Famous Japanese Snack Brand Pocky Is Now Teaching Kids To Code


Ezaki Glico, the Japanese company behind Pocky, has launched an app that teaches kids and kids-at-heart how to code.

The app is called Glicode, and it’s currently available for Android devices. An iOS version is underway, according to Geek.


How it works: Glicode asks for the player’s help to move a character across obstacles. Movements are operated by commands.

Commands are digitally translated from photos of arranged Pocky sticks and other Glico snacks, such as Almond Peak chocolates and Biscuit Cream Sands.


When done right, the character successfully passes obstacles. Hooray!

Glicode’s most popular product, Pocky, is a snack brand recognized for its deliciously-coated cookie sticks. These come in different flavors, including chocolate, strawberry, matcha green tea, chocolate banana, milk chocolate and cookies and cream.

Pocky has been in Japan since the 60’s, making it an iconic figure in the country’s snack industry. Its official website notes:

Pocky has been a part of Japanese life since 1966 and has been enjoyed by generations of families. A common sentiment amongst Pocky fans is that it brings a sense of nostalgia, inviting fond memories of times spent with friends and family while sharing a box of Pocky.”

“As the perfect anytime, anywhere snack, its stylish packaging is made for taking with you on-the-go—conveniently nestled in your pocket, in your purse, or simply in your hand.”

Written by: NextShark


Unique Wine Labeling Uses Color Swatches to Break Down Flavor


Taking a modern approach to wine labeling, Uproot has created a first-of-its-kind color bar. The unique labeling serves as a visual representation of the wine’s tasting notes, offering a guide to the flavors and aromas found in the bottle. Together, these color bars make up what the company calls a “Flavor Palette” that is unique to each variety of wine. While the label changes according to the wine’s flavor profile, the design will retain the brand-specific color bars and overall aesthetic.

The idea here is recognition and transparency. From sommeliers to people just looking for an easy way to decipher wine lingo, this type of infographic strategy provides you with all the basics.

We’ve got to hand it to them — you would definitely know an Uproot wine bottle when you see one, thanks to this clever marketing scheme. However, while this is certainly “innovative” marketing, it’s unclear whether the company is selling wine with diverse flavors, or a home decorating service with a bounty of wallpaper color swatches.

Uproot Wines, $34-$44 @DrinkUproot


Get Your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Early With This Code *Wink, Wink*


When the first chill hits the air, you’re already craving it. The drink that tastes like autumn feels.  The best drink to ever be made by Starbucks, filled with delicious syrup that tastes nothing like coffee. Yes,  it’s almost time for the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

While the Pumpkin Spice Latte won’t be officially on sale until September 3, Starbucks let its Facebook fans in on a little secret yesterday.  Because now you can “unlock” your store with the code “PSL 10.” If you give it to your barista, chances are she’ll make the drink for you.  Though there have mixed reports of success, I’m hoping that my Starbucks will come through.  Because four days is way too long to wait.

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