Japan is known for lots of kooky creations, but their dedication to the simple Kit Kat is incredible. Here in Australia we love milk chocolate Kit-Kats, but prepare to be jealous – Japan boasts over 300 flavours!
The popularity of the brand is in part linked to the fact that the name Kit-Kat resembles the Japanese phrase kitto katto, which means "to surely win" – it has become a tradition to mail them to students before exams for good luck. In 2014, the first Kit-Kat chocolatory was opened for gourmet creations (think in the style of our Lindt and Guylian cafés… yum!).
Some of the weirdest flavours (for the brave and experienced chocolate aficionado) include miso soup, soy sauce, sports drink, vegetable juice, and wasabi.
We're not too sure about those, but we'll happily try blueberry cheesecake (after all, cheesecake is a Foodiful favourite), cherry blossom, creme brulee, cinnamon cookie, ginger ale, Ramune (a sweet Japanese lemonade), sweet pudding, and green tea. There's even a matcha flavour for those who enjoy the latest tea craze!
Their most recent creation is cough drop flavoured, made with 2.1% powdered throat lozenge mixed with white chocolate. According to Nestlé, it tastes "fresh and invigorating." So, if you're ever eating chocolate to make yourself feel better (thinking, "this could taste more medicinal!") book a trip to Japan now! (cough, cough!)
If you're short of an international plane ticket, there's good news – Melbourne opened its first Kit-Kat chocolatory in 2016, and one of their current special edition flavours is Australian lamington… yes please!
Written by Hannah Oakshott