Monday, November 16, 2009

Royal Milk Tea

We don't have Royal Milk Tea in America. And I'm pretty sure they don't have it in England either, despite the British guards marching around on the outside of this box. But that isn't to say that milk tea isn't delicious or not worthy of having its own Kit Kat flavor. I often drink milk tea in the winter. It's easy to make - two heaping spoonfuls of powder in hot water and you're ready to go. And if you're feeling poorly a fellow teacher of mine suggested milk tea with a squeeze of ginger as a cold remedy. You can also drink it cold but so far I haven't tried that, but my friend Masako orders it when we go out for dinner.

The Royal Milk Tea Kit Kat is again white chocolate with each bar being 100 calories (2 bars per box.) It smells just like the tin of milk tea powder I have sitting in my kitchen currently and the taste is spot on. A darker chocolate wouldn't have given it that dehydrated milk taste that you get with the real thing. Overall, it borders on being too sweet but then the drink it's based on is also fairly sweet, so really this taste combined with chocolate makes for a great Kit Kat.

I washed it down with some regular old black tea. I wouldn't recommend drinking milk tea with it just because then you would have milk tea overload and you might go into a sugar shock due to the sweetness but paired with a slightly more bitter drink, like black tea or coffee, then this is the perfect afternoon snack.

Final Score: 7


  1. Yum! I'm so going to get this, I love royal milk tea!!

  2. Ms. K - I like the box too but it is kind of funny since milk tea isn't British at all.

    Kelly - If you like milk tea then you will love this Kit Kat. Let me know what you think after you've tried it!

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Just got this and it's not too bad. Got a taste a tea in it. Like the box quite much. Janet of Malaysia

  4. that royal milk tea is available at Mitsuwa markets in the U.S. :)

  5. It was/is also available at Uwajimaya stores in the United States.

    I think the tartan print and British guards were placed on the box, because while 'Royal Milk tea' itself may not be a British tradition, it is a Japanese spin on British cuppas. Royal Milk Tea is essentially, a black tea (English Afternoon is most commonly consumed with milk). In fact, Kirin's 午後の紅茶 is essentially that, a variant on the British English Afternoon, with milk. All of which have their roots with British royalty. Hence, its British heritage by way of Japan.

    Which, is probably neither here nor there. Just as a bit of a tea enthusiast, I thought I might mention it.

    Out of the Kit Kats I have had, I must say I delight in these the most so far. Whenever I'm in Japan I consume Royal Milk tea (as well the previously mentioned 午後の紅茶) with the greatest frequency. The slight hint of the milky tea I love so much in these Kit Kat with the smooth and buttery white 'chocolate' is absolutely sublime.

    I think you're spot on with not drinking them with Royal Milk Tea as it would be too much for the palette to handle. However, I did find them to be a suitable companion for Royal Milk Tea milkshakes.