The East and West Japan Kit Kat Collections Reviewed
One of the great things about running a company like J-List is being surrounded by delicious snacks that we sometimes get to sample. When I saw that Nestlé had made two deluxe limited edition Kit Kat sets — the East and West Japan Kit Kat Collections — with amazing flavors from across Japan, I knew I had to do a write-up on the new flavors. Let’s get started!
First, we have the wonderful Japanese Kit Kat flavors from East Japan, which includes Tokyo and Yokohama, Nagano Prefecture, Nagoya, and the Mount Fuji area.
The box contains 12 Kit Kats, two each of six different flavors. They come in a large, flat box like the one shown above.
One of the most popular varieties of Kit Kat on the J-List site, Yokohama cheesecake, which tastes as good as it sounds.
Another flavor of Kit Kat we’ve sold for years directly is Wasabi Kit Kat. Wasabi is grown in Shizuoka prefecture, around Mount Fuji. It’s very mildly spicy and tastes very pleasant.
Next up is the Azuki Sandwich flavored Kit Kat, containing a hint of delicious azuki beans, a favorite food of the Nagoya area. I love the blending of chocolate with the flavoring inside.
Nagoya, where the 1998 Olympics were held, is a pleasant prefecture in the middle of Japan’s main island of Honshu. It’s famous for apples, which is why this Kit Kat is apple flavored.
Another popular flavor of Japanese Kit Kat is Rum Raisin, which is associated with the Asakusa area of Tokyo, one of the most awesome sightseeing spots in all of Japan. It’s really delicious!
Here’s a picture of all of the East Japan Kit Kat flavors. You have so many, you can share with your family, friends, and coworkers, though we’re sure you’ll want to eat them all yourself.
Now let’s take a look at the Limited Edition West Japan Kit Kat Collection, which gives you wonderful flavors from the western half of Japan, including Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, and Kyushu.
Again, you get 12 Kit Kats, two packs of each of six flavors, each individually wrapped. The box is large and flat, making it easy to hide in your desk at work for when you need a treat in the afternoon.
First off, we have wonderful Matcha Kit Kat from Kyoto, or actually from a famous town right outside of Kyoto called Uji, which has been famous for its green tea production for the past thousand years. Naturally, this Japanese Kit Kat is not just “green tea flavored” but is actually made with real matcha powder grown in this part of Japan. We also have larger bags of this.
Of course, there are many varieties of tea to enjoy in Japan. This is Houjicha flavored Kit Kat, also grown in the Uji area. It’s delicious, with a taste that’s closer to black tea than green tea.
Next time you’re in the Hiroshima region, be sure and stop by the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima (the “floating Japanese arch” place), which dates back to 776 A.D. One famous food sold on the island is Momiji Cakes, which are in the shape of a maple leaf. This flavor of Kit Kat captures this taste.
Kyushu is Japan’s southernmost major island, famous for delicious strawberries, among many other delicacies. The collection includes a wonderful Japanese Kit Kat flavored with strawberries from this region. You can get whole bag here by the way.
Finally, Okinawa, a pleasant tropical island far to the south. A popular treat there is Beni-imo or Okinawan sweet potato, and you can enjoy this flavor in Kit Kat form.
Here are all of the West Japan Kit Kat flavors, and their beautiful packaging. You won’t know which one to eat first!
An important note: these are limited sets that will sell out soon, with only 100 of each likely available. Also, all chocolate will be removed from the site in mid-May as the Japanese summer is too hot for chocolate to be kept in stock. So make an order now!
Well, thanks for reading this short review of these amazing Japanese Kit Kat flavors from Nestlé, available in the East and West Japan Kit Kat Collections. I’ve got to rush off to the gym now to work off the calories I just ate in Kit Kat’s. Type at you later.