Alternative namesKornik, cornic, kornix, kornics, cornicks
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsCorn

Cornick (Filipino: kornik) is a Filipino deep-fried crunchy puffed corn nut snack. It is most commonly garlic-flavored but can also come in a variety of other flavors.[1][2] It is traditionally made with glutinous corn.[3]


Cornick is made by soaking corn kernels in water for three days, changing the water used for soaking daily. The corn used is traditionally glutinous corn (mais malagkit or mais pilit), but other types of corn can also be used, including popcorn. After soaking, the kernels are drained and dried thoroughly. It is then deep-fried in oil at about 120 to 130 °C (248 to 266 °F), to ensure that the kernels do not pop. It is cooked for around two to three minutes then drained on paper towels.[4]

Cornick is traditionally seasoned with salt and toasted garlic. Commercial variants come in a larger aray of flavors including adobo, chili, cheese, and barbecue flavors.[4][2]


Chichacorn, a portmanteau of "chicharron" and "corn", is a variant of cornick originating from the Ilocos region. It differs from cornick in that it is allowed to partially pop during frying.[2][5]

Commercial versions

Mass-produced cornick snacks are widespread in the Philippines. The most popular commercial brands include Boy Bawang, Super Bawang, Bawang na Bawang, and Safari. It is also a common ingredient in Filipino mixed nuts snacks which include brands like Ding Dong and Corn Bits.[2][6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "Bawang na Bawang, Boy Bawang, Corn Bits, and Super Bawang: Our Garlic Cornick Taste Test". Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kornik". Tagalog Lang. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Cabrido, Annaliz. "Planting Glutinous Corn". Business Diary Philippines. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Homemade Cornick. An International Incident Party". Sweet Cherrie Pie. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Chichacorn". About Filipino Food. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "A Taste of Woodside, Queens: Filipino Junk Food". The Omnivorous Traveler's Notebook. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "7 Unique Filipino Snacks You Need to Try". Culture Trip. Retrieved March 30, 2019.