Being a diabetic chocolate is something that I cannot not just eat all of the time when I fancy it, if I have it it is more than likely to be due to low sugar levels or as a bit of a treat occasionally. I recently had a hospital appointment which always means a bit of a wait, my appointment was at 3:00pm which I knew would mean a late dinner, if this happens I have to have a snack to keep my sugar levels stable, I decided to treat myself to some chocolate and saw the new Nestle KitKat 70% Dark chocolate bar, I really lie Kitkat and love dark chocolate so decided to give it a go.
The 4 finger Kitkat 70% Dark came in the regular rectangle shaped plastic packet which is just slightly bigger than the chocolate bar, the inside of the packet is made from foil to help keep the contents fresh. The front of the pack is split in 2 halves with a gold curved line, one half of the packet is red with the Kitkat logo covering it, this is a large white oval shape with the word "Kitkat" written across it in red, just above this is a red 'shape' with the word "Nestlé" written in it in white lettering, in the corner of the red section is the Fairtrade symbol, this is small but is in black and white so stands out against the red background. The second half of the packet is a dark brown colour, this has a gold oval with the word "New" written in it in brown writing, just below this in gold writing are the words "70% Dark 70% coco Solids", the calorie content is also written on this section. On both sides of the packet which is more visible when the chocolate is present are the words "Have a Break, Have A Kitkat" with the word "Kitkat" being written in the same style as the logo, a white oval with red lettering. The back of the packet is also split in 2 halves but this time vertically, the top half is red this is taken up with the barcode and a statement about the Coco Plan which KitKat support, this section also contains the Kitkat slogan "Have a break have a kitkat". The bottom half of the packet is dark brown and contains information such as the ingredients, nutritional information and the nestle logo. All of the information is neatly set out and easy to read.
The Chocolate Bar
The actual chocolate bar itself looked like any regular Kitkat bar, it was made up of 4 fingers fused together with chocolate which was easy to snap to divide the fingers up. Each finger had the word "Kitkat" imprinted into the chocolate. Each finger is made up of layers of thin wafer on top of each other, this is then covered in a layer of dark chocolate, the only difference in appearance between the Kitkat 70% Dar and regular Kitkats is this one is quite a bit darker in colour.
The Cocoa Plan
With the Kitkat 70% Dark, Nestle KitKat are supporting The Cocoa Plan, this means that The Cocoa Plan works with Fairtrade to make sure there is a better deal for the Fairtrade Cocoa Farmer which supply them, this helps to secure a better future for the Cocoa farmers. This information is printed on the back of the Kitkat wrapper, however if you do want more information about The Cocoa Plan they do supply a website which you can visit (www.thecocoaplan.co.uk)
What I particularly liked about this was it gave you the information per bar as well as per 100g
Personally for me this is rather a lot of calories to consume for just a snack, however I wanted something quick to eat, as well as something tasty, especially as I had a hospital appointment, also I wanted the extra sugar to keep my levels stable until I could get home for dinner.
I purchased my Kitkat 70% Dark from my local Tesco and a single 4 finger bar cost be 58p, personally I think this is quite a reasonable price as some chocolate bars can be quite expensive for just one bar, especially if you buy them from a vending machine, compared to some other brands this was one of the cheaper bars available. I usually buy my chocolate bars in multi packs as I find this a cheaper way to buy them, however on this occasion I just wanted one bar so was happy to pay.
When I bought the Kitkat 70% Dark, I knew that I lied Kitkat so knew that I was going to enjoy the bar, however I wasn't sure whether the 70% dark version would be as good as the original. I was pleased to see that each finger had quite a thick layer of dark chocolate covering it, the chocolate itself had a very distinctive taste to it, much 'stronger' than that of regular dark chocolate, I put this down to the content of 70% cocoa, the chocolate had an almost bitter taste to it which went perfect with the sweetness of the wafer inside, despite the slightly bitter taste which I do find you get with dark chocolate, the chocolate was very creamy, again this complimented the slight bitterness of the chocolate.. I would definitely recommend the Kitkat 70% Dark, especially if you are a chocolate lover like me, and also like dark chocolate, this is the perfect treat.
Whilst this is not the best dark chocolate I have ever had the pleasure to eat it is a strangely addictive offerring in the form of the Kit Kat Fine Dark which is a relatively new addition to the Kit Kat range. It retails for around the 50 to 55p mark and is a lovely four finger snack particularly with a huge steaming mug of good quality coffee.
It comes wrapped in a dark chocolate wrapper with the traditional bright red Kit Kat labelling and somegold piping around the outside and inside you have the traditional four finger kit kat with each finger joined by a thin strip of chocolate which is easy to snap off so you can enjoy it one finger at a time.
In all 66% of a Kit Kat consists of dark chocolate and then there is the wafer biscuit in the middle. The chocolate has a nice rich taste to it that suggests the cocoa content is reasonably high and the more mellow sweet wafer is a nice compliment to the strong dark chocolate. There is a nice firm crunch when you first bite into each finger and this is a satisfying chocolate bar to enjoy and savourrather than chomping through it at break neck speed.
Being dark chocolate I guess this will appeal more to adults than children as they tend to go for the sweeter milk chocolate varieties however I'm quite happey weith either option and this is a nice tasty treat especially with my afternoon coffee.
Kit Kat are famous for their 'Take a Break' catchphrase and have been around for years. The original four-finger version milk chocolate kit kat was launched in September 1935 after a worker at the Rowntree's factory in York put a suggestion in the suggestion box for a snack that a 'man could have in his lunch box for work', it was called Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp. The two-finger version was launched May 1936. Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp was renamed Kit Kat Chocolate Crisp in 1937, and after WWII it was named just Kit Kat. It is believed that the name originates from the Kit-Cat Club, an 18th century Whig literary club founded in the reign of James II and located at Christopher Catling ("Kit Cat")'s pie-house in Shire Lane, by Temple Bar. The Kit Kat dark is one of many variations of the milk chocolate kit kat and I am unsure when it was launched.
**What does a Dark Kit Kat look like?**
The four stick kit kat is around 12cm by 4cm, each stick is 12cm x 1cm and about 1cm thick. Each stick of kit kat is joined by a thin piece of chocolate which makes it easy to snap/break the sticks apart. Each stick of kit kat has layers of wafer and crème in the middle which is coated in a layer of dark chocolate with the words Kit Kat embossed on the top of each stick.
**What is a Dark Kit Kat made of?**
The ingredients of Dark Kit Kat are: Dark Chocolate (66%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Butterfat Emulsifier, (Soya Lecithin)), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Skimmed Milk, Yeast, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Lactose, Calcium Sulphate, Butterfat, Salt, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Flavouring.
Energy 986 kJ / 236 kcal
Four stick dark chocolate kit kats come in a dark brown foil wrapper the front has a red and white oval with the words Kit Kat in red and the Nestle logo on the edge. The word 'dark' is written on the front in brown with white highlighting. The calories per bar (236) and the percentage of GDA (12%) are also on the front to the bottom right hand corner. The edges of the wrapper are gold and say Have a break. Have a Kit Kat (the logo) Dark. On the back is a box that states 'Voted Product of the Year 2008' there is a barode, ingredients and nutritional information, the Nestle logo and contact details. The pack looks really luxurious and makes me feel like the Kit Kat is a perfect treat and I can't wait to unwrap it. The packet has a tear here section and opens really smoothly and neatly with a red plastic ribbon which adds to the luxuriousness as you don't have to rip the packet open.
Dark Chocolate is my favourite type of chocolate so I had high expectations of the Dark Kit Kat and I'm glad to say it definitely delivered. I find that most popular brand everyday chocolate bars that contain dark chocolate taste quite bland and cheap as the cocoa content of the chocolate is low. I'm not sure of the cocoa content of Dark Kit Kats but the chocolate doesn't taste cheap, when you let the chocolate melt on your tongue it has a nice rich deep taste to it. And then when you bite into the Kit Kat stick you get a lovely crunch from the wafer which is always crispy, the wafer taste fresh and creamy at the same time due to the crème layer. I like to open the foil wrapper using the ribbon then break one stick of at a time. I like to take little bites of around 2cm each so that the stick lasts for around 6 bites, the longer the better. The chocolate is a little thicker at each end which is really tasty. When you bite down through the chocolate, wafer and crème all at once you get a lovely rich flavour from the chocolate combined with a biscuity creamy taste from the wafer. The taste sensation is absolutely delicious and the Dark Kit Kat is one of my favourite snacks.
A four stick kit kat costs around 45p from most supermarkets, it is also available in two sticks in multipacks but I prefer the four stick Kit Kat is it is more filling and more of a snack. Kit Kats are also available in lots of variations such as mint and chocolate and also Kit Kat Chunky in lots of different flavours.
Dark Kit Kats are a delicious snack they seem like a slightly grown up snack. The taste of the Kit Kat is not like any other snack I have had and I find them quite irresistible at times. Therefore I only allow myself to buy them on the odd occasion. But I do convince myself because dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate that it really doesn't matter. The Dark Kit Kat is luxurious from the wrapper to the chocolate inside and my mouth is watering just thinking about them. If you love dark chocolate and have not tried a Dark Kit Kat I very much recommend that you do!
Have a break, have a KitKat! At least thats how the slogan goes.
You can purchase these as two fingers or four fingers but whichever size you purchase it is cheaper to buy them as a multipack makes each one that little bit cheaper (and means that there are more around the house should you get peckish!). 9 Packs of 2 fingers are currently £1.39 in Tesco with an individual 4 finger packet costing 44p and 8 packs of 4 fingers costing £2.09. This is fair reasonable for the nice snack but I always advise just stocking up when they are on offer. Kit Kats are the ideal snack for lunchboxes or just for a snack mid afternoon or whatever.
The KitKat is wrapped in foil for "extra crispiness" (so the packet tells me) and has a red, white & silver coer which has a tear here strip that you tear and it peels open a little line all along the packet.
Once opened you are met with 2 or 4 fingers (I had 4) of delicious KitKat goodness. Each finger is a crispy wafer finger covered in dark chocolate. I find these to be a lot more manageable than 4 fingers of the milk chocolate version as that is just too sweet for my tastebuds. The dark chocolate is indeed fine and the coating is just enough to tempt and tease my tastebuds without being overpowering.
I personally prefer to nibble around the edges of the chocolate first and then slowly bite my way through the layers of wafer until it's all gone! Yummy. Everyone has their own way of eating it and sometimes my way changes depending on my hunger/mood.
Per bar (4 fingers)
This product is 65% dark chocolate so it pretty much has the
I find this just the right size for a dark chocolate hit, I like to have one during the day whilst I'm working as you can break the fingers up in to smaller pieces and then make it last that little bit longer and reward yourself for doing a review or a little job around the house or something!
The dark chocolate and the crunchy wafer are just the right balance to get that perfect crunch whilst enjoying the chocolate fix that I crave so much!
So go on, grab one, and have a break! You deserve it! I'm going to rate it 5/5 as it's simply delicious and I love this one even more than the milk chocolate version!
I was very pleased when this was released, because for me it overcame the main problem with the regular kitkat. It shares the same fun shape, the same light wafer texture, but it just takes the edge off the aggressive sweetness of its lighter cousin. The dark chocolate is properly dark, with about 50% cocoa, so it's not a half-hearted effort. As a result, it has a deeper, more chocolate flavour which goes better with tea and coffee in my opinion (coffee in particular, as it is able to stand up to the flavour).
I still would find it hard to eat more than one, but whereas I'd just feel sickly with the original, with this one it's because I feel a lot more satisfied. The luxurious brown and gold branding seems appropriate, but otherwise it's pretty much the same.
Now if only they did a chunky version of this!
Ooh, I do love a bit of dark chocolate every now and again. Especially when it is in the form of one of my favourite choc bars!
It seems that I am not the only one who feels this way as kitkat was voted product of the year 2008 in a consumer survey at product innovation.
The kitkat dark bar is in exactly the same layout and packaging as the standard 4 bar kit except it is made with dark chocolate, hence the name!
The best thing about it though, is that my son doesn't like dark chocolate so he can't pull his usual trick of scoffing his bar then begging for some of mine!
The only problem I find with this one is that the bars don't always snap directly down the lines and sometimes break in to the next bar. I think this is because this choc is slightly harder than the milk version.
The bar has 236 calories and 13.3g of fat if you are interested. I'm sure everyone has tasted a kitkat at one point or another so I won't ramble on and describe every tiny detail, I will just share some interesting ways to eat the bars.
A while back kitkat added promotional wrapping giving hints of how to eat the bars (similar to the cadburys creme egg tips). There was The Nibbler, in which you bite all the chock off the sides then eat the wafer last. The Big Chill, apparently kitkats taste great when chilled, although I think a lot of chocolate can benefit from this. And my favourite way.....
Best done while 'taking a break' and having a kitkat with a cuppa. First you bite both ends off the bar, then insert it in to the cuppa, and drink through it!
Sounds icky but it really is delicious! It takes a few seconds to come through but when it does it is lovely. You can't do it for long though or the kitkat will turn to mush.
Try it sometime, It's fun!
I cant think of many more things as wonderful as dunking a Kitkat in a cup of tea and relaxing for a good half hour, of course it has to be the four finger version as they last longer. A two finger kitkat doesnt cut the mustard with me anymore.
Everyone knows the classic milk chocolate Kitkat but now there is a devine dark chocolate version. I have longed for one of these for years as I adore dark chocolate, the dark the better, and was over the moon when I first spotted these in the local newsagent. The packaging and the wafer are the same but the chocolate is delicious rich bittersweet and dark made from cocoa sourced from the Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Each finger of the 4 stick bar snaps with a satisfying cruch and the chocolate coating melts in the mouth. The foil packaging keeps the bar fresh until you're ready to indulge, and at 46p per bar it's a bargain little slice of heaven.
The humble Kit-Kat has been around since before the dinosaurs it would seem but has never really been a favourite with me, I am never sure whether it is a biscuit or a chocolate bar and I am never sure what to make of it either. However all that said there is now the Kit-Kat dark and this is a whole new ball game.
The Kit-Kat dark is so delicious it is dangerous, the addition of the rich dark chocolate to those little wafer fingers turns them from mild mannered simple snacks into a devilishly good more upper class fiend of a snack.
I can regularly be seen in and around town buying these dark delights and shamelessly stuffing them into my mouth with not a thought for what it is doing for my figure, almost any other sweet I eat will make me feel guilty afterwards but with these it just seems so right.
The fine dark Kit-Kat is covered in chocolate that has at least 50% cocoa solids and has a darker yet still creamy taste, a lovely bitter sweet chocolate that melts on the taste buds calling out for you to take your next bite before you have even swallowed your last.
Eating this dark delight is almost like being possessed, you get lost in the moment and it does not matter at all that you have a chocolate moustache from shoving the fingers in so quickly and that everyone is staring at you, it matters even less that you have just consumed 233 calories and are already considering having another one, all that matters is that your dark side is being fed.
Costing only the same as a normal Kit-Kat (around 45p for the four finger version) you do not need to worry that your habit will become too expensive and that you will be forced into a life of crime to feed your dark side, although if you were you would not care about that either just so long as you could have your fine dark Kit-Kat!
Thanks for reading!
Have a break, have a Kit Kat.
So, it's Friday afternoon and I had a chocolate craving and the first thing I saw was a lovely 4 stick Kit Kat Dark bar!! Maybe it was the bright red packaging that drew my eye to it or maybe it was the fact that there are 4 sticks and all for only 233 calories but needless to say, the chocolate bar did not last long. Also, it is a lovely dark chocolate instead of the original milk chocolate and I felt like a bit of a change.
Like I said, Kit Kat's come in a bright red packet that is now made out of foil so it is guaranteed to be fresh when you open it. It even says on the packet that the foil fresh wrapping is for extra crispiness. The chocolate itself is made up of what can be described as fingers, with three layers of crème-filled wafer and then all of that is covered with a layer of chocolate.
There are various ways I think in which people eat a Kit Kat, much like there are different ways to eat a Cadbury's Cream Egg. I tend to nibble the ends of as the chocolate seems to be a bit thicker at the ends then it is on top. I also nibble around the sides of the fingers as this chocolate is also thicker than the top. Then some people will break the Kit Kat in half which was made popular but the tv commercials showing people breaking it with the phrase, "Have a Break, have a Kit Kat!" I find the chocolate to be of a very high quality, like all Nestle chocolate actually and the wafer is always very crispy and fresh. The layers of crème are not too thick but enough to give the bar a bit of texture and flavour. They do not really have a flavour, they just taste like crème but have a nice taste to them. Kit Kat's do actually come in different flavours now such as Orange, Original milk chocolate, mint and White Chocolate!
Each stick is approximately 12 cm long and 1cm wide. The sticks are joined together by chocolate but it is very easy to break apart the different sticks to share with others (though why you would share chocolate with others I don't know!!)
Kit Kat's are now produced by Nestle but when they first came out they were developed by Rowntree as far back as 1935! The idea apparently came about when an employee at the Rowntree's factory suggested they should come up with a snack that "a man could have in his lunch box for work."
Apparently, according to a website I visited, "the name is believed to have come from the Kit-Cat Club, an 18th century Whig literary club founded in the reign of James II and located at Christopher Catling ("Kit Cat")'s pie-house in Shire Lane, by Temple Bar.
Like I said, a four stick bar has only 233 calories. It's a little bit more than another type of chocolate bar but it's also bigger than say a Mars etc so it is worth it. So, if you're looking for a tasty treat this afternoon look no further than a Kit Kat!!
Dark chocolate kit kats are the food of the devil. Surely, with their creamy yet bitter taste, this temptation could have only been created by Beelzebub himself. Well, Nestle is about as close as you can get to a manufacturing devil (only to be topped by the demon that is Coca Cola), but not quite Satan, which is, in a way, disappointing.
Because chocolate this perfect should not have been created by a machine - it seems anti-climatic, as if there is so much more behind the chocolate than a ton of clogs and energy. The Dark Chocolate kit kat is an update on the old, traditional kit kat for those with a more refined taste. It still has all of the basic components which make a kit-kat a kit-kat - the crunchy biscuit exterior, and the soft covering of chocolate, with the four finger bars having a dimension of around 4cm by 12cm.
But, aside from that, it is a completely different foodstuff entirely. The wrapper is somehow more appealing, and once you've opened it, you're presented with a different, more rich colour of chocolate. The texture is not quite the same as the original kit kat, and even the inner biscuits seem darker and more thick. The only disappointing thing about this is that the outer layer of chocolate seems thinner.
Serving Size 4 Finger Bar (48.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 12.5g
Total Carbohydrates 29.3g
Dietary Fiber 0.5g
Personally, I think that the dark chocolate kit kat is a brilliant upgrade of the milk version, and definitely worth a try. I think that the other flavour you should try is cappuccino, which is in my opinion a fantastic alternative to the dark chocolate bars, and a million times better than the old traditional kit kat.
KitKat Fine Dark is the plain chocolate blend with over fifty per cent cocoa solids. It is a slightly chunkier size biscuit than the traditional Kit Kat snack and allows me to enjoy my favourite snack with a dark chocolate coating.
This classic British brand continues to be one of the most popular chocolate bars in the UK. It became a global brand when the Rowntree company was taken over by Nestlé. They continue to be made in the UK in York, and Nestlé has several production sites across Europe. There are now many varieties including the obnoxious peanut butter catastrophe. But the Fine Dark has potential. It is aimed at lovers of dark chocolate and comes in a Foil Fresh packaged 4 finger bar. I simply can't resist the rich bitter not-to-sweet chocolate which is a definite improvement on the milk chocolate variety.
A 10x21g pack Asda now costs £1.38
One of the most memorable and successful advertising campaigns of the 1990's was for Nestles Kit Kat. Who can forget their famous catchphrase, "Have a break, have a Kit Kat". It must have convinced millions of more customers to try this lovely wee chocolate wafer bar, as ever since it was first produced way back in 1935, Kit Kat has been a firm favourite of British and Irish consumers, (it's the UK's leading confectionary brand) and has long been one of Nestles' biggest money spinners.
Everybody these days surely knows what a Kit Kat looks like, in its distinctive red and white wrapper. It's on sale practically anywhere you can buy a biscuit or chocolate bar, so is very hard to miss. These days Kit Kat comes in "foil-wrapped" bars which I suppose is to keep it fresh for longer and prolong its shelf life.
Its popularity is well found, mind you, as it is the ideal wee snack anytime you are having a cuppa, be it tea, coffee, a soft drink, or whatever else takes your fancy. With its four fingers of delicious chocolate coated crunchy wafer (or the two finger variety if you're not so hungry) Kit Kat never fails to hit the spot.
As well as in the biscuit barrel, I usually have a few bars in the glove box of my taxi, or stashed away in one of the pockets of my golf bag.
Kit Kat is quite sweet to the taste, at least if you indulge in the milk chocolate variety. My own personal favourite is the relatively new "Kit Kat Dark", which is, as the name suggests, a plain chocolate variant to cater to the tastes and cravings of those amongst us who prefer our chocolate a wee bit richer tasting and with a little more bite. The wrapper is also darker than the traditional red and white, so its hard to miss on the shelves.
You can also buy Kit Kat in a variety of other flavours such as Kit Kat Caramac, (caramel flavour and fairly tasty) Peanut Butter (never tried it) and so on, and there have been various other exotic flavours over the years. Even an ill-fated "Christmas Pudding" flavour. (It never caught on!)
Kit Kat also comes in large chunky bars for those of you who like to break with tradition, and prefer a larger solid chocolate bar to sink your nashers into.
We usually buy our Kit Kat in the local supermarket in the 2- Finger 10pk (210 Gram) for Euro1.99. (Or two packs for Euro3.00) But, of course, the price varies depending on where you purchase it, and what size or variety of bar you prefer.
© KenJ February 2008