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Candy Review: Japanese KitKat – Noir and Wine flavors

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I’ll admit it….before I started this site, I had no idea candy companies made their candies in different flavors in other countries. Well, they do. Recently, Hershey’s has come out with multiple new flavors in the U.S. – Extra Creamy, Coffee, White Chocolate, Orange Creme, and Mint. In Japan, Kit Kat is made by Nestle and now also comes in Noir, Wine, Strawberry, and White Maple Syrup. The reviews for Strawberry and White Maple Syrup are coming next week. For an amazing full list of Kit Kat flavors (with pictures), check out the Wikipedia Kit Kat page.

The Reviews:

Kit Kat Noir

Noir: Both the Noir and Wine flavors come in small boxes containing 16 mini Kit Kat bars which are so freakin’ cute. The outside of the Noir is covered by a dark, bitter chocolate, there is a nut cream between the wafers, and it is dusted with a rich cocoa powder. The Noir Kit Kat is good…really good. It tastes expensive and decadent – not two words I usually associate with Kit Kat. If you like Kit Kat and dark chocolate, you should love Noir Kit Kat.

Kit Kat Wine

Wine: I don’t like red wine at all, so I was expecting to dislike this flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t taste like wine to me or my wife. It’s a super-creamy, slightly strawberry-ish flavor that tastes really good. The description of it says it has a distinct wine aftertaste, but I didn’t taste it at all. Despite (or because of it) the fact that it didn’t taste like like wine to me, it was quite good if not a bit sweet – almost too sweet. Definitely worth a try though.

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10 Responses to “Candy Review: Japanese KitKat – Noir and Wine flavors”

  1. 1
    Robyn says:

    I just tried the white maple syrup ones today! …and I don’t have much of a review, so I’m glad you will. :P I thought they were okay, but didn’t have much maple syrup taste.

  2. 2
    Selva says:

    Hi — you asked on flickr what I thought of the wine kitkats. I did a bit of a writeup at my blog but the short of it is I’m quite fond of them now.

  3. 3
    LucileLucile says:

    I cant stop eating the wine ones! I like alcolhol anyway, so maybe these will ween me off the actual wine lol.

  4. 4
    Technosquid says:

    I just found out about regional kit kats a few months ago from the kit kat wiki, and I just ordered a bunch! Unfortunately I got on board too late to get any wine petits (maybe I’ll track some down yet) but I did manage to get some noir petits, even tho they expire in a month! I found a great japanese seller on ebay and also ordered some halloween-candy-style bags of Kit Kat Mango, Orange, Strawberry, Blueberry, Green Tea, and Kakigori (green tea outside + sweet akagi bean inside.) I also got a box of Kit Kat Exotic Hokkaido, which is supposed to be white cheese flavored outside with blueberry and passionfruit inside.

    Unfortunately special edition kit kats seem to be some of the most difficult snacks to find online! I dont understand why the United States doesn’t get all these great special editions… somebody should write a letter!

    RESPONSE: I think special flavored KitKats will be even harder to find soon.

  5. 5
    Robert Lobel says:

    Being a wine lover, the Kit-Kats are for me!

  6. 6
    Brian says:

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    You should see an icon over there in this comment.


  7. 7
    jess says:

    My friend brought me a package of Sakura (Cherry blossom flower) flavoured Kit-Kats straight outta Japan. They smelled sweet and were a pale pink and marbled white. Oh, They tasted so effing delicious. The after taste was exactly that of a flower. I’m Sad I Devoured Them So Quickly. But, At 130 Yen, I’d Stock Up On Them If I Were In Japan. Seriously, Let’s find a way to have american candy companies think smart and make our candy Cultured.


    <33333 Jes

  8. 8
    Becky says:

    When I lived in Japan, one of my hobbies was buying the regional and seasonal Kit-Kats. My favorites were sakura, green tea, the kakigori (green tea and azuki), apple (Nagano-only), mango (Kyushu/Okinawa only), triple berry, and pumpkin.

    I think Noir had just come out as a special edition Kit-Kat when I was there, because I remember getting an especially dark chocolate one with cocoa powder. It was pretty good.
    The wine one, given the lightness of the green tea and sakura ones, sounds like it could be good.

    I miss the specially flavored Kit-Kats, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open for these new special ones Hershey’s come out with, especially the Orange Creme and Mint (two of my favorite flavors in general).

  9. 9
    Talisha says:

    I just had a soy sauce flavored kit kat , they are only available in Tokyo apparently. It was delicious! I wish my japanese coworkers had brought over more boxes, these could get addicting.

  10. 10
    Kvn11 says:

    Huh, i wonder if it’s safe for kids

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