Pocky, the well loved, and ever so famous chocolate coated biscuit sticks, It’s hard to not know of these popular Japanese snacks. In fact, Pocky is so well loved that November 11 has been unofficially dubbed “Pocky Day”, due to the numbers of the date looking like individual Pocky sticks. On top of the classic chocolate coating, Pocky comes in a variety of coatings, such as almond, strawberry, matcha green tea, and so much more. Pocky can be found in pretty much any Asian convenience store or supermarket, but if you don’t have any nearby, you can always head over to the Bokksu Marketplace to take a look at the variety of Pocky options in stock, and have them delivered to your door. Below are 3 fun ways to use Pocky instead of eating them straight out of the box
Ingredients: ½ cup softened unsalted butter, 4 oz cream cheese, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt, and Pocky sticks
These Pocky Cookies are super easy to make and delicious. In a large bowl, mix together unsalted butter and cream cheese until mixture is smooth. Add in brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and mix until fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Crush up your Pocky sticks and add them into the dough and knead together. Separate your dough into rounds and place them onto a baking mat. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees (F) for 8-9 minutes. Enjoy!
Pocky Chocolate Cage:
Ingredients: Pocky, 200 ml milk, 500 ml whipping cream, 6 eggs, 70g icing sugar, 250g dark chocolate, 4 sheets gelatine, 3 bananas, juice of ½ lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 50ml water
The Pocky Chocolate Cage is a beautiful and decadent dessert consisting of a chocolate cream, topped with a banana mousse, surrounded by a Pocky Cage. To make the chocolate cream part, heat milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. In a bowl, beat 6 egg yolks and sugar together, and pour the mixture into the boiling cream. Mix well and decrease heat to low. The cream will gradually thicken over low heat, but make sure it does NOT boil. Pour this hot custard over the dark chocolate and mix well. Pour chocolate cream into a serving glass and put in fridge to cool.
To make the banana mousse, soften the gelatine in water. Peel the bananas and mix with lemon juice and half of the icing sugar until you have a fine puree. Heat the water and add the gelatine. Pour this into the banana puree. Whip the whipping cream and add vanilla extract. Fold this carefully into your banana puree. Whisk 3 egg whites until you get snowy peaks, and add in the remaining sugar. Carefully fold this into your banana puree. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.
To assemble, take the chilled glass with the chocolate cream out of the fridge and plant Pocky sticks into the glass. Fill a piping bag with the banana mousse and fill the glass until it’s two-thirds full. Enjoy!
Green Tea Matcha Cheesecake:
Ingredients: Matcha Green Tea Pocky, 1 cup pretzel sticks, ¼ melted butter, 16 oz softened cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
Jazz up your traditional cheesecake by using Matcha Green Pocky for the crust. In a food processor, ground up Matcha Green Tea Pocky and pretzels, until they resemble a coarse powder. Then stir melted butter into the mixture until everything adheres together. Press this mixture into the bottom of a pan, and refrigerate. This will be your crust. In a mixer, blend together softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract, until the texture is smooth and not grainy. In another bowl, whip together heavy whipping cream and matcha green tea powder until you get stiff peaks. Then, slowly fold cream cheese into this whipped cream mixture. Add this batter to your crust and refrigerate overnight. Top with Matcha Green tea Pocky sticks for decoration and enjoy!
Hopefully you were able to find some inspiration from these fun and creative Pocky recipes. Whether you enjoy them straight out of the box, or have fun with creative recipes, you’ll always end up with a delicious treat!