Pocky and Pretz: The Ultimate Japanese Snacks
Pocky and Pretz: If you’ve never heard of these two tasty Japanese snacks, you must have been hiding under a rock, since these are by far the two most popular Japanese snacks outside of Japan.
Pocket Your Pocky
Pocky was invented and first sold on store shelves in Japan in 1966. The name of this frosting covered biscuit-like snack comes from the sound that it makes when you eat it. It comes in many flavors, from the tried and true strawberry & chocolate varieties to those that are slightly “out of the box” such as chocolate flavored coconut. There is even a bittersweet variety of Pocky called Men’s Pocky.
L.A Weekly ran a post on the top 11 Pocky Flavors:
- Cookie Crush
- Sweet Milk
- Almond Crush
- Strawberry Tusubu
- Chocolate on Chocolate
- Milk Chocolate
Pretz is a stick shaped snack with a pretzel like texture. Unlike Pocky, which is covered with frosting, Pretz is instead dusted with different “seasonings” giving it a savory taste. Pretz comes in Regular, Kids and Giant varieties.
The Double Pretz has two types of seasonings, one on each half of the stick.
One strange variation of Pretz is the “Pretz Meets Wine” which is meant to be eaten with wine. Popular Pretz flavors in North America are Corn, Cocao, Coconut, Butter and Roast.
Interesting/bizarre flavors that can be found are Asparagus, Potsticker, Pizza, Ham and Cheese, Grilled Curry, Cheese and Potato, and Giant Salmon.
You can easily find Pocky and Pretz either in your local Asian grocer or on the Internet. www.glico.co.jp