There are two kinds of people standing in the international section of the grocery store: the kind who love Pocky and the kind who don't yet know that they love Pocky because they've never had it.
Pocky is a classic, iconic Japanese snack food, and a box of it contains salty, crisp cookie sticks coated in a delicate layer of chocolate. They're fun to eat and come in lively flavors such as strawberry, chocolate banana, cookies and cream, and matcha, among others.
Unless you live in a big city with a Japanese market, it may be difficult to find Pocky flavored with something besides original chocolate. But here's the trick to making nearly the whole spectrum of (less-artificial) Pocky flavors in your own kitchen.
- the ingredients for A Cozy Kitchen's homemade Pocky cookies
- a gallon-sized ziplock bag or a piping bag with a small round tip
- 1 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (approximately 1/3 cup per Pocky cookie)
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- small bowls to melt chocolate
- matcha powder
- strawberry purée
- toppings (Oreos, nuts, sprinkles, etc.)
These are the flavors I'll be making as examples, per the ingredients above; you could try out some other flavors once you get the hang of it.
- cookies and cream
- birthday cake
Make the Pocky cookie dough according to A Cozy Kitchen's directions. The dough is created in an electric mixer using the same methodology as most cookie recipes.
Place a gallon-sized ziplock plastic bag or a piping bag into a measuring cup and wrap the overhang over the edges of the cup, then scoop the dough into the bag.
Please note that if you are using a zippered plastic bag to pipe, then it should be of high quality. I had to switch to a piping bag halfway through my process because my store-brand plastic bag ripped. Therefore, if you have access to a piping bag with a small round tip, I recommend using it for these cookies. If not, use a sturdy, high quality zippered bag.
If you are using a ziplock bag, use scissors to cut a small slit off one of the tips of the bag.
Refrigerate the sheet pan with the piped dough for a minimum of 15 minutes. Chilling the dough will prevent it from spreading in the oven.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Bake one pan at a time for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden and sturdy. Let the Pocky sticks cool completely when done.
Prepare your white and dark chocolate by melting them in separate bowls at 50% power in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir after each interval of heat to prevent the chocolate from burning.
Separate the white chocolate into two small bowls so that you have three equally portioned bowls with melted white chocolate. Mix matcha into one and strawberry purée into another; leave the other one be.
Using a spoon, work quickly to spread the chocolate over 2/3 of each stick. Be gentle and use a very light coating of chocolate or else the delicate pocky sticks may break.
Using warm chocolate is the key to making this chocolate-coating process easy: if your chocolate gets too cool and firm, simply warm it back up in the microwave.
Place the sheet pan of finished Pocky sticks into the freezer for five minutes or until the chocolate is set. Your Pocky is now ready to be eaten! If you don't finish them all at once, store the Pocky in a sealed container in the fridge to prevent the chocolate from melting.
Since Pocky's slogan is "Share Happiness," it only makes sense to share the Pocky sticks you make with your friends and family. You'll love the amazed looks on their faces when you reveal that you made them yourself and didn't just pick them up from the Asian market.
Let's not tell Esaki Glico (the company that makes Pocky), but you might even be capable of making a better version of Pocky than the Pocky makers themselves; shhhhh!
And now that you know the basics of making your own Pooky sticks, you can experiment with even more flavors. The sky's the limit.