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Remember when I showed you those special Yuzu Pepper KitKats from Kyuushuu? Well I just got around to uploading the video review last night. Here it is:
They tasted like citrus with a hint of pepper flavoring. They weren’t spicy at all, but the pepper tasted surprisingly good when combined with the citrus flavor of a yuzu.
Oops. It looks like I forgot to post my last two Pocky videos after I uploaded them, so here they are:
If you’d like to know which ones I personally thought were the best, then you can check out this short “wrap up” as well:
Here’s the review of the “Crush Pocky”:
I’m not sure why Coconut Pocky isn’t allowed to fall under the Crush brand name, because it follow the same formula as these two: Crush something up, sprinkle it over a breadstick, and then cover with chocolate. Presto! The cookies that they chose to use in the Bitter Crunch ones are some of the blandest cookies I’ve ever tasted, and therefore, they add little to no flavor to the final product. The almonds, on the other hand, are very tasty and taste just like you would expect them to. If it were up to me, I’d swap out the Bitter Crunch for the coconut, because that’s a much better tasting snack, and, unless I’m missing something, it will fit right in the with the rest of the Crush line.
On to the Marble Pocky:
It seems like a bit of a waste to have both of these flavors centered around berries, but they are both good, so it doesn’t really matter. It was just a thought that I had. I assume that the “marble” refers to the design made in the frosting itself, which is thick enough to make these as chewy as they are crunchy. They could have cut the amount of frosting used, and sold these are other flavors of regualar pocky, because the only thing setting them apart from the rest is the amount of frosting on the stick. There are no special additions aside from that.
I’m a fan of coconuts, so I really liked the coconut Pocky.
The choco banana was still tasty, but I don’t think it will be winning any awards anytime soon. Nobody has ever gotten the “banana” flavor right, or at least I don’t think so. It’s as if someone got kinda close, and everyone else decided that it was god enough. Maybe that’s why there’s not too many banana-flavored things aside from Laffy Taffy and everything else is usually “strawberry banana”. The chocolate is what saves the Choco Banana, and I probably would not have liked them if it wasn’t there.
This review focuses on the two strawberry-themed flavors:
The strawberry (いちご) ones were nothing new, as I’ve had them plenty of times before. If I have tried the crushed strawberry (つぶつぶいちご) ones before, I don’t remember it.
The strawberry ones aren’t anything special, really. If you’ve had anything remotely strawberry flavored, you’ve probably tasted something similar to a strawberry Pocky.
The “crushed” ones were unique in that they actually tasted somewhat like real strawberries do. They had that certain kind of tartness that you get when biting into one. I’m not sure what exactly has been crushed and sprinkled on the stick, but I’m assuming it’s dried strawberries of some kind. If I had to choose, I would choose these over the standard ones.
Here’s the first of the Pocky reviews. I started off simple with three variations of the basic chocolate flavor as well as the dark choclate “Men’s Pocky”.
The next review will focus on the two strawberry flavors.
Acen is this weekend, and I won’t be attending, because I’m a couple thousand miles away at the moment. People have also asked me to start reviewing snacks that originated in Japan and not just Japanese flavors of western snacks. So, in the spirit of Acen (or probably any anime convention for that matter), I’ll kill two birds with one stone and make a series of Pocky video reviews to be released this weekend.
I just went to the store and bought whatever they had, and here’s what I ended up with:
From left to right, back row: Almond Crush Pocky, “Thin” Pocky, My Calorie Pocky, Pocky, Men’s Pocky, Strawberry Pocky, Crushed Strawberry Pocky, and Bitter Cookie Crush Pocky.
Center: Choco Banana Pocky, Coconut Pocky, Tiramisu Dessert Pocky, and Chocolate Organe Dessert Pocky.
Front: Chocolat Framboise Marble Pocky and Mix Berry Marble Pocky.
So, I just spent an hour or so filming six shows to be released over the next couple of days.
Some short comments:
- Marble and Dessert Pocky were very chewy on account of the large amounts of frosting.
- Cookie Crush Pocky were pretty disappointing.
- Those that had real bits of what they were supposed to taste like tasted a lot better than those that were strictly relying on flavored chocolate/frosting (go figure).
- I was pleasantly surprised by the My Calorie Pocky, Tiramisu Dessert Pocky, and Chocolat Framboise Marble Pocky
The first episode should be up sometime tomorrow. I’ll be comparing “regular” Pocky with “Thin” Pocky, My Calorie Pocky, and Men’s Pocky. Look forward to it!
Here’s the little video intro I threw together:
Welcome to the official blog of JT’s J-Treats! Recently, I’ve wanted something more permanent on the web compared to just a bunch of Youtube videos, and it always helps to have stuff in writing, so here we are! This should hopefully lessen the stress of having to put together a new video every time I find something new just to get the word out, so, without further ado…
I haven’t put up a new video in a while, and, of course, a bunch of new stuff has come out since, and they are:
A new kind of green tea KitKats came out last week, and a disturbing trend has also appeared. Like the “Choco and Rose” bags before them, these green tea “Assort packs” are kind of a rip-off in that less than half of the KitKats inside are of the new flavor. In this case, you get nine regular milk chocolate ones and only four of the new green tea ones. Up until last month, you the entire bag would be filled with the new flavor, and I hope things don’t continue like this. Moving on…
In Japan, the “Big Kat” is known simply as the “KitKat Bar”, and, up until now, they only came in regular milk chocolate. This one is “Kinako” flavored which is a powder made from soybeans. I normally see “kinako bread” in a lot of bakeries, which is just a roll of some sorts covered in this kinako powder. There was already a kinako version of the regular KitKats, and you can get special “Bitter Kinako” KitKats that are only sold in Tokyo souvenier shops.
Two new kinds of “Men’s hard-fried” Doritos have also popped up. The red bag on the left is “Spicy Chili” and the bag on the right is “Black Pepper and Spice”. It also proudly proclaims that there are seven different spices in addition to the black pepper. These are a little bit thicker than regular Doritos, and therefore, they have a bit more crunch in them as well.
They’ve thrown “chili sauce” flavored Cheetos in with standard BBQ ones to make these new “Cheetos Combo” ones. They’ve been out for a couple weeks, but it seems that you can’t buy them in any store, at least none that I’ve been to. For now, it seems that these can only be won at arcades via UFO Catchers or whatever other machines they have. You can me see winning a bag here:
This machine had you shoot the paper holding the bags up with pellets. You get five shots for 100yen. Apparently, I only needed one. =)