Japan

Ah, Japan... the home of Pocky and weird KitKats. If you want to buy some of the amazing stuff from Japan that we've reviewed below, we recommend checking out JList.com. They have all kinds of weird stuff from Japan and they deliver internationally.

Japanese Kit Kat Selection

An array of brightly coloured KitKats from Japan

Es Koyama Dégustation No. 5

Distinctive flavours of Japan from Es Koyama

KitKat Matcha Green Tea

Another crazy KitKat from Japan!

Meiji Galbo Biscuit Sticks

It’s been a while since I tasted anything from Japan and so I got hold of these chocolate coated biscuit fingers from Meiji.

KitKat Cola & Lemonade

It's time to look at some more wacky KitKats from Japan.

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 …

Awaji Orange Sticks

After a week of strange and wonderful flavours (and a huge amount of sugar) it seems fitting to close my Japan Week with something a little more sophisticated, and I am very lucky to have been given this rather lovely …

Nestlé KitKat Cookies + Chocolate Biscuit

The main reason I picked this particular variety of KitKat up from CyberCandy while ignoring such varieties as “Sweet Potato Flavor” was that it had a picture of the bar on the box, and it was quite definitely milk chocolate …

Nestlé KitKat Ohagi

It had to happen (mainly because I’ve been sitting on my own stash of KitKats for over a week). This is my first proper Japanese Kit Kat review (having shared duties with Dom on the Ito En Vegatable KitKat) and …

Nestlé KitKat Milk Coffee

It’s time for another KitKat form Japan, and once again, this takes the form of two pairs of individually wrapped white chocolate KitKat fingers. Part of me had been hoping for milk chocolate for a coffee flavoured KitKat, so I …

Meiji Fran Whipps ‘Deep Bitter Chocolate’

Another Meiji product and this time it has a distinctly more sophisticated feel to it than Kinoko No Yama ot Takenoko No Sato. The packaging is beautifully explanatory, and the contents didn’t disappoint – they were exactly like the picture. What …

Nestlé KitKat Raspberry & Passion Fruit

How KitKat’s became so popular in Japan is a mystery to me. This simple little snack was originally created in Yorkshire by Rowntree’s in the 1930s, and for a long time didn’t do anything particularly interesting. For as long as I …

Glico Pakitz

As Dom bravely makes his way through a seemingly endless parade of KitKats, I find myself faced with something which might actually stretch the remit of Chocablog a little. Pakitz is a double pack of a strange hybrid of ice cream …

Nestlé KitKat with Ito En Vegetable Juice

Simon and I both had one of these ‘Vegetable’ flavour Japanese KitKats, so we thought we’d both give our opinion on it… Simon’s Take The first surprise comes when you split open the wrapper and discover that the contents are a remarkably …

Pocky Men’s Bitter Chocolate

After karaoke and weird KitKats, Pocky is the third most popular thing in Japan. Probably. Like KitKat, it’s a crunchy, often chocolatey snack that comes in a mind-boggling array of flavours. I wanted to start myself off with something simple – …

Nestlé KitKat Ginger Ale

I picked up this particular KitKat in CyberCandy’s London store. I didn’t let the staff know who I was, so I actually had to pay for it (shocking!). I will say that it’s a nice little shop, clean and well …

Morinaga Koeda

Koeda is Japanese for twigs, and as you can see from the box, these are little knobbly twigs of milk chocolate. Inside each box are twelve individual packets, each containing four ‘twigs’ in a variety of flavours. In typical Japanese style, …

Nestlé KitKat Mini Maple

KitKat time again! This time we have a bag of 13 mini KitKats from Japan supplied by J-List. I’m told this particular flavour is in honour of the Winter Olympics in Canada and is made with real maple syrup, but …

Meiji Takenoko No Sato

A companion product to ‘Kinoko No Yama‘ (Mountain of mushrooms) (can there be more?) here we have a Village of Bamboo Shoots, which in itself is enough for it to win my affections. Can you imagine a British or American …

Nestlé KitKat Little With Chilli

It’s Japan week on Chocablog! Why? Because we said so! Also, because the lovely people at J-List sent us a big box of chocolatey fun from Japan.. and because Simon has been acquiring more goodies from his growing circle of Japanese …

Nestlé KitKat Cherry (Japan)

Time for another strange bar from my box of weird and wacky chocolate-related presents. This time, a Cherry KitKat. Or at least, I’m pretty sure that’s what it is because my Japanese is non-existent and I’m relying on the instantly …

Meiji Choco Bananas

More brightly coloured chocolate fun from Japan – this time in the shape of miniature chocolate bananas from Meiji. Inside the box are a multitude of tiny chocolates with a banana flavoured sugar shell. Now I have always had a problem …

Meiji Kinoko No Yama

Which translates as ‘mountain of mushrooms’, so no prizes for guessing that inside the box were numerous chocolate and something (biscuit? Cake?) mushrooms. Upon opening the box I discover that there’s an inner foil bag to keep the contents fresh. From …