Tuesday, March 6, 2007

KitKat Bitter & White

Japan is known for cars, Japan is known for electronics. Japan is known for cute. Japan is also home to some of the best KitKats in the world (okay, and some of the worst, but this is the price of innovation and an example of the bell curve).


What else can I say except that the KitKat Bitter is what a KitKat should be all day, every day.

Upon opening one of the two packets that have two-finger sticks, it’s obvious this candy is real. The chocolate is dark and glossy and smells like ... chocolate! The package says, in English, “High Grade Cacaomass”, which I’m guessing is their way of saying that’s it’s authentically dark chocolate.

The American dark chocolate KitKats were not nearly as good as these (not that it matters, as they’re long gone). The Canadian dark KitKats are close in flavor but lacking in the high-quality chocolate texture.


The wafers are crisp and have that light touch of sweet filling. Yes, the chocolate here is rich and dark and actually slightly bitter as the label advertises. It’s a little dry as well. But it’s just so real tasting, it just spoils me for any other KitKats.


The White KitKat says that it has Nasu Highland Milk. I’m not sure what that is, but I’m sure it’s a selling point.

It smells very milky and has a light milky look to it. Though it’s sweet, it’s not throat-burningly so. The crispy wafers are good and offset the sweetness of the milky coating. As white chocolate KitKats go, I prefer this one to the Matcha from last year that seemed excessively sweet and a bit greasy feeling.

I can’t see myself eating this regularly, but I finished the bar, which is a good recommendation for anything containing white chocolate for me (I have a tendency to like them at first but lose interest after a serving). The wafers seemed to be more of a highlight than in the Bitter bar, perhaps a little crispier or maybe I’m better able to discern the flavor of them without the overwhelming chocolate.

See all KitKat reviews to date here. I also have several others prepping for review: Red Bean, Fruit Parfait, Chestnut & Inside Out (various flavors) thanks to Amy & Santos.

Name: KitKat Bitter & White
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Amy!)
Price: unknown
Size: 50 grams
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, White Chocolate, Cookie, Japan, Nestle, Limited Edition, KitKat

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  1. gee i wonder if i could find those in asian markets in NYC…

    Comment by linda, the village vegetable on 3/06/07 at 8:33 am #
  2. I felt the SAME wat towards the Bitter Kitkat. I was so impressed with it, it just tasted *so good*!!!

    As for the white, it’s one of the better white Kitkats I’ve had. I’d say the one with Maple from last year was the best, man it was yummy!

    Comment by Sera on 3/06/07 at 11:17 am #
  3. I recently had one of those White KitKats, I thought they were great. The taste was slightly different to that of your average white chocolate. Delicious.

    Haven’t tried Japan’s take on dark chocolate though, we recently got our own dark chocolate KitKat here in England so I’ve seen no reason to go treasure hunting.

    Comment by Terry on 3/06/07 at 11:51 am #
  4. The white one is from a series of milk-flavor Kit Kats made with milk from different regions. This time it’s Nasu, but they also had a Hokkaido one before.

    I had the bitter one and loved it so much, too. *_* I wish they’d make those here.

    Comment by Grace on 3/06/07 at 11:53 am #
  5. Ooh that’s right, I had the Hokkaido milk version. I wonder if there’s a difference in taste…

    Comment by Terry on 3/06/07 at 1:31 pm #
  6. Dark chocolate, bittersweet, the chocolatey-er the better.  Sounds good!

    Comment by LilyRose on 3/06/07 at 6:26 pm #
  7. ohhh, that BitterKat sounds like heaven!

    Comment by Helen on 3/06/07 at 8:05 pm #
  8. Red Bean?  I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    Comment by Marvo on 3/10/07 at 8:36 pm #
  9. Those Bitter Kit Kats look super delicious…do you mind asking Amy where she got em? I’d love to try them : )

    Comment by Chris on 7/15/08 at 8:45 pm #
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