We love our Japanese Kit Kats and our loyal snack followers do to. Any flavor we can get our hands on sells quickly, and rightly so - Japanese Kit Kats are ridiculously awesome. The range of flavors offered is insane and wacky flavors like Wasabi Kit Kats are even delicious. So when we heard Nestle was releasing Japanese Sake Kit Kats we knew we had to have them.
Of course as owners of a wildly successful international snack store we are going to tell you that everything we sell is good. Well, that's not the case. If we don't like something, we will let you know. We know that everyone has their own preferences and snacks we hate - you may love. So as we waited for the slow boat from Japan to get here with our Kit Kats we secretly hoped we would hate them. You know, to maintain our credibility.
For those who hoped (like us) that the Japanese Kit Kat Sake Flavor would suck, we have some bad news. Like the others, this foreign Kit Kat is awesome! The white chocolate is mild and smooth and the sake flavor is spot on. At first it's a little strange, sake doesn't typically have a chocolate-like look and feel or does it come filled with a crisp wafer. But it quickly grows on you. If you like sake, you are going to love the Japanese Sake Kit Kats!
Typically we review international snacks and then make a decision whether or not we will offer the particular snack for sale online in our store. However, we knew the Japanese Sake Kit Kat would be well received so we already have it for sale online. However, our supply is limited and it takes several weeks to get our inventory from Japan. So if you'd like to try this sake flavored Kit Kat you better order it now! More fun flavors soon, so be sure to follow along on our blog!
Calbee Shrimps are a fairly new addition to our snacks store and have done tremendously well. So when a rep from Calbee USA reached out to us directly and asked us to sample some of their snacks we jumped at the opportunity. We also thought this would be a great opportunity for our Director of Taste to make a snack review video and revive our Youtube channel. This is something we plan to do much more of in the future. It's a little rough since it's his first attempt at a solo video review but we think you'll enjoy it!
For the most part the rest of the World of Snacks team agrees with Jayden. However, for those who prefer our classic approach to snack reviews we didn't want you to feel left out.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Original
This is the prefect shrimp chip. It's mildly flavored with the perfect amount of shrimp. The crunch is massively addicting and the more you eat the more prevalent the flavor becomes.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Hot Garlic
Although it's hard to compare to the classic, this version is very tasty. It's definitely one of my personal favorites. I do agree with Jayden. It's not hot, but it does have a nice garlic tinge to it.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Wasabi
Jayden was clearly exaggerating here. There is a slow wasabi burn, but it's not too hot by any means. If anything, I wish it had a little more heat. However, it's very enjoyable the way it is.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Yuzu and Black Pepper
This is currently the only flavor of Calbee Chips from our review that we do not stock in our international snack store. So I too do not know what yuzu is. However, my partner looked it up and said it is a citrus fruit. I agree with Jayden in his video review. It pretty much taste like a salt and pepper chips. There is a little heat from the pepper but I did not pick up anything that would lead me to believe there was any yuzu flavor. However, I really did like this chip and in the near future we will be sure to add it to our inventory.
* Update - We do offer this snack for sale now!
Well we hope you enjoyed our video review. We promise they will get better as we progress. So now that we have your hungry - check out our awesome selection of Japanese Snacks.
Tonight we are snacking on some gourmet peanuts from right here in the United States. To be precise, our nuts came to us from Rogers Brothers Farms in Hartsville, South Carolina. A multi-generational farming family, they currently produce cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and of course - peanuts!
Peanuts are a major ingredient in many of the snacks from around the world we sell today. In fact, four out of the top 10 American Candy Bars contain peanut or peanut butter. However peanuts by themselves are not something we stock much of. So when Rogers Brothers Farms reached out to us and asked us to sample some of their nuts we jumped at the opportunity!
If you have a keen eye you may have noticed the cans are labeled Gillespie's Peanuts. Not to worry, the enterprising brothers named their line of gourmet nuts after their grandfather, R.P. Gillespie. So let's get onto the taste test. As you may have guessed from the title of this post, we are sampling 3 different flavors: Honey Roasted, Carolina BBQ, and Sriracha Peanuts.
We started off strong with Gillespie's Peanuts Honey Roasted. If you've ever snacked on peanuts chances are you've sampled nuts of the honey roasted variety. Typically our international snack blog focuses on wild and crazy flavors, so we didn't expect much from a honey roasted peanut. We could not be more wrong! We discovered the perfect Honey Roasted Peanut. Roasted in sweet honey and just lightly salted, this sweet treat really impressed us. The honey coating emulsified and created the ideal crunch and we could not get enough of the real honey flavor. Our youngest taster practically ran away with the can!
Next up was the Gillespie's Peanuts Carolina BBQ. We take BBQ pretty serious so we were excited to pop open this can. Unlike the Honey Roasted, the Carolina BBQ flavoring was much more subtle. It made for an enjoyable snack that put the high-quality US grown peanut at the forefront. However, I found myself hoping for more flavor and the other tasters agreed. We could seek out little morals of tasty BBQ goodness but the flavoring was not even distributed.
Last but not least - Gillespie's Peanuts Sriracha! We love Sriracha and even offer Sriracha Peas from Thailand in our store. At first it seemed this gourmet peanut flavor was subtle like the Carolina BBQ, however a slow spicy burn crept on us. The more we ate, the more we loved it. Although the Honey Roasted Peanuts are our favorite we still really enjoyed this spicy version.
Will we stock Gillespie's Gourmet Peanuts in our International Snack Store? Unfortunately we will not. They don't really fit our target audience but we really did enjoy them and are glad the folks from Rogers Brothers Farms took time to send them. Craving peanuts? Check them out here. Looking for other foreign and exotic flavors? Check our our selection of snacks from around the world. As always - keep on snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.