Kit Kat candy bars; everybody has had one, right? These chocolate-covered wafers will tickle anyone’s sweet tooth, but in Japan they have taken Kit Kats to a whole new level.
Ten years ago, the Japanese began to expand on the traditional Kit Kat bar and opened up a whole new era of tastes. To begin with, in the mid-1990s, they tried out a bitter chocolate, and by the end of the 90s they had added strawberry to the mix. These new Japanese Kit Kat flavors were a hit, and after that they came up with new flavors every year.
Japanese Kit Kat Flavors That Will Surprise You
For the first few years the Japanese Kit Kat flavors stayed rather predictable and, dare I say, normal? There were various types of chocolate, including a white chocolate, strawberry, banana, and mixed berry. However, the taste adventure really took off in 2004 when they introduced lemon cheesecake and green tea. From that time on, they kept getting more and more exploratory, trying to highlight unique Japanese tastes and finally going into local specialties.
Some of what I consider the more adventurous tastes Japanese Kit Kats have been: white maple syrup, apple, water melon, sweet potato, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger ale, and the list goes on and on. You should check out the full list of Japanese Kit Kat flavors, it’s pretty impressive.
Maybe Not Quite 101 Japanese Kit Kat Candy Bars
As foodies and knowing we had a Japan trip in the making, we implored Devon to start collecting the various flavors that she would come across. She did a fantastic job and collected plenty of flavors for us to try. Some we were really looking forward to and others we thought there was no way we would like them, but hey let’s try it anyway. To be frank, we were surprised by all the flavors. Take a look at our Japanese Kit Kat taste challenge video, and tell us what you think.
If Kit Kats aren’t really your thing you might enjoying finding out about a curious Japanese New Year’s tradition, some crazy themed restaurants, a few outrageous animal cafes, the surprising puppet theater, or discover the best way to enjoy cherry blossom season! All of these things make Japan a little geeky, but so cool!
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Have you tried any other Japanese Kit Kat flavors in your travels?
Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.
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