Pocky comes not only in regional flavours, but also seasonal flavours. For summer, Glico Japan releases a Summer Salt Pocky. Whereas standard Chocolate Pocky features dark chocolate enrobing the biscuit stick, Summer Salt Milk Chocolate Pocky features salt dusted over a milk chocolate mousse enrobing the biscuit stick.
The salt crystals on the milk chocolate are tiny, yet give a slight crunch before quickly dissolving to create a strange disconnect between what should be a sweet snack, but tastes salty. Once the milk chocolate of previous sticks begins to linger on your tongue, though, the salt mixes with the creamy milk chocolate to create a moreish flavour much like a sweeter version of Lindt’s Touch of Sea Salt or a chocolate-dipped pretzel. Overall, salt enhances the sweetness of the chocolate here, much like how the Japanese like to add salt to watermelon to enhance its taste.
The Summer Salt Pocky is about 2 cm shorter in length than the standard Pocky, although they have the same thickness in biscuit and mousse.
The box of Summer Salt Pocky contained 2 packs each with 15 pieces. It was manufactured in Japan, and purchased in Sydney, Australia in 2016. It is a seasonal edition for summer.