Monday, May 15, 2006

Almond Crush Pocky

I couldn’t resist picking this Pocky up last week when I was in Little Tokyo. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any candy because I already have a huge backlog, but everyone kept saying how good the Almond Crush Pocky is.

imageIt is by far the most satisfying Pocky I’ve ever had.

Each of the four little silver/clear pouches hold six sticks, which is a nice portion size - a little under 3/4 of an ounce. The nutrition label says that three packets is a portion, but I’ve been pretty happy with a single packet at a time.

The snack smells like freshly made waffle cones. Sweet, a little caramelized, a little nutty and thoroughly chocolatey. The chocolate is rich and dark and has a nice glossy sheen. The almond bits aren’t really that noticeable as a distinct crunch, but they provide a good bit of texture (and a whallop of protein - there are 2.5 grams of protein per ounce). The slight sweetness and crisp of the biscuit stick pulls it all together and keeps me munching all the way down to the uncoated nubbin.

The ingredients on these don’t list any hydrogenated fish oils, but the last ingredient on the list is MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is a little disappointing, but caused me no ill effects. The sodium content overall for this snack is high though - at about 220 mgs per ounce.

All that aside, it’s not too sweet, it’s not too dry, it’s not too bland. It’s just right.

See all the other Pocky posts here.

Name: Almond Crush Pocky
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Pocky (Glico)
Place Purchased: Little Tokyo (LA)
Price: $1.99
Size: 2.89 ounces
Calories per ounce: 129
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, Cookie, Glico, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I recently tried this Pocky myself…my first Pocky adventure ever. I LOVED it…sooooooooo good. YUM.

    Comment by Amy on 5/15/06 at 8:50 am #
  2. oh MY: “superb”. so did pockys just become universally available or something? i never saw them here in tx anywhere until this past week (plain choc, i’m sorry to say, altho that’s better than nothing).

    on an unrelated tangent, i’m seein’ white choc m&ms; pretty much everywhere now…

    Comment by tg on 5/15/06 at 8:52 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    tg - I hear that Pocky now has a distribution deal with WalMart and some other national grocery chains, so I expect that they’ll be more widely available.

    Why do you keep taunting me with the Pirate M&Ms;! I’ve now been to a DOZEN places in LA looking for them. I’ll keep looking but by the time I get a hold of them my thoughts will likely be moot.

    Amy - nothing wrong with starting with the best! (Of course there are other Pocky out there I haven’t tried that might be equally superb.)

    Comment by Cybele on 5/15/06 at 10:36 am #
  4. I hate pocky.

    I don’t understand their appeal.  Am I the only one that hates these sticks?  Everyone who posts on this site seems to really Dig ‘em.  Ah well, more pocky for you I suppose smile

    Comment by chadd on 5/15/06 at 11:44 am #
  5. I got some of these at Famima!! and I love them !(!)

    Comment by Julilla on 5/15/06 at 2:27 pm #
  6. OOooo! I’ve seen this Pocky around, but I haven’t tried it since I’m not a big fan of nuts in my chocolate. I hate getting the bits in my teeth. Did you have that problem with this Pocky? It looks like I’ll have to try some, if and when I see it next, since you gave it such a rave review.

    Not to be a pain, but I found the pirate white chocolate M&M’s after some serious searching this weekend. I swear I checked at least three different Eckerds, CVS, and grocery stores…until I FINALLY found them in a display in ShopRite. Look for the displays is my recommendation. They haven’t gotten enough to put them in the normal candy checkout lanes yet it seems. Good luck and let us know when you find them. I can’t wait for the review. smile

    Comment by Sera on 5/15/06 at 3:52 pm #
  7. yes cybele, you must post a review of the white M&Ms;. they’re not a real product until your review comes out!

    Comment by tg on 5/15/06 at 6:56 pm #
  8. this pocky…i’m going to have to start looking for them. maybe when i go to LA i’ll have more luck?

    Comment by Pam on 5/16/06 at 4:13 am #
  9. i searched and searched for the white choc m&ms;, finally finding them in a Ralph’s of all places (but only the 12oz bags).  i’ve since seen them at 7-11 also (in the regular sized bags). 

    i absolutely LOVE them.  but i am unusually fond of white chocolate.

    Comment by ruffy on 5/16/06 at 5:36 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    chadd - sorry about my pocky fixation - hopefully it doesn’t diminish your view of the blog as a whole.

    Julilla - hurray for Famima!! (I hope that new one opens in my neighborhood soon.)

    Sera - the almond bits are pretty small, so it’s more texture than crunch.

    Pam - if you’re coming to LA you should definitely check out Little Tokyo (and Chinatown ... they’re not far from one another) for unique candies.

    ruffy - I tried Ralphs (I had high hopes for that Ralphs because they had such a good Easter selection) but I DID find them at 7-11 on the second try!

    Comment by Cybele on 5/16/06 at 7:25 am #
  11. I think they also make a dark chocolate version of this too, here in Japan.  Hope you can get a taste of this one, it is very good.

    Comment by Kat on 5/18/06 at 1:15 pm #
  12. I love both the Green Tea and Strawberry Pocky flavours. These are the only one’s I’ve tried, however.

    Comment by vmlemon on 6/26/06 at 7:33 am #
  13. I recently tasted this wonderful candy from some students of mine who have a Japanese Club.  I love these!  I can’t get enough!  They gave me a box, but now I need more!  By far the best combination chocolate and nuts ever!  I’m hooked!

    Comment by Mia on 9/06/07 at 8:18 am #
  14. WOW i always had the plane chocolate pocky but today i tired the almond crush and i just fell in love with that one. It’s so good. Im so hooked on this.

    Comment by Heather on 8/11/08 at 12:37 pm #
  15. Pocky (not sure which varieties… definitely not this one!) is available at Shaw’s now. I was in a Williston, VT Shaw’s store and we were looking for something in the “Foods Around the World” or whatever for Mexican stuff, and the Japan section was somewhat near it - they had yanyan and pocky and a couple of other things. I got strawberry pocky for the first time ever there (had planned on buying it that night at the Asian market but didn’t have time to go there) and it was about the same price as it is at the Asian market I go to once a week.

    Comment by PurpleDog on 12/21/08 at 5:27 am #
  16. I am a pocky addict and I love almond crush pocky

    Comment by ASHLEY on 1/13/10 at 1:59 pm #
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