If you have a fondness for Japanese culture like I do, than you know that the county produces a variety of odd ball flavors of Kit Kats. My childhood and my waistline would be altered downing Sweet Potato, Blueberry Cheesecake, Brown Sugar and Hot Chili. Not so much on the Soy Sauce, Wasabi or Red Bean Paste.
You can explore the over 300 varieties of Kit Kats and the history of the famed candy at a temporary museum at the Nescafe in Tokyo’s Harajuku section. Last day is this Sunday. I know, it needs to be permanent.
While the Kit Kat has run wild in Japanese culture, it’s actually a British invention that dates back to 1911. Let’s go to the Wikipedia:
The origins of what is now known as the Kit Kat brand go back to 1911, when Rowntree’s, a confectionery company based in York in the United Kingdom, trademarked the terms Kit Cat and Kit Kat. Although the terms were not immediately used, the first conception of the Kit Kat appeared in the 1920s, when Rowntree launched a brand of boxed chocolates entitled Kit Cat. This continued into the 1930s, when Rowntree’s shifted focus and production onto its Black Magic and Dairy Box brands. With the promotion of alternative products the Kit Cat brand decreased and was eventually discontinued. The original four-finger bar was developed after a worker at Rowntree’s York Factory put a suggestion in a recommendation box for a snack that “a man could take to work in his pack”.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to that worker.
Here’s a photo gallery of what you can find at the display of Kit Kat. I would have broken the glass and tried to eat some of the candy like Augustus Gloop.
If you haven’t had any of the weird flavors, you can head over to Japan Crate to stock up on those and other great Asian candy. Some you can find in Japanese supermarkets like Mitsuwa in California, New Jersey and Illinois.