Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Pocky Problem

Have ya had Pocky? If you haven't, don't. Unless you're ready to develop an addiction, ignore this Japanese candy/snack. It's dangerously irresistable.

At first bite, you may think, "Eh. What's the big deal?" The chocolate coating's not great, the cracker-like stick isn't salty. It's kinda boring. But then. Then. The package will sit on your kitchen shelf. You'll come home late from work. You'll grab one. You'll grab another. You'll surreptitiously sneak two more. You can't stop. Something sweet after dinner? Grab one, maybe two--they're small. Pretty soon, all you think about is Pocky. Planning your days around trips to Famima! to buy more Pocky. Every night, you rush in the door, head straight for the Pocky pack. Pocky, Pocky, Pocky. Your favorite is the "Men's Pocky" and you worry--can eating too many of these be self-fufilling? Not yet, my friends, not yet.

15 comments:

Kristen said...

I can see how that would become addicting. Do you need an intervention? :)

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous! You can put the Pocky away for a night!

I think Men's Pocky is more appealing because it seems so forbidden. The only Pocky that I could like better is "Do Not Eat This Delicous Pocky" Pocky.

elmomonster said...

I've had Pocky. But never heard of Men's Pocky? Was original Pocky not masculine enough?! Too wimpy? Okay maybe the strawberry was. :-)

Kate said...

You sound hopelessly addicted, and yes, I will participate in the intervention if necessary.

Men's Pocky sounds slightly naughty to me.....but therein lies the humor behind being addicted to it!

Anonymous said...

I like Pocky a lot, but what I'm really missing from Japan is green tea flavored MeltyKiss. They're little square dark chocolate truffles with a green tea center. So delicious, and impossible to find in this country. Alas...

Anonymous said...

hahaha Erin, good one !! boy, haven't had them in ages, I was standard hm..3,4,5 (brit school system), had those during recess (break), and after school hour. Erin, you big teaser, makes me wanna go get some now :P

connie said...

oh i love Pocky. and the flavors. and there are pocky-like treats from both Japan and other Asian countries. soooo tasty

Anonymous said...

Tannaz, if you are in L.A., I have found MeltyKiss here somewhere ... I THINK it was in the Japanese grocery store on Sawtelle.

Anonymous said...

Ohgod. Ostracize me now, cuz I don't like Pocky. But I'm in exactly that "beginner" stage of "What's the big deal?" I think I'll just stay there.
(BTW, they sell Pocky in the cafeteria of the SF Asian Art Museum, which I think is pretty cool.)

Erin S. said...

Kristin--Well, I'm in DC for work for a week, and I haven't found any pocky--perhaps cold turkey will work.

Elmomonster--Men's means dark chocolate--cuz us ladies can't handle it I guess..

Tannaz--Meltykiss sounds yummy--hopefully KT's tip will help you.

Cookiecrumb--That's the thing--I don't think Pocky are particularly good, they're just strangely addicting. Kinda like eating saltines or something...

Anonymous said...

In 25 years of business travel I've typically purchased some kind of sweet treat to share with my office mates on my return. The treats I've gotten in Japan are the only ones that don't go over big (who wouldn't like fish flavored short bread cookies?). Next time I'll get some Pocky.

Lyralucine said...

I became a pocky addict on my trip to Thailand... But when I came back to Finland I had to face the horrible truth: Pockys are not sold here! :'''(

Kid Vicious said...

They ARE addicting! I just love them so much!.....

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