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Review: Nestle Kit Kat Green Tea
Nestle Green Tea Kit Kat
Posted: 1 April 2014
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.
price/gram: USD 0.035
*Cocoa %: 20
* 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
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.