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 chocolate bar shown below.
Nestle Japan started to sell the Japan limited edition flavor on March 2 of this year (2020).
Nestle Japan Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavor
To the unfamiliar, the flavor name “Sakura Mochi (桜餅)” would sound unique, but as its name indicates, Sakura Mochi is one of the traditional Japanese confections or “Wagashi (和菓子)” that represent the springtime of 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 in 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 to it, 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 Chocolate Bar
Incidentally, the product description on the back of the bag states that this Sakura Mochi Flavor Kit Kat chocolate bar recreates the taste of the Kanto style Chomeiji Mochi.
In fact, the outer chocolate part has a flavor similar to the Sakura Mochi, while, in the wafer snack inside, sweet red bean paste and slightly Sakura scented fresh 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 faint fragrance of the Sakura blossom comes from the pink-colored chocolate covering, and following that, you will be impressed by the refined sweetness from the sweet red bean paste and Sakura flavored cream in the wafer interior.
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients of this Kit Kat bar. Based on the list on the back of the package, the Kit Kat Mini Sakura Mochi Flavor chocolate 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 Sakura leaf extract, 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 purpureus), and yeast food.