DAY 27: PumpKi-t Kat
Office suggestion boxes have given us so much, from “Bagel Wednesday” to “Pizza Friday”. Yet no recommendation has proven to be more profound than the one that led to the creation of the KitKat candy bar.
It’s true! This humble confection traces its origins to the suggestion box of Rowntree’s (an English confectionery) factory. After a worker suggested the development of a snack that "a man could take to work in his pack", Rowntree launched the KitKat in 1935. Within a few years, the bar was a hit throughout the country. Now, some 80+ years later, the KitKat is iconic and one of the most recognizable and popular candy bars in the world.
On a side note: No country has embraced the KitKat like Japan, where some 200+ flavor varieties are available. If you’re curious, Tastemade has an interesting series where one of their journalists is working her way across the country to taste them all.
DAY 27: PumpKi-t Kat
Item: Pumpkin Pie Kit Kat
Purchase Location: Amazon
Manufacturer’s Description: n/a
When I first read that Nestle was going to be offering a Pumpkin Pie flavored KitKat, I was both nervous and excited. But before I could get to tasting, I was faced with the surprisingly difficult task of locating a bag of these rare candies (get it?!?).
I'll just fast forward a bit and tell you that after 6 days, 2 states, and countless stores I was exhausted and discouraged.
So I did what anyone would do and turned to the internet. A coworker responded to my facebook post with an Amazon link, but I balked at spending nearly $9 on a bag of candy that probably retails for $2.50. However, when KitKat’s social media team responded to my tweet and informed me that the flavor is a Kroeger’s exclusive (unavailable in NJ), I realized I had no choice.
For a week, I waited (not so) patiently for the candy to arrive. Luckily, the weather cooled right around the same time, so I didn’t have to worry about them melting in the mailbox.
Opening the bag, I could feel the nervous excitement coursing through my body. Taking a minute to absorb the smell from the bag, I noticed a hint of pumpkin spice and a sweet vanilla-like aroma in the background (probably from the white chocolate they used for the coating). Visually, the package is slightly more orange than usual, with a picture of a pumpkin pie and an adorably spooky black cat in a chef’s hat.
It was time to taste.
Opening one of the candies, the smell of pumpkin comes through right away and is nice but definitely not subtle. It is warm, sweet, and inviting. I feel like my perception of it is positively influenced by the pumpkin-orange color of the bar, but I'm okay with it. There are no specks of pumpkin spice visible on the surface, but the smells are very present.
Biting in, the richness of the pumpkin cream hits right away. There is a fullness to the pumpkin of the pumpkin that shows clearly that it is the primary flavor. It is complemented nicely by a balanced spice medley that isn’t overly sharp in cinnamon or clove. The texture of the coating is creamy and finishes smoothly.
This candy really lives up to its name and tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. What I really enjoyed was that the bite kept the same satisfying crunch of the wafer section that KitKat are known for. (I might be imagining things, but I swear this wafer filling tastes like put crust)
There was a very pleasant aftertaste to the bar, and it didn't clash with my morning coffee. Yes, I did this tasting at 7am. I wondered if I would get tired of the taste, so (for science) I had 3 more. Even then, it’s still wonderful.
Overall, this flavor is aces. KitKat is my all-time favorite candy bar, so I was nervous that a pumpkinizing would ruin it for me. But this was nicely flavored with a great balance between the pumpkin, cream, and spice.
After weeks of anticipation and shopping, I finally got my pumpkin KitKat. And let me tell you, it was delicious.
Final rating: 5 /5 pumpkins