I had my first Pocky Stick in Japan. I was there on Semester at Sea and the whole ship went wild for Pocky! Pocky Sticks are thin cookies (with an animal cracker taste) coated in chocolate.
At the time, they were relatively hard to find in the U.S. Now, they seem to be popping up everywhere. Most recently (and by that, I mean yesterday), I saw them used in a stunning cake by Heather of Sprinkle Bakes (author of the gorgeous and inspiring cookbook of the same name).
Seeing Heather’s cake immediately made me want to create cupcakes decorated with Pocky Sticks. But after seeing my homemade Lucky Charms, you guys know that I can’t just take the easy route and go buy some Pocky Sticks. I had to make homemade Pocky Sticks with an ingredient list that I felt more comfortable with. I found a recipe for homemade Pocky Sticks on Jun-Blog (the same place that I turned to with great success when trying out latik for the first time). Jun found the recipe in Pichet Ong’s cookbook, The Sweet Spot (a book filled with Asian-inspired desserts that is now on my wish list).
Pichet’s recipe for homemade Pocky Sticks tastes just like the real thing (I did a side-by-side comparison). The main difference is that it is near impossible to get the homemade version to be as thin as the store-bought variety. I tried, and tried, and tried, but even when I succeeded in rolling the dough thin enough, the cooked Pocky Sticks would invariably crack when I dipped them in the melted chocolate. However, making the Pocky Sticks a bit thicker is a small price to pay when you consider the decorating potential of homemade Pocky Sticks.
I’ve been noticing lots of people on Pinterest (like Lady Behind the Curtain) going all out decorating 4th of July pretzels. Guess what? You can decorate homemade Pocky Sticks any way that you would decorate pretzel sticks. I kept my Pocky sticks basic red, white, and blue (created using white chocolate and food coloring), but you can make yours as simple or extravagant as you like. I know that you will amaze me with your ideas! If you make some, I’d love to see photos of your decorated sticks. You can post the photos to the Cupcake Project Facebook page.
Homemade Pocky Sticks Recipe
As noted above, the recipe I used for homemade Pocky sticks is from The Sweet Spot and I found it on Jun-blog. The recipe below is only slightly adapted. I changed the size of the Pocky sticks to make them 5 inches long instead of the huge 10 inch ones the recipe calls for, and I describe how I achieved the red, white, and blue look on my Pocky Sticks.