Wasabi KitKat by Nestle Japan

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Wasabi KitKat is a lim­ited edi­tion for the Shizuoka region in cent­ral Japan using was­abi from Tamaruya Honten. Shizuoka is the birth­place of was­abi, which is best known as the hot green paste accom­pa­ny­ing sushi and sashimi. It’s highly pun­gent so a small dab goes a long way. Unlike chilli pep­pers that give a burn­ing sen­sa­tion on the tongue, was­abi pro­duces vapours that stim­u­late the nas­al passages.

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The Wasabi KitKat is a was­abi-fla­voured cream sand­wiched between wafers, then enrobed in was­abi-fla­voured white chocolate.

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This is one of the more adven­tur­ous fla­vours of KitKat, but it’s also one I enjoy immensely. There’s a very notice­able was­abi fla­vour and smell, but it’s hot­ness is very mild — the sweet­ness of the white chocol­ate coun­ters this well. I was con­cerned that the was­abi would be over­whelm­ingly hot, but this KitKat is per­fect for those who love sweets but enjoy was­abi only in mod­er­a­tion. The was­abi also gives the white chocol­ate a beau­ti­ful light green colour.

The box of Wasabi KitKat con­tained 12 mini bars. It is a lim­ited edi­tion for the region of Shizuoka and man­u­factured in Japan and was pur­chased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.