Snack Comparison : Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru vs Calbee Jagabee
As the snack name indicates, both of them are manufactured and sold by a leading Japanese snack food company, Calbee.
Calbee Jagariko Fried Potato Sticks Salad Flavor
Jagariko and Jagabee are the 2 best-selling potato fries of Calbee, and they are different primarily in texture. Jagariko (Amazon.com) is somewhat hard and crispy, while Jagabee has a soft crunchy texture.
Calbee Jagabee is rather similar to Jaga Pokkuru potato fries. Jaga Pokkuru is also a product by Calbee, which is sold under the brand name of Potato Farm.
The Difference between Jaga Pokkuru and Jagabee potato fries
Both the potato fries are lightly salted. At first glance, they appear to be the same thing.
First of all, I checked the ingredient lists out. According to the descriptions and the Wikipedia, Jaga Pokkuru is made from 100% Hokkaido-grown Non-GMO potatoes, while Jagabee is made with North American Non-GMO ones.
As for the seasoning, Jaga Pokkuru uses special natural salt made from seawater in the Sea of Okhotsk, while it seems that common salt is used in Jagabee because there is no note on that.
Taste and Texture
However, Jagabee tastes great with a right amount of salt. These potato sticks look fresh and are crunchy just like french fries.
On the other hand, the potato sticks of Jaga Pokkuru are deep-fried with potato skin to retain the flavor of it, so they look homemade. I think Jaga Pokkuru has almost the same texture as Jagabee, but I found out that the former is a little tastier thanks to its special salt.
The suggested retail price of Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru (180g) is 885 yen, while that of Calbee Jagabee (80g) is 227 yen. The former (4.92 yen) is higher in price than the latter (2.84 yen) per 1g.
Where to buy
They are both available on Amazon.com. However, basically Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru is sold only in Hokkaido, Japan, while Calbee Jagabee is available at almost any supermarket around the country. The former is popular as a souvenir of Hokkaido.
Although Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru is pricey compared to Calbee Jagabee, they are very similar in taste and texture. But if I had to choose, I’d say I liked Jaga Pokkuru better.