To say I am a Japanese candy blog, I have a distinct lack of Japanese Kit Kat reviews... *hangs head in shame* Let me make it up to you by sharing with you my thoughts on the limited edition Japanese Kit Kat – Sake variety.
Japanese Kit Kat – Sake
£3.99 – TofuCute (limited edition so may go out of stock quickly!)
Sake is a “Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran”. I have only tried Sake once, which I believe was on my 18th birthday at Yo Sushi (nearly 5 years ago *cries*). I genuinely cannot remember what it tasted like, but I do remember it being pretty strong alcohol-wise though! #lightweight
After seeing the Sake Kit Kats pop up on blogs and on YouTube, I thought I would get in on the action. *flexes non-existent muscles* I searched on my usual Japanese websites, as I thought I would be guaranteed to find them on there. Nope, I actually found them on a UK website, TofuCute! I’m not complaining mind; it meant that I didn’t have to wait two weeks for shipping, and they would be in my grubby hands within a matter of days…
The packaging of the Sake variety is absolutely beautiful. Look at it! *stares at it forever* I love how it features sakuras to coincide with the cherry-blossom season of March to April. This definitely puts our normal UK packaging to shame…
The set that I bought comes with three minature Kit Kats. Considering each Kit Kat contains 0.8% alcohol, it’s a good job they are small or else err’body in the club would be getting tipsy. There is a warning on the outer packaging not to give to children, and those who are sensitive to alcohol should also heed the warning. I’m not particularly sensitive to alcohol, but I’m not a regular drinker. I can have about three drinks; any more after that and I am a nightmare!
I’m happy to report that the box I bought contains the ingredients in English on the back, so I will pop them here for reference.
Ingredients: Sugar, wheat flavour, vegetable oil, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, lactose, vegetable oils and fats, powder wine (sake, alcohol, dextrin), sugar, yeast, cocoa powder, cocoa mass, emulsifiers (soybean), fragrances, baking soda, yeast.
When I opened up the Kit Kat for the first time, I could immediately detect a sharp, alcoholic scent. It reminded me of vodka, if you know what I mean. I read that the sake powder is between the chocolate and the wafer, but if I am wrong, please correct me.
I’m finding it quite hard to describe the taste, especially as I haven’t tried Sake in a long time, and there may be some of you who haven’t tried it either. The only way I can put it is that these taste like white chocolate and vodka, although not as strong. I know it is a bit of a cop-out, but I genuinely can’t think how I can describe it. They’re enjoyable, and it is concerning how easy it is to eat a few of them in a short space of time. If I hadn’t been saving some for my boyfriend to try I would have eaten them all!
White chocolate was definitely the best choice for this variety. The alcohol taste of the sake takes the sweet edge off the white chocolate, and the white chocolate stops the alcohol from being too bitter. If these had been made with milk or dark chocolate, they wouldn’t be as nice as they are.
The Sake Kit Kats aren’t amazing or life changing, but they are certainly enjoyable. I’ve eaten 3 of the Kit Kats whilst writing this post and my head is beginning to feel a little fuzzy… I told you I am a lightweight…
To be honest, I’m not quite sure if I would buy these again. They are limited edition for the current season, and they will disappear in a few weeks. I wouldn’t want to buy loads unnecessarily and deprive someone of the chance to try them. If I were to buy them again, they would be as a gift for someone else and not for me. I can see them being available again next year considering how popular they have been, selling out multiple times in Japan. If they are up for sale again, then yeah, I might buy a box, but I’m not in any rush. I’ve got plenty of other varieties to try!
Would you try the Sake Kit Kat?