Nuts and chocolate are a natural pairing. The pleasant crunch and flavour of roasted nuts go well with the bitter sweetness of chocolate. Almond Crush Pocky is a biscuit stick enrobed in milk chocolate studded with crushed almonds.
The rather muted flavour of almonds, when compared to other nuts like peanuts and hazelnuts, and the softer texture means the crushed almonds provide sufficient crunch and nuttiness without overwhelming the flavour of the chocolate or the crunch of the biscuit stick.
Indeed, you get three distinct textures — the chocolate mousse (a less dark, hence sweeter chocolate than Chocolate Pocky), the crushed almonds and the biscuit stick, which remains the crunchiest part and is thicker to provide greater surface area for the crush almonds to attach. It’s very moreish.
The box of Almond Crush Pocky contained 2 bags each with 7 pieces. It was manufactured in Japan and purchased in Hong Kong in 2015.