Tales of Japan: Kit Kats!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Japanese Kit KatsMy flu is gone, jet lag has been conquered, I am back at home settling in… time for the tales!

I remember being all a flutter upon finding dark chocolate Kit Kats during a brief visit to Canada last summer. They were great, a pleasure to find a variation on an old favorite. And a much more rewarding experience than the stinky yucky Bacon Caesar Salad Pringlesshudder.

Well… check these babies out! Adzuki Bean, Fruit Parfait and Green Tea flavors of Kit Kats.

Green Tea Kit KatsBy the way, feel free to help me out with translations on the packages… I’m just kind of guessing that top one is adzuki bean.

The Adzuki Bean and Fruit Parfait came in traditional Kit Kat size, vs the Green Tea with Adzuki Bean ones that were a smaller size and came in a bag. The imagery on their bag is of green tea shaved ice topped with adzuki beans and condensed milk- a common treat that we spotted being served at several of the temples we visited. The Green Tea ones were by far my favorite… not too sweet, smooth, with a hint of smokey tea flavor. This combination of flavors won a place in my heart when I first sampled them ala Haagen Daz. The pairing of deep caramel like flavors with the more identifiable green tea flavor are soon to be finding their way about my kitchen here at home! I’ll have to see how far I can stretch my tiny 4 oz jar of adzuki paste. Not enough I can tell already.

The other two Kit Kat flavors were unfortuantely too sweet to really enjoy. The sugar level was surprising given that most of the deserts we had had up to that point were delightfully scaled down in their sweetness. The Fruit Parfait definatley had a melange of fruit going on, strawberry, melon, and a hint of banana. And they really were as pretty as the package indicates them to be.

These were a fun play with new takes on old favorites.

6 Comments

posted August 29th, 2006 at 10:08 pm

I just discovered your blog — so cute! I’m glad I found you!
-S.
http://www.cookbookcatchall.blogspot.com

posted August 30th, 2006 at 3:36 am

Yes, Kit Kats are definitely getting more fun. I liked one that they used to have – mini ones with dark cocoa powder dusting.. YUMMERS.. pity those were limited edition

- ~n
posted August 30th, 2006 at 5:16 am

I reviewed 4 different Japanese Kit Kats and it is definitely cool to try different flavors. Here is Noir and Wine flavors and Strawberry and White Maple flavors

And don’t look for many new KitKat flavors since it has really hurt their sales (at least in the UK).

Brian

posted August 30th, 2006 at 6:03 am

I was beginnning to fear you\’d returned to Japan.

  • … yeah, with the jet lag flu combo, I kind of thought I had!
    It\’s good to be back though

    –McAuliflower

posted September 4th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

I recently received a Kit Kat delivery too and my favourite is the straight green tea and the green tea with azuki bean filling. You’re right about the others being too sweet – maybe due to the white chocolate base the flavouring is added to.

- cin
posted September 22nd, 2006 at 5:30 am

Great report! Glad to know you’ve been traveling and having so much fun. A hug from Panama…
M

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