Kit Kat’s Japanese Chocolatory Unveils Birthstone Series Embellished With Edible ‘Jewels’
Now, here’s a novel idea. For the next 12 months, Kit Kat’s Japanese Chocolatory will release limited-edition gourmet wafers that correspond with the month’s birthstone. Each bar is highlighted by two edible “jewels” and sports a color scheme/flavor profile inspired by the birthstone.
For instance, November’s birthstone is topaz, so Kit Kat’s confectioners came up with an amber-colored, chestnut-flavored bar. At the far end of the wafer is a dollop of chocolate embedded with two sparkly sugar candies that mimic the color of topaz.
The jewel is technically a “dragée” — a tiny, bead-like candy used for decorating baked goods.
Kit Kat will introduce a new birthstone flavor at the beginning of each month. On December 1, Kit Kat will give a nod to tanzanite with a wafer that tastes like a purple yam. On New Year’s Day, Kit Kat will release a garnet-inspired wafer that will smack of raspberry.
The taste of February’s purple amethyst bar will be reminiscent of honeysuckle and March’s aquamarine bar will have a hint of grapefruit mint.
The most bizarre flavor will appear in July, when the ruby wafer will taste like tomato. Yikes.
Here’s the 12-month lineup…
• November, Topaz, Chestnut
• December, Tanzanite, Purple Yam
• January, Garnet, Raspberry
• February, Amethyst, Honeysuckle
• March, Aquamarine, Grapefruit Mint
• April, Diamond, Rum Raisin
• May, Emerald, Pistachio
• June, Blue Moonstone, Coconut
• July, Ruby, Tomato
• August, Peridot, Lemon
• September, Sapphire, Blueberry
• October, Tourmaline, Peach
This will not be the first time Kit Kat has introduced unexpected flavors to its devoted fan base. According to foodandwine.com, parent company Nestlé Japan famously went to market with Kit Kats that tasted like cough drops and sake. If you were wondering, the sake Kit Kats contained 0.8% alcohol.
Kit Kat is positioning the Birthstone Series as a limited-edition, premium confection, and a package of three wafers costs 1,485 Yen (about $13). Currently, the treat is available exclusively in Japan.
Credits: Images via Flickr/Nestlé Japan.
$2 Million ‘Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra’ Glitters With 600 Carats of Diamonds, Sapphires and Topaz
Glittering with white diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz weighing more than 600 carats, the 2017 Victoria’s Secret “Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra” is valued at $2 million and will be modeled later this month by long-time Angel, Lais Ribeiro.
Nearly 6,000 jewels were meticulously hand set into an 18-karat gold floral motif on the foundation of a Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Demi Bra — a process that took the Mouawad design team nearly 350 hours to complete.
Blue topaz buds are the focal point of a design that includes diamond- and yellow sapphire-accented leaves. The ensemble includes an elaborate necklace, gem-encrusted bra and bejeweled belt.
The 27-year-old, Brazilian-born Ribeiro will reveal the one-of-a-kind creation on the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China. The show will be broadcast on November 28, 10/9C on CBS.
This will be the sixth time she’s participated in the high-profile Victoria’s Secret fashion show and the first time she’s been selected to wear the Fantasy Bra. That honor elevates Ribeiro into an elite club, whose members include supermodels Gisele Bündchen, Claudia Schiffer, Tyra Banks, Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima.
Ribeiro was overcome with emotion when she learned she would be wearing the $2 million fantasy bra.
“I never cried so much in my entire life — and I have a baby,” Ribeiro said. “It was so emotional. I couldn’t believe it when they told me. It was so beautiful.”
Ribeiro told People.com that the first time she tried on the blinged-out bra it fit perfectly so no alterations were required.
This year’s show will take place at Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena, the largest of any of the previous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show venues.
Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com/Victoria’s Secret; Victoriassecret.com; vspressroom.com.