Further to my post of yesterday, we have exciting news from Japan. One of our former students, Naoaki, emailed to say that not only can you get green tea KitKats in Japan; you can also get purple (sweet yam) KitKats and wasabi KitKats.
It seems the KitKat is popular in Japan, in part because the name resembles the Japanese good-luck phrase, kitto katsu (translates roughly: you shall surely win).
For the record, he also says he likes English bread. Brown bread, in particular.
KitKats were originally mutton pies, named, evidently, for the owner of the KitCat (or KitKat) club, an influential political club of early eighteenth century London. Christopher Catt made legendary mutton pies, Kit Catt’s mutton pies (Kit is short for Christopher). Hence the name of the club, hence the name of the biscuit.
The day they start producing mutton pie KitKats is the day I move to Japan.
One small addition to the list of gastronomic differences (if we can classify the KitKat as a gastronomic phenomenon). My brother-in-law, just back from a business trip to Japan, was bemused to have eaten a curried doughnut for breakfast (on the plane, by the look of things. He didn’t say whether he enjoyed it or not, but either way, he is a sort of reverse ambassador, as am I, with my green KitKat.