I have always had a fascination with Japanese candy, since the packaging really pops off the shelf and the flavors are generally a little strange compared to your typical American candy. I remember always stopping at the Pearl River Mart in Soho with my mom when we would take day trips into the city. We would buy all the colorful, fun looking candies to then eat on the train ride home.
While I was walking home the other day, I stopped in the Sunrise Mart to pick up some of my favorite Japanese candies, as well as some others I had never tried before. Here are the ten different treats that I tried!
1. Almond Pocky // I have a couple different flavors of Pocky featured in this post, however this is by far my favorite. These biscuit sticks are covered in crushed almonds and dipped in milk chocolate. They are a great light snack to satisfy that sweet tooth that I seem to have after every meal!
2. Strawberry Pocky // This strawberry Pocky is very fruity and creamy, so if you like that kind of flavor, then you will definitely like these. I have also given these as little gifts since the box is such a fun, bright color.
3. Coconut Pocky // I like anything with coconut in it, so I felt I had to give these a try. Similar to the almond pocky, these sticks are covered in shredded coconut and then dipped in milk chocolate. My boyfriend, Cris, says these were his favorite of them all!
4. Original Chocolate Pocky // This is the classic, original flavor that Pocky came out with. It's super simple; dark chocolate dipped biscuit sticks. I always pick up a box of these when I randomly find them in a bodega or grocery store. This box also comes with a generous amount, so they are great for sharing!
5. Cookies & Cream Pocky // This Pocky is similar to the classic chocolate, however the biscuits are chocolate flavored and they are dipped in cookies and cream. They are like a Japanese version of Oreos, in stick form.
6. Hi-Chew // These are my all time favorite fruity, chewy candies. They remind me of Starbursts but are a little less sweet and do not dissolve as quickly in your mouth. They come in all different flavors (strawberry and mango are my favorite) and you can find them at most grocery stores, which is a huge plus. Thanks to my sister Gillian for getting me hooked.
7. Japanese Pop Rocks // I thought this packaging was super cute and figured that this candy would be much like the American brand, Pop Rocks. I was right, however in addition to the candy crystals that pop around in your mouth, there are little sugar candies that reminded me of smarties, sweet and chalky.
8. Ramune Soda Candy // Ramune soda is a traditional soft drink in Japan that is mainly known for its unique codd-neck bottle. The bottle itself is pressurized by a marble, which you penetrate to open. This drink has a fizzy lemonade flavor along with many others. These gummies are individually wrapped and are meant to replicate the soda in a sweet and tangy way.
9. Strawberry Bears // These cute little biscuit pockets are filled with strawberry cream and are the perfect poppable snack. I just love the little bear graphics on each one of the biscuits. I am not a huge fan of strawberry cream, however these little bears are really yummy!
10. Strawberry & Chocolate Cones // I bought these little candies because of the petite, strawberry patterned box. I thought these could also make great stocking stuffers or little gifts. The cones have a milk chocolate base with a strawberry tip and are nice and creamy. I love how all the Japanese candy seem to come in such different, intricate shapes.