Thursday, July 19, 2007

KitKat Inside Out

imageThese are from Japan and come in a few different varieties. They’re called Inside Out KitKats. I was calling them Naked KitKats for a while until I found out the real name.

They’re a KitKat without the coating. The bar is longer (about 5.5”) and generally larger. The center filling is lightly flavored. I think the one pictured is Chestnut.

A few KitKat variations out there seem to be breaking the rules of KitKats ... KitKats are supposed to be multi-bars that can be snapped into fingers to share or enjoy slowly. (I’ve never met anyone who just chomps on a whole KitKat.)

But this comes down to the discussion of what should be included under a particular candy “brand”. When I think of Reese’s, the essential element is peanut butter and the secondary element is cups ... the third element is chocolate. You can add things in there, but but taking away more than one of those essentials just mucks with it so much that it ceases to be a Reese’s.

The same goes with KitKat. It has to be fingers (even if the fingers are sold individually), it has to have crispy wafers and it has to have some sort of chocolate coating (be it white, milk or dark). Here we’ve lost the coating and the “fingers” have become as large as rods.

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Okay, so maybe they’re not KitKats. What are they? They’re cookies. Cookie wafers with a cream filling and I dare say it, they’re no longer candy. They fall into the confectionery category, but out of my realm of specialization.

Naming and placement on the taxonomic chart of candy aside, these are okay. The wafers are certainly crispy, but they’re also dry. There’s not enough cream filling to give them much of a flavor, and subtle is fine, but there’s so little going on here. I’d say they’re the perfect summer candy bar because there’s no worries about melting, but there’s also so little moisture here I’m worried about dehydration and these sucking what little fluids I have left out of my system.

I tried two flavor sets: chestnut and mango. Chestnut is pleasant because the sweet nutty flavors go with the cream sweetness. The mango was just weird, the pine-type flavors of the cream just seemed to fight with the bar on the whole. Perhaps if it had a bit of a tang to it or recognized more of the juiciness of the fruit instead of just the flavor, it might have worked more. Of course that would be an even larger departure from the KitKat-ness.

I still have a few of these left (and I’ve had them since January - both Amy in Japan and Santos gave them to me) and even when I eat them and find them okay, I keep forgetting I have them and when I see them sitting there I have no impulse to eat them.

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Name: Inside Out KitKat
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Amy & Santos!)
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Cookie, Japan, Nestle, KitKat

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:10 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. These types of wafers are really popular in Israel and some parts of Europe. They’re never coated with anything, and always work best with chocolate/nutty fillings. Or maybe that’s just me…

    Comment by C on 7/19/07 at 6:47 am #
  2. That name bothers me - if they are inside out why is there no chocolate in the center? Um hello! When I first read the title, it drew an ooh from me, but after reading this, all I can say is no thanks!

    Comment by sarah on 7/19/07 at 6:49 am #
  3. Part of the writing on the box says, “Crispy Autumn Legend.” I can’t read the very top, though. T_T

    On a different note, Cybele, hvae you tried the new (presumably Mexican/South American) flavors of Runts?  We just got them on the East Coast, the box is mostly in Spanish.  The new flavors are Pineapple and Mango…

    Comment by Tindy on 7/19/07 at 7:06 am #
  4. I guess it’s true that we’ve never met.

    Comment by Russ on 7/19/07 at 7:15 am #
  5. I have has something similar. The stuff I had was like a straw made by this graham crackery stuff filled with chocolate

    Comment by Alyssa on 7/19/07 at 8:39 am #
  6. The very top simply says “kitkat choco~something”

    i prefer these single bar kitkats, usually kitkat’s aren’t something that i want more that one or two of. :3 however a big part of the kitkat is the chocolate, without it… eh, i’m not as interested.

    Comment by Erica on 7/19/07 at 9:17 am #
  7. I’ve had the mango one and found it..interesting. I enjoyed it for what it was though, a wafer cookie. Reminded me of Manner biscuits.

    Comment by Sera on 7/19/07 at 11:04 am #
  8. Just to clarify. wink

    The top reads: “KitKat has taken off its chocolate!”. The large letters in the center read: “Crispy Monogatari”, which is the type of Kitkat this is. smile

    Comment by Sera on 7/19/07 at 11:11 am #
  9. Sera’s right. It does imply more “naked Kit Kat” than “inside-out Kit Kat”. Monogatari means story, btw, and it says aki (autumn) there, too, so like, Crispy Autumn Story.

    Comment by Grace on 7/19/07 at 11:42 am #
  10. In Germany they are called Neapolitaner. I really love them. Here can buy them with different flavors. Really tasty!

    Comment by Franziska Engel on 11/01/07 at 7:49 am #
  11. Inside-out KitKat is the best edition of KitKats.  I hope it’s coming back real soon because I’m always looking for them in stores.

    Towanda

    Comment by towanda on 1/26/11 at 1:35 am #

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