What’s this all about then?
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So, what’s this page all about then? Well… those of you who know me will know by now that I have a bit of a Kit Kat obsession. As far as I can recall, I’ve always enjoyed a Kit Kat. They’re good for lunchboxes, good for dunking in tea, and generally not a bad biscuit. But I don’t think anyone would have described me as a ‘fan’ of Kit Kats… until I went to Japan.
I first visited Japan in 2006. Before that first trip a friend said to me, “They make wine flavoured Kit Kats in Japan – please find one for me!”. I thought he was having me on, as all I could find were green-tea flavoured Kit Kats. On my second trip the following year, I looked again. This time I found ’sakura’ (cherry blossom) Kit Kats (actually, peach flavoured). Still no wine flavour.
I moved to Japan in 2008 and lived there for three years. While living there, the obsession grew and I discovered all sorts of different, unimaginable flavours of Kit Kats. I would often do the rounds of the convenience stores, looking for new flavours I had heard about, and visiting a different region, where they sold regional varieties of Kit Kats, was a real treat!
You might be wondering why Kit Kats (originally created by British company Rowntree’s) have become so popular in Japan. Well, the way ‘Kit Kat’ is pronounced in Japanese is ‘kitto katto’, which just happens to sound like the Japanese phrase ‘kitto katsu’ (きっとかつ), meaning ‘certain victory’. Because of this, Kit Kats have become a popular item for packed lunches in Japan, especially during exam season. Nestlé (who now produce Kit Kats worldwide), even make special ‘exam season’ Kit Kats, Kit Kats you can post, and ones you can write messages on. It’s phenomenal.
In 2011 I moved back to the UK, where our Kit Kat flavours are much more limited. However, there are new ones sometimes, and I still have connections in Japan to get hold of fascinating foreign flavours! So, this site is a celebration of Kit Kats from around the world – mainly Japan and the UK, but if I visit somewhere else, I will keep an eye open for Kit Kats.
All the photos you will see on this site are my own photos, unless otherwise stated. My full collection of Kit Kat photos can be seen on Flickr. I should also mention that I am in no way affiliated with Nestlé or any other company connected to Kit Kats.
If you come across this site and find you can relate to this curious hobby, please leave me a comment and let’s share links!
Have a break, have a Kit Kat! 😉