Kit Kat flavours in Japan will shock you
Have a break... have a soy sauce Kit Kat.
Kit Kats are pretty ordinary, right? You've got your standard Kit Kat, the Kit Kat Chunky, and maybe the Peanut Butter Kit Kat Chunky if you feel like mixing it up a bit.
Well, not in Japan.
Japan has made around 350 different Kit Kats. The flavours are supposed to pay homage to the unique tastes of the country, but some of them might be taking it a bit far.
Wasabi. Miso soup. Soy sauce. These are all flavours you can buy in Japan. They even have cough drop flavour, which contains real throat lozenge powder. You know, just in case you like your chocolate with a hint of cough syrup.
It's not all bad though. There's some we'd love to try, like cinnamon cookie, strawberry cheesecake and caramel macchiato McFlurry. That's right, a McFlurry flavoured Kit Kat. It's time to book the flights.
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So... why Kit Kats?
There's actually a weird reason for why Kit Kats are such a big deal in Japan. Kit Kat is pronounced "kitto katto" in Japanese, which sounds similar to "kitto katsu", an expression of good luck that literally translates to "surely win". So, Kit Kats are a symbol of good luck in Japan, and are often given as gifts during the exam months - there's a good excuse to eat more chocolate while you study!
There are even rare and limited edition Kit Kats that people will travel long distances and queue outside shops for. The sushi Kit Kat, for example.
Luckily, it doesn't taste like sushi.
Each "sushi" is a fruit-flavoured Kit Kat served on a base of puffed rice with white chocolate. Rather than being available to purchase, they were given out to visitors after spending a minimum of 3,000 yen (£20.51) at Tokyo's newest Kit Kat Chocolatory shop, located in Ginza, during February 2017.
Extra? Definitely. Cute? Also definitely.
Hold up, a Kit Kat shop?
There are seven Kit Kat shops across Japan - that's right, a shop that sells nothing but Kit Kats. Visitors can buy gourmet Kit Kats in beautiful packaging and even customise toppings to take home their own creations. The stores are so popular, they're known for having hour-long queues just to get inside.
If you feel like braving any of Japan's Kit Kat selection, the Japan Centre in London has some for sale. Otherwise, try online - or get yourself to Japan for the full Kit Kat experience.