Give me a break, give me a break, break me off of that Kit Kat bar! We all know it, chocolate lovers or not. But do we know the Japanese version? I sure don’t. Not even sure if there even is a Japanese version. What I do know is that Japanese Kit Kat goes beyond your traditional milk chocolate coating. At the beginning of the month I received T&T Supermarket’s email on their Japanese/Korean Festival, advertising unique Japanese Kit Kat flavors. I figured, whoa… that’s something new! So I headed down the block (convenient!) to check it out.
It was a small end display, but therein shined 12 foreign flavors. Although most customers looked as though I was crazy taking a photo of the display, I was intrigued. The full listing? Roasted Tea, Orange, Wasabi, Rum Raisin, Cinnamon and Red Bean, Red Bean, Red Pepper, Sweet Potato, Shinshu Apple, Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry, and Green Bean. From what I could tell, there’s suppose to be 15 different flavors, the missing are: Pear, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Brown Sugar Syrup. Matcha green tea was also available but I’ve seen those before in Vancouver.
At $14.99 a box of 12, I couldn’t really justify buying all of them! Who’s going to eat them all?! So I agreed with Jessica, my chocolate addict coworker, to choose four flavors to try. Shinshu apple, purple sweet potato, green bean (which was actually edamame soybean), and red bean made the cut. Wasabi would have been interesting but I don’t know how well that would go with chocolate. Sushi, yes… chocolate.. hmm..
Having these boxes to photograph was literally like Christmas. Small gift boxes of carefully wrapped Kit Kats! Hehe… “Sandwitch”..
Each box contained 12 mini kit kat bars. By the time I brought them in to work, photo taking went by the wayside. I also had friends try each flavor and tell me their thoughts. All tasters thought the apple one would be the most pleasant. Turns out we all agreed otherwise: it was strange. Coated in milk chocolate, the outside was normal enough, but the apple flavored wafer proved to be very artificial. “It’s like eating a green apple Jolly Rancher” said my friend Petey. Strange aftertaste too. Not a fan. I’m curious how the orange kit kat tastes now! Both the purple sweet potato and the “green bean” edamame soybean were coated in white chocolate with a pastel color of lavender purple and pale green, respectively. Both were true to flavor and I enjoyed these the most surprisingly! Petey thought it the edamame was on the sweeter side, but he’s not being a fan of white chocolate to begin with. My mom enjoyed the purple sweet potato the most, saying it was the most unique flavor of the four. Last, and least for some, was the red bean. Red bean is usually very sweet when made in Asian desserts, so that’s what I was expecting. Covered in milk chocolate, it started off tasting as such, then a pure red bean flavor came through in the middle. Unsweetened. It had a bitter aftertaste once you were through with the milk chocolate coating, so much to the point that Petey said it tasted like dirt. This is true, albeit I never thought to phrase it like that. Sharon still enjoyed her taste of the red bean though! To each their own.
$60 poorer, but definitely worth the taste test with friends and family. Even one of my highschool classmate on Facebook went to the extent of buying all 15 flavors (where did she find the other 3?!… plus 2 others to make 17?) and arranged them like a true taste tester! Bravo! Very impressed at what lengths people are willing to do for food.
Not sure how long T&T Supermarket is running the Japanese/Korean Festival for and how long they will keep them in stock. I know the sale price on the shelf was only until February 27. Go ahead! Have a break! And if you miss it, don’t you worry. For a hefty shipping cost, eBay is your friend.
Have a happy weekend #YEG!