Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Green Pocky

Name: Mousse Pocky (Green Tea)
Brand: Glico
Place Purchased: Mitsuwa Marketplace (Little Tokyo, LA)
Price: $1.99
Size: 1.75 oz
Calories per ounce: 80
Type: Cookie/Candy

Pocky is one of those Japanese treats that’s gone mainstream in the States. I’ve seen them at Ralph’s and even some convenience stores. I’d never had them before and I think if I had it to do all over again, I’d start with a more common flavor. However, I’ve got to hand it to the Mitsuwa Marketplace, they had a huge selection. There’s also something known as “Men’s Pocky” which I haven’t quite figured out.

If you’ve never seen them before, Pocky are little cracker/biscuit sticks dipped in something chocolatey or creamy. My choice was Green Tea. The sticks look just like the package promises. Long, unsalted pretzel looking things dipped in a green, creamy coating. You grab them by a small uncoated end for clean fingers.

The coating is like white chocolate flavored with green tea, and it tastes just like room-temperature green tea ice cream. Smooth, delicately flavored with a crisp bite to the cracker inside. They’re definitely addictive and one of the better items I bought on my last Little Tokyo trip. They do have a bit of hydrogenated oils in them (though the main fat is cocoa butter, which is what gives the coating its smooth-meltyness).

I’m eager to try more flavors. The neutrality of the crunchy stick makes it idea for just about anything. Mostly I’m going to see if other varieties don’t have hydrogenated oils.

Rating: 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:50 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyPockyReviewGlicoCookieWhite Chocolate8-TastyJapan

  1. These sound great! I’ve never seen them before.

    I think my first test would be to see if it was possible to scrape the coating off with my teeth, leaving the cracker. Sort of like trying to lick all the candy coating off a Tootsie Roll Pop to get to the soft inside without cracking or breaking the shell!

    Mmmm. Candy goodness!

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. I think Men’s Pocky is supposed to eaten frozen. Although I’ve never had it.

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Men’s Pocky is very dark, unsweetened chocolate.  I think you would like it =)

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Men’s Pocky is definitely dark chocolate.

    My favorite!

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. The green tea flavored Pocky is my very favorite, but the Asian supermarket I go to no longer carries it. Er—have you tried that thing called “Collon Creams”? Yes, it sounds dreadful. I bought it to freak my brother out, but we wound up fighting over who got to finish the box.

    Comment by Ouisi K. on 2/02/06 at 2:55 pm #
  6. Haven’t tried green tea chocolate, but I just ordered some green tea Kit-Kats a few days ago! Green tea Pocky sounds good too.

    Comment by Angelica on 3/20/13 at 4:50 am #
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