J’adore Bartok

November 10, 2008

Congratulations to Bartok, a tres beau French bulldog owned by Brandon Scott, who won 4th place for pamperedpuppy.com‘s September Dog Photo Contest.  Considering there were 1000 entries, Bartok is indeed top of the pack!

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Oh, those eyes are hypnotizing!  And what a sharp dresser with that aqua polo shirt he has on him.

Bartok won five of our knit toys, so plenty to go around and share with his sister, a fellow French/English bulldog named Beaux.

knit-toys

If you’d like to do a cute-off with Bartok, the November Dog Photo Contest is still under way at pamperedpuppy.com – there are five more knit toys up for grabs. :)

Linny

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Happy Howl-loween!

October 31, 2008

You knew I had to use that pun, right? :)

Here are some pictures that the Turner family sent me of their border collies all dressed up for Halloween.

Bogie as a pirate. Oh, you can tell Bogie knows he’s looking mighty handsome!

Arrrr!!!  Shiver me timbers!

Notice the mock hook on his right paw and the mini parrot on his hat?

Now it’s Bentley’s turn. Can you guess what he’s dressed up as?

Here’s a hint: May the force be with you.

He’s Princess Leia from Star Wars!

Okay, so Bentley is actually a boy, but he doesn’t seem to mind being a girl for a day!  Besides, the point of Halloween is to enjoy dressing up, right?

Bogie’s second costume as a jailbird.

Somebody help me get this ball and chain off! (I wonder if the plush ball squeaks?)

Bogie’s doing time for being too adorable, and I hope the Turners are feeding him nothing but treats while he’s in “jail”!

And my personal favorite for a dog costume this year:

Yo quero taco?  Costume available here.

Linny

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My Fifteen Minutes of Game

October 30, 2008

Hello, has it been a couple of weeks since my last post? How ironic is it that I’m slacking off at blogging when my last post was on the most industrious and hardworking blogger/mommy/designer from allthingscupcake.com? For shame, Linny! (wiggle your forefinger at the screen – I deserve it!)

Anyhoo, I have been spending an inordinate amount of time lately playing casual games online. Call it my form of escapism from all the never ending stream of bleak news all over the news these days. Here are a few that were particularly amusing to me (click on the game names for links).

1) Makeover game (80s style)

This is the look I came up with for my model. I call her Lucy Lookie. Heck, with legs like that, any outfit would look good!

Check out those accessories! I am especially taken by those flared, white wrist thingies on the bottom right (I’ll have to google the proper name). Did girls actually wear those back then?

2) Music Catch

A very nice, melancholy piano piece plays in the background and you basically “catch” the shapes that come on screen.

Supposedly, you can also download your own songs with the full version. Cool!

3) Ping Pong game

Wow, this one was soooooo much fun, but it can be a real time suck. I grew up playing ping pong, and the sound effects of this game are awesome! The game is developed by Nabisco, so there are a few Nabisco product placements throughout the game. And yes, I did get strangely hungry after I played the game!

Hmm, I wonder what Nabisco product they’re touting in the game…could it be Jello?

Well, I don’t have the kind of budget that Nabisco has for product placement (even a casual online game costs easily as much as a car to develop), so here’s my attempt at subliminal branding. See if you can count the number of “x”s there are in the next sentence:

xxxRxxOxxxOxMxxxCxxxAxxxNxxxDxxxYxxxIxxxSxxxYxxUMxxxMxY!!

Linny

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You ever watch that show called Heroes? Well, I happen to know a real superhero living amongst us (more specifically, in sunny Florida), and her name is Jessica Bailey.

Unlike us mere mortals, Jessica has the supernatural ability to bend time and stretch it out so that she can on any given day be simultaneously: a mommy to a 1 1/2 year old daughter, a website designer with her own swanky company, a blogger to three very active blogs, and who knows what else she hasn’t told me yet!

Here’s Jessica’s little blond cutie having a very serious discussion about being green with our Freddie frog toys.

The princess and her loyal subjects!

I’m sure being a devoted mom to the Princess takes up the bulk of Jessica’s day, and yet she finds time to blog about her life as a wifey/mommy/techie on her mommy blog: thetattooedmama.com

Come night time, Jessica dons on her tech head and designs website and blog designs via her company, Delicious Design Studios. If I were to try a similar feat, I would have probably named my company Sleep Deprived Inc.

True to its name, Jessica’s designs are simply digital yumminess. It’s hard to pin down her style of design, but what I’ve noticed is that Jessica leans toward happy girly colors (yay, pink!), and she could easily start another company designing scrapbook paper because many of her designs feature patterns that would look great as scrapbook paper. If you’re thinking about starting a blog or itching to update the look of your current site, this is the first site you need to check out because Jessica has a whole slew of ready made designs for the super impatient, and even a few freebie designs! For those of you who want something more customized, you’ll have to book your spot with Jessica quickly because a girl this talented is in very high demand. Last I checked, she’s taking on new customers for Spring ’09.

Last but not least (I’m getting winded just writing down all the projects Jessica is involved in!), Jessica is the creator/editor/blogger for the super sweet site, allthingscupcake.com. I must warn you, this site is highly addictive, and although the site is technically calorie free, the side effects of reading through the posts about real cupcakes may include a sudden case of sweettoothiritis! What’s cool is that Jessica and her team of contributors also scour the net to find other accessories with cupcake designs (e.g. cupcake Xmas ornament, anyone?), so the site is really a directory of…well, all things cupcake!

I’m sure you are curious as I am as to what drives this supergal, so I had to ask her a few questions that were on my mind:

1) Jessica, do you remember how old you were when you tasted your first cupcake? Do you remember what it looked/tasted like, and why you fell in love with cupcakes?

I can only imagine my love for cupcakes started at an early age. My mother loved to bake and would always include me. I remember making mini-pies when I was really little. I had this little muffin tray that had… maybe, wild guess here… 12 muffin cups. They were the size of a quarter and so so tiny. I would take these little trays, and fill the bottoms with a piece of pie crust, topping it with some jam and baking them for a few minutes. These were my mini pies. I don’t have the same memory with cupcakes but I do remember eating them often.

2) Craziest cupcake you’ve tasted/seen over the years?

I made a green tea & tapioca cupcake last year around Christmas time. I couldn’t find any matcha green tea so I had to resort to green tea powder from the health food store. Wasn’t quite the same but still delicious. I then filled these cupcakes with tapioca pudding. Yum!

3) If you were to be stranded on an island and can only eat one cupcake for 30 days straight – what cupcake would it be?

Oh geez! You just had to go there, didn’t you? I’d have to say the Walnut Cupcakes Topped with Rose White Chocolate Mousse and Baklava. Recipe by Cheryl Porro of Cupcake Bakeshop.

4) Moving onto Delicious Design Studio – how did you get started with web design?

I remember when I was young, around the age of 11, I would always play around with HTML and create my own “websites” and “fan sites”. Often being scolded for being on the computer too long, little did my parents know that what I was being grounded for, would eventually be the same thing that would help support my family as I got older. As the times changed, and things became more and more complicated, I started reading books and browsing the internet for solutions and “how-to” guides. That is how it all began.

5) How long does it usually take you to finish a project? Where do you usually get your inspiration for all your fabulous designs? And how long is the waiting list if we want YOU to design our blog/website?

Oh gosh! We have waiting lists from 2 weeks up to 6 months. I recently hired another designer to help me with the work load and she is fun and amazing to work with. I would love to be able to have a waiting list of 2 weeks instead of 2-3 months.

My inspiration comes from many different sources. On my desk, I must have between 10-12 books. Books about scrapbooking, web design, color, decorating, interior design. I can find inspiration in almost anything.

6) As a newbie blogger and someone who thinks html, CSS, PHP, SQL are all jibberish, what advice can you give gals like me who want to be more tech-savvy?

Read! Read as many books as you can. There is so much information out there, you just have to start from the beginning and take time to read and understand it. If you can afford design books, the internet is a great place to start as well.

7) I can’t even imagine how you manage to be a full-time Mom to a darling little girl, blogger for two sites and run your web design business! Other than catch up on sleep, what do you like to do when you actually have some free time to yourself? :)

Excuse me? What is this “free time” that you speak of?

If you tell Jessica to take on the world, I bet she’ll think it’s a piece of cake. Or more accurately, a piece of cupcake!

Extra yummy: After learning about Jessica’s island-worthy cupcake, I contacted Cheryl Porro of cupcakeblog.com (another cupcake blog – hooray!) to see if I could reprint the recipe and post a picture of the said cupcake. I present to you: Walnut Cupcakes Topped with Rose White Chocolate Mousse and Baklava. Please refrain from licking the screen.

This cupcake is truly a labor of love because there are four different recipes for each component of the cupcake. To get the full recipe, check out the step-by-step directions by Cheryl on her blog. Thanks for the picture, Cheryl!

Linny

www.room-candy.com

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HH Backer Pet Trade Show

October 7, 2008

Every year, I participate in an industry trade show called the H.H. Backer Pet Show in Chicago, IL, and this year was no exception. For me, doing a trade show is similar to going to boot camp – it’s five days of very intense packing, unpacking, setting up, chatting with hundreds of people, furious scribbling, and more packing at the end of it all. It’s tiring as heck, but so much fun, though! Since I had my camera with me, I took some pictures of my booth for those of you retailers that couldn’t make the show last weekend.

Can you tell it’s a garden theme? :) It’s also a happy coincidence that the yellow spotlight that shone from the ceiling made the booth look like it’s a sunny day out.

I have to confess, I am such a procrastinator when it comes to planning these trade shows, I always drive myself crazy a couple weeks leading up to the trade show scrambling to get all the booth fixtures and materials (toys, beds) ready. I got my idea for the garden theme thanks to these wonderful tissue paper pom poms by Martha Stewart that I saw at Walmart.

Who knew you can get these fluffy looking floral pom poms just from a stack of thin colored paper? Beauty does come at a price, because it took me a good two hours to separate out the paper layers to get all five pom poms up. A few feet of fake grass turf, a lawn table and fold up chairs, and I’m all set for the show. If I weren’t so much in a rush, I would have also packed myself a straw brim hat and a pair of sunglasses to really complete the look!

Front view of booth. In the past, I had my dessert style dog toys on a cake platter, but kept it simple this year and put everything up on a peg board. Notice something new? Why yes, it’s our new Xmas-themed donut toys!

I know it’s only October, but it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas! If you need to stock up these toys for your stores, they are already in stock and ready to ship.

Talking about donut toys, the booth directly across from me were the folks from Rockin’ Doggie, and their two french bulldogs Louie and Lulu were just darling. Here’s Lulu having a field day with our pink donut toy.

She was a real pro at finding all three squeakers in the toy!

A girl needs a nap after all this sugar rush!

Jelly donut beds and hand knit toys.

Our new JUMBO toys. That Millie caterpillar toy is so long, it took up the whole width of the rack!

Our talking poodles, our rattling unicorn toys and our big head toys.

Sea animals and jungle toys. I usually sell my samples at the end of the show, and the first ones to go were the jungle toys and the shark toys. I guess I’m not the only one who’s a fan of the National Geographic and Discovery channel. :)

Our small dog toys all fit neatly in a rack. Needless to say, our toys have grown exponentially in both selection and size!

Extra yummy: We are honoring our show special until the end of the month, so give us a call at the office to find out which toys/beds qualify for the show special pricing.

Linny

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Feeling A Little Blue?

September 29, 2008

I don’t know about you, but it’s been disconcerting for me to watch the financial markets yo-yo up and down like a roller coaster these past couple of weeks. Back in the day, I spent about five years working in the investment banking industry before I started Room Candy, so even though I’ve been out of that industry for a few years now, it’s still sad to see major banks just disappear in a blink. No one can predict what’s going to happen to the economy except that it’s going to be pretty rough for a while, so if you’re feeling a little blue like me, do what I do:

1) Hug your dog for at least thirty minutes a day. If you have more than one dog, all the better because you can easily double or triple your “dog hug therapy” time.

2) Take your dog out for a nice long walk. The exercise will do you good and help alleviate your stress.

3) Take a mini lesson in maintaining a happy attitude from my dog Tiki.

This nasty scar is from Tiki’s surgery ten days ago for his luxating patella on his left knee (he had his right knee operated on seven years ago for the same condition). It is ironic that I blogged about a maltese called Henry that had the same surgery on both his legs this past summer because now Tiki has something in common with Henry! The surgeon opted not to put Tiki in a cast, but to prevent him from gnawing at his sutures, put him in an Elizabethan collar until his sutures come out later this week.

Boy did Tiki hate, hate, hate that collar!! For the first few days, in spite of the pills he took that were supposed to sedate him, Tiki would howl all day and night and scratch/bite/claw at the collar to try to get out of it. You can see for yourself all the bite marks he’s inflicted upon that collar. On the fifth day, Tiki finally resigned to the fact that the collar is staying put for a while, and slowly reverted to his usual jovial demeanor.

There’s that smile again!

Tiki doesn’t know that the horribly uncomfortable collar is coming off in a few days, and that in a couple of months, he’ll be bouncing along like a puppy with his healed left knee. So I guess the moral of the story is this: even in his current state of daily discomfort with the collar and his temporarily bum leg, Tiki chooses to crack a big smile and be happy. Not a bad way to deal with whatever is going on these days!

The Tao of Tiki: Take time to smile everyday!

Linny

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Under My Bella

September 27, 2008

Got this lovely e-mail from Courtney a few weeks back about her new English Bulldog puppy, Bella:

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your products! We just got a new puppy, and I stocked up on your super cute toys beforehand (the muffin boy is my favorite). Our puppy, Bella, loves them, and so do we! (She loves her Room Candy bed, too!)

Thanks for making such cute things. :)

Love,

Courtney & Bella

Ciao Bella! Even at her young age, Bella is already a pro at being a top model.

Wanna take a ride on my bike?

Modeling is hard work! Time for some beauty sleep!

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Courtney! She may be an English Bulldog puppy with an Italian name, but she’s an all American sweetheart!

Linny

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Alternative title: From Singapore’s Changi Airport With Love

Whenever I go back to Indonesia, I usually fly on Singapore Airlines because it usually means a quick stopover in Singapore. I myself spent six years in Singapore for school in my tween years, so I am rather fond of the country. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Singapore, it is a tiny little island of a country nestled between Malaysia and Indonesia, and is primarily known for three things – shopping, food and being “clean and green”. Not surprisingly, Singapore’s Changi Airport is an excellent representation of the country – rows and rows of high-end stores, food choices galore and even a little greenery along the way. My stopover was only 2 hours long, so it did not leave me much time to go shopping. I did make a quick stop to Toast Box, a local coffee establishment known for its Kopi O (black coffee) and Kaya Toast. Kaya is a jam made up of (roughly in equal parts) egg yolks, sugar and coconut milk. Definitely not for the faint of heart and those watching their waistlines! Kaya Toast is a sandwich made with two slices of grilled thick white bread, a generous heaping of kaya jam, and a thick pad of cold butter. I call it Heaven In A Bun, because when you bite down on it, you get (in order of taste/texture): crunch, pillowly soft bread, caramelly-coconuty jam and then salty melting butter! Sorry folks, I gobbled that thing down so fast I didn’t even think of snapping a picture! I did, however, manage to snap some pictures of the “green” part of the Changi Airport.

Here’s the Orchid Garden complete with a Koi pond.

Tiki The Monkey posing amongst a bloom of orchids. Singapore’s national flower is the orchid, and the country is also a prolific exporter of orchids.

Tiki gave the Orchid garden a big thumbs up!

I also saw a Fern Garden on the map which was located on the other side of the airport, so I’ll stop by that one during my next stopover.

I thought I was done with the tour of the airport and took a quick bathroom break en route to my gate, and lo and behold – tucked away behind the terminal and right in front of the restroom was a Butterfly Garden!


So surreal! I walked into an indoor garden and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of fluttering butterflies. There were quite a few species, but a majority of them were these JUMBO-sized butterflies that were literally the size of my outstretched palm.

Butterflies snacking on designated “flower stations”.

Told you these butterflies were gigantic!

It was so ridiculously easy to take shots like this when you’re surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of butterflies! I just checked on Singapore’s Changi Airport website and read that the Butterfly Garden was a newly opened attraction, which explained why there were only a handful of people in the enclosure including myself. All of us in the room kept giving each other incredulous looks because we all couldn’t believe that such a dreamy environment could exist within an airport. I noticed too that all of us were walking extra slow around the garden because we didn’t want to accidentally smash into a passing butterfly.

You can’t really tell from this picture, but that is a man made waterfall by the side of the garden. So cool!

Another butterfly feeding station with sliced pineapples.

Never mind the shopping and the eating spots, I’d say that just by the existence of the Butterfly Garden alone, I declare Singapore’s Changi Airport to be the coolest airport in the world!

Extra yummy: Talking about pineapples, I took a day trip to Bogor during my stay in Indonesia and came across these mini pineapples.

Them pineapples are the same size as those butterflies I saw at the Butterfly Garden! So cute! Bogor is a relatively small city known for its National Park and the large population of deer roaming all throughout the park. We didn’t have time to visit the park, but ran into this mini deer garden on our way to a restaurant.

Is that you, Bambi?

They look just like our deer cell phone charms!

Linny

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Do you love cupcakes? Well, you are not alone! I’m convinced that cupcake mania is getting mainstream now because even my local Howe’s supermarket stocks different flavored cupcakes that they continually change to reflect the season. These ones caught my eye the other day.

Soda inspired cupcakes! Okay, first of all, for a drink that’s been around for such a long time, I’m amused at how many different variations there are of the name 7UP when spelled out. I initially wanted to spell it as 7-Up, but when I did my fact checking, I saw that Wikipedia has it listed as “7 Up”, whereas other sites spelled it as 7Up and 7up. And why is that big red dot never included in the written name?

Oh well, no point fussing over mundane details. Time to open the box. As you know, the main ingredient characteristic of 7UP soda is the distinctive lime/lemony flavor, and I got a strong whiff of lemon right when I opened the box. So refreshing! Size wise, these cupcakes were probably on the small side (around 2 inches in diameter and 3 inches high). I would guesstimate that as far as the bites/cupcake ratio goes, it’s about 3 1/4 mouthfuls per cupcake.

I tip my hat off to the company that developed these cupcakes – they certainly picked a pretty shade of pale green that looks a lot like the honeydew slush I had a while back. And check out those green and yellow sprinkles! Those have got to be custom made for the company. I wonder if they are also flavored with 7UP? I picked off a few sprinkles and sampled them, but couldn’t really come up with a definitive verdict.

But the best part of the cupcake was the swirl. These were obviously piped with a machine, but the strong curves of the frosting tweaked off into a peak were architectural enigmas! I just couldn’t stop staring at them!

If you squint your eyes, it almost looks like the petals of a rose. A minty green rose!

Mmm…swirly vortexes of buttercream perfection!

There has to be a scientific explanation as to why people love the swirly pattern of most cupcake frostings. I’ve read about the Golden spiral based on the Fibonacci numbers, and how this swirl pattern is present in many species of flora and fauna.

Exhibit A: Golden spiral based on the golden ratio (i.e. 1.6180339887)

Exhibit B: Top down view of the 7UP cupcake.

Superimpose the two images, and..Ohmygosh!! The divine proportion does explain the beauty that is the cupcake swirl! Thanks, Mr. Fibonacci!

Extra yummy: Aside from its perfect swirl, this cupcake had another twist – when I bit into it, I was expecting a spongy cupcake texture but instead got a dense, pound cake consistency. A soft drink that’s transformed into a cupcake that tasted like a mini lemon pound cake? A real mind bender! Kind of like our Jelly Donut Bed – it’s a dog bed fashioned out of a donut dog toy that is a plush replica of of a real glazed donut!

It’s got green and yellow sprinkles too!

Linny

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OMG Pocky!!

September 21, 2008

Quick note from Linny (the blog’s de facto editor): I have done a few posts on our JUMBO toys, but it takes a real writer like Rachel to come up with a JUMBO post on all things Pocky. Seriously, if your mouth doesn’t water for those pretzel-esque snacks after reading her comprehensive review below, you’re missing out on a Room Candy certified yummy snack! Bravo, Rachel! I humbly bow to thy prowess with the written word.

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If you are or have ever been a fan of anime or manga — or Japanese pop culture in general — you’ve probably come across Pocky. The little cream-coated cookie sticks were a staple of my teenage life. They fueled me through marathon weekends at OhayoCon, fanfic-related writers’ block…even the sporadic late-night finals week study session.

I was hardly alone in my Pocky addiction. The night of the senior prom, rather than languish at home feeling bitter about the lack of romance in our respective lives, two equally geeky friends and I attended the festivities together. We had a decent amount of fun mocking shallow classmates and making ill-fated attempts at dancing. What I remember most about the night, however, is my friend Ashley’s transformation into a Pocky-fueled windup doll on the dance floor. She’d run out of energy and all but freeze. Jenn (the third party in our merry misfit trio) or I would then run to the dance floor and a pop a Pocky stick into her mouth, and immediately she’d come back to life, a delirious smile gracing her features. We knew people were probably staring and laughing, but we responded in kind. We didn’t care. Ah, good times.

These days my life is far more complicated. Being six years removed from High School, I rarely get to experience the sheer innocent joy of moments like those. There are times when I almost feel like a traitor to my high school identity. I’ve fallen out of the loop as far as anime and manga are concerned. Even If I had a character to dress up as, I lack the time and money which allowed me to toil over convention costumes so many years ago.

Naturally, a part of me is overjoyed when I rediscover something like pocky. It draws me back, at least partially, to a time when there was much less to worry about. A period when, though I may have been an oddball, there was a definate certainty of self, and a sense of belonging in a _group_ of oddballs. When my greatest fear was being on the receiving end of a catty cheerleader’s comment, rather than being unable to pay my bills. While trolling the aisles of my nearby Nijiya Supermarket, I happened upon the Pocky section and found myself immersed in this sort of nostalgia. I found myself momentarily contemplating the value of Pocky — not only as a symbol of my youth and the otaku community, but as a snack. Were Pocky sticks really that yummy? I didn’t truthfully remember. The only logical thing to do was to buy a box of every flavor Nijiya had in stock. That’s 12 flavors (and $23.00)! Was it worth it? I’d soon find out, or go into sugar-shock trying!

After a veritable Pocky Feast, here are my general impressions:

1) Chocolate Crush — The first flavor with which I first reintroduced myself to Pocky was interesting, but by no means my favorite. The “crush” on the outside is comprised of Rice Krispy bits, strewn throughout “choco” cream coating. The underlying cookie is as crunchy, dependable and addictive as I remember it. Not bad, just not spectacular.

Getting a handle on the Pocky box!

2) Chocolate Marble — What first struck me about this variety of Pocky, as well as the other “Marble” varieties, was the incredible beauty of the chocolate on their surfaces. Ultra-smooth, with a pattern that ressembles a zebra’s stripes, these Pockys were sights to behold. But would they measure up in the taste department? I popped one into my mouth and found…they DID! The “chocolate” variety”, the first kind of marble I tasted, was my favorite of the three. Although no other flavorings were listed on the package, I could swear I tasted a hint of coffee. A quick glance over the ingredients list was enough to assure me I wasn’t going crazy – it’s far below “chocolate”, but “coffee powder” is on the list.

3) Rum Raisin Marble — These sticks, polished white chocolate shattered by ebony streaks, were the prettiest Pockys of all. They weren’t bad, at first taste, either; generally “sweet”, but not as good as the Chocolate Marble variety. When the aftertaste kicked in, though, a few “taste points” were knocked off, in my book. Apparently, the good people at Pocky HQ thought it would be a good idea to incorporate a strong “alcoholic” flavor into this variety. Considering the strength of this “rum” flavoring, I find it odd that there wasn’t a trace of “raisin”. Oh, well. Raisin isn’t my favorite flavor to start with, and if “rum” is any indication, it might have been pretty awful in a Pocky stick.

Pocky vs. Pokemon – The Epic Battle

4) Choco Caramel Marble — Very nice cookie — just about on par with Chocolate Marble. The “caramel” flavor tasted a bit fake, but it was chocolatey and sweet — and sweet is good, mmmkay?

5) Men’s Pocky — Super-thin Pocky cookies, surrounded by “Bitter Chocolate”. What makes these “Mens'” is beyond me. I actually know more women who like dark chocolate than men, and the chocolate enrobing these Pockys sports some serious cacao content — this isn’t stated outright on the box, but I’d estimate 65-70%. I’d also guess this is one of only two varieties using _real_ chocolate, rather than “choco” in its coating.

6) Chocolate Cream (also most commonly found flavor) — The second sort of Pocky coated with genuine chocolate, these are thin cookies in the style of “Mens'” Pocky. Dark chocolate is used in these cookies as well, but slightly less “dark” than in the Mens’. Decent, but not that interesting after you eat two or three. Quite feminine I may be, but I preferred the Mens’ variety.

7) Mini Almond Crush — I noticed after already making the purchase that these weren’t genuine Pockys. They’re made by Meiji, but looking at the package, you’d never know. Frankly, these short, chunky beauties are adorable to behold, and delightful to taste and feel on your tongue. They contain at least as much chocolate as cookie per stick, and each cookie contains a high concentration of almonds. As a result, the taste is nutty. I really liked these and would buy them again in an instant.

8) Coconut — This cookie reminds me, in flavor, of another childhood treat — one from earlier in my youth than Pocky. Does anyone remember the Girlscouts “Samoa” cookies? If you liked those tropical delights, you’ll adore these. There’s a lot of coconut flavor to be found here. If you don’t like coconut, though, you might want to skip these. I, personally, enjoyed them.

9) Brazilian Pudding — I’ll tell you a secret — shhh! — I have no clue what “Brazilian Pudding” is. However, judging by the flavor of this Pocky, I’ll have to order the dish if it ever pops up at a local restaurant. I’m guessing it’s something like Creme Caramel, because that’s what the taste reminds me of — a perfect mixture of vanilla and caramel custard. Magnifico!! My favorite pocky — period.

Got milk?

10) Milky White — Thick Pocky cookies coated with simple, creamy white chocolate. You can really taste the dairy in this coating, and I really like this kind of flavor. One of my favorites.

11) Strawberry — Similar to the Milky White in terms of thickness of the cookies and coating. Unfortunately, the strawberry coating wasn’t nearly as yummy as the deliciously simple “milky white”, and the little specks of “strawberry” throughout made the taste more “bizarre” and “unnatural” than “authentic”.

12) Blueberry — The last flavor sampled. This flavor was better than the strawberry variety. It had a definate scent of blueberry, if only a vague taste. Creamy and slightly fruity, I can imagine this would go well with my morning coffee.

Survey Says? Pocky are pretty great as snacks. You have to be in a certain mood to enjoy them to the fullest extent. Without a doubt, Pocky Sticks will works better to satisfy a cookie or general “sweet snack” craving than a specific “chocolate” craving. Truth be told, they’re best enjoyed while curled up witha good manga, editing an anime music video, or otherwise nurturing your inner otaku. But they’re overall _far_ above average on the yumminess spectrum, and a snack I’m glad I took time out to revisit.

I leave you with a poetic dedication to my long-standing Pocky love affair. Here’s

The Twelve Days of OhayoCon

On the first day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the second day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a “V” of marble Pockys and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the third day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys, and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the fourth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys, and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the fifth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Men’s Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys”…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the sixth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the seventh day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the eighth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the ninth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the tenth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the eleventh day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me a Very Blueberry Bookshelf, Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the twelth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Tons of Mini-Almond sticks, a Very Blueberry Bookshelf, Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s….Pooooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!!


Thank you. Thank you very much.

~~By Rachel~~

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