There are many reasons to love November, but today is the day to celebrate the simple and delicate delight that is Pocky. Pocky (pronounced “pokey”) is a Japanese snack consisting of thin biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate. 11/11 is Pocky Day because the numbers look like Pocky sticks.
For Pocky Day at our house, I decided to make kawaii Pocky Pops using the Japanese confection dorayaki (a pancake sandwich with anko filling). I made mini pancakes*, spread lemon curd on one, added 2 Pocky sticks, placed the second pancake on top, and decorated the front with frosting. These turned out adorable and delicious. My 4-year-old daughter liked decorating them almost as much as she liked eating them. *For a delicious vegan recipe, see my recent kawaii pancakes post.
You can find more recipes that include Pocky on the Pocky USA website.
Or you can even try making your own Pocky & Pepero, using this video by Nuddy Bar.
An excellent tutorial on upcycling your favorite Pocky box can be found on Craft Crossing. Here you can find out how to create a clever magnetic Pocky pocket.
For those already a fan of Pocky, you can show off your snack-love by making some adorable Pocky stick earrings from polymer clay using this classic tutorial by GentlemanBunny.
Where to buy Pocky
Pocky come in a variety of flavors from cookies ‘n cream to banana split and can be found in almost any Asian supermarket. Here in Oregon, you can always find at least the strawberry and chocolate flavors in the Asian aisle of our standard grocery stores. If you are not so lucky where you live, you can order boxes of Pocky online – check our guide for Where To Buy Japanese Snacks & Candy. What’s your favorite flavor of Pocky?
Nova is a contributing writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest in America with her husband, young daughter, and 3 cats – Evey, Ophelia, and Adora. She is an introvert and a traveler who has been to over 20 countries. Her first years as a teacher were teaching English in Japan, so Japan and all things kawaii will always have a special place in her heart. Nova’s favorite color is grey, character is Rilakkuma, and cartoon is Adventure Time