GREEN KitKat??

What the heck is that? I wondered the same thing when my friend (for the purpose of “anonymity” and “privacy”, let’s call him, um, “Mike-san”) brought this supposedly delicious confection to my door. The first thing you’ll notice is the large title “KitKat” written on the front, surrounded by some kind of weird symbols. I’m told, by “Mike-san”, that these crazily-intricate brush-stroke-looking shapes are a written form of the Japanese language. Who knew? Anyway, I thought that I’d bring you along on this taste-venture and together we’d find out just what this is all about.

My first question to the well-traveled “Mike-san” was, “Why’s it green?”. It seemed like a sensible question at the time. He responds by telling me that it’s green tea flavored. “Do you like green tea?” he asked. Yuck! Green tea? That bitter flavor-less green stuff you get at Chinese restaurants?? No way! Obviously I said exactly that to my friend. Well, kind of, “Um, green tea? Uh, I don’t know.” See how I’m always saying exactly what I’m thinking? Weird, right?

Moving on. Examining the back of the box you’ll notice more Japanese, which I assume mentions something about it being green tea flavor.

Contains 100% Love… And also some green tea…

Upon opening the box (yes, it’s in a BOX!) you come across two individually wrapped packages, each having two KitKat sticks. I’ve never seen this type of thing before, but I like it! I’d much rather be able to save two for later than having to devour all four in one sugar-orgy-of-crunchy-chocolate-love. Brilliant, unless this tastes horrible, in which case the two small packages just prolong and mock my suffering.

Whoa! Individually wrapped for your convenience!

Now’s the moment of truth, time to open and taste the familiar but foreign treat. I decide at the last minute that since there are two packs, Christina should also try it. Out of my chivalrous nature (and not out of any kind of food cowardice or anxiety about this sure-to-be-gross food-stuff), I decide to let Christina go first.

She starts by carefully opening the package and giving it a tentative sniff. Not finding any noxious or deadly odors, she then chances a small bite. A look of contemplation mixed with fear crosses her face as she slowly chews. “Well?” I ask. She starts her answer with a non-committal “Hmmm…”, then adds, “It’s good.” She seems a bit shocked at her response and continues chewing, her expression becoming happier as she eats. “It’s got a sweet after-taste, I may like it better than a regular KitKat, and it’s GREEN, so, of course I like it.” In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel it’s my duty to point out that Christina doesn’t like chocolate, and she’s a huge fan of things that are green. I’m just saying, her not liking chocolate (aka the “original” KitKat”) may skew her analysis a bit.

Finally it’s my turn. Ugh. I can’t believe I’m about to eat something green. I keep saying to myself, “Imagine it as a green skittle…” I should NOT have done that, expecting a skittle really set me up for a fall. The first thing I notice is that it’s not as sweet as I expected (be the expectations a KitKat OR a Skittle). The next thing that catches my attention is that it tastes, for lack of a better way of describing it, “earthy”. I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not what I was expecting. Christina’s observation of having a sweet after-taste holds up, but it’s very subtle.

That’s all there is to it. I finished both of my pieces, carefully evaluating the overall product. It’s something to try since it’s a unique and not off-putting flavor, but not something I’d probably seek out again. Christina, on the other hand, really likes it and may be looking for an Asian market to buy more from in the near future…

I want to once more thank “Mike-san” for another unique flavor experience. Until next time,



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