Friday, January 22, 2010

Purple Sweet Potato Kit Kat - Okinawa Limited Edition

I've mentioned before that one of the best parts about having a candy review blog is not only that you have a great excuse for eating a lot of chocolate (not that I've ever needed one) but that people start giving you candy. I recently got three boxes of Kit Kats as omiyage from friends.

This was another "mailer" souvenir box that came from my friend Kaoru. Although she delivered it by hand rather than mailing it since she just lives down the street from me. She got to go to Okinawa AND Hawaii this fall and was kind enough to bring me back souvenirs. The Purple Sweet Potato Kit Kat is a limited edition from Okinawa because these potatoes are native to that island. It's not exactly a unique flavor as you can see here and here, but it is a delicious one.

The box comes with 5 Kit Kat minis and is designed to be sent through the mail. Each mini is only 69 calories, made with white chocolate. Purple sweet potatoes really are purple - inside and out - and this Kit Kat strives to replicate that deep purple color. It's not quite the same hue but close enough. It smells strongly of sweet potatoes and with sweet potato flavor in the chocolate and creme it achieves a nice sweet potato taste as well.

I liked it. It was another great snacking experience from Nestle. But other than the color it was very similar to the Roasted Sweet Potato Kit Kat that I reviewed back in the fall. The Roasted Sweet Potato Kit Kat was maybe a touch sweeter than this one. It's hard to remember the finer details in taste, but in essentials this was the same flavor. You can do different variations on coffee and strawberry but there doesn't seem to be much to do with sweet potatoes. Maybe throw in some cinnamon and nutmeg and call it sweet potato pie? It makes me more confident than ever that I made the right decision not to buy the other sweet potato regional limited edition.

But despite the repeat in flavor it was one that I really liked so I don't think I'll have any problem finishing these off. Thanks again Kaoru for the great omiyage!

Final Score: 8


  1. i love your blog! i had no idea these existed. if they sell these in asian markets in america i would love to try them! i recently visited korea and came across KicKer's chocolate bars and they looked exactly like kitkats. i had to write about them.

    Korean KitKats:

  2. Hi Stacey! I think some import stores carry certain Japanese flavors but if you can't find any then this website is also a good spot to pick up Japanese snacks.

    I'm planning on visiting Korea later this year so I will be on the lookout for some KicKers.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Thank you for your reviews!! This blog is such a good idea! I stumbled across it when I was googing for raspberry and passion fruit kit kat (looking for a pic to send my friend so he can bring some back). I love trying these limited seasonal flavours of kit kat whenever I go to Japan. I just wish there was a way to try the past ones - like this purple sweet potato flavour (love sweet potato but not white chocolate so didn't try the recent one).

  4. Hey, I am a fellow KitKat blogger, and stumbled across your site whilst trying to find other peoples' opinions of the rather sub-par Korean "KicKer" that I picked up during Golden Week.

    Do you travel the country a lot? You seem to have come across a heck of a lot more than I've screped together so far. I'm stuck in Yanai in the south, so am somewhat reliant on friends across the country for more samples!

    Anyway, great blog; I look forward to reading more!

  5. dfl_123 - This particular flavor isn't a limited time deal but is instead a regional Kit Kat which means it hangs around longer. You should try ordering online!

    Grae"E"Westgate - I just bought a KicKer last week during Golden Week! I haven't tried it yet though. My expectations are pretty low. It is a knock off after all. :)

    I do travel quite a bit but I have friends who bring me back Kit Kats as omiyage since they know I have the blog. And I order as many as the regional specialties online as I can.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. Where in Okinawa I can find white chocolate kit-kat?

  7. You haven't lived until you try the Wasabi Kit Kat, also from Japan. They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

  8. hi! im also on the same mission as you
    to try all flavours of kit kat bars
    maybe we can help each other in this mission? i dont have a blog or anything, i just want to taste them all