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Nestle Japanese Chili Kit Kat 
Posted: 30 March 2014    7.5 
Nestle Kit Kat Japanese Chili from Japan The Japanese Chili Kit Kat is one of the more conventional variations. It is chili-infused 'dark' chocolate coating the wafers this time.  The exact percentage of cocoa solids is unknown.  I've estimated, for lack of better information, a lowish cacao solid content of 37%. Having said that, Japan has always been a master at turning low quality ingredients into something extremely flavorful.   Nestle must have tossed a lot of cash into formulating a darkish tasting bar with just the right amount of background chili flavor, not too pronounced and not too spicy. The combo works wonderfully in this Kit Kat bar. 
Avg price/gram: USD 0.035   *Cocoa %: 37  Size: 11.3g   
       

* Estimated cocoa solid content


kit kat japanWho the hell knows how many varieties of Kit Kat are in the market place in Japan concurrently? You'd be forgiven for thinking that Japan has been experimenting with hallucinogenic Kit Kat combos for decades.          

The reality is that Kit Kats differing from the standard only started appearing after 1996 - in the UK.  It was really only after 2000 that the obsession with creating the newest and slickest Kit Kat took hold in Japan.  The true obsession is with sales.  Kit Kats, wherever they've been available, have always ranked in the top five of confectionaries sold.  This stranglehold on the top sales slots began to weaken, and Kit Kat wanted new ways to excite younger buyers. 

This type of variety expansion has been happening with a lot of brands besides Kit Kat.  M & M's, once available in just plain and peanut, are now found with almonds, crispy rice, coconut, pretzels, and then some.  Snickers comes in a peanut butter variety now.  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups offer a chunky option.  You get the idea.         

What sets Kit Kat apart from the other variety seekers is the sheer number of different combinations.  Over 200 have been conceived in the weirdest potpourri of flavors.  Soy sauce?  Creme brulee?  It's like Nestle Japan instructed their food scientists to come up with any flavor their minds could conceive and let the market place decide which flavors remain in production.      

The Japanese Chili Kit Kat is one of the more conventional variations.  It is chili-infused 'dark' chocolate coating the wafers this time.  In the past on the Chocolate Republic, I have reviewed other dark chili chocolates. Chili in chocolate no longer turns heads.         

Kit Kat's Japanese Chili is not very dark chocolate.  The exact percentage of cocoa solids is unknown.   E-mails and faxes to both Nestle Japan and Nestle's corporate headquarters in Switzerland for specific information about the Kit Kats I was reviewing went ignored. So I erred on the side of predictable caution.  Mainstream brands have a habit of being very liberal with the word "dark" in order to trumpet all the benefits dark chocolate is meant to have.  As there is no legal definition for what constitutes a dark bar (as opposed to milk chocolate, which must contain a certain amount of milk solids and minimum cocoa solids), you have Cadbury claiming their Bourneville bar is a dark one when it only contains 39% cocoa solids, which is less than some of the milk chocolates I've reviewed on this site.          

The huge conglomeration Nestle has become, with over $5bn in annual profits, has never shown itself to be a company for the people.  When Chinese authorities discovered higher-than-acceptable levels of iodine in milk formula, Nestle tried to weasel out of it by insisting that their iodine content was acceptable in other markets.  While that may be true, that doesn't magically grant Nestle the authority to manufacture products for local Chinese consumers to standards considered unacceptable by the local authorities.  This is a bit like American car exporters insisting that their right-hand drive cars should be automatically acceptable for the 35% of the world's population which lives in left-hand traffic countries. Nestle has long been opposed to GMO-food labeling and has funded attacks against it.  Former CEO and chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has insisted that free water is not a human right and that all water should be privatized, suggesting a price of $4/gallon.         

Why would a company this "ethical" be concerned about really making a genuine dark chocolate bar with primo ingredients?  Hence, I've estimated, for lack of better information, a lowish cacao solid content of 37%.  Having said that, Japan has always been a master at turning low quality ingredients into something extremely flavorful.  Japan's Meiji Black bars don't use real cocoa buttter but cheap vegetable oil instead, and they still taste better than some bars made with cocoa butter.   Nestle must have tossed a lot of cash into formulating a darkish tasting bar with just the right amount of background chili flavor, not too pronounced and not too spicy.   The combo works wonderfully in this Kit Kat bar.          

I have yet to taste the British-made dark Kit Kats which use a 70% cocoa solid dark chocolate.  I would not be the least bit surprised that this Japanese Chili bar, with likely half the cocoa solids, tastes darker and more flavorful.  Then again, the Japanese invented sushi, miso, and the elegant tea ceremony.  Whereas the British have come up with meat pies, Cornish pasties, and a drunken brawl after a soccer match.           

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  Nestle Japanese Chili Kit Kat is dark chocolate with chili. Do you enjoy the zing of the Japanese culture and the spice of their chili? Come to Japan and try this chocolate now!