Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kit Kats from Japan


You might recall, one of my interests is seeking and trying out different kit kat flavors from Japan. I did a post here, documenting ones I’ve found and tried.

Last week I received an incredibly kind gesture and gift.

A few weeks ago, I was checking my twitter feed, when I saw a tweet by Kaoru of Never Turn Down a Cupcake.  She tweeted that she had just received a package from her mom with kit kat flavors from Japan like wasabi and red bean.

When I saw her tweet, I tweeted back that she was so lucky to receive them, and they are both flavors I hadn’t yet tried. Then a minute later, she tweeted that she had more than enough and was willing to share. I was so surprised and touched by her gesture.

K and I follow each other on twitter and share some comments on blog posts, but other than that, we don’t have much communication. The fact that she was willing to share her kit kats with a virtual stranger was unbelievably sweet and selfless on her part. Especially when she also had to take the time to package and ship them.  Her generous offer pretty much made my weekend.

A few days later, this assortment of kit kats arrived. I had thought she would just give me one wasabi and one red bean, but she ended up giving quite a few, along with a note on super cute paper identifying all the flavors. I was like a giddy little girl on Christmas. It took all my willpower to snap a quick picture of a few of them before digging in and trying them all out.

The wasabi one was the one I was most curious about. It is a light green color (far right in the cup). The packaging is the green one with the picture of wasabi plants. The kit kat was really sweet, with just a tiny hint of wasabi. It was a bit sweeter than most kit kats, probably to counteract the wasabi. I actually expected to taste more wasabi, but it ended up being pretty light.

Red bean/azuki. The red bean one is the one with the package of a picture of a hot cake stuffed with red bean with a bite missing. The actual kit kat was brown (middle one pictured in cup), making it look like a regular chocolate kit kat. I could definitely taste the red bean. It had a much stronger flavor compared to the wasabi.

Strawberry cake. This is the light pink packaging and the pink kit kat in the cup. So pretty! It tasted like strawberries and cake.

Hoji-cha tea. Brown packaging, light brown kit kat (far left one in cup in bottom photo). This one I wouldn’t have known what it was if it wasn’t for K’s note explaining it. The tea flavor was quite strong. I thought this was the most intense in flavor of the kit kats I sampled. But I actually really liked this one. Probably because I love drinking tea, especially Asian tea variations.

Finally she gave me a full size pack of four green tea kit kats. I adored the packaging.

Thanks again K for the very kind gesture. You not only made my day when I received these, but you also helped me along my hobby/goal of collecting and trying as many flavors of kit kats as possible.

 

 

19 Responses to “Kit Kats from Japan”

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    Vicki — October 16, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    I love the wasabi ones! When I went to Chicago to visit friends, I brought blueberry ones, and received wasabi and roasted soy in return. Trading Kit Kats is fun :)

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:29 am

      I missed out on the blueberry ones when they were available at Mitsuwa! So sad. Ooh, roasted soy. I haven’t heard of that one yet!

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    caninecologne — October 16, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    ooh, so lucky! that’s really nice of her to send you those kit kats! the packaging is cute. once darlene from my burning kitchen gave me a package of cheese flavored kit kats (from mitsuwa i believe). my husband liked it much more than i did. i couldn’t get over the smell of the cheese kit kat (not cheddar but a white cheese). have you ever tried that flavor?

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

      I have tried it! I don’t love it either. It’s so weird for me because it smells like cheese. And tastes like cheese.

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    Marissa — October 16, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    That is so nice! I bet a kind gesture really made your day. I’ve the green tea kit kats before, but not the other flavors. The strawberry cake one sounds really good!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:36 am

      Yes the kind gesture definitely made my day. Also made me really want to “pay it forward” type of feeling. Green tea is still one of my favorites. But I loved trying so many other ones.

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    Paula — October 17, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    I love it! The wasabi one has to be amazing, though, if I’m honest, I like all them!
    You have received a pre-Christmas gift the most appealing ;)
    Kisses!!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

      Yes it does make a nice early christmas gift!

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    Leah @ Freutcake — October 17, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    Yum! I would love to try these Kit Kat variations. :)

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:40 am

      I feel very lucky to have gotten the chance!

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    Kay — October 17, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I’m glad you liked them- the photos look great!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:48 am

      Thanks again! I loved them! hopefully you won’t get random people now hounding you for kit kats.

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    grace — October 17, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Hi Kirbie,
    I’ve been following your blog and I really love anything that has to do with green tea especially green tea kit kat! and i love your green tea recipes too but have yet to try baking them!
    Thanks alot for sharing :)

    • Kirbie replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

      I love anything with green tea too! I’m glad you are following my blog

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    angel van — October 19, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    I wish I could try the different flavors. They never have anything beside the regular flavors here and even then it is hard to find white chocolate kit kats.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 20th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

      Do you have any Japanese markets near you? I’ve found some different flavors at the Japanese markets near me (Mitsuwa and Nijiya). Or if you are willing to pay for shipping, jbox.com, they ship snacks from japan and occasionally carry different kit kat flavors.

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    joanh — October 31, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    that’s so nice! i might have to pay more attention to the kit kat flavors i see now

    • Kirbie replied: — October 31st, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      I didn’t see any different flavors when I went to Taipei. I even checked out a few Japanese supermarkets. Oh well

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    lilkunta — May 12, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    i got to find a japanese market ASAP to get some of these kitkats!

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