Green tea & sakura KitKat

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On my way back from Japan I picked up a couple of boxes of KitKat. One of these was a green tea and sakura flavored KitKat. Now, green tea is something I have become quite familiar with, but sakura was new to me. Sakura is the Japanese name for cherry blossom, a flower that blooms in April in Japan. The flowers are pink in color, and people come from all over the world to admire them. Around that time many of the flowers are also harvested for use in desserts or tea, which is how I ended up with this variety of KitKat.

I was quite excited about this, as people in China are equally in love with cherry blossom as the Japanese are. Unfortunately I still can’t tell you what sakura actually tastes like. All I could taste was the now so familiar flavor of matcha green tea. The tea was bitter, but not overpowering. Perhaps it was counteracted by the sweetness of the cherry blossom. I guess I will never now. Unless I go back to Japan in April and try the real deal.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 6

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Melon & cream KitKat

 

img_7664.jpgI’m really not a fan of any watery fruit or vegetable, especially cucumber, tomato and watermelon. I can eat honey melon though, and with that in mind I was not too afraid to purchase a small box of melon and cream KitKat with my leftover coins at Osaka airport.

I tried it once I got back home, but to my horror it tasted almost exactly like watermelon. I hate watermelon. If it had tasted just a little more like honey melon, perhaps I could have survived, but watermelon. The horror. I do have to say the taste does deliver on what it says on the package. I just never should have bought it.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 4

Sweet potato chocolate

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A little while ago I wrote about a box of chestnut chocolates I had bought in Japan. That was only half the story, as the box also contained sweet potato chocolate, keeping in line with the autumnal theme. These chocolates had a double-layered filling. On the bottom was a sweet potato puree and on top was a kind of caramel. The whole thing was coated in chocolate. Although it was surely an interesting combination, I couldn’t exactly pick up on the sweet potato. The chocolate itself was nice enough though.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 6

Pistachio and grapefruit KitKat

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The good folks of Nestle Japan haven’t only released hundreds of variations of KitKats, they have also set up a small chain of high end KitKat shops called Chocolatery. Here you can find elevated KitKats and even have some served on dry ice.

I bought a small box of pistachio and grapefruit flavored KitKats to see if they really were that high quality. As with many citrus flavored chocolates, it was all mixed with white chocolate. I expected a to see a hint of green, but there was no sign of pistachio in either sight or taste. The grapefruit was definitely there though, giving the candy bar a tart taste which I quite enjoyed.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Chocolate quesadilla

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I love chocolate and I love quesadillas, but a chocolate quesadilla? I wasn’t so sure about that. I guess if you can make caramel nachos, then why not? With that in mind I ordered a chocodilla at an outlet of Taco Bell in Osaka. I was a bit disappointed when my order arrived.

There were only two pieces, and the chocolate wasn’t even spread out all the way to the edges. There was only a little bit of chocolate in the middle. Those precious few bites where I could actually taste chocolate were just fine, but nothing special either. It really was only two ingredients: a tortilla and chocolate. They could have umphed it up a bit with some cookie crumbs or some whipped cream or anything really.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5

Momiji Manju Kitkat

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KitKat Japan doesn’t only release limited editions of their candy bars, but also regional only products. One of those hails from the island of Miyajima, near historical Hiroshima. A version of KitKat was marketed here based on a local dessert called “momiji manju”. This is a maple leaf shaped pastry filled with red beans.
In the KitKat version red beans were mixed in with the biscuit mix, while the pastry flavorings were paired with the outer shell of white chocolate. With each bite I took I could only taste one thing: red bean. Not the sweet kind I had tasted before, but the roasted, earthy kind. It’s safe to say I didn’t like it all that much. I guess red bean desserts still haven’t fully grown on me.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 4

Chestnut chocolate

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Japanese food is very much based on what’s in season at the time. Even in fast food joints and supermarkets things change with the season. I was there in autumn and picked up a box of chestnut flavored chocolates, along with some sweet potato ones which I will mention later on.

I had made a dessert before with chestnut puree and chocolate, and that turned out to be great. The chocolate bar was filled with chestnut in the middle. As much as I tried to use my palette, I could not taste any chestnut, just chocolate. It was fine chocolate, but I was rather hoping to taste some chestnut, as that was what was being advertised on the box. Perhaps the sweet potato chocolate would fare better.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 6

Citrus KitKat

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I have previously written about KitKats from Japan. When I recently went to travel there I found a great opportunity to buy some of these more unusual candy bars. One of the limited edition packs I found was a citrus flavored one. White chocolate was mixed with lemon, orange and a local citrus fruit that resembles a tangerine.

I wasn’t a hundred percent sure if lemon and chocolate would work, even though I had liked it before, but it most definitely worked. The three fruits blended into one sour citrus flavor, that I found was mainly just lemony. They could have easily made a pure lemon flavored KitKat. Having said that the lemon and white chocolate worked perfectly together. You got a shockingly refreshing lemon taste, without it being to astringent due to the sweetness of the chocolate. I would rank this my favorite of the KitKats I have tried so far.

Fear Factor 1 – Taste Test – 9

White chocolate Twix

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So yeah, I like candy bars. There’s no denying that. On my blog you will find quite a few different KitKats, especially from Japan. The other usual suspects like Mars and Twix don’t actually come in that many variations. Therefore I was pretty excited when my friends from Holland came over to China and handed me a bag of goodies including a limited edition white chocolate Twix. Exactly how limited this edition is, I’m not sure as I think you can buy it in supermarkets around the world.

Other than replacing the outer layer of chocolate for white chocolate, the interior of the candy bar remained the same. I love the combination of the sticky caramel and that crumbly biscuit. The white chocolate did impact on the taste though. Unlike other white chocolate products, this bar didn’t taste overly sweet. You could actually taste white chocolate, which was nice. In fact I would say there was an almost buttery yet slightly salty taste to it.

Fear Factor 0 / Taste Test – 7

Crème brulee chocolate

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E. Wedel is one of the best chocolatiers in Poland. I had previously eaten breakfast at their restaurant, and decided to pick up a few bars. The panna cotta chocolate wasn’t that good unfortunately, but their crème brulee chocolate was a lot better.

The bar consisted of a thick chocolate shell with a crème brulee filling. The filling was actually a double layered affair with a bottom layer of a hardened pudding and a top layer of runny caramel. Caramel and chocolate have always worked for me, and the set pudding added some creaminess. All in all a very enjoyable bar of chocolate and much better than the panna cotta one.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8