Pretz usually comes dusted in savoury seasoning, so sweet-flavoured Pretz are somewhat of a rarity. The Matcha Vanilla Double Pretz weren’t the best, but they were a rather pedestrian flavour manufactured in Thailand, so I’m keen to taste a more exotic flavour manufactured in Japan. Pretz and Pocky manufactured in Japan tend to have better flavour and texture than those overseas, and especially China.
So, this is Pineapple Pretz by Glico Japan. It’s a limited edition for sale in Hawaii, which has a sizeable Japanese population, but I managed to find it in a snack store along Tenjimbashisuji in Osaka. The packaging is all about the tropics.
Like the Double Pretz, the flavour of this Pineapple Pretz relies on the biscuit itself rather than the dusted seasoning in standard Pretz, and also has two parts forming the biscuit stick: a paler yellow ‘icing’ layer, and a darker yellow ‘biscuit’ layer.
The outside of the darker biscuit side of these Pretz have a glaze that give a slight tang to the first bite reminiscent of the acidity of fresh pineapple, before sweeter cooked pineapple notes come through as the lighter icing side melts. Glaze aside, the biscuit themselves have a slight saltiness, which cuts through the sweetness. It’s quite impressive that Glico Japan managed to capture both the tangy and the sweet tropical notes of pineapple in a ordinarily salty snack. As with non-standard Pretz, these aren’t as more-ish so they come in a resealable slim pouch to extend their freshness for easy snacking.
This bag of Pineapple Pretz by Glico Japan contained ~30 pieces, and was produced in Japan and purchased in Osaka, Japan in 2015.