To US residents, the Kit Kat bar is a simple candy combo of chocolate and wafer. However, to international snackers, the Kit Kat is a magical vehicle for eclectic flavors ranging from green tea to wasabi.
Not surprisingly, Japan is the epicenter of the flavored Kit Kat market. On December 15, the confectioner will release a new flavor merging the islands nation’s other obsession: Whisky Barrel Aged Kit Kats.
The limited edition bars are made from Ghanaian cacao nibs aged for 180 days in Islay whisky barrel—yes, that Islay in Scotland. For good measure, the barrels were rotated weekly to ensure maximum wood exposure for the the nibs. Materials promise a peaty chocolate for “adults who can enjoy the delicate aroma and taste of whisky.”
Japanese Kit Kat devotees have come to expect this type of attention to detail from renowned chef-turned-candy-creator Yasumasa Takagi. Whisky Barrel is just the latest expression from Takagi, the brains behind Kit Kat creations such as Ruby and Volcanic Chocolate, Orange Cocktail Noir, and said Sakura Green Tea.
Fun Fact: There are actually over 400 Kit Kat flavors available in Japan, but the original remains the most popular.
The single stick 11 gram bars will be available only at Kit Kat Chocolatory stores in Japan. Cost will be ¥300 ($2.88) each.