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KitKat Kinako Ohagi

We’ve met kinako before, in special omiyage edition, and in the 5-star bar edition, so you know then that kinako is toasted soy flour, right?  Doesn’t sound too tasty in English, I’ll grant you.

An ohagi is another one of those traditional sweets that I avoid, on account of it being a mochi (soft rice cake), filled with azuki beans, and coated in the aforementioned toasted soy flour.  I know.  Ideas on what constitutes sweet treats differ greatly from culture to culture.

Well, there’s very little of the ohagi, and quite a lot of the kinako, which means a lovely nutty flavour suiting the smooth milk chocolate.

By my crude rule of thumb (noting how many were left in the shop and for how long) these were not terribly popular with the locals, probably for the very reason I loved it.  It’s a nutty KitKat, not an ohagi.

KitKat Kinako Ohagi

KitKat Bar Kinako

After the horrors that went before, good news came just the next day.  Only the best KitKat Bar (or Chunky KitKat) ever, that’s what!

Kinako is toasted soy flour and… I know, I’m not usually that taken with it myself when it comes as a coating on traditional gloopy gelatinous sweets.  But it has a nice rich toasted nutty flavour, and while I don’t necessarily fancy a mouthful of floury kinako, a mouthful of kinako-flavoured KitKat is wonderful.

Even better than the original.  And it seems like we don’t get to say that very often these days.

5stars

KitKat Bar Kinako

KitKat Rich Kinako

Another Tokyo area limited edition. If you like your kinako, which is toasted soy flour, you’ll be all over this one.  But I’m not.  Kinako coats traditional gelatinous Japanese sweets, and it’s like… well, what would you imagine having a mouthful of flour and goo is like?  The kitkats though, have a nice nutty flavour, but are very rich. And that’s me saying that.

3stars

KitKat 濃きなこ - Rich Kinako