Where can I buy Pocky?
You may find Pocky in your local areas by looking in the Yellow Pages for Asian food stores. Many places that sell anime have also begun selling pocky. I have even see Pocky in my local Koger's store. There are also websites online that sell it. I have listed a few below.
Asian Food Grocer - Good prices and wide selection
Amazon.com - Slightly more expensive than the first site but with a large selection. Pocky is sold by different companies through Amazon.
Do you sell Pocky? No, I don't. This is merely a devoted fansite. If you want to buy Pocky please look at the above question.
Can I taste all of the flavors? I would highly doubt it. Some of these flavors were limited runs and are now longer being produced while others are avalible only in Japan. I wouldn't give up trying though! You could always visit the country and get them.
Do you know of any other sites that talk about the new flavors of Pocky that are not written in Japanese? No. There may be one out there but I have not found it. I get all of my information through the Glico webpage or from buying Pocky myself.
Pocky was first created in 1963 by the Glico Corporation. Of course at the time it wasn't called pocky, it was named Chocoteck. The success of 'Chocoteck' surprised everyone. Not even Glico expected them to become so popular.
The name 'Pocky' evolved from the 'pockin' sound they make when eaten.
In 1971 a new flavor was launched, Almond. Strawberry Pocky was released 6 years later.
There is a new Pocky flavor released each fall.
Glico try's out new flavors on Rural Japanese and some never make it into production.
Some flavors of pocky can only be bought in a certain areas of Japan and aren't available in all places. Some of these rare flavors are; Grape pocky from Nagano, a lemony-mikan flavored Pocky from Kyushu, and the omiyage-sized Giant Yubari Melon from Hokkaido.
Driving to rural areas after pocky sightings is not unusual from the truly pocky obsessed.
Several J-pop bands have been advertising Pocky, among them Morning Musume and Hamasaki Ayumi.
In Malaysia, Pocky was renamed by the Glico Company as Rocky, perhaps to avoid a vulgar word in Malay with similar pronunciation.
IN JAPAN: Pocky