REVIEW: Nestle Soy Sauce Kit Kat


I demand the limited edition Japanese Soy Sauce Kit Kat commit seppuku right now, because it’s nothing like what I expected.

What did I expect?

I thought the whole Soy Sauce Kit Kat was going to come in the color of death, much like actual soy sauce. I’m not talking about just black or the color of eyeliner around Pete Wentz’s eyes, I’m talking about a black so dark that it’s only found in black holes and in the chest cavity of those who kill kittens and puppies for pleasure.

I wanted it to be so black that if I were to touch it, I would either wither and turn into a pile of dust or my fingers would end up in an alternate universe where dinosaurs still roam the lands and Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have their own reality show called Survivor: Heidi and Spencer Trapped on an Island Forever With Hungry Dinosaurs.

Instead it has a white chocolate exterior and a tan wafer interior.

While the Soy Sauce Kit Kat didn’t come in a color that was blacker than the void where Simon Cowell’s heart is supposed to be, I thought it was going to have a strong salty soy sauce flavor that’s so real that I would want to melt each Kit Kat finger down to liquid form and dip my spicy tuna roll or salmon nigirizushi into it. But the Soy Sauce Kit Kat doesn’t have a hint of soy sauce flavor, instead it has a strong maple syrup scent and taste.

WTF, Japan!

I expected, nay, I wanted to be disgusted by this flavor of Kit Kat. I also wanted to brag about how I was man enough to consume a salty, black Kit Kat that made my saliva glands close shut by getting a t-shirt that said, “I Survived a Soy Sauce Kit Kat.” But no, Nestle, the makers of Kit Kat in Japan had to rain on my parade and sic Godzilla on my floral floats and marching bands.

Now I’m stuck with a box of delicious tasting, crispy, maple syrup-flavored, white chocolate Kit Kat, which is the complete opposite of what I wanted. The only thing that kind of disgusted me was the unusually long length of time the maple syrup flavor lingered in my mouth, but it didn’t make me gag like a salty soy sauce flavored candy would’ve.

What are those crazy bastards in Japan going to do to mess with my taste buds next time? A Natto (fermented soybeans) Kit Kat that tastes like cotton candy? A Seaweed Kit Kat with a caramel flavor?


(Note: The AV Club reviewed these last year.)

Item: Nestle Soy Sauce Kit Kat
Price: FREE
Size: 12-pack
Purchased at: Received from parents
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice maple syrup flavor. Crispy. Heidi and Spencer being eaten by dinosaurs. The variety of Kit Kat flavors in Japan. Being able to say I ate something disgusting.
Cons: Doesn’t have a hint of soy sauce flavor. Doesn’t come in the color of death. Fingers are smaller than regular sized Kit Kat. Hard to find outside of Japan. The maple syrup flavor lingered in my mouth longer than I wanted it to. Limited edition. Having your parade attacked by Godzilla.

31 thoughts to “REVIEW: Nestle Soy Sauce Kit Kat”

  1. The Japanese may be crazy, but they’re not stupid. They know a real soy sauce KitKat would suck so they probably just put about two drops in the huge vat of flavoring and said, ‘there we go, soy sauce KitKat!’ (only they probably said it in Japanese)

    By the way, I won’t review these special deals because I’d have to buy a big box for about $8 and I’ve been burned before buying a huge quantity of KitKats I hated. Still, these don’t sound too awful. Maybe I’ll get my husband to eat most of them if they taste like maple syrup.

  2. Just thinking of natto makes me a little nauseous, so we’ll call this one even.

  3. soy sauce chips would be sweet. I hear Japan already calling for that one. lol

  4. This is the weirdest grossest flavor for a candy bar I’ve ever heard of. Green tea sounded kind of cool. This just sounds ew. But I’m glad it didn’t taste like the advertised flavah.

  5. does this mean that kit-kat has officially found the
    “color o’ death” I’m not surprised that this is an actual flavor, but when we can invent pepperoni flavored snickers that will really be somthing…

  6. “WTF Japan” is right. I tried the McFlurry kit kat and it was just plain gross. Like old brown sugar that sat in a maple syrup parking lot puddle for a week.

    Huh, what’s the deal with this syrup ingredient? Secret Japanese food chemicals I assume.

    I’m still tempted to try the mixed berry flavor.

  7. It’s still ok to round up kittens and puppies to sell to people that eat them, right? Because it’s for profit, not pleasure. angry bob would hate to be embroiled in a moral quandry.

  8. Well if it’s got Maple Syrup flavour they must be in league with those dirty Canadians.

    I would never have tried these KitKats before the review. I almost puked playing russian roulette with flavoured jelly beans and I only got bacon.

  9. @Orchid64: Do it for the sake of reviews! If you don’t like them, give them to your husband or sell them on eBay.

    @Bear Silber: One word…word.

    @maxchain: Mmm…the smell of natto. The stretchiness of natto. The fermented blech of natto.

    @Jen14221: I wonder if the Japanese makers of Pringles made a Soy Sauce version. I know they’ve made a chicken soup version.

    @wouldibuyitagain: I guess the combination sounds as unusual as chocolate and bacon.

    @amanda: Actually, they already have soy sauce chips.

    @Chuck: But I’m not glad it didn’t taste like soy sauce. I want my blood pressure to go up when eating it.

    @lex: It sounds better, but I think a soy sauce tasting Kit Kat would be popular just as a novelty. Sure, people will spit it out in disgust, but more people will want to try it to find out how bad it is.

  10. @Villain was born like this…: Mmm…Pepperoni flavored Snickers. Mmm…deep fried pepperoni flavored Snickers.

    @twig: Me too. Such a variety. I wish Kit Kat had the same variety in the US.

    @orb205: I’m tempted to try a lot of their flavors and I have about half a dozen from my parents who just came back from Japan.

    @angry bob: It okay…although probably not in this country. I think that would be popular in Asia.

    @grinder: Hey wait…Aren’t you Canadian? How do I know? You spelled flavored with a U.

    @Joel: Fishy Kit Kat does not sound very good, but I definitely would like to try it and be disgusted.

    @Yum Yucky: If you’re able to get your hands on some, you should definitely try it.

  11. Umm, anybody read Japanese? I’m thinking “soy sauce” MUST be an error in translation. Or some sort of weird euphemism for “maple syrup”. Or a sick joke…

  12. @cian: Unfortunately, it’s all gone. I am a piggy wiggy.

    @Anna: For a country that partly enjoys tentacle sex cartoons, I think a sick joke could be possible.

    @Neil the hammer: I decided to delete your comment because I felt you went a little overboard this time. THAT IS ALL.

  13. For you, Marvo, I’d do (almost) anything. I’ll have the hubby pick up a box next time he sees them.

    And you can tell Anna that there is no mistranslation. The box clearly says “shoyu”which is soy sauce in Japanese.

  14. @Orchid64: I also demand you write a review for them that also involves dipping it in shoyu. Or is that outside of almost anything?

  15. why delete my commets i fought so you could be free everything i said was true

  16. @angry bob: Try harder. Wait…don’t try harder.

    @Neil the hammer: While you are correct that the Japanese committed atrocities during the Pearl Harbor attack and even more so during the Bataan Death March, all that happened over half a century ago. Your comment was worded in a way that made it sound like all Japanese people are still that way, which is not the case. So I felt it was inappropriate and deleted it.

  17. Whoa, Soy Sauce Kit-Kats are bringing out the deleted nasty in people! Powerful bad mojo, that is. Consume with caution.

  18. @Lil Dave – They do…in Canada

    Along with (among others):
    Kit Kat Pumpkin – Japan
    Kit Kat Edamame – Japan
    Kit Kat Cookie Dough – Australia
    Kit Kat Yakimorokoshi – grilled corn – Japan
    Kit Kat Jyagaimo – potato – Japan
    Kit Kat Daigakuimo – candied sweet potato – Japan
    Kit Kat Cantaloupe – Japan
    Kit Kat Pineapple – South Africa
    Kit Kat Cappuccino – Poland

  19. However the actual kitkats are made by Hersheys, not Nestle. Also, after comparing the logos, you will notice close to 17 differences between them. It would have been cool but no wonder they don’t look or taste anything like what you’d expect. They’re made by some fraudulent company.

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