What is Pocky ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #44

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Hello World !

This is SHINTA+, Japanese writer.


What is ‘Pocky’ ??

I want to know it !

This page is
  • To introduce ‘Pocky’ as product well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘Pocky’, as popular Japanese product and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘Pocky’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • History
    • Origin of name
    • Special products
    • Pocky Game, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘Pocky’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Pocky in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Pocky’ ?

Quotation Sauce:glico webpage

Pocky is very famous chocolate snack in Japan. It is Pretzel stick coated by chocolate. For easy picking up, in the end of Pocky is not covered by chocolate.

Manufacturer is ‘glico’ as very famous maker of foods, like snacks, candies, ice creams, etc. Pocky is the one of main products of glico currently.

In some countries, it’s with different name, ‘Mikado’. However, there are no ‘Mikado’ Pocky in Japan.

Introduction of Pocky
  • Famous chocolate snack in Japan
  • Sticked pretzels coated by chocolate
  • No chocolate coating in end side
  • In some countries, name is Mikado
  • No Mikado Pocky in Japan

Deep Diving into Pocky in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Pocky in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

Pocky has more than 50 years of history in Japan.

  • 1966 Started sales of Pocky
  • 1971 Almond Pocky was released
  • 1976 Strawberry Pocky was released
  • 1999 Established Pocky Day as 11/11 (11.Nov)
  • 2012 High Grade Pocky store opened

Producer, glico, started sales of Pocky in 1966. Since then, glico released various kind of Pocky continuously. Some of products are getting popular.

Manufacturer, glico continues to release new products to Japanese market.

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Reference : glico webpage

Pocky is available in various places in Japan

  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Kiosks
  • Drugstores

Author’s research in Yokohama city

Quotation Sauce:glico webpage

The price of pocky is around JPY 160 per package.

Author’s research in Yokohama city

The name ‘Pocky is coming from sounds of breaking a stick.

Japanese express sound of stick-breaking with ‘Poki’, like ‘Pokkiri’, ‘Pokkito’, ‘Pokkin’, ‘Poki-Poki’. At the timing of test sales, manufacturer, glico named this products as ‘Pocky’.

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‘Pocky’ have various local products, collaborating with foods in each area in Japan.

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  • Amazake Pocky in Tokyo
  • Iyokan Pocky in Ehime
  • Gorojima-Kintoki Pocky in Kanazawa
  • Maccha Pocky in Kyoto
  • Melon Pocky in Hokkaido

People get it as souvenirs for family and friends, when they make domestic travel in Japan. The flavor is completely different from standard ‘Pocky’.

So we can enjoy various flavors in each area.

Reference : glico webpage

‘Pocky Game’ is a game to play with two persons in a party.

Eating Pocky from both ends. Moving onto center and player who release Pocky is the loser. It’s draw if players kiss in center.

Author’s research


That’s all today. How was the content today ?
I Hope this article help you to clear your question about Pocky in Japan.


I hope you have clear understanding of Pocky !

Thank you for your reading !