Why All the Best Kit Kat Flavours are Only in Japan

By Bryan Menegus on at

Wasabi, strawberry cheesecake, green tea, sweet potato. What do these flavours have in common? They’re all KitKat varieties exclusive to Japan. But how did the crispy, break-associated confections get so popular overseas?

As Abroadin Japan explains, Nestlé saw huge sales of KitKats every January – the exact time Japanese student take their famously stressful university entrance exams. It turns out KitKat sounds a lot like the kitto katsu which translates roughly to “to surely win”, a sort of good luck phrase students would say to one another before these exams.

Now Kit Kats in Japan come with space on the back to write messages of encouragement to their intended recipients, and they’re made in enough flavours to satisfy any stressed out tastebuds, the most recent iteration of which is saké.

Unlike other many other booze-themed chocolates, saké Kit Kats actually contain alcohol, although hardly enough (0.8 per cent) to have you singing Def Leppard on top of the bar.