Meiji's Strawberry Yan Yan snack is very unique. It comes in a simple cup design, which fits perfectly into your cup holder in the car and has a foil, easy-to-open tab.
Inside the little cup (see images below) are 16 thick, crunchy, cracker sticks, and a tiny cup of Strawberry Creme. (It's frosting.)
Each stick has a curious phrase, joke or "fortune" in English, though the English is a little broken. Each stick bears the image of an animal or bug, and each stick has a flat, paddle-like surface, suitable for dipping or scraping the frosting out of the compartment.
The frosting has a light strawberry flavor to it. It's thick, slightly shiny, and the package (again, see below) insists the pink color does not come from pig fat. It's a quick treat for on the go snacking.
Strawberry Pocky comes in a variety of different packages. The most common package is a light pink box with a little baggie of the biscuit sticks inside, but for different occasions, Strawberry Pocky can be sold in dark pink boxes like the one seen here, light pink bags, white-pink boxes for Valentine's Day or White Day, and on occasion, in a Hello Kitty box, though the latter so far has only been sold in Japan and in Thailand.
The biscuit sticks themselves are more like a faintly-sweet cracker, but the strawberry coating is a great combination of sweetness and tart flavors. The coating reminds me of Strawberry cereals. It has a sharp Frankenberry taste that is very nostalgic, making it a perfect replacement for the Halloween cereal during the months it isn't on store shelves.
Dieters will be happy to know that it's low calorie, so you can eat a whole box of it and not destroy your diet. It's great for on the go snacking and fits snugly in the car.
Strawberry Pocky is the perfect tag-along for Spring snacking, especially if you plan to be in Japan during the Sakura viewing. It's light pink color is as easy on the eyes as the taste is in the mouth.
Pocky is arguably one of the most iconic snacks shown in anime, but few really know the history of the pre-packaged snack food. Created in 1966 by Ezaki Glico, most of the Pocky we see in North America comes from California and Thailand, but the snack originates from Japan. You can find a more robust version of it's history on pocky.com which is jazzed up with a large HD video in the background.
Original Pocky comes in a red box and has more than a dozen snack sticks. Each stick is a super thin cracker tube with a wheat aftertaste. The tubes are dipped in a very dark chocolate, and then placed in a wrapper, followed by the box. Sometimes, a stick will have a little extra chocolate at the tip, which has a satisfying texture, like eating less than 1/16th of a bite-size Hershey bar.
A regular-sized box of Pocky counts as one serving. Considering that one whole box is just 190 calories, that's not so bad, as it makes the snack 50 calories less than the average candy bar, which can set you back 240 calories. Pocky is sweet, but despite it's thin size can also satisfy a light hunger pang.
The ingredients for Pocky may not be the most healthy, but it's a great travel-sized snack, and also makes for less-messy eating. Below are the ingredients:
I still remember the exact moment I first saw Chocorooms. It was at the now defunct Borders Books and Music store in Highland, Indiana. (It's a BAM! now.) There was a box directly from Japan in bright, lime green with childish pictures of a sun in the background.
A week later, the Meiji America boxes came in, and I had a little extra cash on me, so i bought a box and decided to try some while watching Dragonball Z.
........ And I can't understand how I lived without them that long.
Chocorooms are tiny, lightly sweetened, hard crackers with a thick, dark chocolate coating. The chocolate is smooth and not very sweet, which plays well with the texture of the cracker underneath. It's designed to look like skinny mushrooms, which have earned it a less than savory reputation for those into drug paraphernalia.
You may be wondering why there is a Tyke rating for this snack. Who gives parental ratings to snacks, anyways, right? Well the reason I did this is because Chocorooms are small and oblong, and are at the width where they pose a choking hazard to Tots ages 0-4. But they make a perfect after-school snack for the kindergarten+ crowd.
A serving size is supposed to be 38 grams or one fourth of a 5 ounce bag. Each serving will set you back an unbelievable 210 calories, but considering that it's still way less than a candy bar, this makes Chocorooms a great snack for dieters. Chocorooms are sold in the United States in small boxes and tiny, re-seal-able pouches, while the Japanese version comes in little, colorful boxes. Here are the ingredients, as posted by the official website: