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Mar 22, 2008 02:55 PM

Green tea Kit Kats and more

Just wondering what everyone's opinions of the Japanese varieties are. So far, I've seen Matcha Kit Kat, Cherry Blossom kit kat, Orange & Chcolate kit kats, and strawberry kit kat. I saw them the other day at Mitsuwa in NJ. Probably other Japanese grocery stores in the city would have it.

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  1. I buy the novelty KitKats at asian snack shops or the japanese grocers. They have different varieties and limited editions everytime i visit. Overall I find the candy too sweet but my flavour curiosity always makes me try them

    I've tried:
    white chocolate - not a white chocolate fan so i didn't like it
    green tea - it was better than the white chocolate in that it seemed marginally less sweet but essentially it's a white choc kitkat
    caramel - surprisingly, i liked this one in small amounts despite the fact it was so sweet.
    chestnut - disappointing in that i couldn't taste chestnut and it seemed like a milder white chocolate kitkat.
    strawberry - not bad, like strawberry quick on a kitkat
    dark chocolate - my fave
    coffee - pretty good but the coffee flavour would be better less sweet

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    1. re: chocabot

      I agree with you on the "too sweet" point. The Green Tea Matcha, and the Orange & Chocolate are much more subdued in the sweetness compared to others. Although, I'm not sure if I'm reading you correctly regarding the Green Tea. It's covered in dark chocolate, and has something about the stone-ground matcha right? It's not covered in white chocolate.

      The cheery blossom would have been good had it not been covered in pink/white chocolate.

      In general, I'm with you on the dark chocolate. I think that's why the Green Tea Matcha one and the Orange & Chocolate taste better to me.

      1. re: HLing

        The green tea one i had found was a reg centre covered in a pale green cover. I'm assuming it was the white choc cover mixed with matcha...

        I find most of the flavours pretty subtle. What does the cherry blossom one taste like?

        1. re: chocabot

          Ah, no, the (Green Tea) Matcha version i had recently had stone ground matcha in the center, and is covered in dark chocolate.

          The cherry blossom one has cherry juice and cherry leaf extract in it supposedly. The cherry flavor is actually kind of nice, if only it weren't covered in pink choclate it'd be good. You can sort of see it in the line up at the above websitem, but you see for both in larger boxes then how it's sold in stores.

          1. re: HLing

            i see. the cherry blossom flavour, minus the pink does sound good. even better would be a black forest kit kat

            other flavours i'd like to into: a peanut butter kit kat, a chili chocolate kit kat or a cinnamon kit kat

            do you know of any other chocolate bars that have specialty flavours?

            1. re: chocabot

              Well, i think there are already at least two varieties of peanut butter kit kats - the Peanut Butter Kit Kat and the Kit Kat Peanut Butter chunky:


              I had thought that I've had the PB kit kat before but the picture didn't look familiar, and then i realized that it might be Twix that I had.

              In general I find that the supermarket candy bars these days are way too sweet, or at least weirdly sweet so that just biting into them hurts my teeth. Even though most of the makers remain the same, the ingredients must have just gone down hill. I do remember thought, that I liked the Inside Out Reese's Peanut Butter Cup a lot when they had it.

            2. re: HLing

              The dark chocolate and match combo sounds much better than the previous white confection ... it was very sweet.

              I had the red bean (also a white confection) which was pretty tasty.

              I don't recommend the pumpkin.

              1. re: typetive

                oh yes, the red bean. that was alright too because it was less sweet

        2. re: chocabot

          I've only had the caramel and chestnut. I think I had the opposite reaction you did. I didn't really like the caramel because it was too sweet and I liked the chestnut because it tasted like a hazelnut latte.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            i agree the caramel is waayy too sweet but i like that it actually has a flavour, whereas a lot of the others don't taste much different than the white chocolate...

            1. re: Miss Needle

              I just had a chestnut Kit Kat, and as you say, it does taste like latte. I did not get quite as much nut flavour. It reminded me of a sweeter white chocolate coffee crisp.

              1. re: moh

                That's a pretty good description comparing it to the milder coffee crisps. Love those Coffee Crisps -- not as easily available in NYC as it is in Canada.

          2. The cherry blossom one sounds lovely, I'll have to look for it! I'm happy to report that I've tried a flavour that hasn't made it on the list- Apple Kit Kat. It was my first Japanese Kit Kat, and I really enjoyed it. The picture of a red apple on the package biased my taste buds so I didn't have to consider what type of apple it might be, so all I can really say is that is was apple-y. Fresh. I liked it.

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            1. re: lotuskitty

              I tried the new "melty" Green Tea Kit Kat which is supposed to be made with real stone-ground Uji matcha powder recently, but was a bit disappointed. The green tea flavor was barely discernible, perhaps overshadowed by the chocolate. I didn't really get that "melty" feeling either. Past green tea Kit Kats that I've had fared better, but they're also sweeter.

              I did enjoy the Orange and Chocolate Kit Kat though. The orange flavor really stood out and the chocolate wasn't as sweet as I had expected. The White Peach and Yubari Cantaloupe Melon I had last summer were also pretty good; the flavors were pleasant, not artificial-tasting but more like the actual fruit. Most Kit Kats tend to be on the sweet side, and I find the petit ("puchi") versions (like the Pumpkin one "typetive" mentioned) less satisfying and flavorful.

              Here are photos of the new "melty" Green Tea Kit Kat, Orange and Chocolate Kit Kat, and the White Peach Kit Kat.

            2. All of the Japanese Kit-kats in "strange" flavors are not so much about great taste as novelty. This is why they are seasonal or regional and not available year round. Because of this, they tend not to be all that great taste-wise. Most of the green, red, pink, tan, and white varieties (chestnut, caramel, cherry, strawberry, "milk", etc.) are just a white chocolate version with a little flavor and color added and tend to be very sweet with only the subtlest of flavor. The dark ones tend to be just the regular version (or a dark version) with flavor added. That said, the brandy and orange ones are quite good if you can catch them somewhere (either during Valentine's Day or at the airport as part of a gift box).

              The important point isn't that people enjoy the flavor so much more than a regular Kit-kat. It's that they can try something different once or twice or give a gift which is from another location (like the mango Kit-Kats) or only around for a holiday (like cherry which is around near cherry blossom viewing time).

              The aesthetic in Japan places value on transition and incompleteness and I think that's why these sorts of varieties have appeal here. In the U.S., at least, people tend to prefer what tastes good over what is limited or novel. Overall, I'd say they're really not worth buying unless you also value the novelty rather than a higher quality taste experience.

              1. I recently expressed a desired for some novelty kit kats and my boyfriend purchased on-line the Orange, Mango, Green Tea and Salt Kit Kats. I really like the Orange and Mango but haven't tried the Green Tea yet and I'm afraid to try the Salt one. It too weird for me. Has anyone tried the salt one yet? There is a Mitsuwa within walking distance where I work and I'm going to stop and see if they sell any variety of Kit Kats you mentioned. The Chestnut one sounds interesting.

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                1. re: rinkatink888

                  Like Lotuskitty, I liked the apple flavored one, maybe because that flavor immediately brought back childhood memories.

                  Rinkatink888, I'll be curious about the Salt kitkat for sure. Please let us know how it turned out.

                  I'd liked to have tried the mango, the white peach and the canteloupe as well, as dreamsicle mentioned above.

                  1. re: HLing

                    Hi HLing, they'll probably have the Yubari Cantaloupe Melon Kit Kat some time again ... at least I've seen them over the past few years, only in different packaging.

                    1. re: dreamsicle

                      Dreamsicle, thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye out for the Yubari Cantaloupe.

                      Also, I was wondering where everyone is physically. Is it true that over here in NYC there are less flavors available?

                      1. re: HLing

                        I'm in the Bay Area right now but am originally from Hong Kong. I know that Japanese and some Chinese supermarkets sell the Kit Kats, but most of the time I get them when I'm back in Hong Kong or my mum mails them to me. There are just many more flavors back at home due to its popularity and perhaps closer distance to Japan.

                        1. re: dreamsicle

                          Ah, that explains it, Dreamsicle. So good of your mom to send them to you!

                          It seems that NYC gets the new things after other areas: West coast, Canada, Europe..Funny how at once conservative and cosmepolitan NYC is.

                2. I have just tried the Green tea Kit kat. Did any one else notice a flavour of coconut? I found it overshadowed the green tea flavour.

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                  1. re: moh

                    moh, are you referring to the new "melty" stone-ground Green Tea Kit Kat that is larger in size than the usual ones? I tried "deconstructing" the second piece and eating the thin green tea layer on its own, and only tasted a mild matcha flavor and slight floral hint. As with many Japanese Kit Kats, I felt that there's a condensed milk-like taste ... maybe that's the coconut flavor you noticed.

                    1. re: dreamsicle

                      I'm not sure if this is the new type or not, I've added a photo. Inside the package, there were 2 individually wrapped bars, and they were larger than the usual size Kit Kat we get here where the 4 bars come as one piece that gets broken. So it sounds like this is the same thing.

                      Yes, the taste could be a condensed milk taste. But it seems like they have put in coconut oil. Maybe I'm just overreacting to the milk taste.

                        1. re: moh

                          Yes, that's the one. I still have the box and took a look at the ingredients list and found "vegetable oil fat (palm, palm kernel, olein)" in the English version. Perhaps that's the coconut flavor that you're talking about. Interestingly, they just call it "vegetable fat" in the original Japanese ingredients list.

                          1. re: dreamsicle

                            Thanks Dreamsicle! This is making sense now. I have 3 other flavours to try, so I will see if I get that same coconut flavour as well.

                            1. re: moh

                              You welcome, moh. Please let us know what you think about the other Kit Kat flavors after you've tried them. ;)