Piping hot takoyaki fresh off the pan is very special kind of satisfying. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat-flour-based batter filled with octopus. While you can get it throughout Japan, it was first popularised in Osaka and I’ve always found those made in Osaka to be preferable. So, of course, being a popular Japanese snack, it’s only understandable that it’d be made into a flavour of Pretz.
Takoyaki Pretz is the standard biscuit stick covered in seasoning flavoured like takoyaki sauce, red pickled ginger and dried bonito shavings.
The seasoning is quite sweet and reminds me of takoyaki sauce without any hint of ginger, which is fortunate for someone who dislikes ginger. It almost becomes too sweet with the slightly sweet biscuit stick. I don’t detect any hint of bonito, which would’ve countered some of the sweetness. So, really, it tastes just like powdered takoyaki sauce. Glico Japan’s Giant Takoyaki Pretz uses the same seasoning but balances the flavours better (post will come in due course).
Takoyaki Pretz is limited to Hyogo Prefecture and the box features the prefecture’s local mascot, Chitchai Ossan. Chitchai Ossan (‘Small Middle-aged Man’) is 45 years of age and said to embrace the stereotypical attributes of old Japanese men: the silly grin, the missing teeth, balding ring of hair, the track packs and singlet top.
The box of Takoyaki Pretz was and contained 2 packs each with ~20 biscuit pieces. It was produced in Japan, and purchased in Osaka, Japan in 2014.