Nestlé KitKat Sparkling Strawberry

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Nestlé KitKat Sparkling Strawberry

It’s time for the final review of our week of Japanese chocolates (‘Thank God!’, I hear you cry), and it’s only fair we end with one more KitKat. This time, a pretty little pink number.

Once again, we have a heavily scented, coloured white chocolate bar. This time with the wonderful aroma of fake strawberries. You know the kind of thing – cheap strawberry candies or those nasty mass produced supermarket milkshakes. That’s not to say it’s an unpleasant smell, just an unnatural one.

Nestlé KitKat Sparkling Strawberry

The smell – and the taste – is that of artificially flavoured strawberry candy or bubblegum. There’s none of that fresh citrusy tang of real strawberry anywhere, although I’m sure someone will come along to tell me it’s made with 100% pure strawberry juice. I can’t read the ingredients, so I can’t say for sure.

There’s nothing detectably ‘sparkling’ about it either. No fizz that I can pick up. And definitely no glitter. Perhaps the word ‘sparkling’ means something else in Japan… like ‘absolutely not sparkling at all’, perhaps.

Nestlé KitKat Sparkling Strawberry

There is a very slight hint of tartness that comes through at the end, but I put that down to a chemical aftertaste as it’s still nothing like a real strawberry. The overall feel of this bar is that of a crispy-fake-strawberry-flavoured milkshake. I’m sure there’ll be kids who would go for it, but it’s not my thing.

So that’s it for a week of Japanese strangeness. This isn’t my favourite bar of the week – that honour would have to go to the little chilli KitKat bites I tried first – but it’s not the worst either.

It is, however, the pinkest. And in Japan, that’s very often all that matters.

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Comments On This Post

  1. Amy

    For the love of all that is holy what is wrong with a good old chocolaty crunchy KitKat! This one doesn’t even look appealing, to each their own I suppose.

  2. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    I have to agree, but y’know the Cookies+ one was like a crunchier, chocolatier KitKat, and the Chilli one was particularly good.

    I like the fact that they *can* play with weird ideas, even if the end results aren’t always particularly good.

  3. Simon

    Sheer Hell in a box. I can think of few things worse than having to put a piece of this into my mouth. I believe you took one for the team there Dom.

  4. Amy

    I think it’s great that they play with strange ideas for sure, however if I had to taste all of them I probably wouldn’t say that :D Look on the bright side at least there wasn’t a durian flavored one!

    Take a look at this guy http://www.flickr.com/photos/14399606@N05/3789936929/in/pool-haveabreak

  5. zigzagza

    There’re plenty of great Japanese chocolates and chocolate-coated biscuits. It just happened so that you guys got your hands mostly on the supermarket candy aisle sort. Try and beg or bribe friends to bring you some real good quality stuff from Japan. You won’t regret it.

  6. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    I feel I should be defending this now. It’s candy. A snack. It’s not meant to be posh.

    I’m shocked that someone who used to live in a sweet shop would call it “sheer hell in a box”. :)

  7. Jim

    Snap on the review front today :D

  8. Simon

    I have a particular aversion to anything that’s artificially strawberry flavoured. It has to be on my ‘most hated’ list. Maybe it’s because I’m a summer baby and love the real thing, or perhaps I just have a sensitivity to fake strawberry, but the thought of it is cringe-inducing.

  9. Amy

    Artificial strawberry much like artificial cherry always reminds me of Calpol *shudder* I’m pretty sure that’s what turns me off when it comes to bars like this.

  10. Sam

    Being a Kit Kat aficionado, I’m really loving all these articles you’re posting. I got to try this in Japan about December last year, but to be honest I had NO idea it was ‘fizzy’ strawberry. Strawberry was my guess – thanks for clearing that up! =P