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In Japan You Can Build Your Own Kit Kat Now

Like compact cars and the band Cheap Trick, Kit Kat candy bars weren't born in Japan, but they sure went big there. 

The chocolate-covered wafers (a U.K. creation currently owned worldwide by Nestlé) are among Japan's best-selling sweets and they have appeared in hundreds of flavors, including strawberry cheesecake, green tea, purple sweet potato, wasabi, and sake. 

The country's latest innovation in Kit-Kattery can be found at Osaka's Namba railway station. 

The KitKat Chocolatory, which opened in October, sort of resembles a Build-a-Bear Workshop, except that you end up with a snack instead of a stuffed animal.

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Using a touchscreen, customers choose one of five base flavors (milk, white, bitter, strawberry, or matcha chocolate) and up to three toppings from a selection of nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows, and coconut. 

Then, a staff member hardens your concoction with a blast of (highly photogenic) liquid nitrogen, and all that remains is for you to break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

Prices per serving vary depending on base flavor and topping, but are in the neighborhood of 750 yen (US$7). For 2,050 yen (US$18), Kit Kat completists can go for an all-topping version with three base chocolates and nine types of garnish.

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