Saturday, May 30, 2015

Kit Kat: Baked Cheesecake

Dad flew to Osaka a while ago and brought home a pack of Kit Kat with flavor I have never encountered before: cheesecake. But, there is something special about this particular chocolate other than the unique flavor itself. This is a bakeable Kit Kat! You can actually put the mini chocolates into an oven toaster and it will transform into a cheesecake. Yes, cheesecake! God bless Japan! 

I didn't, and still don't, understand a single word written on the packaging. There were no number that can make me speculate about how long it takes for the chocolate to transform into a cheesecake after I put it in the toaster. I didn't even know that machine I should use to bake the chocolate. There was this picture of what it seems to be a microwave on the packaging, which looks similar to Mom's mini oven toaster. Might as well give it a try, I said to myself. The worst that could happen is the chocolate will melt and end up making a hole in the toaster as it transforms into a goo of solid acid instead of cheesecake. What? 

Without any acknowledgement about anything involving the chocolate whatsoever, I unwrapped three of them and toast it with Mom's mini oven toaster. I set the timer to three minutes and prayed nothing goes wrong with them. 

I waited and waited and three minutes had never felt that long. I became anxious as the chocolate started to melt. It's never going to work, I thought. I mean, how can a white chocolate possibly turn into a cheesecake, right? 

But, then, something happened. The surface of the melted white chocolate started to burn. It gradually burnt and transformed into something like burnt meringue. It was fascinating! 

Ding! the toaster oven made a sound that signaled me that the toasting process was finished. I took out my batch of baked cheesecake Kit Kat and was welcomed with a deliciously sweet, yet cheesy and savory, aroma - just like how a baked cheesecake would smell like. 

I used a butter knife to scoop the Kit Kat from the tray. I was expecting a gooey texture like how melted chocolate should feel like, but I was stand corrected. The melted chocolate that transformed into a baked cheesecake had a solid texture like the shell of a macaroon. It cracked as I slipped the butter knife underneath the Kit Kats. I was lost for words. Japan truly does exceed expectation when it comes to unique munchies, isn't it?


The baked cheesecake flavored chocolate tasted like how white chocolate should taste like, with a hint of cheesecake here and there, and a slight burnt caramel after taste. It also had this citrus like flavor like that cream in every Khong Guan biscuits (Indonesian can relate). The texture was like macaroon without the ganache, it cracked within every bite. True, it tasted a bit weird, but in a good way. A definite must try for those of you who fancy peculiar snacks like these! 

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