Monday, November 3, 2008

Nestle Soy Sauce KitKat

Soy Sauce KitKat

I spent the last part of October and the first couple days of November in Japan with my husband. What a vacation! I'm still jet-lagged as I type this, but I'm trying very hard to get back on my local time schedule. Anyhow, I thought I'd do a little blogging to help me stay awake.

Here we have the Tokyo only limited edition Soy Sauce KitKat. This is pretty much the weirdest sounding KitKat in the world. I bought this one at Tokyo station just before catching my train. They also had a kinako (toasted soybean flour) flavor, which sounded a lot better, but I couldn't find it and I was in a hurry.

Soy Sauce KitKat

The packaging is very stylish and fancy, as this is meant to be a gift (おみやげ). In Japan, most regions are known for some kind of snack or food, and it's common to bring those things back for other people when you visit that particular place. I don't know if Tokyo is known for soy sauce, but they had a matcha version in Kyoto, so maybe.

I had read about this flavor before leaving for my vacation, so I knew what to expect. Not to be anti-climactic, but I can confirm what everyone else says: it tastes like maple syrup. I could go on and on about how nasty the flavor sounds, but the truth is, they don't taste like soy sauce. They might have had a slight soy aftertaste, but that might have just been my imagination.

The bars are white chocolate, and a little smaller than the normal KitKat double-stick. The box contains 12 mini bars. I've seen these special regional KitKat boxes for anywhere from 700 to 900 yen, so they are a little pricey.

If you were expecting a fun tasting experience, prepare yourself for disappointment. At least they don't taste bad, even if I secretly wanted them to. All in all, if you like maple syrup, you'll like these. Maybe they should repackage them and sell them in Canada or Vermont.

Check out other reviews: The Impulsive Buy, The AV Club, Pretty Pretty Yum Yum, Hamburger Calculus, and Jen's Kit Kat Blog. PHEW!


KitKat Website (Japanese)


Anonymous said...

Oh wow. Soy sauce? I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't taste of soy sauce because that's...really not right. If it ever makes its way to J-List though I might pick it up and have a taste. Welcome back from Japan btw.

ebidebby said...

Thanks! I was also disappointed and relieved at the same time. I wonder if the J-list people would take a request for it?

Anonymous said...

I was also surprised that it tasted like maple syrup, my husband and i were expecting a full-on soy sauce flavour! It was very disappointing. I wonder why they made the flavour so different from actual soy sauce?? So strange.

ebidebby said...

Maybe they were just too worried about it being disgusting? But I've never had soy sauce that tasted like maple syrup, so I don't get it either.

missklicious said...

I was tempted to buy these on my recent trip to Tokyo, but chickened out as I was worried they would taste too much like soy sauce, and therefore be disgusting! Looks like I should have bought them.

ebidebby said...

missklicious - I bought them kind of hoping they would be really bad, but I can't blame you for backing off. Either way, they make a neat present!