Comparison: Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru vs Calbee Jagabee
As their snack names indicate, they are both manufactured and sold by a leading Japanese snack food company, Calbee.
Calbee Jagariko Fried Potato Sticks Salad Flavor
In fact, Jagariko and Jagabee are the 2 best-selling potato fries of Calbee, and they are different primarily in texture.
The Jagariko potato stick is somewhat hard and crispy, while the Jagabee potato stick has a soft crunchy texture.
Calbee Jagabee is close to Jaga Pokkuru potato fries rather than Jagariko. Jaga Pokkuru is also a product by Calbee, but is sold under the brand name of Potato Farm.
The Difference between Jaga Pokkuru and Jagabee Potato Fries
Today, in order to compare the difference, I have both Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru and Calbee Jagabee.
Both the potato fries are lightly salted, and at first glance, these sticks appear to be the same thing.
First of all, I checked the ingredient lists. According to the descriptions and Wikipedia Japan, Jaga Pokkuru is made from 100% Hokkaido-grown Non-GMO potatoes, while Jagabee is made with North American Non-GMO potatoes.
As for the seasoning, Jaga Pokkuru uses special natural salt made from seawater from the Sea of Okhotsk. Meanwhile, it seems that Jagabee is seasoned with common salt, because there is no note on the salt.
Taste and Texture
Nonetheless, Jagabee tastes great with a right amount of salt. These potato sticks look fresh and are pleasantly crunchy 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 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 (about 8.1 USD), while that of Calbee Jagabee (80g) is 227 yen (about 2.1 USD).
Per 1g, the former (4.92 yen) is higher in price than the latter (2.84 yen).
Where to Buy
They are both available on Amazon.com. However, basically Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru is sold only in Hokkaido, Japan, where it is popular as a souvenir or gift.
In contrast, Calbee Jagabee is more casual and is available at almost any supermarket in Japan.
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.