Kit Kat Extra Crispy & Kit Kat White (USA)

Catching up on all the Kit Kats I have taken photos of in the last year or so but haven’t put up on this blog. Here are two which I’m pretty sure are from America, but I can’t remember for the life of me how I got them last October!

Kit Kat Extra Crispy (USA)

Kit Kat White (US)


Kit Kat Snap & Share (UK)

Kit Kat Snap & Share which was out in the UK late last year is basically just a giant Kit Kat. Of course, you are supposed to ‘snap and share’ it… that’s the theory anyway! Snap & Share comes in original milk chocolate flavour and cookies and cream (which is very sweet but good!).

Kit Kat Snap & Share (UK)

Kit Kat Snap & Share (UK)


チョコミントアイス (Chocco Mint Ice Cream) Bigリトル (Big Little) Kit Kats (Japan)

One of my favourite flavours of Kit Kats recently – Chocco Mint Ice Cream (チョコミントアイス):

チョコミントアイス (Chocco Mint Ice Cream) Bigリトル (Big Little) Kit Kats (Japan)


Kit Kat Japan Update

Back in 2014 I had the pleasure of visiting the first Kit Kat Chocolatory in Tokyo. Now there are eight stores across Japan, and I visited two more last year.

Kit Kat Chocolatory Matsuzakaya Nagoya (松坂屋名古屋店)

Chocolatory in Matsuzakaya, Nagoya

I really want one of those Kit Kat chandeliers!

Chocolatory in Matsuzakaya, Nagoya

Every store has fancy displays of the Kit Kats available

In the store in Nagoya I got a ‘Sublime’ set. Sublime is a special range of Kit Kats only available at the Chocolatory stores. They are single finger, high quality chocolate bars, and they are really delicious!

キットカット ショコラトリー サブリム (Kit Kat Chocolatory Sublime) Set

キットカット ショコラトリー サブリム (Kit Kat Chocolatory Sublime) Set

I also discovered the chili and passion fruit and the orange cocktail noir flavours in the ‘Special’ range – yum!

Kat Chocolatory Special Chili & Passion Fruit (キットカット ショコラトリースペシャル チリ&パッションフルーツ)

Kat Chocolatory Special Chili & Passion Fruit (キットカット ショコラトリースペシャル チリ&パッションフルーツ)

Kat Chocolatory Special Orange Cocktail Noir (キットカット ショコラトリー スペシャル オレンジカクテル ノワール)

Kat Chocolatory Special Orange Cocktail Noir (キットカット ショコラトリー スペシャル オレンジカクテル ノワール)

Kit Kat Chocolatory Daimaru Kyoto (大丸京都店)

Chocolatory in Daimaru, Kyoto

Each store looks pretty similar, and they are all concessions in department stores

Chocolatory in Daimaru, Kyoto

Kit Kats everywhere!!

Chocolatory in Daimaru, Kyoto

I wanted to buy every flavour…

In Kyoto I found some different Kit Kats – my favourites were the ‘I ♡ FRUITS’ range:

キットカット ショコラトリー I ♡ FRUITS (Kit Kat Chocolatory I ♡ FRUITS)

キットカット ショコラトリー I ♡ FRUITS (Kit Kat Chocolatory I ♡ FRUITS)

The Kit Kats came in yuzu, passion fruit, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry flavours, and they were really fruity!

I also bought some of the ‘Special’ gift boxes as gifts for Christmas. These include the flavours: butter, pistachio & raspberry, strawberry maple and green tea & kinako. The butter ones are too sweet for me, but the others are great – especially the pistachio & raspberry ones.

Kyoto Chocolatory Special Kit Kat Collection

Kyoto Chocolatory Special Kit Kat Collection

As I was staying in Ikebukuro I popped back to the Kit Kat Chocolatory Seibu Ikebukuro (西武池袋店) too:

Chocolatory in Seibu, Ikebukuro

Chocolatory in Seibu, Ikebukuro

Kit Kats are crazy popular in Japan! There are regional and seasonal varieties, and now all the major souvenir shops in cities and airports stock the most popular flavours. It’s incredible to think that a humble English chocolate bar is now a massively popular Japanese souvenir simply because the name sounds like the phrase ‘kitto katsu’ which means ‘you will surely win’. Kit Kats were launched in the UK in 1935 as a simple treat (originally being called ‘Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp for the first two years) and did not make their way to Japan until 1973. It wasn’t until about 14 years ago that Nestle realised people were buying Kit Kats to give as good luck gifts for students taking university entrance exams and jumped on the idea with a marketing collaboration with Japan Post. The first ‘postable Kit Kat’ was then launched in 2009. There have been over 300 different flavours of Kit Kat in Japan and more are being created all the time. Top patissier and chef Yasumasa Takagi of ‘Le Patissier Takagi’ is the mastermind behind the unique flavours being sold at the Chocolatory stores, and it is his creations which are taking Kit Kats from being a humble tea-time treat to being a luxury brand which consumers are willing to queue for. You can’t go anywhere in Japan these days without running into a Kit Kat!

Kit Kats in the wild in Osaka

Kit Kats on sale in Don Quijote in Osaka

Kit Kats in the wild in Osaka

A Kit Kat here, a Kit Kat there…

Kit Kats in the wild in Osaka

Everywhere a Kit Kat!

Of course, matcha green tea flavour Kit Kats are still one of the most popular souvenirs. These days the main matcha flavour that is available is in the ‘Adult Sweetness’ range. This bizarrely named range is supposed to appeal to the adult palate more than that of the child, apparently, due to being slightly more bitter.

オトナの甘さ 抹茶 (Adult Sweetness Matcha) Kit Kat (Japan)

オトナの甘さ 抹茶 (Adult Sweetness Matcha) Kit Kat

I also discovered these delicious hazelnut flavour Kit Kats which are in the ‘Adult Sweetness’ range:

オトナの甘さ (Adult Sweetness) Premium Hazelnut Kit Kats (Japan)

オトナの甘さ (Adult Sweetness) Premium Hazelnut Kit Kats

As I travelled around in Shikoku I found some regional flavours – these citrus fruit Kit Kats are really zingy!

Citrus Blend Kit Kats in Matsuyama

柑橘黄金ブレンド (Kankitsu Ogon Blend – Citrus Golden Blend) Kit Kat from 中国・四国 (Chugoku-Shikoku)

I found Kit Kats you could post, on sale ready for entrance exam season:

キットメール (Kit Kat to post)

キットメール (Kit Kat to post) – unfortunately they can’t be sent internationally

One of the seasonal varieties in December was Rum Raisin ‘Big Little’ Kit Kats – I love this range, and rum raisin is my favourite flavour!

Bigリトル ラムレーズン (Big Little Rum Raisin) Kit Kats (Japan)

Bigリトル ラムレーズン (Big Little Rum Raisin) Kit Kats

Special New Year Kit Kats were also on sale. These have an envelope attached for the ‘otoshidama’ – a monetary gift given to children for New Year.

New Year 2015/2016 Kit Kats (Japan)

New Year 2015/2016 Kit Kats

New Year 2015/2016 Kit Kats (Japan)

Otoshidama envelope

New Year 2015/2016 Kit Kats (Japan)

The year of the monkey!

Sometimes Kit Kats are even used in collaborations with other companies. I heard that the cafe chain Pronto (プロント) was serving Kit Kat croissants as a ‘Kit Kat For Cafe‘ promotion and managed to seek one out in Kyoto! It was pretty good, but the smoky cafe wasn’t somewhere I would want to return to! There is apparently a green tea Kit Kat croissant too, which I wish I could have tried!

Kit Kat Croissant in Pronto, Kyoto

Mmmmmmmm…..

If you’re lucky enough to visit Japan I recommend trying some of the different Kit Kats you can find there and bringing some home as souvenirs. Kit Kats can be bought across the country at souvenir stores such as Don Quijote and at airports, some are available in convenience stores, and of course you could visit a Chocolatory. A list of the Chocolatory stores is here, but I’m afraid it’s in Japanese. Kit Kat is apparently now the ‘No. 1 chocolate brand in Japan’, and advertisers are urging tourists to ‘share a ‘bite’ of Japan’ with their friends. Have a break, have a bizarrely flavoured Kit Kat!😉

Kit Kats in the wild in Osaka

Kit Kat: No. 1 Chocolate Brand in Japan! Share a ‘bite’ of Japan with your friends!


How do you break?

I was in Sainsbury’s the other day and I spotted these new packet designs for four-finger Kit Kats. There were lots of different words on the packets, including ‘thoughtful’, ‘creative’, and ‘crazy’. I assume this new packet design is part of their current ‘How do you break?’ campaign. It’s good marketing… I didn’t even want a Kit Kat, but ended up buying two (and I had to force myself not to buy more!).

Thoughtful & Creative Kit Kats (UK)


オトナの甘さ Feuillantine Kit Kat (Japan)

The latest flavour in the ‘Adult Sweetness’ range of Kit Kats in Japan is ‘Feuillantine’:

オトナの甘さ  Feuillantine Kit Kat (Japan)

These teeny tiny Kit Kats contain ultra-thin pieces of French baked pastry, cocoa wafer and rum powder, and they are pretty moreish!

オトナの甘さ  Feuillantine Kit Kat (Japan)

 

オトナの甘さ  Feuillantine Kit Kat (Japan)


イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)

For the first time ever this year, Kit Kat Japan released an Easter themed Kit Kat! Easter’s not really celebrated in Japan, but the cute bunny-themed Kit Kat was brought out to coincide with the start of the Japanese business and school year rather than the religious festival. Japan loved a play on words, and the idea behind this product was that ‘Easter’ sounds like ‘ii sutaato’ (いいスタート) which means ‘good start’. In the top right corner of the packet there is a message saying 「イースーターで、いいスタートを!」which means something like ‘Have a good start at Easter!’.

イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)

The Kit Kats are mini-size and very sweet. I’m not sure they really taste of apple pie and carrot, but they are orange in colour and taste of sugar. There are apparently 13 different designs, although not all will feature in each pack.

イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)

イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)

The chocolate itself has different designs on it too, and there is apparently one design that says ‘Lucky Easter’ on it, which is like the golden ticket of Kit Kat messages.

イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)

イースター キャロット仕立てのアップルパイ (Easter Carrot & Apple Pie) Kit Kats (Japan)