Kit Kat Mini Japan Limited Sakura Mochi Flavor
The “Sakura (桜)” cherry blossom season is just around the corner in Tokyo, but unfortunately, yesterday’s online news reported that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asks people to refrain from having “Hanami (花見)” cherry blossom viewing parties this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It is a pity that we are not able to have the Hanami party this year, but from the context of the news, it can be interpreted that one may eat and drink in the Hanami festival unless he/she has a party on the ground for a couple of hours, chatting with friends or coworkers.
Either way, there is absolutely no problem, if we eat sakura-related foods at home, and in fact I purchased one at a supermarket in my city to enjoy at home, which is the Nestle Japan Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavor shown below.
Nestle Japan started to sell the Japan limited flavor on March 2.
Nestle Japan Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavor
To the unfamiliar, the flavor name “Sakura Mochi (桜餅)” will sound unique, but as its name indicates, Sakura Mochi is one of the traditional Japanese confections that represent the springtime in Japan.
Sakura Mochi (桜餅)
The photos above are the Sakura Mochi, but actually these are just one of the 2 major types of Sakura Mochi, “Chomeiji Mochi (長命寺餅)” and “Domyoji Mochi (道明寺餅)”.
This type is the Sakura Mochi called Chomeiji Mochi, which is commonly eaten in the Kanto region around Tokyo, and whose birthplace is around the Buddhist temple located in Mukojima, Tokyo, called “Chomeiji (長命寺)”.
The Kanto version Sakura Mochi consists of sweetened Azuki red bean paste wrapped with a thin, slightly chewy flour dough, which is further partly wrapped with a salted cherry tree leaf.
The other type of Sakura Mochi has its roots in the Kansai region around Osaka and is called Domyoji Mochi, which is widely produced and sold around the county.
Unlike the Kanto version, this Kansai version Sakura Mochi is a sweet rice cake with a soft, chewy, granular texture, made from the coarse glutinous rice powder called “Domyoji-Ko (道明寺粉)”, and filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste. As with the Kanto style Sakura Mochi, this one is also partly wrapped with a salted cherry tree leaf.
Sakura Mochi Flavored Kit Kat Bar
According to the description on the back of the bag, this Sakura Mochi flavored Kit Kat bar recreates the taste of the Kanto style Chomeiji Mochi.
In fact, the outer chocolate part has a flavor of the Sakura Mochi, while, in the wafer snack inside, sweet red bean paste and slightly cherry tree leaf scented cream are incorporated.
The overall Kit Kat bar has an authentic Japanese taste that makes us feel the coming of spring. With one bite, the slight flagrance of the cherry blossom comes from the pink-colored chocolate covering, and after that, you will be impressed with the refined sweetness from the sweet red bean paste and cherry tree leaf flavored cream in the wafer snack.
Lastly, based on the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavored bar consists of chocolate (sugar, milk sugar, vegetable fat and oil, whole milk powder, cocoa butter), wheat flour, vegetable fat and oil, milk sugar, sugar, powdered cherry tree leaf extract, powdered smooth red bean paste, yeast, cocoa powder, whole milk powder, cacao mass, cocoa butter, emulsifier, baking soda, flavoring, colors (red beet, Monascus purpureus), and yeast food.