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Yan Yan Cookies

Yan Yan Cookies is a Japanese snack that is well known throughout asia. It consists of a container with a bunch of cookie sticks. At the top, there is a well of confectionery ranging from chocolate to strawberry. The flavor really depends on the type of variety the manufacturer decide to release. However, the classic is and always will be the best.

Yan Yan Cookies Review Quick Summary


Yan Yan Cookies
TasteThe frosting taste great but there is a slight artificial flavor. The sticks itself are plain but leave a powdery residue on your finger.
UsesGreat to pair with lunch or by itself.
Health and NutritionNot particularly healthy. High on fat and Sugar. Since the packet does not portion itself like the Hello Panda, you will probably eat it all in one sitting.
ThoughtsA great snack is getting popular in the states. They most resembles the dunkraoo that use to famous during the 90’s
Reviewed SnackMeiji Yan Yan Dipping Sticks, Strawberry Crème – 2 oz, Pack of 10


Meiji is a Japanese manufacturer of confectionery good. They have been around for almost a century manufacturing a wide range of snacks. The Milk chocolate is their most famous snack. However, things like Yan Yan, Hello Panda and the Chocolate mushroom are quite popular.

Interesting enough, halfway through the company history they started to manufacturer pharmaceutical goods. Although those products arent really popular outside of Japan. Nevertheless, they are one of the most well known manufacturer in Asia.

Taste and Texture

Taste vary based on the flavor you get. The consistency is usually quite thick and very much like nutella. There is a slight artificial flavor to the frosting.

The cookie stick is crunchy has a nice snap. It leaves a powdery texture to it as well. Interesting enough, the flavor profile is quite similar to the hello panda. It wouldn’t surprise me both of those snacks are made of the same thing.

Recently, the sticks have been printed with images of animals. In the past, the sticks were just plain.

Yan Yan Cookies Health and Nutrition

As with any snack, its not particularly healthy. Its high in fat and sugar. Compared to the Hello Panda, its not automatically portioned. You are most likely to eat the whole thing in one go. Below you will find a list of the nutritional facts.

Nutrition FactsValue
Serving Size16 Pieces (57g) Serving Per Container 1
Total Fat16g 24%
Saturated Fat6g 30%
Trans Fat0g
Sodium180 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate36g 3%
Dietary Fiber<1g 3%
Total Sugar15g
Other Carbs0g
Vitamin D0

Ingredient List

Ingredients are relatively normal. The only off thing is the palm oil. The ingredient list is as follows.

Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Palm and Canola Oils, Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Non-Fat Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Cheese, Salt, Soy-Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate (Leavening), Yeast Powder, Artificial Flavors, Natural Coloring (Beta Carotene and Caramel).

Where to Buy

Yan Yan snack use to be only known among the asian communities. However, they are becoming more and more mainstream. You can find them in many supermarkets such as walmart and target. Online retailer like amazon will carry it as well. If they dont have it, then any Asian Supermarket should have it.

Similar Varities

The cloeset american varieties are the dunkaroo. They have a cookie ring instead of a stick. You will then dip it in the frosting. Very much like the yan yan. I guess if something is successful in one country can be successful in another. You just need to repackage it.

Yan Yan Cookies Thoughts

Yan Yan Cookies are a great snack. If you like dunkaroos or even nutella, then you will love this. They are great on the go or just by itself. You will find yourself wishing that they gave more frosting.

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