Ever since I was a screaming, bumbling troublemaker who kept her parents up at night, I always wanted to visit Japan. Also, I always liked Kit Kats, the candy bars that you can break in half. In the U.S., we only have the standard Kit Kat flavor. However, in Japan, they sell an assortment of flavors, some of which are bizarre by Western standards. So here I am, writing a blog entry on some of the varieties of Kit Kat in Japan while sitting at my laptop wearing my Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. costume. Please keep in mind that this isn’t a full list, because there are over 200 varieties of Kit Kat sold in Japan, and it would take me all of eternity to list them all.
Rose. Yes, rose, as in the plant. Personally, I prefer my candy bars to not taste like flowers, but I try to keep an open mind about the cultures of others and I can see how a person raised in a different background might enjoy these. It’s probably an acquired taste, but I’m sure that they smell nice.
Umeboshi aka pickled plum: Umeboshi, or pickled plum, is enjoyed in Japan, and apparently it’s popular enough that Nestle decided to make a candy flavored after it. (Yes, I know that Kit Kats are owned by Hershey’s in the United States, but in Japan, they’re owned by Nestle.) Interestingly enough, umeboshi is said to help slow down aging and is an alleged hangover cure.
Red bean: Red beans and candy sound like an odd combination, but I’d totally try these. I like red beans and I like chocolate-covered wafers, so I’m sure I could stomach these.
Hot Japanese chili: Sounds a bit spicy for my taste, but my dad might like them. Fun fact: capsaicin, the chemical that gives hot chilies their “spice”, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can offer protection from heart disease, and it causes the human brain to release endorphines, hence the pleasure that some people get from biting into a hot pepper.
Cucumber: I recall reading that in Japan, they make cucumber Pepsi. If you ever find yourself in Japan and find yourself in the mood for some cucumber without the pesky “cutting it up” part, just get a cucumber Pepsi and some cucumber Kit Kats.
Wasabi: Just about everyone knows about how strong and intense wasabi is. It’s so intense that people have to pinch their noses before eating wasabi. Once I actually tried eating a wasabi-covered dried pea, and I had to spit it out. It was almost as if I bit into a power chord and electrocuted my own mouth. I’ve always been sensitive to spicy things. Nonetheless, lots of people enjoy wasabi.
Baked potato: This is another odd one that I might not mind trying. I’m imagining that it just tastes like a crunchy baked potato, maybe with a little bit of chocolate. If so, count me in.
Matcha aka green tea: Recently, my friends and I had a Japanese Tea Ceremony. I’m not a tea person, so I mostly stuck to the homemade fudge that a friend brought and the cookies. However, these Kit Kats could have been a nice touch. Even though I don’t drink tea, I’d still be willing to try this flavor.
Watermelon and salt: Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this one, because both my taste buds and my brain are confused.
Strawberry cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake: Just thinking about them is making my stomach growl.
In conclusion, why can’t America have Kit Kats that are this awesome?