Homemade Pumpkin Pocky

I’ve been long overdue for a Pocky recipe post. I did few colorful features on these goodies last year, and was waiting for a good time to bring on a 5th recipe. Well, here they are…Pumpkin Pocky, just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all your pumpkin-inspired fall festivities!
Pocky are what I consider to be the quintessential tea cookie. I love that the straight-forward flavors pair perfectly with teas, and that they’re always a crowd-pleaser. Sencha green tea and Strawberry Pocky is one of my favorite parings, as is Chai with Chocolate Pocky. I love pairing Kona Coffee Pocky with Hong Kong Milk Tea, and of course, when you’re in need of a pick-me-up you can’t go wrong with a double dose of Matcha with Matcha Pocky.The secret ingredient in Pumpkin Pocky is powdered pumpkin. You can find powdered pumpkin at well-stocked health food stores or online. The powder is basically made of dried pumpkin flesh that has been ground up finely. I like that you get pure pumpkin flavor and color from it, free of any other additions.
In keeping with traditional pumpkin flavors, I like to add a touch of pumpkin pie spice to the dipping chocolate along with the pumpkin powder itself. Poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, or an extra dash of the same pumpkin pie spice make yummy finishes.
The roasted, twiggy taste of Hojicha green tea melds perfectly with the sweet taste of pumpkin here. And for the caffeine-free tisane lover, try enjoying Homemade Pumpkin Pocky with a woodsy Rooibos–it’s a brew just as fall-inspired as Hojicha is, a rich and cozy cup!Homemade Pumpkin Pocky

Makes about 20 stick cookies.


12 oz package of vanilla candy melts or 11 oz bag white chocolate chips

1/4 cup pumpkin powder

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 package of grissini, cut into 5″ pieces with serrated knife to make 20 sticks

extra pumpkin powder, for garnish

poppy seeds or black sesame seeds, for garnish

pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, for garnish


serrated knife

double boiler

rubber spatula

tea towel

large baking sheet fitted with parchment paper

small baking sheet or plate fitted with parchment paper

tall, narrow drinking glass, at least 6″ tall


Step-by-step photos of the dipping process are in my Homemade Chocolate Pocky post!

1. Fill bottom of double boiler with water, making sure the water doesn’t make contact with the base of the top bowl of the double boiler. Bring water to a gentle simmer (bring water to boil, then reduce to very low heat). Place white chocolate or candy melts in top bowl of double boiler. Using rubber spatula, gently melt the chocolate. Mix in the pumpkin powder, pumpkin pie spice, and vegetable oil. If you are using white chocolate (not candy coating) you may need to mix in another 1-2 tsp of oil to get a nice dipping consistency. Remove the bowl of chocolate from heat, and wipe steam off the outside of the bowl with a tea towel.

2. Carefully pour the melted chocolate into the drinking glass to a height of 4″.

3. Dip the cut grissini into the melted chocolate leaving the top 1″ undipped. As you get further along in dipping, you may need to tilt the glass to distribute the chocolate upwards so that you are able to cover all 4″ of each grissini with the chocolate. Gently shake off any excess chocolate, then place the dipped cookie on the small baking sheet or plate fitted with parchment. Let the Pocky stick sit here for about a minute to allow any excess chocolate to pool onto the parchment/paper plate.

4. Transfer the stick to the large parchment lined baking sheet to fully dry. Repeat the dipping process with the remaining grissini. If you use white chocolate, the Pocky take about 1 hour to fully dry/harden. If you use candy melts, they will take about 20 minutes to dry. In a pinch, you can place the dipped cookies in the fridge to speed up the drying process. Homemade Pocky are best eaten within a day or two, as the bread sticks tend to soften with time.

Variation:  Generously scatter with extra pumpkin powder, poppy seeds/black sesame seeds, or extra pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon on the just-dipped Pocky before transferring the cookie sticks to the large parchment lined baking sheet to dry.

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I have no idea how I missed (or forgot about?) your previous pocky posts (alliteration accidental – but catchy!) but these sound so fun! I loved hearing about the pocky and am going to have to try them all!

Bonnie Eng

Yes, very catchy!! I hope you do get to try them Mollie…super fun and easy to make. Thanks for stopping by! 😉

Lynn | The Road to Honey

I just adore pocky. It is such a delicate little cookie and so much fun to eat. . .but I’ve never actually made my own. You definitely have opened my eyes up to the possibilities as I think it would be loads of fun to create all kinds of unique flavors.

BTW, your pumpkin pocky sounds amazing and is simply stunning (even more so than the original).

Bonnie Eng

These are really fun to make Lynn. When you make them at home, I love how you can take out all the “unwanteds,” like the fake food coloring. Lots of possibilities! 😉

Bonnie Eng

Yes, a cookie to please the kids and the young at heart…love Pocky!! Thanks Tianna!! 🙂


I am really wanting to make these for gifts for Christmas. So how would you keep these fresh and not have to use them in a couple of days?

Bonnie Eng

Hey Marlene! Sure, you could make these a few days ahead of time and just store them in an airtight box. Package them up (like in bags with ties) just before giving…they’ll make really cute Christmas gifts! 🙂


YUM! Pocky is one of my favorite treats! Green tea is my favorite flavor. I always have to pick up a pack when I go to an Asian grocery store 😛

Bonnie Eng

Ah yes, Pocky are so addictive. I was so surprised to see them even being sold at Walmart the other day! 😛


Always fun to see your pocky posts! And the pumpkin flavor is one I’ve never seen in Japan, so it would be so fun to try to make someday back home! One flavor that you *can* find for pocky right now is sweet potato. There isn’t an actual coating on the sticks, but perhaps that could be a future inspiration for your series 🙂

Bonnie Eng

Hey Caitlyn! Ooo Sweet Potato Pocky! As a matter of fact, there is such a think as sweet potato powder…hmm, just in time for Thanksgiving…I’m wondering if I should?? 😉