Thursday, July 8, 2010
Cola and Lemon Squash KitKat
The concept for this KitKat is an interesting one, though not necessarily a good one. Instead of offering one dubious flavor as a limited edition weird flavor, they are offering two in the same box. Each box contains two fingers of lemon squash and two of cola. This probably helps Nestlé Japan sell to people who are interested in the more palatable of the two flavors and have no choice but to buy both. Of course, we all know which one is going to be lamer.
Does anyone like cola flavored candy? Seriously. Is it a flavor that works outside of carbonated liquids? When I was a kid and was trick-or-treating or got a lollipop and couldn't choose the flavor, cola was always a disappointment. Of course, the fact that a given flavor doesn't "work" never stopped Nestlé Japan before, so why hesitate now?
Okay, I shouldn't prejudge the flavor just because every other cola candy on the planet is a disappointment. And, I shouldn't judge it solely on the fact that it smells like every other cola candy I've ever had. I will judge it based on the fact that it tastde like flat, generic cola mixed with fizzy generic-tasting "soda" powder. It was okay, but nothing to write home about.
The lemon squash one held far more promise because lemon chocolates can be good. This smelled promising, which is to say, lemony. Also, the pairing of sour lemon with sweet white chocolate sounds like a good balance. In reality, this wasn't as good as the Valentine's day lemon KitKats that I've had before. It's not bad, mind you, but the lemon flavor is spoiled to some extent by the addition of a fizzy generic soda flavoring in the powder between the wafers. This flavor is similar to the one in the Caplis KitKats that I recently reviewed. I think they added something in to give it a slight alcohol flavoring that makes it slightly bitter.
Neither of these is great. Both are, at best, "interesting". If you are interested in trying something unique, then pick this up and give it a sampling. You won't hate them. You may like the lemon squash version and be indifferent to the cola. I got this at a 7-11 near one of my local stations for 120 yen ($1.37). If you can't find it though, it's not worth tracking down.