Check It Out

No.199 (11/11/11)


By Emiko S.
Staff Writer

Do you know what day it is today? Today is November 11th, 2011. Does it look familiar? Yes, Pocky! Today is Pocky's day! Here's a little information about Pocky. It is one of Japan 's famous snacks. Pocky was first sold in 1966, a biscuit stick coated with chocolate. It was named after the Japanese onomatopoetic word for the sound Pocky makes when bitten, pokkin ( ポッキン ). Pocky has been attached to Japanese people. Pocky can be found in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and almond. Seasonal flavors are also available, honey (spring) and kiwifruit mango (summer). The bittersweet version of chocolate Pocky is known as Men's Pocky. Regional flavors of Pocky include grape ( Nagano ), y?bari melon ( Hokkaid? ), giant mikan (tangerine, sold in the Ky?sh? region), powdered tea azuki bean ( Kyoto ), Kobe wine ( Kobe ), and five-fusion berry (Goka). There are also such flavors as banana, coffee, caramel, marble royal milk tea, melon, milk, honey and milk, cream cheese, berry, sweet potato, coconut, crush (crunchy cracker pieces in chocolate), pineapple, pumpkin, hazelnut, kurogoma (black sesame), kinako (soy bean flour), marron, Brazilian pudding, mikan, blueberry, apple yogurt, mixed berry and green tea.

Today, we introduce some flavors Pocky and Pletz. Pretz ( プリッツ , Purittsu) is also a Japanese snack made by Ezaki Glico same as Pocky. Pretz is stick-shaped and comes with a texture similar to pretzels. Unlike Pocky, Pretz is dusted with seasonings instead of enrobed in a flavored fudge.

You can find Pocky and Pretz at any local supermarkets. Try one! They are good!


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