Calpis is the name of a very popular Japanese soft drink which is notorious to many English speakers inside and outside the country for the way it sounds when pronounced. (Try saying “ka-ru-pissu” to yourself a few times over and over again, each time a little faster than before, and you’ll get it.) I like it very much – it tastes like a mild yogurt beverage – and so I was excited when I saw that the makers of Calpis had teamed up with Nestle to produce plain-flavoured Kit Kat bars.
I first found them in January of 2010 at the YouMe Town grocery store in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. They only appeared as mini-sized bars in bags of 13.