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Nestle KitKat Azuki Sandwich

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While in Nagoya last year, I found this region­al Nestle KitKat Azuki Sandwichthat’s inspired by ogura toast, a del­ic­acy from the Chukyo area (around Nagoya) where azuki (sweet red bean) paste is spread on thickly-sliced buttered toast. I didn’t try prop­er ogura toast, but I did try a yummy ver­sion with azuki paste spread on a fluffy buttered flap­jack.

The KitKat ver­sion is an azuki-fla­voured cream sand­wiched between wafers, then covered in azuki-infused dark chocol­ate.

This KitKat has con­vinced that azuki and chocol­ate is a match made in heav­en. Notes azuki and dark chocol­ate are appar­ent on open­ing, and this trans­lates to a sweet azuki fla­vour in the head that’s evenly bal­anced by the dark chocol­ate. As the chocol­ate melts, nutty notes — recall­ing a pleas­antly nutty but­ter on toast — emerge in the body with heightened notes of fra­grant azuki from the cream between the wafers, which linger on the pal­ate with the dark chocol­ate. These are my favour­ite fla­vour of KitKats from Japan to date.

The box of Nestle KitKat Azuki Sandwich con­tained 12 mini bars. It is a lim­ited edi­tion for the region of Chukyo and pro­duced in Japan and was pur­chased in Nagoya, Japan in 2014.