Japan Recommended in JapanI Only Eat Desserts / June 4, 2013 / 9 Comments
In Australia we’ve only seen chocolate, white chocolate, caramel and cookies and creme kit kats. That’s not how Japan rolls – with more than 200 flavours released seasonally, regionally and in limited editions, this kit kat craze is on an absolute high.
I got sucked in big time and it became my life mission (more like my 5 months mission) to try all these different flavours. As the crazy slowly built up in me, Nestle offered this limited edition boxset where it had a collection of all regional kitkats. With all this madness stored up I purchased it without a second thought (FYI it costed $40 for 30 kit kats). It was totally worth it :P
Peek a boo, I see you
Although not part of the boxset, Kobe offered the pudding flavoured kit kat – caramel sweet white chocolate with a light fruity after-taste. Just look at the packaging and how it’s so pretty and done up (only in Japan would kit kats be presented so well).
Kobe Pudding Kit Kat
The small town of Uji (Kyoto) is famous for offering one of the highest quality green teas in Japan where Uji’s green tea is used in the matcha kit kat. The milky white chocolate paired with the subtle matcha flavour was amazing. Japan knows how to work magic on matcha and it is my favourite flavour kit kat. Big call, I know ;)
Uji Matcha Kit Kat
Hojicha is roasted green tea which would explain why it is brown. Don’t be fooled by the colour as this is my 2nd favourite kit kat – it had a light Chinese tea taste without being bitter at all.
Hojicha Roasted Tea Flavoured Kit Kat
Yatsuhashi is a cinnamon biscuit sold in Kyoto and actually tastes quite nice. The kit kat looked really pretty with specks of cinnamon in the white chocolate. That’s as far as I can compliment it as it had an awful overpowering cinnamon flavour and I’m not a cinnamon fan. Maybe for those that like cinnamon would like this more :)
Yatsuhashi Cinnamon Kit Kat
B brought this for me when he went on a trip to Hiroshima during my first month. Clearly I’ve established my obsession for kit kats. The golden citrus blended kit kat tasted mostly like orange with hints of lemon and lime.
Golden Citris Blend Kit Kat
No one does strawberry flavour like the Japanese. Opening the packet I could smell the sweet strawberry tones. The crispy wafer was layered with strawberry cream, covered in sweet strawberry white chocolate. Delicious and I wouldn’t mind for some more.
Strawberry Kit kat
This was the kit kat that scarred me for life. Life is like a box of chocolates until you bite into the wasabi kit kat – life turns into bloody terror of what kind of kit kat awaits you next. I was on the verge of throwing up with that hot painful sting only wasabi can create. It comes down to whether you like wasabi – I don’t like it but my friends that did enjoyed this kit kat.
Wasabi Kit Kat
The blueberry cheesecake was not a hit – a strong pungent sour cheese taste mix with the blueberry was quite strange.
Blueberry Cheesecake Kit Ka
Black sugar syrup kit kat = yuck. Sadly words cannot describe this.
Black Sugar Syrup Kit Kat
I love edamame but it should not be in kit kat form – it tasted like plant (not in a good way).
Edamame Soybean Kit Kat
Apples and chocolate combined together in a kit kat did not make for a party. Biting into the wafer, dark chocolate was released with an artificial apple flavour that lingered for far too long.
Apple Kit Kat
Chilli chocolate was one of the more familiar flavours – the dark chocolate lulls you into a false sense of confidence of it being just an ordinary kit kat. Don’t be fooled as the hot chili tinge slowly builds into a burning force on the tongue. This actually was quite a nice kit kat :)
Togarashi (Red Pepper) Kit Kat
Sweet Potato + Kit Kat = No No. There’s just so much weirdness a person can take and this was just too strange.
Purple Sweet Potato Kit Kat
‘I’ was my travel buddy in Japan and the surprise she gave me in my mailbox back in Australia was too sweet. She was in Hokkaido travelling and seeing these kit kats she decided to buy me some – I could not be more grateful :) Luckily the strawberry cheesecake kit kat tasted pretty good where it was like white chocolate but a level sweeter. No complaints here after the sour cheese-ness that was the blueberry cheesecake kit kat.
Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kat
Red bean sandwich kit kat – sounds weird enough for me and it was not the best. Initially you taste off-flavoured red bean mingled with dull milk chocolate which left a very odd bitter after taste.
Red Bean Sandwich Kit Kat
The pear kit kat had white chocolate with a subtle pear flavour. Although the aftertaste was weird and felt a bit like white out.
Pear Kit Kat
I admit I did go a little crazy looking for kit kats. Any time I was in a convenient store or a supermarket I would browse the candy aisle just incase I had missed a flavour. Lesson learnt: kit kats are not for the faint hearted – my low point was the wasabi but after that it was sunshine and rainbows (comparably :P). For all those sharped eyed dudes and dudettes, yes this is only part 1 of my kit kat posts – look out for part 2 (coming soon).