To celebrate Japan’s Pocky Day on the 11 of November, I am updating the homemade Pocky recipe so you can make your very own Pocky at home. If you’re not sure what Pocky is, let me share with you this classic Japanese treat.
Pocky is a very famous snack, that’s a bit like a long thin pretzel (or a tiny bread stick) that’s coated in chocolate. You can find Pocky basically anywhere in Japan, and even in most other countries in the world. However, in Australia they are a lot more expensive than they are in Japan, so to save money and have fun, you can make them yourself by following this easy recipe!
Because Pocky is so readily available, I never thought about making it myself. A student gave me inspiration for this recipe when she attempted to make Pocky for an assignment for a food themed unit in my Japanese class, and I started thinking, “Oh, Pocky can be homemade?” Since this cheap snack in Japan is actually a luxury item in Australia (at twice or three times the price), it is actually a great idea to make it yourself!
At first, I thought Pocky would be hard to make at home but it was actually really easy. You don’t need any special Japanese ingredients, so you don’t have to go online or to Japanese grocery stores to find what you need! All the ingredients are easily available from any regular supermarket. And because I was making these myself, I was also able to choose whatever flavours I liked!
So you can either spend AUD $3 for a tiny packet (or even more if you want different/special flavours), or if you decide to try homemade Pocky you can end up with about 70 plain Pocky sticks to enjoy for the same price! You can also choose to have a variety of different flavours to enjoy. In my previous Pocky post, I made a selection of flavours including white chocolate, and matcha. This time, I decided to make milk chocolate and crushed almond varieties. However any flavour you try is sure to be equally delicious and easy!
There are a lot of different variations of Pocky nowadays, you can even find flavours such as strawberry! Why not experiment and enjoy coming up with some cool flavour combinations yourself? You can serve them to your friends at a party or just eat them alone as a sneaky snack (because who wants to share these? Not my son, he ate them all!!)
Even though Halloween has just finished, for next year make sure you check out Halloween versions of Pocky too.
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homemade pocky recipe
- 150 g Plain flour
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 50 g Unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp Milk
- Topping suggestions
- Milk chocolate I used 50g of milk chocolate melted
- 2 tbsp Crushed almonds
Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse one or two times.
Add the chopped butter into the food processor and pulse two or three times until resembles coarse bread crumbs.
Add the milk and pulse again.
Wrap the ball of dough with saran wrap/cling film and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit).
Roll the dough out until it's about 5mm thick.
Form it into a rectangle shape, cutting off the excess dough on the sides. Then cut it into thin pieces about 5mm (or 0.19 inches) wide.
Place the sticks in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Coat with melted chocolate, and any other toppings of your choice.
If you don’t want to make 70 sticks in one go, the cookie dough can be stored for about 3 days in the fridge, and for about 3 months in freezer. Ensure the dough it tightly wrapped in cling film (twice) and stored in a zip lock bag.