聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)Posted: April 21, 2014
This is a bold statement to make, but I do believe these may be the best EVER Japanese Kit Kats.
If you’ve ever been to Kyoto, I’m sure you will have come across Kyoto’s most popular souvenir – Yatsuhashi (八ッ橋). Yatsuhashi comes in two types – nama (raw) and baked. Personally, I prefer the raw ones, with their mochi stretchiness and sweet fillings, but the baked ones are really good too.
Yatsuhashi, named after a Japanese musician called Kengyo Yatsuhashi in 1689, used to be sold on the approach to a temple called Shogoin, and got the nickname ‘Shogoin Yatsuhashi’. Yatsuhashi has a cinnamon flavour, and it’s that which really comes through in these Kit Kats. When I described these Kit Kats to my mum, before she had even tried one, she said the flavour sounded like a chai latte, and she was spot on. The Kit Kats actually seem to have little tiny bits of crushed up Yatsuhashi in them, which I think is the key to making them utterly delicious.
I love most Japanese Kit Kats, but these taste so authentically Japanese they even trump the matcha (green tea) flavoured ones!
ぜひ！食べてみてください！Please try them if you get the chance! 😀