Hojicha Kit Kats
You may know matcha, but how much do you know about hojicha? Hojicha is a variety of green tea that is slowly roasted over charcoal, resulting in a nutty flavor that some people even describe as caramelly. The tea is an earthy brown color, with a more mellow flavor that is easy to drink.
The distinct roasted flavor and scent of hojicha is preserved in the hojicha flavored Kit Kats. Japan is known for its countless Kit Kat flavors, and they actually have two varieties of hojicha Kit Kat, one of which, you can only get in Kyoto.
Basque Cheesecake Tarts
Does that cheesecake look burnt to you? Indeed, it is, but it’s intentional! Originally from Basque, Spain, the blackened, caramelized tops of these cheesecakes hide a gooey, slightly undercooked layer. It’s become a hit worldwide, including Japan, where its popularity has spawned the creation of many tarts and snack versions of the cake.