Japanese Kit Kat Sakura Flavor Chocolate Bar
Following the winter “Ume (梅)” season, the beautiful pink, spring “Sakura (桜)” season has finally come to Tokyo where the flowering of cherry blossoms was in fact announced a couple of days ago.
Kit Kat Japan-Limited Sakura Flavor
Actually, with that news, the other day I got the limited-time edition Sakura Kit Kat I introduce here at a supermarket near my house.
I reviewed the Sakura Mochi Kit Kat at the same time last year (2020), but this year (2021), the seasonal Kit Kat chocolate bar has a straight “Sakura flavor (桜味)” without using sweet red bean paste or “Anko (餡子)”.
Nestle Japan has supported the reconstruction of the Tohoku region since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and 10 yen (about 0.1 USD) from the profit of every sold package is donated to the “Sakura Line 311 (桜ライン311)” project.
And as you can see in the picture above, every single packing of the Kit Kat bar has a message to the Tohoku region.
As I mentioned above, unlike the Sakura Mochi flavor, the wafer snack part of these Kit Kat bars doesn’t contain Anko red bean paste. So they have a simple and straight Sakura flavor reminiscent of cherry tree leaves.
In contrast, regarding the appearance, the pink hue of the outer chocolate covering is associated with the Sakura cherry blossoms. Therefore, in this Sakura Kit Kat, the taste is the cherry tree leaf, while the look of the chocolate bar is the cherry blossom.
Ingredients and Calories
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts of this Sakura Kit Kat. Based on the lists pictured above, with 54 kcal per piece (9.9 grams), the Kit Kat Sakura Flavor chocolate bar (mini) is made from sugar, milk sugar, vegetable oil, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, wheat flour, cherry tree leaf extract, yeast, cocoa powder, cacao mass, Okara powder (including soybeans), emulsifier, baking soda, flavoring, colors (red beet, monascus), and yeast food.