November 21st: Kit Kat Chunky White / Hazelnut Cream / Caramel

I think I could almost start my own separate mini-site given the amount of different Kit Kats I have tried in the last five years. I don't think I have made much of a secret of the fact that Kit Kats are one of my favourite chocolates and my search to find the worlds best has seen me try bars from the most unlikely of places. Off the top of my head I can think of the UK, US, Australia, Japan, Germany all having a stab at the JCM scoring system so far. Today I was giving a chance to these three Bulgarian produced White, Hazelnut Cream and Caramel Chunky offerings. All were slightly smaller 42.0g bars vs standard 48.0g UK Chunkys. As you can see from my pictures apart from being a little flatter they looked no different to our UK bars.

Kit Kat Chunky White (Bulgaria)
Kcal ??? Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs ???

Back In January this year we had a Kit Kat competition here in the UK pitting four Chunky flavours up against one another to determine one winner to stay part of the permanent range (See HERE). Out of the selection my preference lay with the eventual winner Peanut Butter, though it has to be said that I was caught by surprise as to how much I liked the White Chocolate Chunky on offer. As it came second that bar is sadly now gone from UK distribution but I was hoping that this Bulgarian one might satisfy my craving for one. Unfortunately I have to report that it didn't live up to it's UK sibling, with neither the chocolate or wafer constituents matching up. The chocolate was more of a sugar fest offering and lacked the milky creamyness of the bar I tried earlier this year. The wafer was also blander in it's wheat flavours and was also not as crunchy or crisp to the bite. By the end of the third block I had that horrible throart burning sensation building up at the back of my throat. This one was definitely disappointing.

6.6 out of 10

Kit Kat Chunky Hazelnut Cream (Bulgaria)
Kcal 227 Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs 25.3g (per bar)

I normally do the whole 'save the best until last' thing but as you will see above and below this would have been a very negative review of Bulgarian Kit Kats had I left it until then. Luckily I do have good things to say about this Kit Kat Chunky Hazelnut Cream as this was a bar I really did like. Unsealing the wrapper I was immediately confronted with some strong hazelnut scents so I thought this one was going to have promise from the outset. Sat above the wafer in the traditional Kit Kat Chunky filling placement, the hazelnut cream filling delivered everything I wanted it to and even the same lacklusture wafer as described in the white above couldn't spoil it. Indeed the hazelnut tones added a delightful woody nuttyness to the sweet milk chocolate and the savory element to the nutty taste not only tempered the sweetness but also made a delightfully contrastive set of flavours. Unlike a lot of hazelnut flavoured mass produced chocolates this was an unreserved nutty offering - imagine a Kinder Bueno style Kit Kat and you wouldn't be far off what you get here. I would buy this one again in an instant.

8.5 out of 10

Kit Kat Chunky Caramel (Bulgaria)
Kcal 227 Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs 25.1g (per bar)

The Kit Kat Caramel Chunky is bar that has split my opinion down the years. From our awful UK bar (See HERE) to the fantastic Australian (See HERE) the quality varies considerably from country to country. The main reason for this tends to be whether Nestle decide to use their gooey caramel, or caramel cream filling. Sadly I have to report they went for the latter in Bulgaria - Boooo!!!! Boo, indeed! This bar wasn't by all accounts a smaller version of the one we get here in the UK. The caramel cream looked the same and unfortunately tasted the same with the sugar intensiveness set to maximum. The bland, soft wafer and generic Nestle milk chocolate didn't make matters any better, but at the end of the day it was the heavy brown sugar like influence of the damn caramel filling that made this a bar I certainly could have lived without. This bar simply served as a timely reminder to just how awesome the Aussie one was and how our UK (and Bulgarian so it seems!) Chunky Caramel pale in comparison. Suffice to say I wouldn't buy this one again and I wouldn't suggest you bother either.

6.9 out of 10

Overall the Caramel and White offerings were both disappointing as they were either equally bad or worse that the Kit Kat Chunkys we had/do have here in Britain. Fans of bars like the Kinder Bueno and Ferrero Rocher will want to check out the Hazelnut Cream as it does a very similar job of creating a decent nutty offering for the mass produced consumer market. Bulgaria is now officially ticked off the JCM Kit Kat list :-)