Nestle KitKat Shinshu Apple


Nestle KitKat Shinshu Apple is a lim­ited edi­tion for the Nagano (tra­di­tion­ally called Shinshu) region in cen­tral Japan, which is known for its red apples amongst oth­er things. This is anoth­er fla­vour that was pur­chased from with­in the region (rather than Tokyo Station), spe­cific­ally dur­ing a day trip to Takayama.


The Nestle KitKat Shinshu Apple is an apple fla­voured cream sand­wiched between wafers, then enrobed in apple-fla­voured dark chocol­ate.


Straight from the pack­aging, the KitKat smells of apple and chocol­ate. On tast­ing, the crisp notes of sweet apple emerge as the dark chocol­ate melts to a rich cream­i­ness with even bright­er, juicy notes of apple emer­ging as you reach the sand­wich­ing cream. The dark­ness of the chocol­ate coun­ters the sweet­ness of the apples beau­ti­fully and lingers on the pal­ate, all the while avoid­ing the typ­ic­al faux alco­hol­ic notes that often come through when fruit is used in chocol­ate. Indeed, this is the most enjoy­able fruit-fla­voured chocol­ate I’ve had yet.

The box of Nestle KitKat Shinshu Apple con­tained 12 mini bars. It is a lim­ited edi­tion for the region of Nagano (Shinshu being its tra­di­tion­al name) and man­u­factured in Japan and was pur­chased in Takayama, Nagano, Japan in 2014.