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Japanese Candy Review: Caramel, Vanilla Beans, and Kiwifruit KitKats

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The Japanese Kit Kat saga continues with no signs of slowing down. Those Candy Addicts who are new to the satisfying hobby of international candy eating may not know that Nestle, who makes KitKat in Asia (Hershey makes Kit Kat in the U.S.) seem to never tire of developing new, occasionally strange, varieties of the chocolate confection. I present to you three more additions to the ever-growing list of new members of the KitKat family:

japanese caramel kiwi vanilla kitkat wrappedVanilla Beans KitKat
Vanilla Beans KitKat tastes exactly like vanilla frosting. It has a pleasant vanilla fragrance, and it’s extremely creamy. The white chocolate coats your tongue a little. Nice.

Caramel KitKat
These were by far my favorite, although I think they would be much more accurately described as butterscotch. They look like regular chocolate KitKats but with caramel tiger-stripes. They’re very rich, the caramelized-but-not-burnt sugar flavor overpowers the chocolate a bit, but they still blend nicely and have a really buttery finish. I’m gonna stock up on these for the inevitable day when this limited edition gets pulled off the Conbini shelves.

Kiwifruit KitKat
The nicest thing I can say about these is that the package doesn’t have any grammatical errors. Oh, wait…

Let’s start with the color. I’d describe it as “Frankenstein-skin green.” They smell generically sweet, not unlike the air freshener one finds in some public restrooms. I’ll just say that these weren’t as bad as I’d been expecting, although I did set the bar pretty low. To me, a kiwi should be tart and acidic, so this bar was pretty much the opposite: very sweet and very creamy. There is an unmistakable fruitiness, but if I blindfolded you and fed you this KitKat, I’d give you a bazillion yen if you could correctly identify the flavor as “kiwi.”

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7 Responses to “Japanese Candy Review: Caramel, Vanilla Beans, and Kiwifruit KitKats”

  1. 1
    AntFan says:

    How do I get all of these Kit Kats!? My goal in life is to try every new candy at least once. Gul-Darn Kit Kat only releases these in Asia! Fooey!! I want to try pumpkin. I want to try Pinot Noir. I want to try Kiwi Fruit! I want! I want! I want! Let me be in you show Ricky! Waaaaaah! ;)

  2. 2
    daisybella says:

    ok i’d try the vanilla and caramel, should they ever arrive in the UK
    but would exit a shop swiftly if i saw a kiwi one.

    actually, the caramel ones might be similar to the caramac ones we had here a while back, they were GOOD.

  3. 3
    Sera says:

    AntFan, the only way to get there here in the US is through Ebay or (unless you have a friend in Japan who\’ll mail them to you).

    I have all three of these sitting in my cupboard and I haven\’t tried any of them yet. Guess I\’ll have to ASAP! :D

  4. 4
    Julie Nicolay says:

    Sera, I’m amazed that ANY candy addict could have candy bars sitting in their cupboard! There’s no way I could, as evidenced by the empty caramel and Lindt chocolate wrappers from the bags of 75% off Halloween leftovers…

  5. 5
    Sera says:

    Julie, I can assure you, it’s QUITE easy! I’m seriously swimming in candy. There’s only so much you can eat at a time, and I eat/taste DAILY. :P

  6. 6
    jade says:

    anyone no a good website to get some japanese candy?

    RESPONSE: Jade: We have two links to places to buy Japanese candy. Look in the bottom of the right-hand column under Buy Candy Online

  7. 7
    Debby says:

    I have only tried Vanilla Beans and Caramel of these three, but I agree with you on both of them. I just had my last Caramel KitKat yesterday, and it was even beter than I remembered. What a smooth, delicious texture…so sad to see these go. The Vanilla Beans is good, but not as good, and reminded me of vanilla ice cream.

    I also got a Cookies and Milk KitKat around the same time that was also fantastic, but I’ve always been a big fan of the Hershey’s Cookies and Creme bar and it tasted a lot like that.

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