KitKat lovers rejoice - there is now a permanent shop in Japan where you can get custom-made KitKats however you want them. Japan is known for its incredible food scene as well as for the unique experiences that travelers can only have here. From Michelin-starred sushi bars to the ultimate Ramen experience, Yatai (street food) to strange flavors at the grocery store, Japan is a foodie's paradise, and it just keeps getting better.
As well as the local eats, Japan is also known for being the home of fantastically exotic flavors of foods that we get here at home. The Starbucks menu here includes a cherry pie frappuccino and sakura blossom latte, both of which we would love to see Stateside, and fast food offerings include Burger King's Teriyaki Whopper. However, one of the snacks most famous for Japan-only flavors is the humble Kit Kat... and now you can even create your own!
A new custom Kit Kat store has opened in downtown Osaka (in prime sightseeing territory), offering customers the chance to build their own KitKats to eat on the spot, or take home with them. Using a screen, customers build a bar with a choice of five chocolates (dark, milk, white, matcha and strawberry-white chocolate) and nine toppings (marshmallow, pineapple, cranberry, mango, green raisin, almond, cashew, macadamia and shredded coconut). The bar is then made on the spot, and hardened with liquid nitrogen. Most bars cost between $5-10, but you can splurge on one with all nine toppings for $18.
These custom KitKats are the latest to be added to a range of Japanese flavors that include strawberry, citrus, edamame, hot Japanese chili, cinnamon cookie, strawberry cheesecake, matcha, red bean sandwich, and even wasabi. Literally hundreds of flavors have been created for Japan (although many are regional or limited edition), and Kit Kats are a hugely popular souvenir for tourists in Japan for this reason.
The KitKat Chocolatory shop is definitely going to become a must-visit for fans of the crispy, chocolatey, wafers - although that isn't going to stop anyone from stocking up on the pre-made Japanese KitKat flavors available as well! Although the bars certainly aren't cheap (compared to the cost of other Japanese flavors, that is), they will make amazing gifts to bring home from a visit to Osaka... if you can manage not to eat them right away, that is!