Homemade Pocky

Homemade version of a beloved childhood snack - Pocky! Cookie sticks dipped into many types of chocolate and covered in coconut and almonds.

By Connie
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Homemade version of a beloved childhood snack – Pocky! This is a recipe for homemade Pocky, inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate.

Growing up in an Chinese household

For a Chinese kid growing up in Canada, I was pretty in touch with my roots. I grew up in a mix of cultural influences, which I didn’t always appreciate at the time but do now. I used to get really annoyed when my parents would use their vetoing powers to kick me off the TV to watch their Hong Kong Dramas. For those of you who don’t have Chinese parents, understand this: there is no reasoning with Chinese parents! You can try but they’ll probably just brush it off and say something like “because I’m the adult”. For the record, “because I’m the kid” doesn’t work. Tried it and failed. But because of their crazy ways (I’m blunt but I still love my parents ahaha), I can now speak Cantonese learnt from TV without a Gwai Lo accent (though some of my friends would disagree). Oh and 11 years of Chinese School probably had a weigh in it too. Fortunately, unlike most of my other friends, I actually really enjoyed taking Chinese lessons. (nerd alert)


Asian food influences

Not everything in my upbringing made sense or had a practical outcome though. For example, my mom used to make me and my sibs drink these really bitter soups of strange herbs to decrease “hot air” (which I recently learned is inflammation) or improve general health or get smarter or grow taller. It’s been 22 years and I’m still only 5’5″, I don’t think it’s working mom!

Best part of my inter-culture upbringing? EATING ASIAN DESSERTS. Yan-yan cookies (the Asian version of Dunkaroos), BinBin rice crackers, Hello Panda cookies, red bean everything, mango everything, lychee everything, pineapple buns, Haw Flakes, and POCKY.


Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate


Pocky is the shizz you guys. It is the taste of my childhood. Those cute boxes of chocolate covered cookie sticks will always have my heart. In child currency, a box of Pocky is worth like 7 oreos, ie. priceless. In adult currency, they’re about $4 a box. Which is pretty ridonc considering that you only get about 9 scrawny sticks. That’s why I started to make my own. Bless the creative genius who came up with the recipe.

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate


Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

One recipe of this homemade Pocky makes about 16 7-inch cookie sticks which taste just as good as the boxed version, if not BETTER. Bold statement, I know, but I’m willing to put money on it. It takes a little bit of time to roll out each stick, but you’ll get the hang of it once you find your own rolling style. #theyseemerollin #theyhatin

Work with cold dough because it’s easier to roll out and transfer to the baking sheet. Save yourself the stress by popping the dough into the fridge for 20 minutes before rollin’

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate


Who says Pocky has to be stick shaped? Twist the dough into whatever shape you want! Go crazy

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate



Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate


Homemade Pocky! A beloved childhood snack inspired by the Japanese cookie sticks dipped in various types of chocolate

Recipe for Homemade Pocky:

Homemade Pocky

adapted from Pichet Ong's recipe for homemade Pocky
Servings 30 sticks
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


Cookie Sticks

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature

Chocolate Coating & Garnishes

  • white chocolate melted and tempered
  • milk chocolate melted and tempered
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • chopped toasted pecans


  • Mix the sweetened condensed milk with water and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt on low speed until well mixed.
  • Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles cornmeal, about 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the condensed milk mixture all at once and continue mixing until it is fully incorporated and the dough forms a ball around the paddle.
  • Transfer to a large sheet of plastic wrap, pat into a 1-inch-thick disk, and wrap tightly in the plastic.
  • Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  • Cut the disk into 8 wedges. Work with one wedge at a time, put the rest back into the fridge.
  • Each wedge makes 2 sticks. Break the wedge in half and roll each half into a long stick shape
  • Transfer the sticks to a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet, setting the sticks 1/2 inch apart.
  • Refrigerate the baking sheets, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown and crisp for 14 minutes. Rotate the pans at 7 minutes.
  • Cool completely before coating and garnishing with chocolate
Author: chocolate + connie
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cookies, pocky

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  1. omg, my kids want to make this now! these look groovy! And I have had The Sweet Spot cookbook for ages (love the condensed milk pound cake!). I hated chinese school, took years of it and don’t speak at all…just have a passive understanding of it. Mind you, in those days, speaking in chinese was not the thing to do in canada (you’d get beat up pretty quickly on the east side). It was all about assimilation back in the ol’ days. Good for you for actually being able to speak! I just speak food 🙁

    1. oh my god, that sounds rough! Racism like that these day would not be tolerated! Food is a universal language, you can connect with anyone in the world over food 🙂

  2. It’s so cool that you were raised so in touch with your culture! I’ve never had pocky but it looks suuuuper crispy and delicious!

    1. ahaha i didn’t think it was cool at the time! but im now glad that i didn’t let embarrassment get in my way, being able to speak and read Chinese has been super useful. Omg gurl, I need to send you like a pack in each flavour!

  3. OMG! I totally didn’t know hot air translated to inflammation =.=

    1. LOL but it makes sense right?! took me a while to figure that out too

  4. Homemade Pocky?!? What a genius Idea! I love this! Love the shapes too! And for what it’s worth- neither of my parents are Chinese but they used the “I’m the adult” argument alllll the time 😛

    1. Thanks Allie! Ahahah must be a universal parent thing! Have you used it on your kids yet? 😛

  5. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I am dying with excitement over here. Like you, I grew up with old school, villager, super conservative Chinese parents. Surprisingly, they never forced me to go to Chinese school which is why my Cantonese is total sh*t with a thick ass gwai lo accent. I used to go with my parents every Saturday to Chinatown to help lug around thirty pounds of groceries. Sometimes, as a treat, they’d buy me a box of Pocky. Back in the day, there was only strawberry ‘n chocolate flavours. Even though there are a 1000 different flavours now, those will always be my favourite. They were waaaay cheaper back then too. I cannot freaking wait to make my own pocky! These look amazing, Connie. The ones that you twisted into different shapes (esp the teletubby antenae) are hilarious ‘n awesome.

    1. OMG my parents came from rural villages in China too! Maybe we speak the same ancestral dialect! Ahahah i guess i wasn’t the only one who got forced to help with groceries at Chinatown. Seriously, why do Chinese families buy so many groceries. I was so ladden with heavy bags that the plastic used to leave indents across my forearms lol

  6. Maria Romero says:

    Thanks for sharing, my children and I love Pocky too, but although I’ve read your recipe to the letter twice, I can’t follow your counting, you are suposed to get 30 sticks from 8 wedges divided by two of one disk of dough? Wouldn’t that make just 16 sticks?
    I’m going to try the recipe anyway dough!

    1. oh sorry Maria! I just realized that I counted for a double batch because I made 2 disks of dough. So you are right, you would get about 16 sticks.
      I hope you guys like the recipe! I’d love to see how they turn out for you and your kids!

  7. Well, I’m definitely going this recipe but I’m going to tell you in advance that it sucks to protest your implying that 5’5” is short. We’re perfectly average, not short, how dear you?

  8. What a great idea, I’ve been on student exchange in HK and pockys kept me alive when I spent night and day writing assignments 🙂

    Just one question about the ingredients: Can I use normal milk instead of sweetened condensed milk?

    1. pocky always has your back! Milk contains more water than condensed milk which has bout 60% of water removed. If you use milk, you would end up with a really different product and something more cake like versus biscuit like. The difference in moisture is the key here! Hope that helps!

  9. So you have this here, godly pocky recipe, and I’m sitting here reading it while eating takoyaki from my local ramen shop. Please tell me you have a takoyaki recipe tucked away somewhere! I can’t get enough of the street food. Only reason this came up is because takoyaki finished off with pocky sticks settles for a lethally delicious dinner!

    1. lolol “godly pocky recipe”, you’re hilarious! Are you based in Vancouver, where’s your ramen shop?! I wish I could help you out with the takoyaki but my cooking skillage is hopeless 🙁

      1. Actually I’m in Atlanta. I was extremely suprised a place like that opened up here. I do consider myself a food adventurer, especially given my young age. The ramen shop is called Umaido. If you ever fly down, definitely put it on a place to try!

        1. Thanks for the recommendation, will definitely check it out if I’m ever there! What’s the craziest food you’ve ever tried? Me: frog/snake

          1. Being that Andrew Zimmern is one of my idols, I’d probably say between grilled veal sweetbreads (has a more concentrated beef flavor with a creamier tender texture) , sea urchin roe (absolutely disgusting), durian (smell was awful but the meat was pretty good), cricket empanada (kind of like a Mexican pizza), and a lot more but those are at the top. (I have tried organ meats and I’m not a fan. When I say organ I mean like everything not of the regular cut of meat.)

          2. I applaud you for your bravery, some of those things were truly gut churning ie.cricket empanada!

  10. Is it possible to just cut it into cookie rounds? Will the baking time be affected then if they can be? Would love to try it, but cutting the dough into circles seems like an easier task so long as they taste the same. lol

    1. Hi Mimi,

      That is an excellent question! I haven’t considered doing that myself but just to clarify, do you mean rolling it into one giant log then cutting slices like icebox cookies?

      The baking time will depend on how thick you cut your slices. I would do a test with the first batch, keep the time and temperature the same and adjust. If it’s a little soft and underbaked in the middle of the slice, increase the time in increments of 2 minutes at a time!

      Keep asking questions and I’ll do my best to help!

      1. I actually meant rolling it out thin and then literally cutting them out with a cookie cutter, but that sounds like a far more efficient method. lol

        Sounds good though! I just wanted to make sure that the dough would actually hold up to cutting and rolling. I wasn’t sure if it would be too soft or not. Thanks so much for your answer! I can’t wait to test this out. 😀

        1. OHHH. Ahahaha sorry I totally misunderstood. Your way sounds more pocky-like and pretty cool to get a square ish shape versus round. The dough is strong enough to withstand doing that, just gotta move it quick! or cut it directly on your baking sheet then gently nudge the pieces apart before baking 🙂

          Lemme know how it turns out!

  11. Passionfruit says:

    OMG POCKY IS THE BEST!!!!!! I have it with my Asian friends all the time and adore it, but can never have it at home. Thank you for saving my life!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  12. Pocky sticks is the best! Sadly i dont get them very often, since my dad isn’t so often in Japan, but when he is he always brings some home! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

    1. They really are the best and SO addictive. Well now you can make yourself pocky whenever you want to eat them! Is there pocky for sale where you live?

  13. This looks super awesome!

  14. This is both a useful and hilarious recipe post, I got addicted to pocky when I went to Japan a few years ago but they’re kind of hard to come by in rural South Australia! Making these tomorrow & every day until the end of time.

    1. Hi Bridget,

      No way, I figured since Australia is fairly close to Asia, these treats would be so easy to come by! LOLOL happy baking, send some pictures along of the final product when you’re done if you like 🙂


  15. This is amazing! I will most definitely do this once we’re let out of school! Thank you so much~ My friends will love this!!!!!!

    1. no problem ryu!! you better save a bunch for yourself too… these are gonna go fast! especially when youre dealing with ravenous and tired post-examers 😛

  16. At what temperature do you bake it?

    1. 300 degrees F, as listed in the recipe 🙂

  17. Hi… will the cookie sticks stay crispy if stored for a long time in a container which is not air tight? Say, one month? Thinking of making this for our festive season which lasts for about a month.

    1. Hi Nur,

      I wish I had the answer to that but mine didnt last for even a day! I suspect with the chocolate coating that it’ll stay fresher than a cookie that isn’t coated because the chocolate acts as a barrier to moisture loss. I would recommend using an air tight container if you’re going to keep the cookies for that long.

      1. 😀 Thanks for the reply Connie. Can I also know what method do u use to coat the sticks? Yours looks evenly coated, which I like. Some other people’s versions that I saw looks chunky or lumpy.

        1. hey Nur! I melted chocolate in a tall and narrow drinking glass to dip the cookie sticks. Hope that helps!

  18. Good recipe, but honestly these ended up tasting nothing at all like pocky. Just sugar cookies with chocolate/topping of choice. Tasted good though! Just…. Not pocky at all.

    1. Hey Nicole,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback! I agree that this recipe cannot replicate the full flavour of pocky and that’s probably why pocky is still so popular! This recipe was an attempt at making something similar to pocky at home. One of these days I’ll have to find out their secret ingredients.

  19. The Alien from Miguk says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I tried it and it worked out well. My family really enjoys eating them. Lol.

    Would it be okay if I featured your recipe on my Youtube video? I have a Youtube channel called The Alien from Miguk and I wanted to use your recipe on one of my videos. I will credit you for the recipe and share your website, of course.

    1. Hi! Ahaha, they’re addictive aren’t they?

      Thank you for asking for permission to share the recipe but I wasn’t the original creator of this. This recipe was first made by Pichet Ong and Genevieve Ko (cookbook authors), I simply added my own flair to it!

      1. The Alien from Miguk says:

        Yeah, my family ate them in one sitting! Lol.

        I see. Well, I can mention your site as a reference, is that okay? I will cite the original author since it was their recipe. Thanks for the reply. 🙂

        1. of course you can mention me! Thanks again for getting in touch 🙂

  20. Awesome! Absolutly love it! I covered it in melted oreo filling and I sprinkled it with crushed oreos! Sorry for my mistakes, I’m not very good at english ;/ <3

    1. you wrote your sentence perfectly! I think your English may be better than mine! By the way, I loved your take on the pocky – they sound delicious!

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