Wasabi KitKat

I had heard of the many flavors of KitKat‘s that you can get in Japan, but in late 2010, I finally tried a very weird flavor when my friend Tiffany brought this bar back from a trip there.

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This is a Nestle Wasabi KitKat, which is found only in Japan as far as I can tell. It was an unusual flavor and remarkably mild, at least as far as my expectations from real wasabi led me to believe. It really just tasted like a white chocolate KitKat with a hint of something hot as an aftertaste.

Apparently KitKat’s come in all kinds of flavors that we don’t see here in the United States. I think I have a new mission…to try them all!

Meiji Cacao 72%

My co-worker Troy brought this bar back from a trip to Seoul.

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This was a really good bar. The chocolate was very dark and very deeply flavored, but not very sweet at all. I thought it was way more than 72% cacao! And while I know Meiji is a Japanese brand, I am not sure where this bar was made, so I listed in as South Korea, where it was purchased.

Hachez Cocoa D’Arriba Orange

Against my better judgement, I decided to try another bar from Hachez.

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Like other Hachez bars I have eaten, this bar was not good. It was very dry and almost flavorless. What little flavor it had made me think of an old chocolate bar that had been sitting on a table recently cleaned with orange furniture polish. Yuck. I think I need to start avoiding this brand.

Lindt Roasted Almond

I found this new Lindt bar at a local drugstore. I love that Lindt is so easily available!

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After the last Lindt bar I had (and didn’t like), I must admit that I was wary when I bought this one. But like most of the Lindt bars I have had, this bar was delicious. The smooth rich chocolate was paired with slices of roasted almond, and the combination was fantastic. I am mildly surprised that it took Lindt so long to make this “new” bar. I mean, chocolate and almonds are so rarely found together, huh? But I’m glad they finally did!

Chocolate Skulls

My co-worker Brian M. sent me a link to a place selling life-sized chocolate skulls! Apparently the sale is over in two days, so here’s a photo of one of the skulls.

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It looks realistic because it is made using a mold cast from a real human skull! Now, I like chocolate as much as the next addict…or maybe more…but this seems a little excessive. Wait, it costs $320?! It is excessive! And it’s not like you could keep it, since being chocolate, it’s going to bloom over time and eventually melt.

Still, part of me thinks this is really cool.

 

Godiva Bakery Dessert Truffles

My co-worker Kristy brought these to a chocolate eating meeting.

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The box contained a number of little monochrome balls, but luckily there was a guide!

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I decided to try the Chocolate Lava Cake truffle, and it was delicious! It had a deep, rich chocolate flavor (despite the white chocolate coating), and the inside was a dark chocolate ooze of ganache. I loved it. And from the oohs and aahs of my co-workers, they found the other flavors to be equally satisfying.