Takoyaki Pretz by Glico Japan

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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).

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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.