I found this bag of Pumpkin Cheesecake Kitkats when I was out doing some shopping in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. There’s a ton of adorable little shops down there, and it’s my “to-go” place for much of my holiday shopping. While there, I came across these Kitkats. I’ve had many a Pumpkin Kitkat in my time, and I’m always game for trying them. I’m such a sucker for pumpkin anything. Despite being somewhat pricey due to the fact they’re imported, I snatched these up and excitedly took them home.
The package on these is so adorable. Halloween is long and gone, but I still can appreciate the rich brown and orange color scheme and the adorable Jack ‘O Lanterns with their happy grins. The one with the heart shaped eyes is especially cute. Inside the main bag there’s a bunch of smaller, individually wrapped two finger bars. A nice serving size as it’s not to big, not too small.
The Kitkat smells sweet and slight cream cheesy. The color is an pale golden yellow.
The flavor is very sweet and cream cheesy at first. It’s very delicate as there’s more white chocolate in there to cut the tang of the cheese. You do get a hint of pumpkin, which, I am happy to report, is more like the plain squash part of pumpkin instead of pumpkin pie. I like the real flavor of pumpkin a lot, so I’m happy this isn’t dragged down with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. The result is this nice blend of the flavors described that does taste like a delicate, Japanese cheesecake. It’s awesome!
I am really smitten with these. They’re be a treat I’d buy regularly if it wasn’t for the limited availability and the import price. Still, I am going to enjoy the rest of my bag to the fullest. These are a terrific little afternoon pick me up, and they’re also diving with coffee. I recommend these highly to any fan of pumpkin. Mixed with Kitkat, it’s a match made in heaven!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Kitkat Website (Japanese)
The last of my recent Kit Kat finds is this Parmesan Cheese Kit Kat. Yeah, you heard me, Parmesan cheese. Why they decided this was a flavor to incorporate into a Kit Kat, I’m not sure. But, it’s new, it’s interesting, and it’s unique. So of course I’m going to try it. Otherwise my taste buds are going to forever regret not ever giving it a shot, no matter how bad it potentially may be.
These, unlike the other Kit Kats, came is a box with individual Kit Kat “fingers’ as opposed to the big “grab bag” the other were. They each come individually wrapped and have a pretty orange and yellow color scheme on the little wrappers. I get the feeling even the makers of this flavor realize it’s more unique, and packaged it to reflect that. Are they suggesting you’d only want to each one finger of these as opposed to the normal two? I think I am thinking too hard about this…
The naked Kit Kat is pristine white in color. It smells exactly like Parmesan cheese actually. It’s cheesy, tart and slightly odious with a sharp note to it. I was surprised by this, cause I was secretly hoping that this would be more like cheesecake. I guess I am mistaken.
The flavor is sweet and first. It’s creamy with a hint of coconut. The the flavor grows and you get those sharp cheesy notes that say “Parmesan cheese” to me. Think of it as Parmesan mixed with Ricotta cheese; creamy and cheesy. You just have to add the sugar in to complete the flavor. I take a few more bites and the flavor kinda grows on me, once you know what to expect. The tart/sweet works surprisingly well and makes for a very tasty Kit Kat.
Sometimes strange can also be tasty. This is a good example of such. If you’re a fan of Parmesan cheese, this is worth a try. It’s a fun curiosity to indulge in.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Japanese Kit Kat Website
I found this Strawberry Cake Kit Kat along with the Sweet Potato Kit Kat I reviewed earlier this week. I was surprised to find a strawberry Kit Kat flavor so late in the season (usually it’s January) but I realize things have to be imported and stocked so I guess it’s really not that unreasonable of a time frame. An exciting find for me since I am a big fan of all the strawberry Kit Kats I’ve had to date.
The main package is very pink with red accents. There’s an image of a small strawberry cake in the corner decorated with vast amounts of swirly whipped cream. It’s very pretty and inviting. Almost so much that I want the cake and not the Kit Kat! The wrapped bars inside the big package carry the same colors and tempting illustration.
Tearing open one of the bars, the Kit Kats are a pale pink color with a very inviting aroma. It smells of that “Japanese Strawberry” flavor that is part floral and part fruity. It’s an iconic smell to me, and even thought it doesn’t smell like real strawberries, it’s the aroma of what the super strawberry would taste, or smell like. It’s very hard to put my finger on, especially for a flavor that stands out so much to me.
The flavor is very fruity immediately, and the flavor grows more powerful and fruity as you chew. It starts off mildly like strawberry and grows fruitier with a tart edge to it. Then it the flavor backs off and has a perfumey taste to it, like flowers. It’s interesting. The strawberry flavor is a little more muted to those I’ve had in the past, which I suspect is due to them trying to get the cake and whipped cream flavors in there.
This is a yummy Kit Kat, just it’s somewhat less intense flavor makes me prefer the other strawberry Kit Kat flavors I’ve had in the past. I’m really splitting hairs here though. I appreciate how the Japanese find way to keep putting a twist on the traditional strawberry Kit Kat, while keeping the flavor familiar.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Japanese Kit Kat Website
Since I’ve moved I now have greater access to bigger and more extensive Asian shopping markets. This is interesting to me because before on the east coast, the Asian markets seemed to jumble all the products of one Asian culture into one store. Here in California they have the cultures separated, which makes things both easier, and harder for finding sweets. Finding candy of any type feels like uncovering treasure to me, so this just means I have to widen my search. I came across some Japanese Kit Kats in Little Tokyo recently, one of which is this Sweet Potato Kit Kat.
I decided to photograph the individually wrapped Kit Kats since they looked practically the same as the large bag that help them. Just…less bloated. The bag held maybe 15-20 of these double-finger bars, which is a good amount of Kit Kat regardless of flavor. The coloring of the wrapper is a nice creamy yellow with royal purple accents. It’s like the Japanese sweet potato which has a purple outside and yellowish inside. Attractive, fitting and clever!
Upon opening the wrapper, the Kit Kats are creamy yellow in color, and striking similar to the yellow on the package. The smell sweet and toasted.
The flavor is very unique, but delicious. It starts out sweet with a district flavor of starch to it. Then I get a hint of vanilla that’s balanced with the starch, and it comes across as very buttery. The wafers inside taste mild and bland compared to the roasted potato white chocolate, and provides a nice back drop crunchy texture to the bar.
A tasty and unique Kit Kat. Certainly worth a try if you like the stranger flavors that Japan offers.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Japanese Kit Kat Website
Continuing on with my reviews of all the Japanese Kit Kats I’ve acquired in the past couple of months. I’ve been following (and tasting!) the Japanese Kit Kats for a few years now (since 2006) and I have to say I’m impressed with the new and fun flavors they keep coming out with. When I began it felt like I was limited to green tea, red bean, strawberry and maybe soybean thrown in there. Now the flavors reach all over and I really can’t say what to expect next. I like that.
I was immediately interested in this Kit Kat when I first laid eyes on it online. I think the only other Kit Kat that got me so excited were the Pumpkin ones that came out for the past two Halloween seasons. I love sweet potatoes, so I was horribly curious as to how they’re lend themselves to this candy.
First, the sweet potatoes shown on the box is a type of dish called daigakuimo where Japanese potato/yam chunks are fried, then covered in a sugar glaze and black sesame seeds. If you ever get the chance to try this, and you’ll often see it in bento boxes in Asian markets, I do recommend it.
Ok, back to Kit Kat. The fingers have a wonderful light orange creamy color. They smell sweet and very strong of vanilla and cream. I’m reminded of thick homemade custard or pudding. The flavor mimics the aroma perfectly, as it’s very creamy, sweet and heavy on vanilla and caramel flavors. I’m sad to report I get no official sweet potato flavor here. I could get really disappointed by this and let it drag my whole experience with this Kit Kat. Yet, I find myself enjoying it for that really rich custard taste, so much so that I don’t care if it’s supposed to be sweet potato. It’s tasty just as it is. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the packaging that lied to me, not the flavor elements of this one.
White and Yellow Peach:
This bag of minis are white chocolate based peach flavored Kit Kats. The packets inside are colored either pink or yellow, yet I haven’t been able to taste a difference between the two.They certainly look different from one another though. The pink one is a creamy white, and the yellow a light orange color. For some reason slices of cheddar and American cheese come to mind. They both smell very juicy and peachy. I take a bite of one then the other, and I repeat the process a few times to just say they taste basically the same. The flavor is sweet, lightly of peach which is very juicy and floral with a perfumey smell. The flavoring isn’t too strong, and just enough ti cut the sweetness of the white chocolate.
Passion Fruit Kit Kat
This is an interesting little Kit Kat, as it was included as a bonus in a box of Nestle flavored coffee drinks. I’m guessing they’re some sort of Valentines Day release, as the packages are covered in hearts. This have a dark chocolate outside with a passion fruit creme between the wafers. The bitter dark chocolate compliments the intensely fruity, juicy tartness of the passion fruit. It’s nice with notes of pineapple, apple, cherry, plums, peaches. The bar is beautifully bright and fragrant and really, really tasty. I’m reminded on one of the old regional Tokyo Kit Kats that came out a few years ago that was also stellar.
The bar is has a milk chocolate base, nice and looks like a normal Kit Kat. It’s the smell that tells you there’s something different about this one. It’s a very bright smell of citrus with a strong tart note, and a kiss of hazelnut. It tastes like a normal milk chocolate Kit Kat, and despite the added flavors, and the chocolate remains the main flavor in this. It’s supplemented by very nice tart citrus note, it’s neither orange nor lemon. I also get a hint of hazelnut there too, which I find confusing as there’s no hazelnut in this Kit Kat. Very interesting. I really like it and overall I’m reminded of the flavors of Manner Biscuits that my Mom is crazy for.
Two thumbs up Japan! Keep ‘em coming!
Rating: Sweet Potato:
Will Buy Again
Links Kit Kat Japan Website