Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oshiruko KitKat


Oh, Nestlé Japan, will you never stop making variations on the KitKat? You amuse us endlessly with your attempts to lure us in with ever more esoteric flavor combinations. This time, they have given us sweet red bean soup (oshiruko) flavor. The picture on the front of the box shows the soup with a ball of pounded rice (mochi) floating plopped in the middle.


The "mochi" part of this combination is achieved by putting "mochi puffs" in the bar. The chocolate coating is supposed to be oshiruko flavor and the creme in between the wafers is koshian, beans which have been passed through a strainer to remove their skins.
If you look very, very closely, you can see light specs which are the mochi puffs.

The bar smells like a moldy old sock. Seriously. It smells bad. I've never eaten red bean soup so maybe that's what it smells like, too. However, I must say that I'm not keen to try real oshiruko after a whiff of this bar. Of course, smell isn't everything, though it usually is half of the taste of a food. Well, smell isn't always everything, but it turns out that what smells like a moldy old sock tastes like one, too. The first bite of this is like chocolate mustiness in your mouth. It's like a pair of Grandma's underpants that have been stuck at the back of the drawer for 2 decades. Nestlé Japan might want to use that as the tag line for this bar. I won't even ask that they pay me. Knowing that they're embracing truth in advertising would be repayment enough.

To be fair, the subsequent bites aren't as disgusting as the initial one. The moldy flavor starts to become subdued and gives way to a cardboard flavor. It's not good, but it's not nearly as bad as the first bite. By the time you get through half of the second finger (yeah, I felt obliged to eat two fingers to give this a good chance), your tongue is sufficiently saturated with the musty flavor that you start to taste the mochi puffs. They taste a little like year-old rice crispies although not from a sealed box. No, this flavor could only be achieved with an open box, preferably stored in your attic or cellar for an extended period of time.

So, I began by asking if Nestlé Japan will stop making variations on KitKats. This bar offers evidence that they likely will not, but it also supports the idea that they probably should.

Other reviews of this are at Candy Blog.

9 comments:

Sherry said...

I love one bowl of sweet red bean soup once a year for New Year's. It is lovely, but that is enough to hold me over for an entire year. I cannot imagine a kit kat with that flavor though. YOur description of it is great though.

Joseph said...

Mouldy old socks - mmmm sounds lovely! Thanks for the laugh :-)

Orchid64 said...

Sherry: Does it smell bad? I feel like I should track some down just to sniff it. Thanks for your kind words. :-)

Joesph: Don't forget, it's also like chewing on Grandma's oldest underpants! You don't want to forget how many articles of ancient clothing it tastes like. ;-) Thanks for your comment!

Kelly said...

I love red been soup it's so yum, i was really looking forward to trying this kit kat too! Now you've ruined it for me :( haha j/k, it's given me even more reason to try it, to see if it tastes like that, but i've never eaten my grandma's underpants so i'm not sure what that tastes like!

ebidebby said...

I really like Oshiroko! But your description of this KitKat makes me really glad I didn' seek it out.

Sherry said...

Does it smell bad? No,I don't think so, not really, at least not like dirty old socks. It just smells... red beany and sugary. I guess if something went terribly wrong with it there might be a bad smell.
If you have had anything made with the red beans before (that you liked :-) ) then it just smells like that I think.

Sera said...

I actually really, really liked this one. My favorite adzuki one to date...

Orchid64 said...

Sherry: I've had lots of red bean stuff before and none of them ever smelled or tasted like this thing. They were all good.

Sera: Are you sure you've had this one? This is a very recent issue (in the past month). I thought you lived in North America and I didn't think they'd be available there yet. Perhaps it was reissued recently and a former version was better?

Thanks for your comments!

matt said...

haha i do love kitkats though!