FOOD: The Ultimate Japanese Kit Kat Taste Test

A while ago, for some reason or another, my mum decided to buy a box of intriguing Japanese Kit Kats from eBay (seller here). In the interest of science (and obviously only science) my mum, brother and I took it upon ourselves to taste test these sixteen rather interesting flavours and share our findings with the world. I thought it would make a pretty interesting blog post, so here we are.

1. CITRUS GOLDEN BLEND
This Kit Kat was pretty sweet and very orange-y. My brother said it tasted liked orange Starburst but my mum and I weren’t too convinced. I found it a bit of a weird combination for a Kit Kat and gave it 5 out of a possible 10, whereas my mum and brother both gave it a 7 meaning an overall score of 19.


2. RED BEAN SANDWICH
We were a bit perplexed by what this one was actually supposed to be, but after some research we think that the “red bean” in question is in fact a kidney bean. Yuck. Not exactly my idea of a chocolate flavour! My mum thought it was similar to the Rum & Raisin flavour however I found it downright disgusting (I’m kind of fussy, that might become quite apparent). I gave it a meagre 1 out of 10, my mum gave it 6 and my brother 5. Overall score 12.


3. STRAWBERRY
I would just like to make it very clear that I really dislike strawberries. A lot. Most people find this very weird but I just can’t stand them. As to be expected this tasted exactly like strawberries which both my mum & brother like enough to score this bar 7 each, whereas I went for 4 – pretty generous for my standards. Overall score 18.


4. APPLE
The apple was a bit of a weird one, I thought it tasted exactly like a Special K bar which I quite like. These also have less calories so it’s a bit of a no brainer of which to choose there… My mum, brother & I scored it 8, 6 & 4 respectively giving it an overall score of 18.


5. RUM & RAISIN
I had high hopes for the Rum & Raisin as I’m particularly fond of this flavour of ice cream however it was far too artificial and had a slight hint of hairspray – mmmmm delicious! I scored it 6 which is my highest so far, my mum gave it 6 too and my brother gave it 7. Total score 19.


6. GREEN TEA
I’m not a big fan of plain green tea so was a bit apprehensive when it came to this one however I was pleasantly surprised. It did have a hint of green tea but was much, much sweeter so on the whole quite nice and I felt it deserved a 7 whereas my mum and brother weren’t so keen and only gave it a 5 and a 3. Total score 15.


7. ROASTED TEA
Roasted tea certainly knocked the first few contenders out of the park, tasting exactly like a good cup of tea. Both my brother and I gave this 8 which is odd considering my brother doesn’t like tea and my mum gave it a 6 adding up to a total score of 22!


8. HOT CHILLI
At first this Kit Kat just tasted like an ordinary dark chocolate Kit Kat, however this soon progressed in to a slightly tingling sensation in the through which wasn’t too unpleasant. Aside from that it wasn’t really very exciting or flavourful so a bit disappointing. I gave it 6, my mum 7 & my brother 3 giving it a total score of 16.


9. STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE
Another strawberry flavour now, so I knew straight away I wouldn’t be a fan and it ended up with a 1 from me. My mum and brother both enjoyed it, finding it very sweet with a strong strawberry flavour. They both scored the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour 7 creating a total score of 15.


10. SOYA BEAN
This was the only Kit Kat that we were in complete agreement over. It was absolutely disgusting. It scored a unanimous zero leaving it (deservingly) in last place. Ugh.


11. WASABI
Another disgusting one here, at least my brother and I thought so. My mum however absolutely loved it and gave it her highest score of 9. My brother and I both gave it zero so it didn’t really matter! Total 9.


12. CINNAMON & WHITE CHOCOLATE
Now this was my favourite and I gave it a straight up ten out of ten. I love cinnamon and I love white chocolate so I knew from the off that it would be a good contender for Kit Kat champion. It had a strong hint of cinnamon which went perfectly with the white chocolate coating. My mum gave it a score of 7 whereas my fussy brother gave it a tiny 5. Overall score of 22.


13. PURPLE SWEET POTATO
I can’t say sweet potato is the first thing I’d think of when imagining flavours for chocolate bars however this was actually quite a surprising combination. It was slightly fruity and a bit less sweet than the UK offerings however I did find it quite starchy and dry. It scored 5 from me and 6 from both my mum and brother. Total 17.


14. STRAWBERRY COOKIE
Again, another strawberry flavour. For me this was a bit more bearable than the Strawberry Cheesecake and so I gave it a 2. As per usual my mum and brother both enjoyed it giving it a 6 and 7 respectively. Total score 15.


15. PUMPKIN PUDDING
I’d never had anything pumpkin flavoured before this so wasn’t too sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by it and we all found it quite similar to a Gold bar. It was slightly fruity and not too sweet. I scored it 6, as did my mum, and my brother gave it 7 resulting in a total score of 19.


16. SEMI BLACK CHOCOLATE
The final Kit Kat was nice – but not very exciting. This tasted exactly like a dark chocolate Kit Kat so wasn’t really anything new for us. I do love a good Dark Chocolate Kit Kat though so I gave it another 10, my mum gave it 5 and my brother (who hates dark chocolate) gave it 1. Total score of 16!


After the results were tallied we discovered that we had a draw between Roasted Tea and Cinnamon & White Chocolate which both scored 22 points. My favourite was Cinnamon & White Chocolate, my mum’s was Wasabi and my brother’s was Roasted Tea. Soya Bean came in last place, which wasn’t a surprise.

It was pretty cool getting to try all of these new flavours as I’m always jealous of all of the sweets that only other countries seem to get. I can’t say I’ll be having a soya bean Kit Kat again any time soon but a cinnamon & white chocolate one wouldn’t go amiss!

Have you ever tried any interesting confectionery like these? What did you think? I wish we got some more exciting flavours in the UK!

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