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Nestle Green Tea Kit Kat 
Posted: 1 April 2014    8.0 
Nestle Kit Kat Green Tea from Japan Green tea is about as popular as it gets in East Asia. Green tea was probably one of the first exotic Kit Kat bars Nestle Japan ever crafted. I was staggered how delicious the white chocolate green tea coating tasted amidst the crunch of the Kit Kat wafers. Green tea is so common, so popular, in chocolate in Asia, much lik peanuts or almonds in a European or American chocolate bar, that I think it'd be hard to screw up a bar by adding green tea to it.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.035   *Cocoa %: 20  Size: 11.3g   
       
* Estimated cocoa solid content


Green tea is another one of those East Asian flavor favorites which, due to the economic clout of China/Japan/Korea where it's savored, has since spread far and wide, but is still mostly confined to Asian countries.  The Häagen-Dazs and Swensen's here in Thailand both carry green tea flavored ice creams. Japanese sweet shops can be found in any upper scale shopping mall hawking green-tea flavored snacks, parfaits, shakes.  Green tea is about as popular as it gets.          

Thus, a Green Tea Kit Kat is expected.  Hell, it was probably one of the first exotic Kit Kat bars Nestle Japan ever crafted and, as a matter of fact, it was the first exotic Kit Kat bar I ever tried.  My family and I were on our way from Japan to Korea, and my stepson badgered me into buying an entire box of these green tea treats at the duty free shop.   As all of you have probably learned the hard way, duty free doesn't mean cheap most of the time.  These Kit Kat bars, even with the duty free "savings" were quite costly.         

I opened up the box immediately as we exited the duty-free store and tore into one of these foreign Kit Kats.  I was staggered how delicious the white chocolate green tea coating tasted amidst the crunch of the Kit Kat wafers.  I reached for another of the tiny two-wafer packs.  One pack led to another.  The green tea taste was addictive.          

Do I think the green tea flavor here was artificial?  Is the sky blue?  This is Nestle we're talking about!  But I think the reason the bar worked so well is that the probabilistically artificial green tea flavor tasted natural.  Green tea, known as macha in Japanese, is one of those flavors where you don't need a cartoonish artificial version like strawberry, orange, or grape.  There is a natural-like taste to this bar, which perfectly complements the chocolate.        

Green tea is so common, so popular, in chocolate in Asia, much like peanuts or almonds in a European or American chocolate bar, that I think it'd be hard to screw up a bar by adding green tea to it.  Even cheap chocolate, which Kit Kats have made from since 1935, takes on air of poshness once green tea powder is added to it.         

This is a welcome addition to the Kit Kat family.  For obvious reasons, drink coffee instead of tea with it.      

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