Monday, April 23, 2012

The Key to Japanese Test Taking? Kit Kats

Some kids in Texas public schools are taking the brand spanking new STAAR exam this week. Touted to be more rigorous than the old assessment test that it replaces, it seems to be universally despised by students, parents and teachers. At least, that's what my extensive research of Facebook friends' status updates tells me. They should take a cue from the Japanese who have quite a history of intensive test taking. Give the students Kit Kats.

Sakura-Maccha Kit Kats with  Green Tea White Chocolate Coating
and Cherry Creme between the wafers.

An explanatory sign was set up by these candy-filled gift boxes.

In Japanese, "Kit Kat" sounds similar to "Kitto Katsutoo!" which means "you're sure to win'' in the Kyushu dialect. Because of this, Kit Kat chocolate is commonly used as a good-luck charm for students taking school entrance examinations. It is also familiarly known as an "omamori" (which means "lucky charm") all across Japan.

So I figure that if you tuck in your kids early for a good night's sleep, fill them up on Lucky Charms cereal for breakfast and send along some Kit Kats for a mid-test snack, they'll definitely ace the exam! There's even a little spot on the back of the package where you can pen your well wishes.

Dear Gen, the answers are hidden inside the wrapper.

A ton of flavors were available in Japan. I've been out of the U.S. long enough so that I'm not sure if some of the ones I thought were unique are offered in the Western Hemisphere as well.
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sakura-Machha pictured above
  • Cinnamon White Chocolate
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Strawberry White Chocolate
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Orange
  • Almond Tofu Pudding (I'm pretty sure this one is Asia only.)
I really wanted to try Almond Tofu Pudding Kit Kats, but not enough to shell out US$12 for a big box. Cinnamon White Chocolate was yummy.

Good luck and Kitto Katsutoo kiddos!


  1. That's an extraordinary number of different types of Kit Kats. I think in Australia we have chocolate and double chocolate! :-)

    1. I don't think I even have a complete list of Japanese Kit Kats. This is just what I saw at 2 stores.

  2. Hmmm, I wish I got to eat Lucky Charms and Kit Kats before all of my exams! Yum! Btw, I was laughing so hard at your comment over on my blog about the traveling. I am certain it wasn't funny as it was happening to you, but man, you have some stories! Yeah, I definitely wanted to eat the donut holes. The first go around Ellie saw me buy them and then she demanded to have them then and there. Fortunately, my mom was our escort and bought an extra bag of donut holes and hid them in the diaper bag. The glaze from the donuts was EVERYWHERE! Cinnamon White Chocolate sounds delightful :)

    1. Glaze all over a little kid is cute. Glaze all over an adult is somewhat embarassing.


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