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Candy Review: Fuyu Cocoa Pocky (Fuyu no kuchidoke)

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Pocky Fuyu Winter Cocoa Package

I couldn’t help but notice this beautiful new box of Pocky on the shelf at my local asian mart. The shiny silver package with the thick cocoa dusted Pocky sticks and the large kanji reading “winter” called to me: “Hey! I’m yummy and I’m only around for a limited time this winter!” Not able to resist its charms, the Pocky found a home in my shopping cart.

Each packet of this Pocky contains 6 sticks. My first thoughts were how the sticks don’t really have the full cocoa coating as illustrated on the box, as it’s really more of a light dusting. I was lied to! The other thing I immediately notice is how thick the chocolate coating is layered on. It’s easily three times the amount of normal Pocky but not as much as Decorer. This Pocky smells of a dark, intense bitter chocolate. The kind that makes you want to immediately grab a glass of milk.

Pocky Fuyu Winter Cocoa Sticks

This is by far the most delicious Pocky I have ever tasted. I am in love! It’s like eating fudge on a stick, I kid you not! The chocolate, as the smell suggested, is bittersweet and the light cocoa dusting compliments it so very well. The chocolate is really thick and it coats your tongue when you lick it. This makes each stick very time-intensive to eat (unless you like to bite and chew your Pocky).

I inhaled my box of these so fast. I hope my Asian mart has more so I can stock up on them so I have a stash until the return next winter. They are seasonal after all.

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Candy Review: Decorer Pocky: Chocolate and Peach

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Decorer Pocky Chocolate Peach

Happy White Day everyone! Whether you know it or not, today is a day when men who were given chocolate by women on Valentines Day return the favor. So of course Glico has released a set of Decorer Pocky especially for these two love oriented days. Now getting a gift for your special someone is just a convenience store away. How could you resist this classic and convenient treat with it’s pretty box decorated with hearts, to show your affection?

We’re all familiar with Decorer Pocky and these two newcomers are no different in format but are very different in flavor:

The chocolate is flavorful, but not overly so. I was expecting an overload of chocolate because the coating looks so rich and thick. How misleading! Aside from that, it’s a good mild chocolate which is very thick and creamy and melts well in your mouth.

Peach: Tastes of “white peach” that you often find in juice and fruit gummi. It’s very fresh and not artificial tasting at all. The flavor is light, fruity and sweet with floral notes to it. It’s amazing how different the flavor is from the US versions. Very tasty.

Decorer Pocky Chocolate Peach Packets

I recommend picking these up if you see them, regardless if you’re buying them for yourself, that special someone, or are lucky enough to receive “in thanks” as I did.

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What Flavor of Pocky Are You?

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You Are Green Tea Pocky

Your attitude: natural and zen
Peaceful yet full of life. Deep and thoughtful.
You’re halfway to tantric bliss!

I’ve always enjoyed filling out the hundreds of online quizzes that exist on the internet. Luckily, I’ve finally found one that suited for all us Candy Addicts: The What Flavor of Pocky Are You Quiz! I’ve never thought about candy philosophically in terms of assigning personalities to it or visa versa. Maybe the idea spawned from a Pocky induced sugar rush?

In any case, this Pocky Quiz is so much fun! Are you Chocolate Pocky? Strawberry? Decorer? As you can tell from the image above, I am Green Tea Pocky. I don’t think that it completely sounds like me, but Green Tea Pocky is yummy, so who am I to argue?

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Candy Review: Grape and Apple Decorer Pocky

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Pocky Decorer Grape Apple

Pocky, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is one of the most popular candies in Japan. It’s basically a long thin biscuit stick that has a flavored frosting coating covering one end. In the past decade it has been increasing in popularity in the US. Many varieties and flavors exist with chocolate being the standard. The name “Pocky” references the the “poc” sound the candy makes when you bite it. Pretty neat huh?

“Just like a decoration cake on a stick!” chirps the label on the packet. The Decorer Pocky is the biggest and thickest of all the Pocky, mainly due to two layers of frosted coating on the biscuit stick. The top layer is very artfully applied and it does look like cake frosting in a very removed way. Each packet inside the box contains 4 packets of only 3 sticks (unlike the other types of Pocky which give you 4 or more per packet) and is a little deceiving in terms of satisfaction. They’re more satisfying than they seem! I like the Decorer Pocky line simply because there’s “more” of an already good thing and it takes a long time to eat.

Pocky Decorer Grape Stick

The Decorer I tried was the new fall 2006 flavors:

Mild Grape: The bottom layer is a mild chocolate while the “decor” layer is grape flavored. The stick itself is pretty, with the light lavender of the grape against the creamy brown chocolate. The taste is very good, which says a lot of since I’ve never especially been a fan of grape flavored candy. The closest thing I can relate it to is a grape flavored Tootsie Pop, just as you manage to get both the flavors of the coating with the chocolate chew. There’s also a very tangy aftertaste which I can’t quite put my finger on.

Apple: The bottom layer is a white-yellow colored white chocolate with a faint buttery apple flavor while the “decor” layer is light brown and flecked with cinnamon. The texture is creamy while the overall flavor is light and delicate. I was expecting more of a straight apple flavor and instead I got apple pie a la mode. The cinnamon is beautifully worked in. Lovely surprise!

Overall, these are very delicious and refreshing fruity flavors. I’d recommend the Decorer line to any Pocky fans out there, as well as those of us who love frosting and eat cake just for the icing.

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Candy Review: Pocky Chocolate

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Pocky Chocolate

I finally picked up a box of Pocky for $1.00 at my local Asian Market yesterday. I have seen it many times and have always been curious what it was like. It comes in a bright red box labeled “Pocky,” and it has what looks like a bunch of sticks pictured on the front. There are many flavors (including some bizarre limited edition ones), but I picked up the basic “Chocolate Flavour.” It is by Thai Glico Co Ltd (the makers of Collon), and the package states that it is a “Super Snack.”

“Super Snack” is an excellent description of these delicious treats. As I got into my car after leaving the Asian Market, I opened up the box and the foil wrapper inside. I grabbed a Chocolate Pocky stick and crunched down on it. MMMMMmmm! DANG! It was GREAT! It was like a crunchy shortbread dipped in sweet chocolate.

The market is only 2 miles from my house but I downed half the box by that time. One Pocky after the other. Boom boom boom. They are so delicious and deserving of our Awesomely Addictive award! I somehow controlled myself until 1 minute before writing this article. I saved 2 out of the 20 or so sticks that were in the box, but they are now gone.

The ingredients list is very short: wheat flour, sugar, tapioca flour, palm oil, milk, salt, and artificial chocolate flavor – nothing weird or scary included. Even though the chocolate is “artificial” it tastes really good, especially when combined with the crunchy sticks. I can’t say a single negative thing about Pocky except maybe that they are too easy to eat.

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