Robyn Lee taste tests Pockys (and knockoffs)

Serious Eats’ Robyn Lee wrote up a verrrry thorough blind tasting of Pocky and its various chocolate-covered biscuit stick imitators. To give away her punchline, Pocky came out on top! Robyn, I am in awe of your Pocky photography skillz, as the above was the best that I could do. Also, I hope someday someone…

Milk Chocolate Salty Pocky

I found these Milk Chocolate Salty Pocky at an Asian grocery store back home in Austin. I immediately snatched them up – salt + chocolate has always struck me as a European thing, so I was excited to see them on Pocky, a classic Asian treat. They were basically regular milk chocolate Pocky – thin biscuit…

Pumpkin Pocky

I found these Pumpkin Pocky at my the local Asian grocery store in Austin, Texas. I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin, so I just had to try these. If you’re unfamiliar with Pocky, they’re thin biscuit sticks mostly covered with a layer of chocolate or other frosting-like coating. These Pumpkin Pocky were coated with…

Serious Eats writes up chocolate-filled cookies

There can be a fine line between candy and snack/dessert. I generally don’t review cookies, but I have reviewed Pocky and Pocky-like treats. I’ve never reviewed chocolate-filled cookies because they fall into a grey area on the candy to snack/dessert spectrum. Fortunately, Serious Eats tried a bunch and crowned Hello Panda to be the champ. Koala’s March…

Cheesecake Pejoy

Today I’ll be reviewing a treat in the “Asian treats shaped like sticks” genre: Cheesecake Pejoy. I bought them in China. Cheesecake Pejoy is made by Glico. They have a decent U.S. presence (they make Pocky), and various flavors of Pejoy are available in U.S. Asian grocery stores. I’d never seen the cheesecake version in…

Japanese Candy Noms

Japanese candy makes me question what I define as candy, as so many of their treats are made from a combination of candy/chocolate and cookie/biscuit. Take Pocky, for example. Here’s a nice Pocky round-up from Serious Eats, and a whole round-up of Japanese chocolate/biscuit things.

Essential Candies List – 56-110

Today, y’all get the latter half of my take on Cybele’s list of the 110 Essential Candies for Candivores. In case you missed it, the first half of the list posted last Friday. I’ve bolded what I’ve tried before and sprinkled comments and photos throughout, after the jump.

Lotte Pepero - Review

Lotte Pepero [Korean Candy Review]

Hooray for globetrotting friends! My friends Nana and Justin recently finished up a three-year stint teaching English in Korea (next stop for them: Scotland). Before they left Korea, they were kind enough to buy and mail me a bunch of Korean candy for the blog. Thanks for the help, as always, Nana and Justin! First…