“Whiskey & Candy” may sound like the worst song from an ‘80s hair metal band’s greatest hits collection, but in Japan, it’s also a surprisingly popular new food and beverage pairing. It makes sense: ‘80s hair metal bands always bragged about being big in Japan.
Pocky began as a Japanese brand of chocolate-covered pretzel but branched out to include other flavors like strawberry and matcha. And this month, the brand is making a direct play at the legal-to-drink crowd by reintroducing a take on its chocolate pretzel candy called “Otona no Kohaku,” or “Adult Amber” Pocky – a version that is intended to resemble the flavors of, and even be paired with, whiskey.
Adult Amber Pocky uses a chocolate that is richer and more bitter than its usual coating and includes a whiskey aroma to give you that true boozy vibe. To tie the candy and beverage even further, Glico, the company behind Pocky, says this high-class pretzel stick is also made with malt extract.