Anyone who goes to Japan will come across a vast variety of Kit Kat in all sorts of flavours relevant to Japanese cuisine. And one of the most popular ones has to be the Matcha Kit Kat! This green tea-flavoured Kit Kat has become a super iconic souvenir to bring home. But unfortunately for Muslim travellers, Kit Kat products made in Japan are not halal-certified, with overall uncertainties on the ingredients contained or cross-contamination due to being processed in the same facility used to make non-halal products by Nestle, its manufacturer. While nowadays you can get halal-certified green tea Kit Kat in Malaysia (where Nestle has a factory producing a halal version), it's actually just as easy to whip up halal matcha kit kat right at home using just 3 ingredients!
Not only is this recipe super simple, but you'll know what exactly goes exactly into them, plus you can even adjust the amount of matcha used to suit your preference ?
Ingredients (makes 6 - 8 regular Kit Kat-sized individual bars)
- 1 pack vanilla wafers
- 100g white chocolate
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- Chop up your white chocolate into small pieces and transfer it into a microwave-safe bowl. Pop it into your microwave and microwave at 20-second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. The chocolate mixture shouldn't be too thick as you'll need to easily coat the wafers later on. If your chocolate is too thick, add a teaspoon of oil (use a flavourless oil like canola or vegetable oil) and mix in.
- Sift in the matcha powder and mix it in to combine. If you'd rather have milder green tea taste, start with half a teaspoon, then add more to taste if needed.
- Take your wafer bars (if you like, you can trim each wafer piece with a knife so its size and shape is similar to a Kit Kat) and turn it in the green tea chocolate mixture, coating it on all sides. Place it on a plate or tray lined with baking parchment. Repeat with the rest of the wafers.
- Place the matcha Kit Kat bars in the freezer to chill and let the coating firm up for about 10 - 15 minutes.
- Instead of the microwave, you can also melt your chocolate in a double boiler. Bring some water to a boil in a pot, then reduce it to a gentle simmer. Place a heatproof bowl (e.g. glass or stainless steel) on the pot, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Add your chocolate pieces to the bowl and let it melt, stirring occasionally to help it melt evenly. This method is helpful to keep your chocolate melted and runny so it's easy to coat your wafers easily - just leave the bowl on top of the pot (with the heat turned off) and the residual heat will be enough to keep the chocolate warm.
- If you want to take it a step further, you can split your wafer bars (use a knife and carefully cut through the side so it splits open), spread a layer of the green tea white chocolate mixture on one half, then sandwich the other half back on top, before coating the entire bar.
- Store your Kit Kat bars in the freezer or fridge - it helps to place pieces of parchment paper in between the bars so they don't stick together.
With just 3 ingredients, you can make have much-loved treat that's yummy and a must-have for any matcha-lover. Make these and savour this green tea dessert soon! ?