If you’re anything like us, sushi and chocolate are totally acceptable to eat in one sitting. And this week, the combination of our favorite indulgences has been legitimized in Japan. That’s right, Kit Kat sushi is now a thing.
And it’s all happening because Tokyo is celebrating its first street-facing Kit Kat specialty shop, which opens February 2. The fact that Nestle is opening a brick-and-mortar Kit Kat store might have clued you in on how big of a deal chocolate wafers are in Japan.
From soy sauce to red bean and purple sweet potato to matcha tea, Nestle Japan has already produced its fair share of wildly creative Kit Kat flavors. In fact, more than 300 limited-edition flavors have been introduced to date. So it’s no surprise that the company has come up with Kit Kat sushi — especially considering the excess of 45,000 sushi restaurants across the island nation.
Feeling put off by the thought of fishy-tasting chocolate? Don’t be. While the Kit Kats may look like sushi, they don’t actually taste like it. Fans of Nestle’s iconic chocolate bar will be able to get their hands on three limited-edition flavors — all inspired by classic sushi combinations: tuna (maguro), egg (tamago) and sea urchin (uni).
But here, the “tuna” is actually a raspberry Kit Kat, while the “egg” is a pumpkin pudding-flavored Kit Kat wrapped in a thin strip of seaweed. And the “sea urchin” — also wrapped in seaweed — consists of Kit Kats tasting of Hokkaido melon and mascarpone cheese. All three bars sit atop a bed of white chocolate-covered puffed rice.
While Kit Kats don’t exactly make our list of nutritious foods — the milk chocolate-flavored Kit Kat bar contains 22 grams of sugar in one serving — it’s OK to enjoy the occasional treat in moderation. And a lot of sushi rolls, from mayonnaise-filled spicy tuna rolls to deep-fried tempura rolls, aren’t the healthy meal many consider them.
But if you were hoping to enjoy these specialty Kit Kats anytime soon, you’ll have to try pretty darn hard to get to them. The Kit Kat sushi set — retailing for 3,000 yen (or about $26) — will be available at Tokyo’s Kit Kat store for a brief window of only two days: February 2 through 4.
What Do YOU Think?
Would you try Kit Kat sushi? Have you tasted some of Nestle Japan’s other unique Kit Kat flavors? Are you an adventurist or more of a purist when it comes to creative foods? Share your thoughts in the comments section!