photo credit: friedtoast
If you've only ever eaten a Kit Kat in the United States, you'd have no idea that an entire world of candy goodness awaits you beyond our shores. Kit Kats in the USA do not taste like those in the rest of the world, because they are produced under license by The Hershey Company instead of by Nestle, like in the rest of the world. In the US they have more sugar and less milk in the chocolate.
The Kit Kat was invented in the UK in 1935. The traditional bar has four fingers which each measure approximately 1 centimeter (0.39 in) by 9 centimeters (3.5 in). Kit Kat bars contain varying numbers of fingers depending on the market, ranging from the half-finger sized Kit Kat Petit in Japan to the three-fingered variants in Arabia to the twelve-finger Kit Kat family-size bars in Australia and France. Kit Kat bars are sold either individually or in bags, boxes or multi-packs.
According to Wikipedia, "In recent years, Kit Kats have also become very popular in Japan, a phenomenon attributed to the coincidental similarity between the bar's name and the Japanese phrase kitto katsu, which roughly translates to "You will surely win!" This has reportedly led to parents and children buying them for school examination days as a sort of good luck charm."
It was also in Japan that Kit Kat began releasing a wide of different flavors. This photo set from Flickr highlights 120 different flavors the photographer has come across.
Since each of the unique flavors is only available for a limited time, there's no easy way to get flavors that aren't currently being manufactured.
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After the jump is a complete list of all of the different flavored Kit Kats available.
- Kit Kat Original – (different taste and texture in different countries)
- Pickled Plum – Japan
- Bubblegum – Japan (made with blue chocolate)
- Mango – Japan (made with yellow chocolate)
- Rose: Japan
- Lemon vinegar – Japan
- Kit Kat Fine Dark – UK, Spain & Germany variant of Kit Kat Dark Chocolate
- Kit Kat Cacao 61% – Japan (newer version of Kit Kat Bitter with 61% cocoa content)
- Kit Kat Sakura (Cherry blossom) – Japan –
- Kit Kat Cacao 72% – Japan – dark chocolate petits with 72% cocoa content
- Kit Kat White Creme – US permanent edition (current version of US Kit Kat White made with vegetable oil based candy coating rather than pure white chocolate)
- Kit Kat White – Japan & Spain
- Kit Kat Iced Tea – Japan
- Kit Kat Wasabi – Japan
- Kit Kat Caramel and Salt – Japan
- Kit Kat Cucumber – Japan
- Kit Kat Kinako (soybean flour) – Japan
- Kit Kat Wa Guri (Chestnut flavour) – Japan
- Kit Kat Green Tea (Matcha) – Japan
- Kit Kat Milky White – Germany variant of Kit Kat White Chocolate
- Kit Kat Mint – UK permanent edition, US limited edition (mint flavoured milk chocolate coating)
- Kit Kat Mint Chocolate – Australia (mint green colour wafers)
- Kit Kat Apple – Japan
- Kit Kat Orange – UK permanent edition, US, Japan, Malaysia limited edition.
- Kit Kat International Recipe – Malaysia, Singapore and selected East Asian countries (the chocolate was made from Ghana cocoa beans and thus had the tendency to melt down very easily when compared to Kit Kat Original)
- Kit Kat CafÃ© Latte with HokkaidÅ Milk – Japan
- Kit Kat Kiwifruit – Japan
- Kit Kat Strawberry – Japan
- Kit Kat Peach – Japan
- Kit Kat Caramac – UK
- Kit Kat Chocolate Overload – Australia (milk chocolate outside, chocolate creme filling and chocolate wafers)
- Kit Kat Gold – Japan – petits with fudge-like covering and dusted cocoa powder on outside
- Kit Kat Noisette (Hazelnut) – Germany
- Kit Kat Lite – India – two finger bar with 50% less sugar
- Kit Kat Carb Alternatives – US (low carbohydrate version with 50% less sugar)
- Kit Kat Low Carb – UK
- Kit Kat Cantaloupe – Japan
- Kit Kat Pineapple – South Africa
- Kit Kat Cappuccino – Poland and UK
- Kit Kat Triple Berry – Japan
- Kit Kat Mango – Japan
- Kit Kat Azuki (red bean) – Japan
- Kit Kat Green Grape Muscat – Japan
- Kit Kat Caramel Macchiato – Japan (September 2008)
- Kit Kat Zunda – Japan (only in Yamagata and Miyagi prefecture,mashed edamame beans)
- Kit Kat Beet – Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
- Kit Kat Hascapp (Hokkaido blueberry) – Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
- Kit Kat Soy Sauce – Japan "Tokyo Limited Edition"
- Kit Kat Yakimorokoshi (grilled corn) – Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
- Kit Kat Jyagaimo – Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture, potato)
- Kit Kat Daigakuimo (candied sweet potato) – Japan
- Kit Kat Kobe pudding – Japan "Kobe Limited Edition"
- Kit Kat Houjicha (Japanese roasted tea) – Japan
- Kit Kat Kokuto (black sugar) – Japan
- Kit Kat Watermelon and Salt – Japan
- Kit Kat Pumpkin – Japan
- Kit Kat Edamame – Japan
- Kit Kat Banana – Canada
- Kit Kat Lemon Chocolate – Japan (Valentine's limited edition)
- Kit Kat Cookies & Chocolate – Japan
- Kit Kat Cookies PLUS – Japan
- Kit Kat Dark Chocolate – Italy
- Kit Kat White Chocolate – Italy
- Kit Kat Apple Vinegar – Japan
- Kit Kat Veggie – Japan
- Kit Kat Ginger Ale – Japan
- Kit Kat Ramune – Japan