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Nestle Wasabi Kit Kat 
Posted: 31 March 2014    7.0 
Nestle Kit Kat Wasabi from Japan The Wasabi Kit Kat is of the white chocolate school. The wasabi, I'd bet, is completely artificial. The wasabi flavor is light though noticeable. You taste it in every bite. The pungency you feel in your sinuses when you sample a large quantity of fresh wasabi isn't present, thankfully. You can get your wasabi kick without having to suffer for it.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.035   *Cocoa %: 20  Size: 11.3g   
       
* Estimated cocoa solid content


If you were trying to categorize Nestle Japan's Kit Kats broadly into categories, there would be three.  The first is the standard milk chocolate Kit Kat mixed with some artificial essences or flavors.  The second is a darker chocolate mixed with similar artificial concoctions.  And the last type is the white chocolate plus ersatz flavorings.       

The Wasabi Kit Kat is of the white chocolate school.  This is an interesting choice.   Swiss chocolatier Lindt, famous for their higher tier mainstream chocolates, makes a wasabi bar as well, yet the Lindt bar is dark chocolate.   At first thought, dark would seem to be the better choice.  Wasabi is a pungent Japanese spice, and when I think of power spices in chocolate, I always think first of darker chocolate.        

Why did Nestle Japan go for a white chocolate base for their Wasabi Kit Kat?  Probably a flip of the coin or an informal focus group.  I don't think corner-cutting Nestle spent a whole lot of time crafting their bar.  The wasabi, I'd bet, is completely artificial, just as Lindt's wasabi probably is, too.       

The wasabi flavor is light though noticeable.  You taste it in every bite.  It's not an aftertaste.  The pungency you feel in your sinuses when you sample a large quantity of fresh wasabi isn't present, thankfully.  Nestle Japan didn't require anyone intelligent in their employ to tell them that no one wants to have his nose stinging when munching on a cheapish Kit Kat.     

Nestle Japan delivers on this one.  You can get your wasabi kick without having to suffer for it.  Do you think this bar suppresses gastric carcinogenesis in rats like real wasabi does?  Don't push your luck.                   

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