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Monday, July 1, 2013

Pocky Japanese Biscuit Stick

Pocky (ポッキー) is a Japanese biscuit stick produced by Ezaki Glico. Pocky made its debut in 1966 and the original Pocky was a biscuit stick coated in chocolate. The original was followed by almond in 1971 and strawberry in 1977. Today there are many different flavours of Pocky in Japan including chocolate, almond, strawberry, milk, chocolate mousse, green tea, honey and banana. Pocky is extremely popular in Japan especially among teenagers and young adults. It has also spread to other East Asian nations and has a significant presence in both South Korea and China. It has just started becoming popular in Western countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States.

Pocky can be found in dozens of varieties as mentioned above. Some of the more unusual flavours include seasonal flavours such as honey (spring) and kiwifruit mango (summer). There are also regional versions of Pocky including grape (Nagano), yubari melon (Hokkaido), tangerine (Kyushu), azuki bean (Kyoto) and Kobe wine (Kobe).

Special variations of Pocky also sometimes appear and these include “Decorer Pocky” (features extra decorative icing), “Men’s Pocky” (a dark bitter chocolate version), “Mousse Pocky” (mousse like icing that is thick and creamy) “Dessert Pocky” (features sticks covered in cream), and Pocky Midi (shorter, stubbier version).

Pocky even has its own National Day, Pocky Day, which is November 11th (11-11). The event is held on November 11th as the date (11-11) resembles four sticks of Pocky.

Pocky Chocolate


The original and still the best in my opinion with a rich delicious milk chocolate coating.

Pocky Chocolate Snoopy Special
Pocky Chocolate
Pocky Chocolate Biscuit Sticks

Pocky Tsubu Tsubu Strawberry


A flavour boost from the original strawberry with pieces of dried strawberry and very addictive.

Pocky Tsubu Tsubu Strawberry 
Pocky Tsubu Tsubu Strawberry Packet
Pocky Tsubu Tsubu Strawberry Biscuit Sticks

Here are some of the recent editions of Pocky we at Japan Australia have tried:

Pocky Matcha Cream


One of my new favourites is matcha cream. Slightly bitter but the cream adds a nice sweet balance.

Pocky Matcha Cream
Pocky Matcha Cream Packet
Pocky Matcha Cream Biscuit Sticks

Pocky Star Wars


A collaboration with Star Wars to produce these limited edition Star Wars Giant Pocky. They come in two different boxes and feature three flavours, Strawberry, Kyoho Grape and Matcha Green Tea. Read all about them on my Star Wars Pocky post.

Front Cover Star Wars Pocky

The Star Wars Pocky Lightsabers come individually wrapped

Star Wars Pocky Strawberry

Pocky Panda ~ Cookies & Cream


Pocky Panda is a limited edition Panda inspired Pocky. The flavour is cookies and cream and the biscuit stick is made with cocoa. The topping is really sweet and features white chocolate cream with specks of real crunchy chocolate cookie.

Pocky Panda with a cute panda on the box

The packaging has cute pandas printed all over it


The biscuit sticks with a creamy topping and real pieces of cookie


Fuyu no Kuchidoke Pocky


A new Winter Pocky in Japan ~ Fuyu no Kuchidoke! Winter Chocolate Pocky with Fine Chocolate. It has a stronger chocolate flavour than normal Pocky with the outside coated in powdered cocoa. Hurry it is limited edition!

Fuyo no Kuchidoke Pocky 

MORE POCKY FLAVOURS TO COME.....

What is your favourite Pocky?

6 comments:

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    1. Thanks Lina, I've yet to meet a person that doesn't like Pocky :)

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  2. I like Pocky, but picking a favorite flavor is almost impossible. There are just too many!
    I like the normal chocolate one quite a lot! ^^

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    1. Thanks ZJ, Hard to choose a favourite when there are so many great ones. I still really like the original chocolate and if I had to choose one, this would be it :)

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  3. My latest favourite is Pocky's brand-new Coffee Cookie Crunch featuring Snoopy! :D

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    1. Thanks Ru, I really like the new Snoopy packaging and there is a different picture on the back of the box. I haven't tried the Coffee Cookie Crunch Pocky. It goes straight onto the list :)

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