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Pocky is a popular Japanese snack produced by Glico - which also produces many other yummy snacks including Lucky sticks (very similar, but just thicker Pocky), Pretz, Caplico and so on. I believe you used to be able to find Pocky in certain supermarkets, but no longer! :( So now, I just have got to get Pocky from Asian supermarkets.. sadly. Pocky is pretty similar to Mikado, which is a more expensive and more indulgent (thicker cream) version found in your main supermarkets.
Although you can get Pocky in multipacks (either chocolate or strawberry flavours), the most common form in which Pocky comes in, is in a box. The box is relatively thin, so it's really convenient to bring the pocky around. They have this very interesting way of opening the box - somewhere a fifth from the top there is a serrated portion whereby you can stick your finger in and pull out a little width of cardboard, allowing the top to flip open. In there, you can find a sealed packet of Pocky. I like to eat it best by opening the sealed packet, and then putting the packet back into the flip-top box. It looks quite fun to eat, and it's nice to share this little box with your friends!
FLAVOURS AND BISCUITS
There are way too many flavours of Pocky for me to be able to mention it all. The common ones are most probably the chocolate, strawberry and milk (I think this usually comes from Thailand though). The interesting thing about Pocky is that different countries seem to sell different flavours! When I went to China I found a whole range of flavours (in a box full of Chinese words, btw) that I've never found elsewhere. Some interesting flavours include the Almond Crush (pretty much like the Korean Pepero), the Dessert versions (really thick cream with special toppings, more expensive too), the ultra-thin chocolate Pocky (half the diameter of stick, I think! = more chocolate taste in every bite) - just to mention a few. In this review I will focus on the normal Pocky (not the dessert kind or the almond kind etc.) but the idea of Pocky is pretty much the same throughout - a biscuit stick with some sort of flavouring wrapped around the stick, as though the stick has been dipped into the cream.
I think the most addictive thing about these biscuits is that- it's so fun and light to eat that it's really a snack. It's not heavy like your McVites digestives or your Fox's biscuits at all - it's a tasty mouthful in every bite without leaving you feeling bloated in the stomach. The balance between the cream and the biscuit is also just right - it's sweet enough without being artificial (let's not forget that these are in no way luxury biscuits or anything so the cream layer is just 'okay'). Sometimes I like to eat these by scrapping off the cream with my teeth, savouring the goodness before devouring the entire biscuit stick at a go. Though sometimes it's nice too to just munch, stick after stick. To me, the idea here about eating these is FUN and being able to share a small mouthful of tastiness with friends.
The price of these really do vary from store to store. The Thai milk version (which tends to be smaller) can be found for about 70p whereas the more luxurious flavours can cost as much as 3-4 pounds. The average in London is probably about 1-1.2 pounds though for a normal box of biscuits, which make these definitely much more expensive than most biscuits that you can buy in store (except the Mikado, which to me, is ridiculously overpriced). But they are yummy, addictive and there's so many flavours to try that you just can't resist buying another packet just to have a taste of that banana chocolate or coconut Pocky!
A normal pouch of chocolate Pocky (40g), there lies 180 calories, 8g of fat, 23g of carbohydrates which makes it a very deceptively light snack because it is nutritionally quite heavy. I would probably say that this might not be the best thing for your diet but it is such an awesome treat every now and then.
I would definitely recommend that you try this biscuit and make up your own mind about these! The people I know are either crazy about this, or totally nonchalant. But definitely do try -- I hope my review and the biscuit itself does buy you over eventually!
Pocky is a popular Japanese snack and is manufactured by Glico. It is similar to Mikado, although Pocky is a bit harder to get hold of and Mikado is more readily available in places like supermarkets. I buy my Pocky snacks from my local Chinese supermarket where they source the stock from an import company. You can buy Pocky from many online retailers. I usually pay between 75p-£1.00 for a 45g packet.
The packaging is brightly coloured and attractive looking. The Strawberry flavoured Pocky that I have has a bright pink bacground with the Pocky name printed clearly across the front. The product comes in a cardboard box and there is a tear off tab at the top so you can hinge back the top section and this forms a sort of lid. Inside, the Pocky is wrapped in a sealed foil packet to keep it fresh. Each pack weighs in at 45g.
Pocky is an unusual snack that is quite different from the type of snack I go for such as heavy cakes, biscuits or chocolate bars. It consists of a thin crisp biscuit stick which is dipped in a milky strawberry coating for about 3/4 of the length. They are very small individually, and look fairly insubstantial as a food type. The biscuit stick is nice and crunchy, and has a pleasant taste that is quite plain and not overly sweet. The strawberry coating has a delicate flavour and a lovely light texture that melts in your mouth. These snacks remind me of the chocolate dip snacks that you can get from KP, but they are already coated in the dip. Pocky is available in several flavours but I like the strawberry one as it has a light and natural flavour to it.
The taste and texture are great, but the snack is let down by the fact that it is hardly worth bothering to eat this if you are looking for something to satisfy your hunger. It is far too easy to munch your way through a pack of these Pocky sticks, and afterwards I am always still hungry. They are nice as a treat but are best when eaten after a meal or accompanying something else, as otherwise I end up snacking on other items as well to fill me up.
These Pocky snacks are a lovely tasting treat and are a bit of fun if you want to try a snack that is different from the norm. I enjoy them but there are better snacks out there for satisfying hunger cravings.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour 43%, Sugar 18%, Palm Shortening 17%, Lactose 11%, Milk Powder 5%, Margarine, Emulsifier (E322), Colour (E120), Natural Flavour.
Type: Cult Japanese snack biscuits with strawberry or chocolate flavoured coating