Jun 9, 2011
Unique flavor of Kitkat from Japan
Here, I will introduce some unique chocolate from Japan.
It is Kitkat with zunda flavor.
Do you know what zunda is? It's like sweet eda-mame bean paste. Nestle Japan used to sell the flavor only in the Tohoku region as Zunda is one of their famous sweets. But to help the people in Tohoku, where the tsunami hit, they started selling it everywhere in Japan with a 10 yen donation included in the price. So now, I can get it at my neighborhood convenience store.
I have never tried the real zunda paste which is usually sold with mochi(pounded rice cake),also only in Tohoku, but I could taste a slight bean flavor in the light green colored chocolate bar. I liked it. It's less sweeter than the regular milk chocolate bar, so those who don't have a sweet tooth might also enjoy this chocolate bar.
Eda-mame is a kind of green beans, which is a must-have snack on Japanese pub menu. It's usually boiled, and served with salt on top. Speaking of mame (=bean), have you ever heard Endo being called Endo-mame? I don't exactly remember which skit it was in (Please ask Z if you want to know!), but someone was calling him Endo-mame. Endo-mame is also a kind of green beans. They seem to love giving each other stupid nicknames. But I love it.