Kit Kats and other cool things from Japan
I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while now but it’s taken me some time to get my act together.
I like to see different flavors of my favorite snacks available in other countries. One particular obsession I have is with all the different flavors of kitkats in Japan.
Here in the U.S., we get milk chocolate, an occasional dark chocolate, and maybe a white chocolate. Not very inventive. But in Japan, they have many flavors, with each providence having its own unique flavors and certain flavors being produced only during limited holiday times, etc. According to wikipedia, there are close to a hundred flavors in Japan.
My obsession to collect and eat Japanese kit kats was born a few years ago when my friend brought me back some green tea kit kats after a trip to Japan. Since then, I’m constantly following up on the latest ones.
Some of the Japanese flavors can be found at Mitsuwa market or Nijiya market. Sadly, the majority of them are only available in Japan. I will stop by the Japanese markets whenever possible just to see what new flavors of kit kats they have in stock. And recently, I started browsing J-List/JBox (Jlist is the full site and contains products which are for adults, and Jbox is PG version of the site), which is like a portal to all things Japanese. They sell snacks, clothes, candy, bento boxes. I’ve become a pretty frequent customer…
Anyhow, here are some Japanese kit kat flavors I have been able to get my hands on. Pictured in the cup from right to left are matcha, milk tea, a type of japanese yam, and edamame bean.
Finally the edamane came from JaponMania.
I love all the different flavors. They tend to be sweeter than the American version because they use a white chocolate base and then add the flavoring and color. It’s pretty cool how many flavors they can achieve though.
I also wanted to take the time to share some other cute purchases I got from Jlist.
I don’t have much of a bento collection, but when I saw these bentos shaped like kokeshi dolls, I had to get them. I got a girl and a boy, one for me and one for the Future Husband. They have quite a large collection of characters to choose from. These bento boxes are available on J-List and JaponMania.
Each one has two container compartments and a bowl, which stack up to form a doll. I like that the middle layer has a lid, and wish the bottom layer had it’s own lid. These make the cutest bento boxes of all time. Unfortunately, the dolls are much smaller than I imagined. Definitely not enough to fit a whole meal, but enough for breakfast and a snack. During a hard work week, seeing my little girl bento really cheered me up.
Finally, I recently got some Pocky chopsticks. They are slightly smaller than the standard chopsticks, but they are usable. They look so much like real Pocky! I got the chocolate one for FH and the strawberry one for me.