It’s fun and tough to shop for our five granddaughters when we’re in Japan. We try to find small transportable items that they’ll find intriguing and exciting and perk their curiosity about this place we visit so often.
Two of my grandchildren were very specific about what they wanted me to bring back from our last trip. KitKats, made and sold only in Japan. To be clear, the Japanese have taken ye olde KitKat candy and turned it from a grocery store staple into a sophisticated and quality driven product. The 300 Flavors change regularly and the most popular ones sell out. I’m not sure how my grandkids knew about this, but they were in the know before I was. We were happy to find a KitKat Chocolotory, located only in certain department stores. After several minutes of confusion, we finally settled on a few flavors that we deemed child friendly and purchased several packages for them. https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/inbound/en/
Their younger three year old cousin was with them when we distributed the gifts. She watched the distribution carefully, noting that she was not part of the KK hand-out, but had received something else. Obviously, in her mind, not as desirable.
Looking disappointed, but being the sensible and diplomatic child that she is, she looked at us and said evenly, “You know, I like candy too.!” (pronounced, cundy.)
Lesson learned. Guess who else will be getting some Kit-Kats too?