April 13th: Kit Kat Orange Tokyo Sky Tree Edition

Kcal 100 Fat 5.8g Carbs 10.6g (Per 2 finger serving) 

I honestly can't recall a week where I have had to do some much research to write some chocolate reviews. First it was that blasted Rilakkuma bear and today I've had to consult my pals at Wiki for some information on the Tokyo Sky Tree ... 

"Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukai Tsurī?), formerly known as New Tokyo Tower (新東京タワー Shin Tōkyō Tawā?), is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m/2,723 ft). The project was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower's public opening due on 22 May 2012." 

Of course this being Japan there is only one way to celebrate finishing the construction - yes you guessed it ... a limited edition Kit Kat

This particular limited edition came as a 3 pack of four finger wafers - all contained within a special large Sky Tree fronted box, and additionally their own separate smaller packages. Displayed on all of these very cool looking packaging layers, a rather curious golden crown and 'No.1' emblem is displayed. When I consulted the JList website (HERE) to my mild surprise it became apparent that it meant 'No. 1 flavour'. I'm not making this up folks! Yes Orange is said to be the number one flavour in Japan. 


Longer time readers of JCM will be aware that the UK orange Kit Kat has never been a favoured flavour of mine (See 4 four finger HERE & Chunky HERE) and it wasn't with the greatest deal of enthusiasm that I opened my first Sky Tree package. Surrounded by the standard Nestle milk chocolate coating the taste affair started with no real surprises with the sweet, dried milk taste fast established with medium paced smooth melt. From this point onwards things took a real upturn, and expectations were certainly exceeded when it came to the establishment of the orange flavours. Indeed unlike the simplistic overly sweet flavours of our UK Kit Kat, the fruit influence here came in the form of a delicious creamy creme placed amongst the thin wafer layers. It was altogether less sugar intensive, and provided more of a smooth, fruity flavour flow that gave more of a realistic orange taste. The four finger packet as whole was an easily consumable, yet satisfying snack.

Overall the sound of a orange flavour Kit Kat may not sound like the most exciting in the world of Japanese Kit Kats, but this one was a far greater experience than one had imagined it might be. I remain skeptical as to how a limited edition can be the 'No.1 flavour'!?? (Explanation anyone???) but having tasted it I can see why this Orange bar might have a wider appeal than some of the more opinion splitting options like say the Green Tea variant. You have to love the Japanese way of launching a Kit Kat to celebrate the opening of a building, I'm half expecting the equivalent Pocky to turn up on my doorstep next week. For the minute I will point you in the direction of the JList website to get your Japanese Kit Kat fill (HERE) - you should also keep a watch on the JCM twitter feed as there will be a competition to win some the Kit Kats featured this week (See HERE).

8.7 out of 10