South Koreans are buzzing over the latest Haitai snack, Honey Butter Chip. The product is selling at just over $2, but costs double online because of its difficulty to find. Honey Butter Chip is making nearly $3 million in sales a week in South Korea. The treat has won the hearts of celebrities in Korea. People on social media have added fuel to the frenzy. Many convenience stores are limiting purchases to one bag per person. The potato chip is supposed to be sweet like honey and uses French gourmet butter. More likely than not, stores are sold out or sell out immediately after the shelves are stocked. We may even see Organic Honey Butter Chip or Honey Butter Garlic Butter Chip in the near future as an offshoot of the original hit. If I had a choice, it would be Taro Honey Butter Chip!
THIS WEEK’S SYNOPSES
Episodes 3 and 4
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Han-cheol falls head over heels in love with Su-yeon at first sight. The boys go to town to buy cabbage seeds, but Ki-jun is mistaken for an illegal immigrant and gets arrested. Yun-hui is about to lose her position as the village leader if her team loses in the sports competition. Desperate, she asks Min-ki for help.
Sunday, 7:45 p.m.: Min-ki accepts Yun-hui’s plea for help when his house burns down and the boys become homeless. The village people tell the boys how the people of Sangdurok-ri became their mortal enemies. Min-ki and the boys start training the villages for the sports competition.
Episodes 15 and 16
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Chae Je-gong learns of the crown prince’s secret basement library, and offers to help the crown prince greet the ambassadors from Qing. The king doesn’t believe the crown prince has the diplomatic skills to handle the ambassadors and calls in experts from the Soron party.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Kim Taek tries to appoint a crown prince of his choice when Yi Sun falls into his trap. But the crown prince uses Kim Taek’s trap against him. Kim Taek tells the Qing ambassadors that the crown prince is planning a war on Qing, and asks them to dethrone the crown prince.
Episodes 1 and 2
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-myung, a 14-year-old boy, loses his family and almost his life over an incorrect news report. But he’s rescued by an old man who thinks his dead son came back to life. Ha-myung now lives as Dal-po (Lee Jong-seok), the old man’s dead son, and joins his family.
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Dal-po and In-ha (Park Shin-hye) become uncle and niece by a twist of fate. The two are seniors at the same high school, but just can’t get along with each other. Dal-po learns In-ha is the daughter of the enemy of his family.
"Birth of a Beauty"
Episode 3 and 4
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Chae-yeon tells Sara that Kang-joon abandoned his devoted first wife for her and that Sara means nothing to Kang-joon. But Sara doesn’t give up and continues to pursue Kang-joon. She gets Kang-joon to go for a drive to the coast, but remembers the accident while there.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m: Sara begins to have doubts about her death when she hears Sa Geum-ran left a will and committed suicide. Her suspicion is cemented when she learns her land now belongs to her husband and her mother was kicked out of her own house.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.