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Green Tea Kit Kats

I recently participated in The Sweet Swap which is organised by Sara of Belly Rumbles and Amanda of Chewtown . A biggest thank you to both for organising. What is the Sweet swap? It’s where Australian food bloggers make a sweet treat and send them to other 3 other food bloggers. You won’t know who you have until you receive the sweets. It was lots of fun participating and great to get pressies in the mail in form of treats! A big thank you to my the lovely food bloggers that send sweets my way.

Firstly we have Annie from The random foodie.
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She sent across delicious chocolate freckles, the chocolate is a dark bitter chocolate with a slight sweetness and then sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.

Secondly di from Life is Di-licious
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She sent across rum balls! I am not a big fan of rum balls as most of time it packs a punch but I am glad these are lighter in the rum flavour.

Thirdly Maureen from Orgasmic Chef
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Maureen made two lovely treats – Coconut watermelon flavoured ice and Russian Caramel Fudge.

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I also had three lovely bloggers to send treats to Annie (we both got each other!), Shez
and Shari

Now what did I end up making? I decided to replica Green Tea (Matcha) Kit Kats. The original green tea kit kat is a bit lightly on the green tea taste so I made the matcha flavour a big more heavier in this copycat recipe. These kit kats are actually quite simple to make. I thought the idea was a bit crazy at the start but took two tries to get it right. Honestly I do find these copycats kit kats a bit heavier on the palette and I think the maximum I can have in one go is 2. That can be a good and a bad thing!

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Original green tea kit kats. I got my pack from Suzuran at Camberwell and it costs $7.20 for 12 kit kats.

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The size of the kit kat

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The cross section the original matcha kit kat

I wrote two methods on how you can achieve this recipe. One is an easy way and the other a longer method. The more longer/lengthy way is a bit closer to the look of the original kit kat. I made it in two layers while the original has three layers but found three layers was a bit “high” so I cut it down to two layers. The easy way does not have the green tea layer in between the wafers.

This graphic might help explain it better
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1. On the left is the original green tea kit kat it has 3 wafer layers and 2 green teas layers.
2. In the middle is the lengthy method where there is one green tea layer and 2 wafers layers.
3. On the right is the easy method where one thick wafer is right in the middle.

As I was making these sweets I had a lot of flashbacks to my childhood. I ate lots of sweets when I was young. So much that at one point I needed about 8 fillings done. There were many trips to the dentist back & forth. After that I have never been so scared of the dentist. I made a vow to myself to never go back back to the dentist for as long as I can. At that point I laid off the sweets for a very long time. These days it’s more self control. It’s funny how I am not really a dessert person but when it comes to candies such as snakes, gummi bears and sour worms I can’t say no! Sometimes I think they have crack in them. My grandma also used to trick me a lot when I was young while growing into my adult teeth. I once bite a hard candy on a loose tooth and it became so unbearable. I told my grandma to have a look and not touch my tooth. She gave me a promise to only look at my tooth and “whooshed” she pushed my tooth out. I let out a big cry (oh what a drama queen I was!). At the time it was so painful but she did it quickly to ease the pain, Bless grandmas! Thank you Ah poh =)

The biggest reason I also wanted to create this was the price tag of the Green tea kit kats. If you were to find them in Australia it’s about twice the price of kit kats sold in the supermarkets. My husband also mentioned it was a very tasty kit kat but lack enough of a matcha punch. I hope you can give this easy recipe a go.

Ingredients

about 28 vanilla wafers ~ 1.5 packets of a coles brand vanilla wafers
600 grams of white chocolate melts
2-3 tablespoon of green tea powder, use less green tea powder for a sweeter kit kat and more green tea for a stronger green tea/less sweet kit kat

Equipment:
*a small saucepan
*heat proof bowl that can fit on top of the saucepan such as pyrex
*2 baking tins about 20×20 cm’s in size. If you don’t have this size don’t be alarmed you just need to adjust the recipe accordingly.

makes about 28

The easy way
1. Line your baking tins with baking paper
2. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water.
3. Once the chocolate is all melt, whisk in the green tea powder and mix well until dissolved. Turn off the heat and place the bowl on heatproof mat.
7. Poor 1/4 of green tea chocolate in both trays and place the wafers in trays. I leave a gap of about 0.5 in between each wafer so it’s easy to cut later on. Pour the rest of the green tea chocolate on top. My trays will fit about 7 wafers across and two wafers down
8.Let the kit kats cool down and then place in the fridge
9. Kit kats are ready when the chocolate is set.
10. Cut the kits kats up.

The longer way
1. Line your baking tins with baking paper
2. Cut the wafers in half gently and set aside. It’s easier to cut on the “longer side” for less breakage. Don’t be alarmed if your wafers look wonky or fall apart.
3. Set side the wafers.
4. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water.
5. Once the chocolate is all melt, whisk in the green tea powder and mix well until dissolved. Turn off the heat and place the bowl on heatproof mat.
6. spread a thin layer of green tea chocolate on half of the wafers. Stick one wafer on top to seal so it’s a complete wafer. Set aside
7. Poor 1/2 cup of green tea chocolate in both trays and place the wafers in trays. I leave a gap of about 0.5 in between each wafer so it’s easy to cut later on. Pour the rest of the green tea chocolate on top. My trays will fit about 7 wafers across and two wafers down
8.Let the kits kats cool down and place in the fridge
9. Kit kats are ready when the chocolate is set.
10. Cut the kits kats up.

Store in the fridge and green tea kit kats will last up to two weeks.

variations you could try:
1. Using chocolate wafer biscuits instead of vanilla wafers
2. Using dark/milk chocolate instead of white chocolate melts.

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Cut across the wafer biscuit like this to prevent less breakage.

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Copycat Green tea Kit Kats

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Cross section of the copycat matcha Kit kat (longer method)

Dear readers, are you matcha crazy like I am?

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Selene’s Chocolate Bar

Hi guys, Hope you had a well rested Easter break! A 4 day weekend should be every week, if only we can dream :) .

I been meaning to get around trying Selene’s Chocolate Bar in Box hill. It only opened last week but been waiting for it since the signs came up that a chocolate place will open up! To be honest I was a little skeptical on the idea of a chocolate cafe opening in Box Hill, I was thinking this is not the right market for it, due to so many cheap eats. Surprising there is lots of customers which is a good sign.

Miss Peachie and I planned a visit for arvo tea during the Easter Break. The cafe menu is short and sweet. Pretty much just hot chocolate, tea, coffee and waffles. The shopfront sells takeaway coffee, truffles and macarons.

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We ordered two truffles to share the pistachio and rose truffle priced at $2 which is very expensive but compared to other chocolate cafes it is similar in price. With both truffles we can clearly taste the flavours. Peach and I both have a preference of the pistachio which gives us a bit of a reminiscent of a Ferrero Rocher in pistachio form.

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We ordered a single origin hot chocolate to share due to the steep price $6.95. We picked the cocoa from madagascar 67% with liquor and blueberry notes. I am glad we shared this as we both struggled to finished it due to the richness. I am sure a sugar queen I know will enjoy this nonetheless. I did ask for Soy (they use bonsoy) but I had a feeling that lady didn’t hear me when we ordered :(

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Also ordered the Authentic Belgian Liege Waffle Set – with dark premium melted chocolate 53% with strawberry, banana and vanilla ice cream. As much as we wanted to like this we couldn’t, it wasn’t bad but it mostly the vanilla ice cream but turn us a bit off tasted like it was a cheap version from the supermarkets. Sadly Max Brenner’s wins this time!

Box Hill Centro
1 Main Street
BOX hill, VIC 3128

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Melon Ice Blocks

Today mark’s the 5th anniversary of my blog. Can you believe it? I have been churning out rubbish & crap for 5 years haha. I have come a long wait since the start, learn a lot from cooking & meet great people. It’s great being part of such a lovely food bloggers community.

I had this recipe in my head for a while and luckily this month SABH was great one. Tropical fruits fits perfectly. When its’ hot I craved these little melon ice blocks from Asian groceries. Usually priced at a dollar and sadly too small. My take was to somewhat replica this. The one in the stores tastes a bit more creamy but I needed to cut out any milk products just in case my lactose intolerance triggers.

These ice blocks are pretty healthy and to make it healthier you could further reduce the sugar. There is nothing like a hot day and opening up your fridge and have these ice blocks calling your name ;)

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