Thursday, October 22, 2009
Suppai Orange KitKat
Lately, I've been rather lucky about finding mini KitKats for individual sale at convenience stores. That means I don't have to gamble on a huge bag of them while not knowing whether I like them or not. For some reason, these "suppai orange" KitKats never made it to the individual bins. If I had to guess, I'd think it has something to do with the fact that a lot of those individual bars don't seem to be selling very well. I still see ramune KitKat minis for sale in AM/PM and they were a summer release. While it's not unusual for older seasonal releases to show up at the discount snack store long after the season passes, it's unusual to see them in a convenience store.
I did buy these in the discount snack shop, but mainly because they were on sale for 198 yen ($2.20). For the record, these types of bags usually sell for about 258 yen ($2.88). I didn't pay close attention, but I believe that there were 14 12.3 gram (.43 oz.) bars in the bag. "Suppai orange", incidentally is "sour orange", so this is another in a long line of chocolate orange combinations that I've sampled in Japan.
When you first open the package, it smells like a nice orange chocolate flavor. The bars are a bit soft, even at reasonable room temperatures and have the KitKat wafer texture that one would expect. The flavor is a very nice combination of chocolate and intense orange flavor. It's not so much "sour orange" as just strong orange, juicy orange flavor. Frankly, the flavor of this really reminded me of a chocolate and orange Tootsie Roll mixed together, though the texture was pure KitKat.
I really liked these and I think anyone who is a fan of orange and chocolate together may enjoy these. The only concern would be that the orange might be too intense for some. This would be a bigger issue if the orange tasted fake, but I think it has good verisimilitude with real orange flavor.