Mock Pocky sticks!

dude okay, so my summer so far, has been so boring, but starting next week, it’s jam packed with stuff to do, like seriously dude, i dont even know if i’ll have time to be bored. which is so rare. this is how summers ALWAYS are for me, super boring in the beginning, but like soon after the half way point, BAM HELLO SOCIAL LIFE! but seriously man, in the next few weeks, its going to be san francisco, LA, Vegas, going away parties, job interviews, college, and hanging out with visiting family…. jeezus people, give me a break! spread it out a little will you?!

okay POCKY!!!! i’ve always liked going out to the store (preferably asian stores, since the american stores like albertson’s and von’s are so expensive) and getting these little sweets. theyre easy to eat on the go, and they’re just so yummy! but now, you can make it yourself, and have an endless supply for the next forever! im just kidding, theyre not going to last forever. chances of it lasting forever is very slim….not because it has a short shelf (ohhellnotheydont) but because theyre so irresistible! they’re just so yummy! and if you make it yourself, then you can have batches upon batches of different flavors and yummers dude! from strawberry to chocolate, to cookies and cream and yummmyyy i cant stop thinking about ittt! what you need:

  • 1/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • your choice of flavored dippings

whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cardamom, and salt together until its mixed all the way. then use a pastry cutter (or 2 forks/knives) and cut the butter into the mix until its forms a corn meal-like substance XD (okay not substance as in liquid substance, but substance as in some kind of something). once you get that, then beat in the water and sweetened condensed milk all at the same time until you get a ball of dough. this kinda goes quickly if you have an electric beater/electric mixer. then your hands dont get so tired. once you get it all into a smooth ball of dough, form it into a thick disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

preheat the oven to 300° and prep two baking sheets with parchment paper

split the dough into quarters, and each quarter into eighths, so in total, you’ll get 32 pieces. roll each piece into a small ball, then roll it into a stick about 10 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. place each stick about 1/2 inch apart and then stick it in the fridge to chill again for another 10 minutes.

brush the sticks with the beaten egg white, and then slam them in the middle rack of the oven for a good 24-26 minutes or until its crispy and golden brown. when its done, then let it cool completely before starting to dip them.

Dips:

Chocolate

In a double boiler, melt 4 ounces of semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate (depending on your taste buds) until it is smooth and completely melted. then dip each stick into the chocolate and set it too cool and harden on a baking sheet. if it pleases you, then roll the sticks in shredded coconut while the chocolate is still warm.

if you want the pocky with nuts, then melt 8 ounces of chocolate, dip the sticks in chocolate, then roll it in either toasted peanuts or toasted almonds that have been crushed. then dip with another coating of chocolate to make sure that the nuts stay on.

to multiply the chocolate flavor, then splash in some coffee, or coffee dregs, or part of a Starbucks VIA pack.

for a naughty flair, then toss in some orange liqueur, rum, or cognac

Strawberry

preheat the oven to 250°

mix together 1/2 c. strawberry yogurt and 1 1/4 c. sifted powdered sugar until it is smooth. dip each stick and then place it on a wire rack that is laid over a baking tray (to catch anything that drips off) then place all of it into the oven. then turn the off off. prop the door open slightly, and then leave it to cool/harden for 3-4 hours. the heat of the oven will dry the yogurt dip without letting the pocky sticks get soggy.

finely chop a handful of freeze dried strawberries (or just plain dried strawberries) in the food processor until it resembles crumbs. then add it in along with the yogurt and powdered sugar.

Cookies and Cream

melt 4 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler and mix in 6 chocolate wafers that have been crushed into crumbs (or you can just take 3 oreos, remove the cream, and crush up the 6 cookies left). dip the pocky sticks and then let them cool and harden on a tray.

Caramel

melt down 4 ounces of chewy caramel candies (approximately 12 candies) and proceed to dip and cool.

Girl Scout Cookie inspired Pocky

Thin Mints:

Add in about 1/2 tsp of Mint extract to melted semi sweet chocolate

Samoas:

Dip the sticks into melted caramel, roll in crushed toasted coconut. wait for it to cool and harden, and then dip into melted chocolate

Tagalongs:

melt down 4 ounces of chopped peanut butter chips/morsels, whatever you can find. and dip the pocky in this. let it harden and cool, then dip it in 4 ounces of melted chocolate.

Thank you Berry Munches:

Melt down 4 ounces of white chocolate, dip the pocky sticks, and roll them in finely chopped dried cranberries

 

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