Asian Treats!

WOW! EXCITED. Can you feel it?

I’ve been excited to dedicate a post to the world of Asian treats. I think the bizarro, colorful, lawless world of Asian candies, etc played a serious role in the development of my food fascination. So, in no particular order, here are some thoughts, links and pictures!

Pioneer Woman

The ever brilliant Pioneer Woman did this fabulous post on fun asian treats. (Photo from her site)

Mister Donut

Serious Eats led me to the site for this Asian desserts place Mister Donut, which is filled with mysterious and cute goodies, like these BEAR DONUTS! I want the almond one!

Look at this cute strange little fellow. I think he’s asking us to follow him on facebook.

But I think the real question is, what is a Vermont curry shell???

Japanese Kit Kats

 Apparently, Japan has this obscene amount of Kit Kat flavors. And some are VERY strange, including Soy Sauce, Grilled Corn, Apple Vinegar, Black Sugar and Candied Sweet potato!! Those crazy Japanese! (Photo courtesy of

Wikipedia gives this list:

  • Pickled Plum — Japan
  • Bubblegum — Japan (made with blue chocolate)
  • Rose: Japan
  • Lemon vinegar — Japan
  • Kit Kat Sakura (Cherry blossom) — Japan —
  • Kit Kat Cacao 72% — Japan — dark chocolate petits with 72% cocoa content
  • Kit Kat White — Japan, Spain
  • Kit Kat Iced Tea — Japan
  • Kit Kat Wasabi — Japan
  • Kit Kat Caramel and Salt — Japan
  • Kit Kat Cucumber — Japan
  • Kit Kat Kinako (soybean flour) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Wa Guri (Chestnut flavour) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Green Tea (Matcha) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Apple — Japan
  • Kit Kat Orange — UK permanent edition, US, Japan, Malaysia limited edition.
  • Kit Kat Café Latte with Hokkaidō Milk — Japan
  • Kit Kat Kiwifruit — Japan
  • Kit Kat Strawberry — Japan
  • Kit Kat Peach — Japan
  • Kit Kat Gold — Japan — petits with fudge-like covering and dusted cocoa powder on outside
  • Kit Kat Cantaloupe — Japan
  • Kit Kat Triple Berry — Japan
  • Kit Kat Mango — Japan (made with yellow chocolate)
  • Kit Kat Azuki (red bean) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Green Grape Muscat — Japan[21]
  • Kit Kat Caramel Macchiato — Japan (September 2008)[22]
  • Kit Kat Zunda — Japan (only in Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture,mashed edamame beans)
  • Kit Kat Beet — Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
  • Kit Kat Hascapp (Hokkaido blueberry) — Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
  • Kit Kat Soy Sauce — Japan “Tokyo Limited Edition”
  • Kit Kat Yakimorokoshi (grilled corn) — Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture)
  • Kit Kat Jyagaimo — Japan (only in Hokkaido prefecture, potato)
  • Kit Kat Daigakuimo (candied sweet potato) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Pepper: Japan
  • Kit Kat Kobe pudding — Japan “Kobe Limited Edition”
  • Kit Kat Houjicha (Japanese roasted tea) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Kokuto (black sugar) — Japan
  • Kit Kat Watermelon and Salt — Japan
  • Kit Kat Pumpkin — Japan
  • Kit Kat Edamame — Japan
  • Kit Kat Banana — Canada
  • Kit Kat Lemon Chocolate — Japan (Valentine’s limited edition)
  • Kit Kat Cookies & Chocolate — Japan
  • Kit Kat Cookies PLUS — Japan
  • Kit Kat Apple Vinegar — Japan
  • Kit Kat Veggie — Japan [21]
  • Kit Kat Ginger Ale — Japan
  • Kit Kat Ramune — Japan
  • Kit Kat Cheesecake — Japan
  • Kit Kat Blueberry — Japan
  • Kit Kat Mixed Juice — Japan
Photo by May-Ying Lam, NPR

Several blogs and websites have done features on these, and this one is even dedicated to them! I love this taste test on NPR…I guess they didn’t want to invite ME ..or….?

Thailand (Preview)

What the finkles is all that?

My Uncle Ken lives in Thailand, and may be the originator in my fascination with Asian treats. I remember back in the day, he would return from his travels with these:

(Photo credit Filberts and Chocolate, a fun blog which gives a GREAT review on these) Super lemons are SEVERLY sour lemon candies, and they are intense but delicious.

I had the pleasure of visiting my uncle in Thailand back in 2008, and the food alone was worth the trip (but everything else was incredible as well!!)

Sugar toast and flavors of thai iced tea – photos credit Giavanna Palermo.

Actually….I just realized the food in Thailand deserves an entire post of its own.

So….gonna go ahead and put a PIN in that. I’ll allow the pictures that are scientifically classified as treats.


I love foreign supermarkets of any kind, but particularly the mysterious asian breed. My sister noted that the sign pictured above really covers all your shopping needs. It’s from a large asian supermarket in Forest Hills  FLUSHING, Queens. Some friends and I had some fun inside.

Bin-0- candies. Watch out for fish flavored!

Abe and Erin of East Village Food Tour fame.

The blurry picture is not to blame for the mystery of these treats – they are indecipherable.

Milk tea! I want it!

There were also live fish and other strange happenings. I purchased 3 bags of rogue marshmallow candies, all of which were inedible.

Then there’s this place:

If you are in New York, visit Sunrise Mart on 3rd ave and10th street in the East Village.. It is an AWESOME little asian supermarket which I have spent time examining all the fascinating treats inside! Squid cream crackers and gelatinous cakes and happy gummy panda bears. It’s all there. (Picture above credit to Umamimart Blog, VERY COOL)


2 thoughts on “Asian Treats!

  1. chlo chlo

    lea – FLUSHING not to be confused with forest hills. what kind of asian do you think i am?!

    LOVE YOU and your blog 🙂

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