Kit Kat had been one of my favourite and most reliable sweet snacks until Nestle took over and messed around with the recipe. Nevertheless, I was intrigued when I came across this Kit Kat Orange Edition. Well, no I wasn't intrigued but having previously only ventured as far as the dark chocolate Kit Kat, I thought I'd give this orange flavoured variety a try. I was also seduced by the fact that I'd recently acquired and addiction for orange flavoured chocolate bars that go very nicely with a cup of freshly ground coffee.
Upon opening my first Orange flavoured special edition Kit Kat there was I admit in sufficient quantity the glorious odour of milk chocolate tinged with a delicate pleasant orange scent that together held out the promise of an enjoyable tasty little feast. These initial impressions however where a deception for when I did take my first bite, I was overwhelmed with a sickening disappointment bordering on disgust. I hadn't suspected the sickly jelly like goo slithering beneath the chocolate layer. What lunatic decided to adulterate the Kit Kat in such a fashion? Not only was the texture and consistency horrible, I found the orange flavour to be very artificial and this combined with the other over sweetened contents totally detracted from any enjoyment I might have gained from the chocolate wafer biscuit. In essence this Kit Kat Orange edition was a catastrophe.
I hasten to add that this is not a review of the orange flavoured Kit Kat that is now available in the form of a 9 pack. This is the orange edition Kit Kat that as far as I can make out is no longer available. They were possibly withdrawn because of their outstanding unpopularity. Please inform me if they do still exist and I will update my review. My Kit Kat Orange edition was priced at around 40p and sold in as an individual bar although I do believe they were sold in packs of three. If you do come across one, steer clear.
I really do have a sweet tooth and always like to have something in the house to nibble on whilst working (as I work from home) and more often than not this is mixture of biscuits, chocolate bars and the like. Recently whilst in Asda I came across the 9 packs of Kit Kat's that were on offer for £1. I bought a plain packet for my husband and then for me I decided to go for the orange flavoured ones. I love orange chocolate and these are no exception to this but, I really have to share why I believe they are so good as I ate three of the smalls bars in one sitting!
What are they?
They are the popular Kit Kat's bars that have been combined with an orange flavouring. Ideal for those who like their chocolate a bit different or even just a change from the usual bars!
It is very easy to tell that these are a Kit Kat bar as the packaging is the same as the plain ones with the logo splashed across the front. Along with that it is pretty obvious that they are orange flavoured as half of the wrap is orange coloured with a picture of a couple of oranges too! There would be no mistaking what flavour it is!
The kit Kat's are all individually wrapped and are then all in one long packet. I am not really sure why they decided nine bars was the right amount as the packet is quite long and flimsy because of this but, I don't mind either way! The more the merrier, I say.
As soon as you open the bar you can smell the scent of orange. I wouldn't really say as such it is a citrus type scent like a real orange but, you are well aware that is the aroma you can smell. The scent to me is just gorgeous and I love the anticipation of biting into one of these kit Kat's once I get a whiff of the chocolate and orange together!
It is simply delicious in my opinion! The mixture of the chocolate and orange together is divine and not too overpowering. I really could eat too many of these in one go and as I said I did eat three because I found them so nice! The chocolate is not too sickly and the orange flavour really gives it a different edge to a classic chocolate treat.
I paid £1 per pack of nine two fingers bars. These were currently on offer at the time in Asda but, normally for the pack of this size expect to pay around £1.20 give or take depending on where you buy them from!
I think these are an ideal snack item or to go into a lunch box as they are a decent size without being too big and are not too heavy to eat - I say this because with the bar having a combination of water and chocolate it breaks it up a little. They state on each bar and on the main wrapper that each is only '107 calories'. I do think this is much better than some of the other chocolate bars out there but, for such a small bar I am not sure if this is really good or bad!
You know, I have sat quietly by and watched as bastion after bastion of my life has been tampered with or bastardised. And no more so than in the food sector has this been apparent where I have had to accept the fact that Marathons are now to be called Snickers and Opal Fruits are to be forever known as Starbursts.
I grinned and bared it as Maltesers were produced in a vile white chocolate version and KitKats took on a steroid type look by going chunky, but now Im going to stand up and shout thus far and no further, stop tampering with perfectly good confectionary products!
Why have I finally decided to break my silence you ask? Well its simple really, I have before me one of the most disagreeable and loathsome spawns of a household name in chocolate, it is called KitKat editions Seville orange and is without doubt the most vile piece of crapulence I have had in my mouth for a very long time.
It looks innocent enough! A pastel orange wrapper with the Kit-Kat logo and some sun ripened Seville oranges adorning it, while the back is given over to ingredient, nutritional and consumer information with the 45gram bar notching up a fairly low 227 calories but with nearly a quarter of the bar being made up of fat this is not a bar to entertain if healthy eating is your bag.
17% of the bars weight is made up of tangy orange flavoured filling and an alarming number of artificial ingredients including colours and flavours are listed, oh dear! Finally, an address and free-phone number are given should the product fail to satisfy! I`d keep that part of the wrapper if I were you.
Opening the wrapper releases a glorious chocolate scent with the merest hint of an orange undertone; the bar is similar in size and appearance to a chunky Kit-Kat although only about ⅔ of the size. Biting into the bar brings a moment of pleasure as the chocolate greets the taste buds but then the enjoyment ends. A noxious tasting liquid dribbles from the bar and assault the senses, it is supposed to be the Seville orange filling but it actually tastes like liquefied ear wax to me.
It is sour, sickly and actually makes my nose wrinkle while I am eating it, as I swallow it I am left with a sore throat and a chemically aftertaste on my palette. I cannot believe that anyone could actually enjoy eating this and why Nestle have seen fit to ruin the image of the humble Kit-Kat is a complete mystery to me. This really is the worst bar of chocolate I have ever tasted and I am still angry that I wasted 34 new pence on it.
Fair to say then that Im not going to recommend this thoroughly nasty chocolate bar, Im just sad that I have to give it one star as this is far more than this product deserves a no star waste of time if ever I tasted one. For god sake food manufacturers stop trying to invent unwarranted spin offs of old favourites and spend your time and effort on producing those products that we actually know and love. Avoid at all costs!
Wandering round my local discount shop as I tend do in the day before paydays bout of poverty I come across the Kit Kat Seville Edition. I have never been a big fan of Nestle chocolate and tend to find it all a little bit sickly sweet but the Kit Kat Seville edition promised, "An explosion of flavour in every bite". A heady claim methinks but a picture of oranges and the inside of a chocolate covered wafer oozing with caramelised orange swayed me (that and the fact it was twenty pence rather than thirty-five).
Wrapped it looks like an orange Kit Kat Chunky and is around the same size. As I peel open the wrapper I reveal a slab of chocolate that looks precisely like a Kit Kat Chunky, thick and brick like but generously sized. I am disappointed at a complete lack of smell. Considering the claims of flavour explosions I was expecting the smell of Seville itself. The chocolate has barely any aroma and I start to become disheartened by my purchase.
Nonetheless, this is still chocolate and it would take a stronger will than mine not to eat it regardless so I take a bite. This is seriously bizarre. The chocolate is thick and rich but has a lack of milk flavour that makes it just the wrong side of sickly. Inside is the wafer associated with Kit Kat and this tastes good and crunchy. Nestled (excuse the pun) in between the wafer and chocolate is some orange liquid. This stuff is liquidised marmalade, it is tangy and bitter and you can truly taste the orange. I love marmalade and if you do this taste is for you but it is considerably sharp in contrast to the sickly sweet chocolate of the Kit Kat itself.
As a combination this chocolate just does not work. I can't help but feel that if the bitter orange taste had been wrapped in the dark chocolate of say a Cadbury's Bournville or Black Magic then it would have been a truly fantastic taste. As it is I struggle to finish the bar and have no intention of buying another. If I am going to indulge in a fat content of 23 grams per 100 grams I would like to make it something a little less sickly next time.
Considering the ingredients include lactose, yeast, salt and an E number for good measure I would suggest this would be unsuitable for most allergy sufferers and those with intolerance's. Don't worry though, your not missing much!
Throughout the years the humble Kit-Kat had graced the cool box of our fridge at home. Its simple combination of wafer and chocolate in a two or four finger combo would often be the staple of Sunday night teatime. Sometimes you would feel like Charlie finding a golden ticket when youd get a kit-kat that was wafer less and just chocolate. I used to say that nestle should produce a Kit-Kat that was purely chocolate, I now realize that was an incredibly stupid idea as it would just be a chocolate bar.
But fear not, Nestle have tried to spice up the Kit-Kat range. The Kit-Kat editions are chunky luxury versions; theyre a bit like the upper classes. Now normally I wouldnt buy a Kit-Kat from a shop for my quick chocolate fix. But one time I was filling up with petrol at the local Sainsburys, these Seville orange bars were reduced to clear at only 19p. It would have been rude not to buy one, even if it was just to see what they were like.
After one bite I can now see why they were reduced in price. This was simply one of the worst tasting chocolate bars Ive had in over twenty years of being on this planet. For starters the chunkiness of the bar is pretty tough to bite into. Beyond the chocolate layer you are then greeted with a biting, sour taste of oranges. I can only compare to the taste to licking the worktop in a school chemistry lab after someone spilt some of the chemicals they were messing around with. Only the wafer could save the experience but it was too thin to overcome the orange goo. I see the notes under this category call the orange a jaffa cake style substance. Its more like thin goo and tastes nothing like jaffa cakes.
This experience has put me off trying any of the other Kit-Kat editions available on the shelves. They are pretty pricey at £1.25 for three; youre better off with a Snickers bar or maybe a nice double Decker. Health wise theyre not the best either with a sizeable amount of calories and fat. If you have to take the plunge then best do it as a last resort treat.
Should you require any more information on the history of the bar and its various incarnations then point your browser in this direction.
Its got far more than you probably need to know as well as facts you can bore people with in the pub such as this gem.
Launched in 1935 as Chocolate Crisp, Kit Kat was supposedly named after the Kit Kat Club, an 18th century Whig literary club. As the building had very low ceilings, it could accommodate only paintings that were wide but not too high. In the art world, such paintings became known as kit kats. It is therefore conceivable that the Kit Kat derived its name from paintings, which had to be snapped off to fit into low ceilinged rooms.
So in closing. Kit-Kat is good, but with Seville Oranges it is bad, very very bad.
Imagine a normal size Kit Kat............nice crunchy wafer, sandwiched with delicious cream then smothered in lovely chocolate. Nestled delicately between your fingers, whilst you lift your coffee cup to wash down the previous bite.
Now multiply this by 4 and add a luscious amount of Seville Orange flavoured runny jelly.
Mouth watering yet?
Well so was mine until I actually tasted it. It's not a bad taste just a teensie weensie bit too strong for my liking. Obviously the Kit Kat bit is a scrumptious as normal but the Orangy filling I found quite sickly. So much so in fact that I failed to eat the whole biscuit.
Now is that a sin or what?
I don't have a problem with companies like Nestle (who produce Kit Kat) offering us nice little Special editions like this, in fact I welcome it. A change is as good as a rest after all. I am rather partial to a chocy biscuit with my coffee. I have done a sort of mini survey and I have only found one person who actually likes this edition, that's out of perhaps 40 odd people, so I think a little homework by Nestle was maybe required.
This chunky biscuit about 4 -5 inches long, just over an inch high and about the same in width. So as you can see it's a really good size and a 40 -45p depending where you go it's a decent price too. I have only seen them on offer individually and not in multi - packs as many other Kit Kat versions are.
I'm not going to go into the calories or fat content because.....well it's a bloody chocolate biscuit so its full of both.
It's not a bad biscuit far from it, and when washed down with coffee the Orange flavour doesn't last quite as long, but the fact remains that it is very sweet and very orangy.
I have no doubt that there are many people out there who would enjoy this with their cuppa. So if you like your filling sweet this is definitely the biccy for you, otherwise it might be wiser to stick with a good old Digestive or a nice Rich Tea