The delicious delights of being in Japan aren’t limited to the amazing sushi and tea. Being in the country also surprisingly gives you access to the world’s greatest variety of Kit Kat flavors and variations.
We’ve already seen the tasty confectionaries show up in cheesecake flavor and atop pizzas, and now the crossover between the chocolate wafers and baked goods continues as one of Japan’s most popular coffeehouses is now selling Kit Kat croissants.
Actually, calling Pronto just a coffeehouse is a bit of an oversimplification. While coffee and light fare is what the chain is best known for, it also serves a selection of pastas and pizzas, and at night turns into a bar with free-flowing alcohol. In other words, Pronto is all about diversifying its offerings, and some of the newest additions to the menu are its Kit Kat croissants.
Pronto has cooked up two different varieties, identically priced at 170 yen (US$1.40) each. The first, the “Kit Kat Croissant for Café,” consists of two milk chocolate Kit Kats in the center of a baked croissant.
If you’d prefer your croissant warm and your Kit Kat melty, the staff will be happy to heat it up in the toaster oven for you. While this takes away some of the satisfying crunch of the Kit Kat itself, it also helps the chocolate seep into croissant, forming layers of sweetness between the buttery flakes. And just like the name implies, the flavor makes for a great contrast to the bitterness of a cup of coffee.
While we wouldn’t go so far as to say you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a matcha green tea Kit Kat, it’s not an exaggeration to say you haven’t lived well until you’ve tried Japan’s signature flavor. Thankfully, Pronto is happy to give you the opportunity with the matcha Kit Kat croissant.
The team-up between the English-born candy, French-developed breadstuff, and Japanese tea works incredibly well. It’s not as sweet as the milk chocolate version, and the soothing yet enticing scent of matcha means it’s a treat for your nose and your taste buds alike.
Both types of Kit Kat croissant are available at all Pronto branches from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Like with many Japanese snacks, they’re only supposed to be around for a limited time. However, Pronto hasn’t set a cutoff date yet, so if enough people keep buying them maybe they’ll get a semi-permanent spot on the menu.