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Tuesday
May112010

Spice Up Your Life: The Wasabi Kit-Kat Bar

Now, I can't say it was an all-out taste test like the recent NPR feature on the unusual Kit-Kat flavors of Japan (thanks Julie!), but we did recently get to sample the unusual Wasabi Kit-Kat Bar.

Said bar was a treat from Danny's associate (and Exohxo violinist) Hiromi, who recently returned from a trip to Japan.

She brought two specimens for our examination: one soy sauce flavored, and one Wasabi flavored.

Sadly, I'm just gonna have to say it: the soy sauce was simply. Not. Good. 

But moving on, the wasabi presented an unexpected delight.

The first flavor that hits you is the sweetness of the candy coating, which tastes mostly like white chocolate--but then gives way to a surprising, and happily not overpowering, spiciness. Without having had the benefit of knowing the flavor, I'm not sure that we would have been able to detect exactly what it was--it didn't have that nasal passage searing quality usually associated with wasabi--but it did offer an intriguing dimension to the sweet candy.

This is all to say, if you're headed to Japan, the wasabi Kit-Kat gets a thumbs-up.

Read more about the Kit-Kat taste test on NPR here; learn more about the Kit-Kat variations available in Japan on Wikipedia.

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Cool! I just text'd a friend who is in Japan to bring me back some...! Thanks for the info !!!

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May 11 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I <3 NPR! I am very curious about these other Japanese Kit Kat flavors also: (from the Wki site)

Pickled Plum
Lemon vinegar
Cucumber
Yakimorokoshi (grilled corn)
Pepper
Apple Vinegar
Veggie

May 11 | Unregistered CommenterNicole B.

i was listening to the beginning of that the other day, and i thought it sounded very intriguing. i love oddly flavored candy, and it seems japan is the go to place for that.

May 11 | Unregistered Commenterilah

I wish that here in the U.S. we had more access to these quirky flavors! I recently saw a similar post about the odd flavor options that either Coke or Pepsi offers in Japan. Truth be told, these quirky food offerings are one the the biggest reasons I want to go to Japan.

May 12 | Unregistered CommenterLisaT

It actually looks delicious. So.. no eyes/nose burning feeling with the Wasabi?

mmmm. sounds strangely delicious. I'll have to ask my cousin to look for some of those. They used the have a green tea kit kat which was THE BEST but my cousin couldnt find any of those. mmm.

May 12 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Oh my! I need a friend in Japan to seed me a Wasabi Kit-Kat Bar!

These are cool. It's unfortunate that I don't think you can get these creative flavors in very many places here in the US, but sometimes I come across some. Chinatown was one place. You're right, they don't all taste very good, but it's fun just to try.

May 12 | Unregistered CommenterKSM150

There are at least two blogs from Japan that discuss Kit-Kats in detail.

One thing to note is that many of these flavours are seasonal or area specific in Japan. For example, the soy sauce one is a souvenir from Haneda Airport and area. I live in Japan and have never seen the Wasabi Kit-kat, which makes me think that it is from one area only. My area, Yamagata Prefecture has its own flavour, Sakurambo (cherry).

For those of you who would like to read more about Japanese Kit-Kats, please check out these blogs. The first one is Jen Ken's Kit-Kat Blog . She only writes about Japanese Kit-Kats.

Another blog that often features Kit-Kat is Japanese Snack Reviews. She writes about many of the weird and wonderful snacks available here.

May 13 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Wow that's very interesting. I wonder if you can find this in Chinatown.

May 13 | Unregistered Commenterzara

sounds like the weird snot and fart flavoured jellybeans they did for Harry Potter movie hyping.

soy sauce kit kat sounds barfalicious!

wasabi kit kat sounds not bad! i like the pale green color of them..! :)

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