Monday, May 3, 2010

KitKat Dark

KitKat DarkThe idea of a dark chocolate KitKat Bar is nothing new. The new part right now might be that Hershey’s is introducing this KitKat Dark not as a limited edition item but as a regular product. (Though that is never a guarantee that it will continue to be produced.)

It follows on the coattails of Hershey’s introduction of the Dark Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup after also flirting with various limited edition releases. The construction is just as you’d suspect: a semi-sweet chocolate covered stack of chocolate-cream filled wafers all molded into a four finger bar.

Some folks who also spend an inordinate time not only eating candy but also reading about it may remember that the bar is one of Steve Almond’s obsessions mentioned in Candy Freak.

KitKat Dark

The package isn’t terribly exciting, it’s the same as the milk chocolate variety but instead of a beige swirl that says Crisp Wafers in Milk Chocolate it’s a bolder dark brown that says Dark and then followed by Crisp Wafers in Dark Chocolate. It may be hard to spot on store shelves if you didn’t know it was there.

It smells like sweet cocoa and cereal. The wafers are crisp and rather bland but provide and airiness to the candy. The cream center has a little bit of a greasy grain to it that I like so much that I often pry the planks apart with my teeth and lick it separately. The dark chocolate is quite sweet but has a woodsy and berry note to it that gives the candy a different flavor profile, it’s less about milk and more about cocoa. It wouldn’t call the quality great, but this is candy, not fine chocolate.

The ingredients don’t break out the difference between the chocolate coating and the wafers with cream, so it’s hard to tell what kind of chocolate is in there.

Sugar, chocolate, wheat flour, cocoa butter, palm kernel oil, cocoa processed with alkali, milk fat, contains 2% or less of lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR, yeast, salt, vanillin, sodium bicarbonate, milk.

Hershey’s brings these out as miniatures from time to time, I’ve picked them up around Halloween before (2007 & 2008) but the mini size has different chocolate ratios. For the most part when I want a dark KitKat I was buying this 100 Calorie KitKat Singles Dark version from Canada.

It’s hard to top the Japanese KitKat Bitter I had about three years ago which used actually good chocolate. But this is a nice change of pace if I couldn’t get the Q.bel Double Dark Wafer Bar.

Candy for Dinner has some good photos of all the various domestic KitKat versions including two introductions of the limited edition darks. For reviews of the UK version made by Nestle check out Jim’s Chocolate Mission and Chocablog.

Related Candies

  1. Q.Bel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bar
  2. Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces
  3. Fling: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut
  4. Ghirardelli Intense Dark
  5. Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms
  6. Ritter Darks
  7. Twix Dark Chocolate

Name: KitKat Dark
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: $.89 retail
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chocolate, Cookie, KitKat, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States

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  1. Kit Kat Dark as a regular item?  This is the best candy news I’ve had in a long time!  I think the Kit Kat Dark is the perfect candy bar. I could weep with joy.

    Comment by Fizzer on 5/03/10 at 6:39 pm #
  2. I bought this at Target on Sunday.  To me, the dark chocolate is identical to that used for the Reese’s Dark PB Cups, which is a good thing. 

    For 67 cents, I thought this was a winner.

    Very strong chocolate taste, not soft or greasy on the outside.  I can see myself buying these again, particularly if it were a whole bag of minis (I like to snack).  Good with coffee, now if I can just find some Twix java!

    Comment by Paul on 5/04/10 at 5:08 am #
  3. I think I have already mentioned this, but I’m willing to bet that Steve Almond is going to be SO happy about this . . .

    Comment by Johnny Carruthers on 5/04/10 at 10:13 am #
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