Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo: Very Enjoyable Dipping Sticks

Recently, I found the Japanese snack Yan Yan Tsukebo (ヤンヤンつけボー: Yan Yan Dipping Sticks) from Meiji available overseas and popular on

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo (Price: 150 yen) is a long seller from Japan’s Showa era, first released in 1979 under the name of Yan Yan.

While Tsukebo means “dipping stick” in Japanese, Yan Yan is associated with a panda’s name, and the product’s mascot character is (in fact) a cute panda.


Yan Yan Tsukebo with Three Compartments

As you can guess from the meaning of Tsukebo, the inside of the plastic cup of Yan Yan consists of three compartments used for dipping.

One houses crackers/biscuit sticks, another contains chocolate cream/frosting, and the last has colorful icing sugar for topping.

Biscuit Sticks

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo Cracker Sticks

Yan Yan Tsukebo has another enjoyable feature; Each dipping stick has a quiz on Japanese cultural events, beneath which you can find the answer. For example,

  • もものせっくってなんのこと (What is Momo no Sekku)? → こたえ (Answer): ひなまつり (Hinamatsuri)
  • 4月おわりにはじまるれんきゅうは (What is the holiday that starts at the end of April)? → こたえ (Answer): ゴールデンウィーク (Golden Week)


Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo Dipping Sticks

After solving the quiz, dip the stick and enjoy the snack.

Not to mention, it’s so much fun, and I’ve loved it for a long time!

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo Dipping Sticks Ingredients

Chocolate cream (Vegetable oil/fat, Sugar, Whole milk powder, Skim milk powder, Cacao mass, Cocoa powder), Cracker (Wheat flour, Sugar, Vegetable oil/fat, Shortening, Salt, Whole milk powder, Yeast, Cheese powder), Icing Sugar Topping (Sugar, Starch, Corn flour, Starch syrup), Emulsifier, Swelling agent, Colors (Caramel, Beet red, Gardenia, Flavonoid, Carotenoid), Flavoring, Polysaccharide thickener (Partially including Wheat, Milk component, and Soybean)

Nutritional Values

Meiji Yan Yan Tsukebo Dipping Sticks Nutrition Facts Label

Nutritional Values per Cup (48 Grams)
Calories 259 kcal
Protein 3.2 g
Fat 14.3 g
Carbohydrates 29.3 g
Salt Equivalents 0.3 g

(Reference Page: Meiji ヤンヤンつけボー )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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