New Yorkers are able to get the finest handmade chocolates, gourmet pastries and specialty desserts, but when it comes to fun flavors in traditional candy, forget it. As much as New York likes to think it has everything, residents are still subject to the same candy limitations as the rest of America. I was recently reminded of how unadventurous our candy is when my friend Janice brought me a Green Tea Kit Kat from Japan. This candy is fun and completely different in both color and flavor from any candy bar in American stores today. The bright green Kit Kat is made of traditional vanilla wafers coated in a creamy green tea flavored white chocolate. It is surprisingly good, and much more fun than the average milk chocolate variety. I would be impressed if this one flavor was available locally, but in Japan green tea is just one of many options: lemon cheesecake, melon, passion fruit and other seasonal flavors are also available.
Japan may be more adventurous than most countries, but I believe America is ready for the variety. A Green Tea Kit Kat is just one example of the unique twists on candy available in the world, and we need a brave candy store to bring it all together locally. A dream come true would be the equivalent of a store like Dylan’s Candy Bar, dedicated entirely to international candy. They should import the candy exactly as is, complete with international labels and unique packaging. It’s more fun not to be able to read the nutritional information on the back anyway.
Thank you Janice!