Taste test: This snack, billed as "Pocky's friend," reversed the well-established Pocky formula of chocolate-coated cookie stick by providing a slightly thicker but hollow stick and putting the Pocky coating inside the hollow tube instead. The overall thickness was about the same as Pocky. The major advantage over Pocky was that instead of skipping the sweet stuff on one end the tube to allow a clean handle, the tube was filled all the way with chocolate — and the entire outside was safe to hold.
The result was very good, with a soft crunch from the thin hollow shell and lots of creamy chocolate taste from the thin-but-thick-enough interior. Hard to stop eating these sticks once you've started!
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Smell test: Good creamy chocolate smell.
From the package: “Pocky's friend” ... “Malt flavor, slim figure, and filled with chocolate flavor to your heart's content. Giving you 100% pure joy and satisfaction.” ... “Product of Thailand”
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Ebisuya Japanese Market, Medford, Massachusetts. Review published .