While my husband and I were honeymooning in Japan, we made it our goal—no, our obsession—to collect every flavor of Kit Kat bar in sight. We ventured out of our way to stores said to offer large selections of Kit Kats. We peered at every newsstand in hopes of a rogue Kit Kat flavor. We arrived early and waited in line at the esteemed Kit Kat Chocolatory boutique in Tokyo.
The beauty of Japanese Kit Kats is that there are: 1. Regional flavors only available in certain areas, and 2. Rotating flavors that change every season.
That said, in our sampling of Kit Kats, there emerged clear winners and losers.
Kyoto Matcha — as opposed to the regular matcha (green tea) flavor, this edition is only available in Kyoto and boasts a richer green tea flavor. Also delicious was the limited edition Kyoto Hojicha flavor: roasted green tea. While the color may look unappetizing, this flavor is amazing when paired with a hot cup of hojicha tea! Lastly, from the Tokyo Chocolatory store: Sakura Matcha— cherry blossom green tea. Pretty much everything we tasted with this flavor was delectable — ice cream, mochi, etc.
Adzuki Bean Sandwich and Purple Potato (Taro). For the record, I love red bean and taro desserts as much as the next person, but these two flavors just do not translate well into candy. The red bean is the worst. With a base of regular chocolate and an off-putting beany flavor, this Kit Kat tastes like a dusty carob bar left over from the 1970s. As for the purple potato, I didn’t feel that the taro’s delicate, vanilla-like flavor came across. It just tasted like sugar water.
So there you have it. Although I don’t think we will be returning to Japan soon, we still have a bag of “bakeable” Kit Kat bars from Tokyo which need to be tested out! Stay tuned.