Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mid-Winter (Almost Spring?) Kit Kat Attack

As students are going through their entrance (and exit) exams here in Japan, Kit Kat has stepped it up a notch with the whole "Give a Kit Kat for good luck" campaign. As you may or may not remember from my first post on Kit Kats, the candy title is similar to the Japanese phrase, "Kitto Katsu," which pretty much translates to "You will surely win" (basically, "good luck"). So with spring hopefully around the corner here in Hokkaido (as I type this, I'm staring outside at a horizontal snow blizzard), here are a few flavors to get you in a successful mood!

First up, Royal Milk Tea which, despite the British decor, probably doesn't really exist anywhere else besides Japan. Royal milk tea is actually quite a lovely, sweet drink that's found in most of the vending machines and convenience stores here. The Kit Kat version is very similar in flavor, and just as sweet and tasty:

A flavor found in the stores a few weeks ago: dark chocolate banana...fondue, anyone?

And a larger variety known as Cookie Plus...a regular Kit Kat pumped up with a vanilla sandwich cookie filling:

Making me even more excited for yet another Japanese summertime staple are the roasted sweet potato Kit Kats! Slightly sweet and with a really nice flavor, these are one of the more unusual flavors! When the weather is nice, you can see roasted sweet potato carts all over the place, beckoning with their luscious smells:

In a country where a small bottle of real Canadian maple syrup can cost $10.00-$15.00USD, it's nice to know that our cravings can be satisfied in a crunchy Kit Kat instead:

And another variation of the banana flavor can be found in the large Kit Kat bar. This time with white chocolate instead:

Finally, a sign that (surely) spring is well on its way: Sakura Matcha (Cherry Blossom Green Tea) flavor is now sitting on the shelves! I'm a sucker for anything cherry blossom flavored (which happen to be A LOT of things here in Japan during this time of year), and the Sakura Matcha Kit Kats don't disappoint! Actually, they kind of taste a bit like Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal...strange, I know, but tasty nevertheless:

My Kit Kat posts can now be found in their own little archive! Check them out on the sidebar of this blog and happy (preemptive) Spring, everyone!

1 comment:

John Nguyen said...

I feel it's my duty to try those Maple flavored ones. Let me know when you come across Green Tea flavor, I've been craving those since I got here!