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 is a Japanese snack food produced by the Ezaki Glico Company of Japanmarker.


History

It was first sold in 1966, and consists of a pretzelstick coated with chocolate. The name was changed to "Pocky," after the Japanese onomatopoeticword for the sound Pocky makes when bitten, pokkin(ポッキン). The original was followed by "Almond Pocky" in 1971, with an almond coating, and "Strawberry Pocky" in 1977. Today, the product line includes such variations as milk, mousse, green tea, honey, bananaand coconutflavored coatings, and themed products such as "Decorer Pocky," with colorful decorative stripes in the coating, and "Men's Pocky," a dark (bittersweet) chocolate and "mature" version.

Popularity in Japan and foreign countries

Pocky is very popular in Japan and was an instant hit among Japanese teenagers. In bars it is sometimes served with a glass of ice water. It also has a significant presence in other East Asian countries such as Chinamarker as well as South Koreamarker (although a similar product known as pepero is one of copy-products by Lotte; not a renamed product of Pocky).In EuropePocky is renamed Mikado, after the game Mikado, and distributed by LU Biscuits. In the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker Pocky can be found in Asian supermarkets and the international section of most large supermarkets, such as World Market, HEB, Wegmans, at select f.y.e. stores, Wal-Martmarker (in the Asian foods aisle), some Target stores, and anime convention dealers' rooms.In the United Kingdommarker Pocky (known as Mikado) can be found at most supermarkets, as well as at many international food stores.In Malaysiamarker Pocky was renamed Rocky, perhaps to avoid sounding like a vulgar word in Malay.The original Pocky-branded versions can still be easily obtained in Malaysia from import stores, usually located within shopping complexes. In the United States Pocky is marketed both by LU (in chocolate and peanut butterflavors) and by Ezaki Glico's American division, Ezaki Glico USA Corporation (in chocolate and strawberry flavors). In AustraliaPocky is usually sold in Asian convenience markets along with other Asian foods and products.

On September 30, 2008, Hong Kong authorities announced that melaminehad been detected in Pocky Men's coffee cream-coated biscuit sticks made in China. Ezaki Glico had no immediate comment on the reported contamination. The melamine contamination level was found to be 43 ppm (legal limit is 2.5 ppm).

Pocky flavors

Pocky can be found in dozens of varieties such as chocolate, strawberry, and almond. Some of the more unusual flavors include the seasonal flavors of honey (spring) and kiwifruitmango(summer). The bittersweet version of chocolate Pocky is known as Men's Pocky. Regional flavors of Pocky include grape (Nagano), yūbari melon (Hokkaidōmarker), giant mikan (tangerine, sold in the Kyūshūmarker region), powdered tea azuki bean (Kyoto), Kobe wine (Kobe), and five-fusion berry (Gokamarker).There are also such flavors as banana, coffee, caramel, marble royal milk tea, melon, milk, honey and milk, choco banana, cream cheese, berry, sweet potato, coconut, crush (crunchy cracker pieces in chocolate), pineapple, pumpkin, hazelnut, kurogoma (black sesame), kinako (soy beanflour), marron, Brazilian pudding, mikan, blueberry, apple yogurt, and green tea.

Special variations of Pocky include Decorer Pocky (which features extra decorative icing) and Mousse Pocky (which features extra thick, "creamy" mousse-like icing and is more exclusive). Unlike other Pocky variations, Mousse Pocky packages especially contain fewer pieces than regular Pocky with only nine pieces per pack.

Another variation of Pocky is the , which has 1/4 the calories of regular chocolatePocky.

A related product is Pretz, which is an unglazed version of Pocky, featuring flavors like tomato, pizza, and salad, as well as sweet flavors such as French toast.

Pronunciation

There is some confusion in the English-speaking world as to how to pronounce "Pocky". Japanese pokkīis pronounced . Both it and its Roman transcription are analogous to English words such as "rocky", which is taken into Japanese as rokkī,suggesting an intended English pronunciation of .

Glico Morinaga Case

Following threats by The Monster with 21 Facesto poison Glico confections and the resulting mass withdrawal of Glico products from shelves, a man wearing a Giantsbaseball cap was caught placing Glico chocolate on a store shelf by a security camera. This man was believed to be the mastermind behind The Monster with 21 Faces. The security camera photo was made public after this incident.

See also



References

  1. Q&A with Manabu Miyazaki


External links

Official site


Other sites


Pocky logo
Strawberry Pocky
Men's pocky

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