Thailand KitKat fans have a reason for excitement – but, depending on your point of view, this might be fantastic news, or a terrible blow to the future of tasty snacks.
The Thai minister for Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, has announced that he’s been in discussions with food giant Nestle to create a range of KitKats that reflect the local flavors found within Thai culture. The most noteworthy among these is the suggestion of a durian flavored KitKat, which has certainly got people talking about Thailand, although not necessarily in a good way.
While Westerners might not be familiar with the durian, but the large, heavy, spiky fruit is known for two primary reasons across East Asia – firstly, its size and shape means that you don’t want one to fall on your head, and secondly, the fruit is widely considered to be the stinkiest, most disgusting fruit in the world.
Omg, Kit Kat Thailand is making a durian limited edition!! Do I know anyone travelling here soon? I need pic.twitter.com/6Bus3c1yMt
— Laur (@laurclinn) March 9, 2017
Durian has been described by foreigners as smelling like used diapers, wet cat, or rotting flesh. It’s not a pleasant aroma.
In spite of this, though, those who’ve grown up eating the stinky fruit are often enormous fans of its taste – apparently, once you get past the smell of a decomposing corpse and manage to crack open the enormous basketball-sized fruit, the flesh inside is surprisingly enjoyable.
This being the case, there are certainly plenty of people who’d love to try out a durian flavored KitKat.
For the rest of us, it’s worth holding your nose in the candy section the next time you’re on vacation in Asia, just in case.