The Technoodling editors were recently gifted with a shopping bag full of Kit Kat chocolate bars from Japan.
Mmmm, you might say. As did we. Did you know that Japan has had over 80 different Kit Kat flavors to date? Neither did we, and now we have 12 of them to try! Oh goody! Some of them are even region-specific, meaning you need to be in a certain part of Japan to be able to buy them. Didn’t know that either! And did you know that there was such a thing as sweet potato (i.e. kamote) Kit Kat? NEITHER DID WE. Err. More on that later.
So in the interest of science, and in a somewhat demented attempt to entertain our readership, we now bring you the Technoodling Japanese Kit Kat Taste Test.
In attendance today: Jason, our fearless leader; Howard, our Managing Ed, Art, our News Editor, Charo and Allan, our talented writers, and hey, over here with the camera, it’s me, Vic, your Reviews Editor and designated photographer. Seeing as I had a massive cold and hacking cough, I was probably not in the best condition to be doing a taste test – or sharing food with other people, come to think of it.
As suggested by a knowledgeable friend of Technoodling, the editors first procured a pack of Skyflakes crackers and a couple of bottles of mineral water with which we would cleanse our palates after every flavor. Our friend also suggested that we sample the flavors from lightest to darkest. Good advice. We forgot to do that.
We assembled all the bright, colorful Kit Kat packets on the table for us to admire (and for me to photograph).Which variant shall reign supreme? Let’s go to the group shot and meet our contenders.
A cursory inspection of the packaging tipped us off as to what we had in store. Ok, these look like apples, those look like blueberries. Oh wait, what is THIS supposed to be? Being the geeks that we are, we tried using Google Goggles to translate a couple of the mysterious ideograms but were rebuffed. Hmmm. As we stood there in frustration, someone (I think it was Allan) quietly pointed out that almost all of the packs had English wordings on the edges. Oh, okay then. Carry on.
Here are our findings, arranged from upper left to lower right.
The first row:
Brown Sugar Kinako Kit Kat
Orange Kit Kat
Annin-dofu (Almond Jelly) Kit Kat
Purple Sweet Potato Kit Kat (Okinawa Limited)
Red Bean (Azuki) Kit Kat
Shinshu Apple Kit Kat
Stay tuned to Technoodling for the next installment, where we tackle Kit Kats in blueberry, wasabi, and … (ominous music) kamote!
But for now – have a break.
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