KitKat is one of the most popular snacks here in Japan, too. The most known flavor is chocolate, of course, but there are dozens more of unique KitKat flavors in Japan.
Here are some of the flavors you will find around Japan, and don’t be shocked to the flavors!
1. Green Tea (Matcha)
One of the most known KitKat in Japan is the green tea, Matcha flavor. This flavor is a favorite to many people! It has a great sweetness and is great to eat with a cup of tea or coffee. There are two kinds of matcha-flavored KitKat. One is the standard matcha flavor which can find almost anywhere in Japan. The other one is Uji Matcha flavor, limitedly sold at airports.
The strawberry flavor is a seasonal limited product. The strawberry is often categorized as innocent and sweet in many countries, and Japan is one of them. If you are ever going to buy KitKat with strawberry taste, not only will the package have a cute design the KitKat itself is also pink. Not only will it taste as strawberry; it will also smell like a strawberry, with a small flavor of white chocolate.
3. Japanese Sake
Can you believe a sake flavored chocolate? This flavor just started selling in September 2016. They mixed white chocolate and Japanese sake, creating a unique aroma and flavor. Surprisingly, the review from those of people who have eaten is generally good.
4. Purple Sweet Potato
Have you ever tried sweet potato and liked it? Then you should try some purple KitKat with sweet potato taste. This flavor is limitedly sold in Kyushu and Okinawa. It is incredibly sweet, if you don’t have a sweet tooth then I wouldn’t recommend “purple sweet potato KitKat” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious.
5. Red Bean Sandwich
Can you ever think of a combination between a red bean and chocolate together as one? Red bean paste itself is sweet and is delicious on a steamed bun or on a sandwich. But never have I thought of mixing chocolate with red bean before, even so, this is a flavor you should give a try. The product is limitedly sold in Tokai and Hokuriku regions, including Nagoya.
Wasabi KitKat is one of the funniest flavors you can find. It is not too spicy, but the strong aroma of Wasabi somewhat make the sweetness milder. It may be perfect for those of you who are not into sweetness. The product is limitedly sold in Shizuoka Prefecture and souvenir shops in Kanto Region, including Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa, etc.
Hoji-Cha is roasted green tea. This flavor limitedly sold in Kyoto was created by a collaboration with a long-established tea house in Uji, Kyoto “Ito Hisaemon”. The delicate sweetness and delicious aroma of tea will sure satisfy you.
Apple flavor KitKat is the standard souvenir from Nagano prefecture. As Nagano being one of the biggest producers of apples in Japan, this flavor used plenty of apple juice produced in Nagano, and also clean clear water.
9. Rum Raisin
Everyone can imagine how rum raisin chocolates taste like! This milky and fancy flavored chocolate is Tokyo limited product.
10. Momiji Manju
Momiji Manju is a famous local food in Hiroshima; it is a steamed bun with red bean paste inside. The newest flavor of limited area product is this Momiji Manju flavored KitKat. Try some by yourself!
You can also buy KitKat as a souvenir gift. Since these are only found in Japan, it would be a great gift for your friends and family members. Not only will they receive a KitKat with a unique flavor, but also a pretty packaging.
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