North Korean authorities are banning the sale of popular dessert items in jangmadang [marketplace], causing folks to wonder about the sudden measure by the Party.
A correspondent inside North Korea said, “All of a sudden, the [cops] are cracking down on food items made look like a nuke, a nitrogen bomb, or a missile. They are not letting the merchants display. They have prohibited their sale, and people are grumbling a lot.”
“People made these sweets and sold them at jangmadang starting last summer. They were very popular. The nuke candy was a lollipop on a plastic stick and it was labeled Kumsong Number 1. The hydrogen bomb popsicle had round balls and narrow middle.”
“The ICBM taffy is not very pretty. Nor are the cookies labeled Hwasong 12, Hwasong 14, and Hwasong 15. But people like them because they were named after the nukes and missiles.
As to why the authorities are cracking down on these food items, there are a couple of theories. One, these items might give a hostile impression to the outsiders. On the other hand, the candies might be offensive to the supreme leader.”
The nuke candy is labeled as KumSung Number 1, and the hydrogen bomb is labeled as KumSung Number 2. A lot of missile taffy or candies bear the name, ‘GwangMyungSung’.”
“Kumsung stands for Kim Il-sung and GwangMyungSung for Kim Jong-il. Some say that labeling these food items after the supreme leaders are insulting. That’s why they stopped the sale.”
“Also, the candies and popsicles melt as they are eaten. Also, the missile cookies are chewed by teeth then swallowed, all of which suggest an image that our nukes and missiles become useless. That is one of the theories, whether you believe it or not.”