Fancy flavours of Kit Kat have been a staple in Japan for years – just check out my mammoth blog that reviews a fair few of them. But now the trend is spreading across the world, including here in the UK. If you live in London, you’ll get the chance to create your own bar, but for those of us out in the sticks, there’s also the option to try out these six pre-prepared options.
At £7.50 per six-finger box, or £12 for a double-pack containing two different flavours, these Kit Kats don’t come cheap. But the question still stands – are they worth it? Let’s investigate.
Springtime in Japan
“Inspired by cherry blossoms in Japanese springtime, this pack contains six crispy KitKat wafer fingers with a cherry-flavoured and apple filling covered in high-quality Ruby couverture chocolate.”
Ah, springtime in Japan. A petal from a cherry blossom floats delicately atop sake in a ceramic cup. What a beautiful image, and not one evoked by this Kit Kat in any way whatsoever.
I have tried sake Kit Kats, and I’ve tried sakura mochi Kit Kats, and both of those would be far better candidates for springtime in Japan than this bar. Although it’s not as sickly as the standard ruby chocolate Kit Kat, it does have a sweetness which builds up as you eat your way through a finger. The thick layer of ruby chocolate also drowns out the purported cherry and apple taste, leaving pure sweetness. Overall, it’s a largely disappointing experience.
Jewels of the East
“Six crispy KitKat wafer fingers with a pistachio and rose petal filling covered in dark chocolate.”
Already we see evidence that the John Lewis copy writers did not lavish the same care and attention on all their Kit Kat products. Nonetheless, this is actually a better bar than the previous one. The rose petals are mainly for show, and don’t seem to impart any rose flavour to the bar. The chocolate is generous, however, and there’s plenty of pistachio taste both in the filling and the chopped up nuts on the bottom of the bar.
Overall, this is a decent bar, but it came to me at just the wrong time to be fully appreciated. Coincidentally, I had recently tried a Lindt pistachio bar, which proved to be a delectable combination of dark Lindt chocolate and smooth pistachio filling. In comparison, this effort felt a bit lacking.
Gin and Tonic
“Six crispy wafer fingers with a gin and tonic flavour caramel filling (made with sugar and sweetener), covered in milk chocolate.”
Gin, with its sharp botanical tastes, is not something one would naturally pair with the rich sweetness of milk chocolate. Perhaps, then, it’s for the best that there’s dominant gin flavour here – just an aftertaste that hits the back of your mouth later on.
In fact, this Kit Kat tastes more like a citrus chocolate bar. There are green sugar crystals embedded in the bottom of the bar that impart a satisfying citrus zing. When combined with the smooth silkiness of the caramel, the overall taste is rather pleasant. It doesn’t achieve the flavours of gin and tonic, but it’s nice nonetheless – perhaps even the best of this selection.
Whisky and Ginger
“Six crispy wafer fingers with a whisky flavour and ginger filling covered in dark chocolate.”
Okay, clearly it was only Springtime in Japan that inspired the copywriters to greater heights, as by this point they are just phoning it in. Whisky, ginger and dark chocolate sounds like an amazing combination, so it’s a shame that this Kit Kat squanders this opportunity by skimping on the flavours. In one bite, you might get a bit of ginger, in the next, the slightest hint of whisky. Eventually it builds up into a decent flavour experience, but it really does take its time.
It’s also worth noting that these bars have tiny dark chocolate sprinkles embedded in the bottom. I’m not sure what these add, apart from making a mess everywhere.
“Six crispy KitKat wafer fingers with a caramel filling and buttery shortbread pieces covered in milk chocolate.”
Thanks to inflation, over the years millionaire’s shortbread has been joined by billionaire’s, trillionaire’s, and even “guzillionaire’s” desserts. What we have here is clearly an attempt to recreate millionaire’s shortbread in Kit Kat form, and while it is by no means bad, it’s a hybrid that brings nothing new or unique to the table. If you want delicious chocolate-covered caramel shortbread, then go out and buy that- the presence of Kit Kat wafer adds nothing to the experience. Similarly, if what you want is a Kit Kat, then choose the supremely more affordable option of just buying a plain Kit Kat. There is no ecological niche for this Kit Kat to fill.
“Six crispy KitKat wafer fingers with hazelnut, pistachios and peanuts, covered in milk chocolate.”
This Kit Kat is probably the messiest of the lot. Merely opening the packet is enough to spray loose nuts everywhere. In fact, even though each individual shard of nut must have cost me several pence, I ended up dropping some on the floor and throwing still more away.
Although the blurb claims that there are three types of nut present here, I only really detected hazelnut. The bar has a strong nutty taste, while the taste is, unsurprisingly, reminiscent of both Nutella and Ferrero Rocher.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this Kit Kat suffers from the same issue as the previous one – there’s just no reason for it to exist. We have Ferrero Rocher, and we have Kit Kats – combining them doesn’t actually create a better product.
Obviously it was inevitable that I would try these Kit Kats, but I wouldn’t particularly recommend that anyone else do so. If you must try one, then go for the G&T Kit Kat, but ideally spend your hard-earned cash elsewhere