We know not everyone is Japanese candy or snack expert but everyone should have tried or try pocky! Different from Kit Kat originally, Pocky is from Japan. It was first sold in 1966 by Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd, one of the top confectionery products manufacturers in Japan. Pocky can be found almost in all international markets in all countries outside Japan.
Pocky at the beginning, was basically a biscuit stick coated by chocolate. It was named after the Japanese onomatopoetic word pokkin. It does sound like when the crispy biscuit is broken. All different flavors have been applied to the outside coating layer to provide a variety of tastes to the customers. You see seasonal flavors like honey for Spring and kiwifruit mango for Summer; regional flavors like grape for Nagano, yubari melon for Hokkaido, powdered tea azuke bean for Kyoto, Kobe wine for Kobe, etc based on local specialties. There are definitely other general flavors including honey, cream cheese, berry, coconut, etc. The flavor that we don't really get is the Men's Pocky which is basically the bittersweet version of chocolate Pocky. Men's life is tough?
Due to the culture of Konpa, Japanese drinking gathering held by and for university students, attendees will play fun silly games during the gathering. One popular game from that occasion is the famous Pocky Game. All that is required is one box of Pocky. Two people begin eating one Pocky from each end. The first person whose mouth comes off the Pocky or the other player gets to the middle first loses. If the participants end up kissing, it is a tie. There are also other ways of playing it, liking putting each two people in to groups to compete with each other. The group that gets the shortest lengh of Pocky left without kissing each other wins! And of course, if young lovers are playing this, audience always enjoy watching them end up kissing.
P.s. you will not find Pocky in Europe because it's under another name called Mikado