Glico Almond Chocolate Crush Pocky

26 06 2007

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Identical in terms of looks to the Cookie Crush Pocky, this is the Almond Crush. Again these come in a huge box, with 7 packs containing 4 sticks.

It seems to me that these sticks are actually a little thicker than the Cookie Crush, with the almond pieces being a little bigger than the cookie pieces. The almonds do get stuck inbetween your teeth a little, but they taste good so I didn’t mind it too much.

The almonds overpower the chocolate despite there being so much chocolate on the sticks. Other than that there’s not much I can say, standard almond-chocolate combo really, and everything else in terms of box design is the same as yesterday’s.

Nutritional information is the same, as mentioned I prefer these over the Cookie Crush, but both were awesome and a ton better than the regular thin Pocky.


Glico Chocolate Cookie Crush Pocky

25 06 2007

This is a huge hexagonal box of Pocky. What you get in the box are 7 packs, each containing 4 thick Pocky sticks. The sticks here are covered by a very thick chocolate, with pieces of cookie in there as well, making the Pocky very thick and bumpy.

This stuff is pretty awesome, some of the best Pocky I’ve ever had. The chocolate is of a good quality, much better than the regular Pocky. The Pocky is at least twice as thick as it would normall be, due to just how thick the chocolate coating on it is.

If you’re a Pocky fan then you’ve really got to try these, they’re a ton better than the regular Pocky, very thick and very tasty, and with 28 sticks per box, these should last…for a whole night I guess.

Each pack has 77 calories, 1.3g of Protein, 9.3g of Carbs and 3.8g of Fat.

Glico Pineapple Pocky

11 05 2007

Pineapple Pocky

I’m calling this Pineapple Pocky, despite the fact that on the box it’s billed as ‘Pine Pocky’, and then underneath it simply says ‘Pine Cream’. In fact, that does nothing but put me off what’s only the second Pocky flavour I’ve reviewed so far. Pine cream? What on earth is pine cream? Not sounding good.

I don’t mind pineapple, but would never buy it personally, and have never tasted a pineapple based confectionary, so this is another new experience for me.

Now fortunately, you know where you are when it comes to the look of Pocky. I shouldn’t need to describe what this looks like. Normal Pocky sticks, covered almost entirely down to the base in a yellow cream, that has little crunchy pieces in it as well. I’m not sure what they’re meant to represent though.

The taste is a little odd, it seems to subside and then come back to you in waves, it’s pineapple, only unsurprisingly a little artificial. The little knobbly pieces seem to be little pineapple flavour crystals, as they release an even stronger burst of pineapple when bitten into.

This isn’t the best confectionary I’ve ever had, but I still found myself absent mindedly munching through the box whilst writing this review because they’re so damn more-ish! This is a gripe with me because I like to control how much I eat, and Glico haven’t made it easy for me with this.

Even though it’s not as nice as some other Pocky flavours, but if you like pineapple you’ll really like this, as I don’t really and still liked it. I’m not sure if this flavour is still in season, but give it a go if it is. One pack (there are 2 in the box) has 129 calories, 18.5g of Carbs, 5.3g of Fat and 1.7g of Protein.

Glico Giant Caplico Cone: Chocolate Flavour

25 04 2007

Chocolate Caplico Cone

Finally the Kit Kats are over! I’ve been waiting for a while to move on, and now we’re back to normal, I’ll have the Peanut Chunky up in a few days, but other than that we’re in a Kit Kat free zone for the foreseeable future. Hoorah!

This is a rather odd looking snack. It’s a sort of cornetto-looking chocolate cone, except it has no ice cream or anything, instead it has Aero-like bubbly chocolate in the centre of the cone.

It is shown on the wrapper what you’ll be getting, there’s a wafer cone, and in that is bubbly milk and white chocolate, and at the top is a big solid dome of chocolate, which I was expecting to be empty, but was actually completely full of the bubbly chocolate.

I’ve gotta say, I didn’t think this sounded too great, but it is in fact, great. The chocolate is good, in fact I’d argue that it’s better than all of the Japanese Aeros I’ve tasted, though not quite as nice as our English Aero. Unfortunately it’s so messy, the chocolate crumbles everywhere, and the wafer was all breaking off, plus the bottom third of it broke off in the pack and turned to powder, so I had to throw that away.

It’s different, but it’s oh so good. These are available on TokyoToys, and if you want something a little different, and like Aero chocolate, then pick one of these up, they’re strangely good, though they’re gone very quickly.

Glico Pepper Bacon Cratz

6 04 2007

Pepper Bacon Cratz

This mini garlic bread looking snack is made by Glico, famous for making Pocky. Because Pocky is so famous worldwide, I would have thought Glico would have a good grasp of English, turns out I was wrong, as on the front of this package is the line ‘Enjoy after 9 relax time with crunchy OTSUMAMI snack.’ Well, it’s 12pm, so that’s after 9, and I’m going to enjoy relax time with this crunchy OTSUMAMI snack…I hope.

On the front of the pack was a little sachet, it had pictures of lemons on the front, so I thought it was a bit odd. Why is lemon powder being packaged with a snack like this? I opened the sachet and smelled it, it smelled nothing like lemons. In fact, it smelled like pepper, and it burned the inside of my nose. Perplexed, I turned the pack over to find instructions on how to enjoy this snack. I was to open the pack and the sachet, shake the sachet into the pack, and then eat these crisps. They also had a pint of beer pictured on the back. Drinking alcohol is almost a common pastime in Japan, so there’s nothing wrong there with advertising the drinking of beer like that I guess. I have no beer on hand though, so I’ll just have to eat these alone.

Of course, because of this I was worried. Maybe these taste bad, and the only way you’d think they would taste good is if you were completely smashed? Only one way to find out, and so I opened the pack, and recoiled as an overpowering smell burst forth! It was so strong, and not really like bacon. More like some sort of mystery meat, or generic meat flavour. Not a terrible stench, just very overpowering.

I tried one of the mini garlic breads without the mystery powder, to find it was already COVERED in pepper! Hot and spicy, oh my yes, the taste wasn’t overly dissimilar to Smoky Bacon flavour crisps we have here in England, which don’t really taste like bacon at all.

After having a few of these things, and without the taste getting any better, I poured in the sachet, and shook the pack, to infuse the strange mini garlic breads with the strange powder. I picked one out that had a white covering on it, and tried it. Strange, it was now sort of lemony…and then peppery…and then bacony…this is a strange, strange snack.

It’s not bad, and there’s a lot of these mini garlic breads in there, but it’s just odd. I don’t understand the lemon powder sachet, and I don’t see the need for vast amounts of pepper, but I suppose that’s why they recommend having a beer on hand. I don’t highly recommend these, if you like smoky bacon, then just get a pack of them, cover them in pepper and squeeze a lemon on them. Sound good?

P.S. I forgot to mention you also get almonds in here as well, why almonds are mixed in is beyond me, but they taste like ordinary almonds, and don’t add much to the snack, hence why I forgot about them.

Glico Strawberry Pocky

3 03 2007

Strawberry Pocky

Yes, surprisingly enough my first review is that of a snack based not in the UK. Heck, this isn’t even chocolate, but there’s nothing wrong with broad horizons.

Pocky is a Japanese snack. Originally created in 1965, in recent years it has made its way to America and Europe. It has become popular among Otaku and Japanophiles the world over. Made by Glico, they have an absolute ton of flavours, though the one I tasted today was Strawberry flavour.

The Strawberry flavour is incredibly artificial, Whilst not necessarily bad tasting, it tastes of something that is mass produced. It is slightly yoghurty as well, and a little greasy. There approximately 20 sticks in each pack, and after eating about 8 of them I noticed that I had a strange feeling on the roof of my mouth. Something in the Pocky had stuck to it, and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling. Despite the artificial taste and strange residue though, these are relatively pleasant and rather addictive. Once I started eating them, I found it hard to stop. Fortunately I just had the one box though, and despite the pleasant taste, I won’t be buying these again. They’re not worth the cost of importing, though if you are interested, the cheapest place I found them online (and where I bought them from) is The Japan Centre, where a 40g box (approx. 20 sticks) will set you back 87p.

Edit: Since starting this Blog, this review has been by far the most popular of all, I’ve hence stepped up my efforts to get more Pocky in, as it seems to me that this is what most people are interested in reading about.