Kit Kat originated in England in 1911 and was soon exported to many different countries in the 1940’s. In 1998, the company was acquired by Nestle and production expanded to the Japanese market. Growing up in America, I only knew the original Kit Kat bar but since moving to Japan 20 years ago, the variety of flavors has grown to over 36 different flavors since 2000. I often tell my friends and family about all of the different flavors we have here and they always say “That’s nice! All we have is milk and dark chocolate or white chocolate.”
It is nice because nowadays, we can choose from such flavors as green tea, sake, creme brûlée, mango, banana, raspberry, orange and cheesecake just to name a few. Japanese people also love Kit Kat because it is often used as a good luck gift for students studying for tests. Some packages even have a space to write a short message. In Japanese “Kitto Katsu” roughly translates to “surely win”, so it is perfect for those looking to pass their exams and also enjoy a sweet treat at the same time. My personal favorite is raspberry. Yum!