Yes, it does say ‘wasabi’.
No, it is not a normal flavour for chocolate, even in Japan.
For those of you who may not know, wasabi is from the brassica family that includes cabbages, horseradish and mustard. It has a hot mustardy taste, unpalatable to me, but much loved by the Japanese. So much so they put it in many things that leave me wide-eyed with surprise such as wasabi almonds, soft ice cream and Kit Kats.
I haven’t tried the Kit Kats. I’ve tried the apple ones, but wasabi takes me outside my comfort zone.
As I packaged up a box of different flavoured Kit Kats for my family before Christmas, a niggardly voice inside nagged, “as a writer you should experience these things. Step outside your safe circle.”
“Push off,” argued the voice of reason. “You won’t like them!” I pressed down the sticky tape. Debate over.
But niggardly voice and voice of reason continued to battle it out. They became involved in other things too.
“A science fiction competition. It’s free to enter,” offered niggardly voice.
“You don’t write sci-fi,” snapped voice of reason. “You can’t do it.”
I entered. I didn’t win (“told you so” said voice of reason) but I was long-listed. I suspect my entry wasn’t sci-fi enough for the competition, but I did it. I ventured a little way outside my comfort zone and it wasn’t too bad. So this year I’m challenging myself — slightly. I’m not listening to voice of reason and I going to try some new writing markets. A little crime perhaps, maybe cosy, but different from my usual writing, and maybe a little humour.
How about you? Can you step outside your comfort zone and write in a different genre?
Challenge yourself this year!
However, I might not be ready for the wasabi Kit Kats, but I might try the blueberry or sweet potato…