Monday, January 2, 2012

Kitto Katsu (きっとかつ) - The Art of Japanese KitKat

Happy New Year 2012! 明けましておめでとうございます!

Wow...it has been a lonnnnnnng time since I posted on the blog. No excuses. I was just busy and lazy. 

Anyways, let's jump back into everything and anything Japan, shall we?

KitKat has always been one of my favourite chocolate bars (although I hated chocolate in general when I was a kid), but the Japanese have made the brand a little bit more exciting with a multitude of different flavours that come out on a seasonal basis.
KitKat (or pronounced Kitto Katto in Japan) is very close to the phrase "kitto katsu" (きっとかつ), which translates to "certain victory". For this reason, the makers of KitKat have marketed its chocolate with that slogan. Also, KitKat is usually given to students before important tests and exams as a symbol for wishing them GOOD LUCK!

Here are a few of the KitKat boxes I have collected so far this year. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly) I have eaten most of them so the actual chocolate bar (usually a different shade than brown) won't be seen. I'll add some more pictures as I accumulate more of these tasty treats. (UPDATED: February 20, 2012)
Strawberry

Cherry Blossoms and Green Tea

Annin Dofu (杏仁豆腐) - "Almond Tofu"

Strawberry Cheesecake

Kuromitsu (黒蜜) A Japanese sugary syrup - "Black Honey"

Wasabi

Not sure...please contact me if you know...otherwise this is "Wooden House flavour"
Yatsuhashi (八ツ橋 or 八橋) A Japanese confectionery made of flour, sugar, and cinnamon famous in Kyoto. (Thanks to Nicolas for the information)


Not sure...please contact me if you know...otherwise this is "Window flavour"
Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) A roasted Japanese green tea famous in Kyoto. (Thanks to Nicolas for the information)

Blueberry Cheesecake

Edamame - Soybean

Orange (or Tokyo SkyTree flavour)

5 comments:

Nicolas said...

Wood Flavor is Yatsuhashi - a confectionary typical for Kyoto. The classic type has cinnamon flavor.

Window kitkat is Houjicha, a kind of roasted tea

I hope it helped :)

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Kent Middlemarch-Byron said...

Now this is what I call a collection (LOL)!

I never thought Kitkat actually had flavors like these, the only ones that I have ever tasted were the original and white chocolate. I sure would love to grab some of these for my Kitkat addict daughter! :)


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Akazuki Japanese goods shop said...

Did you buy everything?? Cheese cake are my favorite ones

NyNy said...

OMG, Green Tea Kitkat is the best! But I really want to try Strawberry Cheesecake flavour as well!