One of the most commonly requested products that I often get asked to explore further on ChocolateMission are the ever popular 'Pocky' biscuit sticks. Pocky is a Japanese snack food made by the Ezaki Glico Company of Japan, first produced in 1966 and consists of the simple combination of a biscuit stick traditionally coated with chocolate. As with almost Japanese brand in Japan there have been hundreds of different flavour variations and sub ranges of Pocky down the years - some of which I have featured on this website already (See HERE).
Today thanks to my friends at J-List I got the chance to try some of the more traditional flavours they have to offer. If you look at the J-List website you should be able to find all of these flavours available to buy. Today I will keep the words to a minimum, just enjoy the photographs and the charts:
Pocky Chocolate Flavour - Kcal 230 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 4.0g Carbs 33.0g (per 47.0g pack)
Those of you who have ever tried the Glico Mikado available here in the UK will be very familiar with what these had to offer. The sticks of these seem to lack a little of the butteryness of the Mikado biscuits, but the taste was still every bit as moreish. Although just stated as 'chocolate flavour' on the packaging these were most definitely more milk chocolate than dark. The cocoa was sweet, yet not overly so and the chocolate flavour hit was adequately provided with each mouthful. Just as I as I stated with the Mikado, my only real problem with these was that I still found them relatively unsatisfying. Delicious, yet totally unfulfilling.
8.2 out of 10
Pocky Milk Flavour - Kcal 120 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 17.0g (per 25.0g)
I was expecting this Milk Flavour to be no different to the Mikado White Chocolate that we also get here in the UK, but they actually turned out to be really rather different. Aesthetically the pale coloured sticks looked appetising but it was the creamy aromas that really caught my attention. In terms of taste the coating was similar to evaporated milk, with a very intense sweet, sugary taste. The underlying cream flavours made this a very tasty combination with the biscuit, though once again I didn't find these to be a very satisfying snacking option. I don't think a bar of this milk flavour coating would work at all, but in this format it was pretty tasty.
7.8 out of 10
Pocky Choco Banana - Kcal 130 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 16.0g (per 25.0g)
Out of all the flavours on offer today I was really looking forward to trying this Choco Banana flavour as they were a little different in proposition to the others. Unlike the other flavours which all had plain biscuit sticks, these were chocolate flavoured with a banana flavoured coating. Taking the sticks out the foil packet, a raft of very sweet banana confection smells greeted me. In both smell and taste the banana didn't come across as the most genuine or 'real', but I still found myself enjoying the oldschool confection fruitiness - think of those banana flavoured foam sweets! It has to be said the chocolate biscuit sticks weren't anything spectacular or amazingly different from the usual plainer ones which was a slight disappointment. Banana flavour fans will like these.
7.7 out of 10
Pocky Strawberry Flavour - Kcal 220 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 32.0g (per 45.0g)
Finish off with the best? Unfortunately not! As you can tell from my scoring chart below I really hated these. The aromas that emanated from the foil packet straightaway struck a bad chord with me - the fake strawberry scents smelt horribly cheap and didn't excite me at all about the taste test to follow. Unfortunately I was soon to learn that the only thing that was worse than the smell of these Strawberry flavoured Pocky was indeed the taste. Just as the aromas suggested the strawberry coating tasted god awful. It had a very chemically, artificial taste that a) tasted nothing like strawberry and b) was sickeningly sweet - I needn't labour the point but these were really not to my taste at all, I wouldn't recommend them.
4.8 out of 10
Want to try these Pocky flavours for yourself? Head over to J-List - CLICK HERE