Tag Archives: kit kats

KitKat Follow Up

A few weeks back, I posted about the differences between the KitKat bars in the United States (made by Hersheys) as compared to those found in Canada (made by Nestle). In that post, I mentioned the fact that Nestle KitKat bars have a greater variety of flavors. This is a fact that upsets me a little.

A reader of the site, Jamie of From a Room in Roppongi, has decided to take it upon herself to taste test as many varieties as her waistline can handle. If you’re into KitKat bars (and who here isn’t), head over to her post about the Maple, Yogurt, Wine and Noir KitKat bars.

Now if we could perhaps arrange a foreign candy exchange, we could all benefit.

Technorati Tags: candy, food, kitkat, japan


Healthy Chocolate…A Warning

Sometimes I wonder if there’s a writer/editor out there with a cynical sense of humor, so that when several different news items cross their eyeballs, they carve a single storyline out of it.

Some of you may have read of the various news articles claiming things along the lines of “Chocolate May Help Smokers’ Blood Vessels” or “Chocolate found to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol” or even “Chocolate may relieve intestinal ills“, it’s important to understand that this is a bit of yellow journalism, unintentionally giving out the wrong idea about chocolate candy bars.

Point of fact, it’s the flavonols within the chocolate which lead to the healthy responses. Flavonols are hardly to unique in the food world.

What are some other items containing flavonols? There’s citrus fruits, apples, onions, avocado, cantaloupe, watermelon, alfalfa sprouts, green pepper, blueberries, yellow squash, corn, green beans, tofu, parsley, legumes, green tea, and red wine, all of which can reproduce the same health benefits to some degree or another as chocolate. It’s simply sexier to dress up news stories with the blaring headlines of “CHOCOLATE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU!!!!”, when, point of fact, the sugar and saturated fat also within the chocolate is still as bad as it always has been.

Sorry for the buzzkill. Now I’m off to my freezer to indulge in some KitKat bars smuggled in from Canada.

UPDATE: My favorite Chocolate guru, David Lebovitz, added a comment which I thought pertinent. So I’m copying it to the post itself.

The irony is, most anti-oxidents dissipate when the cacao beans are fermented. The ‘better-quality’ chocolates are fermented longer than others, therefore, if you want to get the most benefits from cacao, you should eat lower-quality cacao beans, which of course are mostly used in lower-quality chocolate (and milk chocolate) bars.

So perhaps that Kit-Kat bar is healthier than you think…we’ll at least the 10% of cacao in the thin milk chocolate part.

Thanks for the info David!


Candy

I’m a sucker for unique foods and new products on the market. I waited in anticipation as Vanilla Coke made it to market, and then hoped that Pepsi would follow suit. New and unique flavors of Doritos? Yeah, I’ve sampled them. It’s my guilty pleasure…well, one of.

So imagine my surprise when reading about Steve Almond’s latest visit to the Elliot Bay Book company to promote his book “Candyfreak when it was mentioned that Kit Kat bars had made an orange and mint flavor of the traditional candy bar.

I was shocked! I was appalled! I was…well.. curious! I quickly did some research (and I do mean quickly.. I typed the phrase ‘orange mint kit kat’ into google. Took all of 5 seconds), and found that not only did these chocolate treasures actually exist, but some sap was selling them on eBay! I whipped out my credit card and leapt into action.

Soon I found myself finding chocolate bars I never knew existed. Caramel kit Kat bars? White Chocolate Pina Colada Almond Joys? Dulce de Leche M & M’s? Had the world gone mad? Why the hell had these products not been sold in Seattle? The Candy Companies were holding out on me, the bastards! I wanted… no needed… revenge!!

Lucky for them, I was about to get my hands on both the mint and orange Kit Kat bars. They’re in my freezer right now, tempting me ever so silently. ANd they taste wonderful.

Now, all I need to figure out is how Im going to pay for the Mint/Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Patties.

The Bastards!