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:
WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, VEGETABLE OIL (INTERESTERIFIED SUNFLOWER OIL, PALM OIL, LECITHIN, TOCOPHEROLS, CITRIC ACID), WHOLE MILK POWDER, MARGARINE, (VEGETABLE OIL (REFINED PALM OIL, HYDROGENATED PALM OIL) SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, TOCOPHEROLS, BHA, BETA-CAROTENE COLOR) CONTAINS 1 PERCENT OR LESS OF: COCOA BUTTER, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SALT, LECITHIN, TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE, YEAST, MONOGLYCERIDE, LEAVING (SODIUM BICARBONATE), POLYGLYCEROL POLYRICINOLEATE, PAPAIN
CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK AND SOYBEANS
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