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Review: Nestle Kit Kat Red Bean Sandwich
Nestle Red Bean Sandwich Kit Kat
Posted: 31 March 2014
The verdict is less than satisfactory. The first bite tasted like a normal Japanese Kit Kat. Moments later, the artificial red bean after taste set in which blunted the taste of the chocolate. I finished the tiny bar feeling I would've been better off eating just a plain Kit Kat.
price/gram: USD 0.035
*Cocoa %: 21
* Estimated cocoa solid content
With Nestle Japan's Red Bean
Sandwich, we journey fully into Japanese territory.
Okay, let's be liberal. East Asian territory. I
can't think of anywhere else in the world where a chocolate
manufacturer would think to offer this up as a flavor.
To brief the ignorant among
you, the ed beans here aren't remotely similar to the
red beans commonly found in North American dishes like chili
con carne. Or
black beans or
pinto beans you eat when dining on Mexican cuisine. Or
the cannellini beans prevalent in Italian cooking. The red beans of
East Asian red bean sandwiches, Azuki beans,
are turned into a sweetened paste and used as a stuffing in
sweets. I've yet to actually encounter a read red bean
sandwich. A close equivalent in the Western world
based on usage might be
I first became acquainted
with red bean filling when I'd visit the large
Asian-American West Coast supermarket chain 99 Ranch Market.
On my way out, I'd regularly stop and get a steamed bun
filled with red bean paste. I grew to enjoy them. In
Thailand, red bean treats are quite common due to the heavy
Chinese influence on Thai cooking and sweets.
So it was no big leap for me
to dig into Nestle's Kit Kat Red Bean Sandwich. The verdict
is less than satisfactory. The first bite tasted like
a normal Japanese Kit Kat. Moments later, the
artificial red bean aftertaste set in which blunted the
flavor of the chocolate. I finished the tiny bar
feeling I would've been better off eating just a plain Kit
A red bean sandwich is just a
hard flavor to pull off acceptably. As I pray I
explained in detail already, red bean paste is used as a
filling. You don't eat it on its own. It
serves to sweeten the pastry which surrounds it. How
do you create a flavor which both encompasses the flavor and
texture of the filling as well as the outer coating?
To truly create a Red Bean Sandwich flavor, Nestle Japan
would have needed to surround the red-bean infused chocolate
with some kind of thin breading. The wafers didn't
alone didn't bring out this texture and flavor combination.
What you're left with is red-bean paste flavored chocolate
surrounding a Kit Kat. Still excited, if you
ever were to begin with?
Visit your local Chinatown
and purchase some red bean paste. Smear it between two
pieces of whole wheat toast and enjoy your Red Bean Sandwich
that way. It'll be cheaper besides.