Pineapple Pretz by Glico Japan

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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.

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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.

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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.