drinks that are Muslim-friendly!

Note: While the snacks mentioned are not halal certified, Korean Muslims have been consulted regarding the snacks.

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[Updated 2 May 2019: A reader has just alerted us that this product contains non-halal beef extract and is produced in the same facility as other products containing pork. So we have removed it from this list!]
1. Binch Chocolate Biscuits

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Described on the packaging as “European Style Biscuits”, Binch biscuits have a chocolate face and a biscuit back. They are just the right amount of sweet and are suitable for young kids. The biscuits are also in separate packaging, so they would be a handy snack to keep in the bag; especially when travelling with children.

2. ‘Chokchokhan Chococh3ip’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies  [One of our readers pointed out that this product contains trace amounts of beef (not labelled)! Removed to avoid doubt.]

An alternative chocolate chip cookie to try would be this Chokchokhan Chocochip Cookie (its name is definitely a mouthful!).

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Its main selling feature is that its actually a chewy chocolate chip cookie and goes great with milk! Also something to keep the young ones busy with.

3. Nesquik Choco Wafers

My favourite among the chocolate snacks. It’s a vanilla or milk flavoured wafer covered in delicious sweet milk chocolate.


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Another great chocolate snack suitable for both the young and old.

4. Pokachip Potato Chips.

This particular brand of potato chips does not use any meat flavouring like chicken or bacon powder (like most other brands do). They come in a variety of flavours like original, sweet onion and sweet cheese (Korean snacks lean toward the sweet side).

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My favourite is definitely the original flavour. It’s amazing when paired with a cool can of ‘Milkis’.

P.S. It has been highlighted by a user that this product may contain traces of beef products. So please eat at your own discretion.

5. Sun Hot & Spicy Chips

Among the Koreans I hang out with, these corn chips along with the Pokachips are definitely the popular choice of snacks when friends get together.

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Although they’re advertised as ‘hot & spicy’, they’re more sweet than spicy.

6. NongShim ‘Saewoo Kang’ Shrimp chips  [One of our readers pointed out that this product contains trace amounts of beef (not labelled)! Removed to avoid doubt.]

You’re probably more aware of the original flavoured shrimp chips, but the spicy flavour in the darker packaging is something to try as well.

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It definitely is a lot spicier than the Sun chips. For spice lovers, these chips have just the right amount of spice. One thing’s for sure, you can’t stop at just one!

7. Pringles

I managed to find Halal certified Pringles (from Malaysia) being sold in the 7-Elevens around Korea.

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You definitely need to find the Halal sign on the cans before purchasing because not all of the Pringles are halal certified.

UPDATE 2 Jan 2018: A reader has informed us that this product may contain traces of pork. We advise that you consume at your own discretion.
8. Honey Butter Chip   

Yes! I managed to find them! These chips were all the craze last year. Now they are a lot easier to find in convenience stores.

However, there is a little complication with regards to whether these chips are safe to consume or not. I was told that while the chips themselves do not contain any ‘haram’ ingredients, the factory or company line sells products that contain pork, so its definitely up to the consumer to decide if they would be comfortable consuming these chips.

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They taste strangely sweet and salty at the same time. Definitely a taste that needs to be acquired!

9. Flavoured Milk

There are so many flavours you can find! From strawberry milk to watermelon milk (this is my first time encountering watermelon flavoured milk). Definitely an interesting way to start your day. They cost roughly less than ₩3000 each.

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7 Eleven has a ton of flavoured milk like Banana, Mint Latte, Coffee Milk, Mocha Latte, Coconut Milk, Strawberry and Watermelon.

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10. Milkis

Last but not least is my ultimate favourite Korean soda, Milkis.

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This drink is a cross between yoghurt and soda. It sounds a little weird but its definitely a soda flavour I’ve never tried before. Once you give Milkis a shot, you might not settle for Coke or Sprite anymore!

Bonus!

Convenience stores sometimes sell fruits and vegetables as well! So if you plan to do some light cooking, hit up the nearest convenient store. You’ll be surprised at what you can find 😉

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BONUS: Samyang Ramen

The Samyang Spicy Korean Noodles is all the rage now, and the best news is, its HALAL! If it isn’t spicy enough for you, the 2X Spicy Ramen challenges the true spice seekers with the extra dose of zest 🔥


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Is smoke coming out from your ears yet? 😂 Don’t worry if you can’t handle the heat, there’s other flavours you can choose from, like the cheese flavour ramen, which balances out the spicy-salty flavour perfectly.


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Again, I wish to stress that these snacks are not 100% halal certified. I consulted several Korean Muslims who are better versed in selecting local products to consume.

Hopefully you are open to try these Korean snacks and enjoy them as much as I do. It was definitely an excellent excuse to visit the convenience store because I had to write this article!

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    Hi i think ive found an article that said the halal one are only of those being export to malaysia (and thus, they have halal logo on the packaging. As it was said, they use different machine to process) 
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      Hi Valda! Thank you for reaching out to us! Unfortunately, we are unable to verify the halal status of Sunnuts Honey Butter Almond. :( You might want to refer to this article over here for a list of Muslim-friendly snacks - https://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/12-won-worthy-cafes-that-are-so-seoul-cool/. Hope it helps! :)
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    Hi I want to ask something, recently I got a gift from my aunty when she comes to Korea. Im curious about the snack bcs I cant check the ingridients because I didnt know about korean. What about 요하이, 비비고 korean seaweed, cruch punch snack, and dalguna sugar candy? There is a halal snack between those?
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      Hi Zahra! Thank you for your question😊 Unfortunately, we can't verify the halal status of those snacks as there are certain ingredients which are ambiguous. You can refer to this article for a list of Muslim-friendly snacks in Korea: https://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/10-korean-snacks-from-the-store-you-didnt-know-were-muslim-friendly/ Hope this helps!(:
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    Hi,  I have a question above Lotte biscuit,  Binch.  I've read from a number of blogs saying that this biscuit is halal. We ate this biscuit numerous times and today someone inform me that this biscuit is not halal.  Need your help as I can't read Korean.  Thank you in advance. 
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      Hi Hafizah! Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, we're not sure if Binch is halal :( So sorry, perhaps you can reach to them and ask? Do share with us if you have any info :)
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      Hi Wendy. Unfortunately, we are not sure if it contains any meat. So sorry about that, but if you do find information on that, do share with us :) Or perhaps you can reach out to our community on Facebook (https://goo.gl/zjw8rF) or our Forum (https://goo.gl/XemB1G). Hope this helps, thank you! :)
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      Hi Syahroni! Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are unable to determine the halal status of Jeju milk as we are not a halal-certifying body. We would advise you to check the source of the milk and to drink it at your own discretion! Hope it helps!😊
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      Hi Izzati! Thank you for reaching out to us. From our research, MarketO real brownies contain alcohol. Unfortunately, we're unsure about the halal status of Samjin white pie. Really sorry about it. 😞
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      Hi Reiji! Thanks for pointing out! We will update the article accordingly.😊 If you're looking for Muslim-friendly snacks in Korea, we actually have an updated version that you can find here - https://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/korean-snacks-muslim-friendly/ Hope this helps!😊
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      Hi there! Thank you for reaching out to us.😊 Unfortunately, the snacks from Tom's Farm 1982 is not halal as some of the snacks include pork.😞
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      Hi Sarah! Thank you for reaching out to us.😊 Unfortunately, we'd advise our readers to refrain from consuming Lotte Ghana Chocolates since it contains "processed fats" and we're unable to determine the source of the fats. Hope this helps!
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      Hi there! We've removed Honey Butter Chips from our article as a reader informed us that the chips are manufactured in the same factory as those that use pork-derived ingredients. To eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, we've decided to cancel it. Hope it clarifies!😊
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      Hi Nisa! Thank you for reaching out to us.😊 Unfortunately, we're unsure about the ingredients used in Lotte Milk Candy wouldn't be able to provide meaningful advice. Really sorry about it!😞
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      Hi Novi! Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are sure of the halal status ourselves.😞Perhaps you could check the ingredients list for any suspicious ingredients and consume at your own discretion.
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      Hi Damia! Thank you for reaching out to us! Unfortunately, we are unable to determine the halal status of Ghana chocolate and Yogi chocolate as we are not a halal-certifying body. We would advise you to check the ingredients of the chocolate and to consume at your own discretion! Hope it helps!☺️
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    Hi there.. Love this travel blog! New, writer states that she experienced winter in seoul. care to share on activities/food n everything else abt winter in seoul? wld be helpful as im planning to go there during winter to experience snow.. heh..
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    Assalamualaikum wr wb all, please note that the Honey butter chips or honey butter almonds are produced in the factory that also processes other snacks that contained pork.  Even though author has mentioned that its up to individual's discretion however I do hope you do not consume it as food which is not halal will affect our iman.  Just my 2cts worth. 
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    Hello, i enjoyed reading your blog ! It has a lot of helpful information! Also i downloaded the app which i know it's going to be very helpful as well! I have one question though, what about street food and instant ramen ? Can i eat those ? I know that sundae contains pork in it what about the others ? Thank you so much ❤
    • Hello Alaa! Thanks for dropping by :) Glad that you found the app useful! If you could take some time to drop us a review on app store/Google play store, we would be really grateful. As for street food and instant ramen, there are no halal certified ones in Seoul. There are a few that do not contain pork and/or animal derivatives that we've mentioned in our other articles, e.g. vegetable pajeon, egg bread, etc. But we do advise our readers to consume at their own discretion!
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    here is a link for snackes which shows this is not halal. than whom we belive????https://www.facebook.com/halal.co.kr/photos/ms.c.eJxFy8ERwDAIA8GOMpZkEPTfmJM88HfnDgYTBqqLsB58oN18Yak5IAoy4xaR2yt6oP6l8gDTzxEZ.bps.a.1603290466581506.1073741836.1503370563240164/1712617118982173/?type=3&theater
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      Hi Aina! These snacks are not 100% halal certified, but we did have a check whether it's safe to consume or not. Do refer to the article for the different points :)
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    as far as i know.. all product from Lotte, we need to be more carefull. the facilities to made the product, also produce another product that have trace of pork and non halal beef..so, we still need to read at least, if there anything written like 돼기거기, 쇠고기, 리시틴. Not even bread is free to eat
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      Hi Khairiani, unfortunately we don't have that information on whether the Honey Butter Almond by Tom's Farm is halal-certified :( Do let us know if you manage to find any information on these! :)
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        hi, what i searched about Tom's Farm honey butter almond i think it doesn't contain any animal ingredient,it say that it's ingredient are: https://www.orientalmart.co.uk/tom-s-farm-honey-butter-almondAlmonds, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil(Soybean), Lecithin(Soybean), Herb Extract.and from another site say: http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/fairprice/toms-farm-honey-butter-almond-250g-13084553Almond, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Honey Butter Flavouring, Honey, Aspartame, Honey, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil, Lecithin E322, Herb Extractthe suspicious ingredient is lecithin, but when i search about code lecithin e322 it said halalhttps://ecode.halal-haram.com/check/E322.htmlhope it'll help, and wallahuallam bisshawab.
    • hi, what i searched about Tom's Farm honey butter almond i think it doesn't contain any animal ingredient, it say that it's ingredient are: https://www.orientalmart.co.uk/tom-s-farm-honey-butter-almond Almonds, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil(Soybean), Lecithin(Soybean), Herb Extract. and from another site say: http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/fairprice/toms-farm-honey-butter-almond-250g-13084553 Almond, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Honey Butter Flavouring, Honey, Aspartame, Honey, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil, Lecithin E322, Herb Extract the suspicious ingredient is lecithin, but when i search about code lecithin e322 it said halal https://ecode.halal-haram.com/check/E322.html hope it'll help, and wallahuallam bisshawab.
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      hi, what i searched about Tom's Farm honey butter almond i think it doesn't contain any animal ingredient, it say that it's ingredient are: https://www.orientalmart.co.uk/tom-s-farm-honey-butter-almond Almonds, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil(Soybean), Lecithin(Soybean), Herb Extract. and from another site say: http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/fairprice/toms-farm-honey-butter-almond-250g-13084553 Almond, Starch Syrup, Sugar, Honey Butter Flavouring, Honey, Aspartame, Honey, Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil, Lecithin E322, Herb Extract the suspicious ingredient is lecithin, but when i search about code lecithin e322 it said halal https://ecode.halal-haram.com/check/E322.html hope it'll help, and wallahuallam bisshawab.
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    Unfortunately, many of those snacks listed are not really Muslim friendly. If you read the ingredients and detailed info at the back you can see that they are cross-contaminated with pork. It's the same for almost 90% of chips and much of cookies etc. being sold in Korea. Unfortunately, there is misinformation in this post ㅠㅠ By the way I am living in Korea for almost 4 years now. I am one of those students struggling to find Halal products for all these years. That's why recently I am active in Halal industry in Korea to some degree and wanted to share this with you. Keep up the good work InshaAllah! I really like this blog ^^~
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