With food, things tend to taste better in their country of origin. You know, like pizza in Italy and baguettes in France. A notable exception to that rule is the Kit Kat candy bar. The “Gimme a break” confection was created in England in the first half of the 20th century. While the original British wafer-and-chocolate combo is certainly nothing to be scoffed at, the Kit Kat seems to have found its fullest expression in Japan, and recently revealed bars inspired by sushi are futher proof of that.

In celebration of a new store in the Tokyo district of Ginza, Kit Kat created three new flavors of candy that will be instantly recognizable to fans of sushi. The Kit Kats look like three familiar types of sushi—tuna, sea urchin and egg. Fortunately, they only share an aesthetic, not a flavor profile.

Kit Kat

Kit Kat

The maguro, or tuna, treat is a raspberry-flavored Kit Kat that sits atop a dollop of white cholate-covered puffed rice. The uni, or sea urchin, has two different types of Kit Kats, one Hokkaido melon and one mascarpone cheese, that are wrapped in seaweed. And the tamago, or egg, features a pumpkin-flavored Kit Kat atop the white chocolate-covered puffed rice that is also wrapped in seaweed.

Kit Kat had previously promised a sushi-version of its candy, but only as an April Fool’s joke. The real deal will be a limited edition only be available at the Ginza shop in Japan from February 2-4 for 3,000 Yen (approximately $26 USD).

Japan is no stranger to unique Kit Kat flavors. Previous releases include watermelon & salt, sweet corn and even potato. But perhaps the best pairing for the sushi Kit Kats may be the sake-flavored Kit Kats.


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada and Instagram at @justin_tejada.