Kit Kat Mini Japan-Limited Sakura Mochi Flavor
The Sakura (桜) cherry blossom season is just around the corner.
But unfortunately, yesterday’s online news reported the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asked people to refrain from Hanami parties this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It is a shame we can’t hold the cherry blossom viewing party this year.
But from the context, one may eat and drink at the festival unless the person has a party on the ground chatting with friends/coworkers for hours.
Either way, it’s no problem to enjoy sakura-related foods at home. So I purchased this Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavor chocolate at a nearby supermarket.
Nestle Japan started to sell the Japan limited edition flavor on March 2 of this year (2020).
Japanese Sakura Mochi Kit Kat
The flavor name, Sakura Mochi (桜餅), might sound strange.
But Sakura Mochi is one of the traditional Japanese confections or Wagashi (和菓子), representing Japan’s springtime.
Sakura Mochi (桜餅)
The photos above are the Sakura Mochi, but these are just one of the two types of Sakura Mochi, Chomeiji Mochi (長命寺餅) and Domyoji Mochi (道明寺餅).
They are the Sakura Mochi called Chomeiji Mochi, commonly eaten in the Kanto region around Tokyo, whose birthplace is around the Buddhist temple in Mukojima, Chomeiji (長命寺).
The Kanto-style Sakura Mochi consists of sweet Azuki red bean paste wrapped in a thin, slightly chewy flour dough accompanied by a salted cherry tree leaf.
Incidentally, the other type of Sakura Mochi, Domyoji Mochi, has its roots in the Kansai region around Osaka.
The Kansai version is a granular rice cake with a soft, chewy texture, made from a coarse glutinous rice powder called Domyoji-Ko (道明寺粉), filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste.
As with the Kanto-style Sakura Mochi, Domyoji Mochi comes with a salted cherry tree leaf.
As mentioned above, this Sakura Mochi Kit Kat chocolate bar recreates the Kanto-style Chomeiji Mochi.
Specifically, while the outer chocolate has a flavor similar to the Sakura Mochi, the wafer snack incorporates sweet red bean paste and Sakura-scented fresh cream.
Overall, the Kit Kat chocolate has an authentic Japanese taste that makes us feel the coming of spring.
With one bite, the fragrance of the Sakura blossom comes from the chocolate covering, following which you will be impressed by the refined sweetness of the interior.
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients used in the Sakura Mochi Kit Kat chocolate bar.
|Chocolate (Sugar, Milk sugar, Vegetable oil/fat, Whole milk powder, Cocoa butter), Wheat flour, Vegetable oil/fat, Milk sugar, Sugar, Sakura leaf extract powder, Koshi-An (smooth red bean paste) powder, Yeast, Cocoa powder, Whole milk powder, Cacao mass, Cocoa butter, Emulsifier, Baking soda, Flavoring, Colors (Red beet, Monascus), Yeast food (Partially including Wheat, Milk component, and Soybean)|