Laidback Gourmet: Yan Yan Sticks

Welcome back to the Laidback Gourmet where Japanuary continues on. This week I’m going to try Yan Yan sticks. There’s a phallic joke there but here at the Laidback Gourmet we’re better than that. Now boob jokes, we’re all over that, but what do you expect, those jokes are the breast. Anyway, Yan Yan Sticks:

Just by looking at the packaging I’m kind of expecting these things to be something like a Japanese version of Dunkeroos. What? You don’t remember Dunkeroos? They were these mini kangaroo inspired cookies that you were suppose to dunk in frosting. Im not sure if they exist anymore mostly because I suspect they might have been the most unhealthy food in America. Needless to say we loved them as kids. Hey, watch this commercial and tell me you wouldn’t have wanted them!

Did you notice how deep that cartoon kangaroo shoved his hands into his pouch? Is it just me or does that seem vaguely obscene? Not to mention that whole “two fisted, I mean three fisted dunk” is just made up of so much wrong. By the way, Koalas last week, Kangaroos this week. Perhaps I should think about doing Australiapril? The only problem with that is I’d review Shrimp on the Barbi one week and Fosters the next… and then I’m officially out of ideas.

Well, all culture insensitivity aside, back to Japanuary. (Did I really just write that?) Let’s open up these Yan Yan sticks and take a look at them.

Wow, there’s even a pool of chocolate-like frosting. These really ARE Japanese Dunkeroos. The only difference is that instead of kangaroo feet they’re long sticks. Kind of like a do-it-yourself Pocky. See?

Let me just take a taste and see if…



Hang on a second.

What was that written on the stick?

What? What on earth does that mean? Beetle, Lucky Color Brown? That doesn’t make any sense. What do the rest of these sticks say?

WHAT??? Please to explain. On one it says that Elephants are jumbo, another says Frogs are Amphibians, Zebras are Herbivores, while Pandas go for more. None of those things are consistent with one another. They’re just random words. These could quite possibly be the wackiest things I’ve ever eaten, and that’s saying something! Let me just try them already.


These are pretty much exactly what I thought they would be like. Do it yourself Pocky. The cookie stick isn’t very sweet which goes well with the thick sweet chocolate frosting. It even looks like there’s plenty of frosting for all your Yan Yan sticks. They’re interestingly enough and they taste OK. Final score:

Well, that concludes this edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you as always for reading, and as always feel free to leave any feedback over at Come on people, I want more feedback! My ego isn’t going to stroke itself. You can go blind that way! Until next time, this is Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, and I’m off to do some research on Australian cuisine. Maybe something I need to cut with a very large knife would count?

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