Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. Okay, now that the timeless jingle is firmly planted in your brain, let’s talk about the internal workings of this wafer-crisp classic. The Kit Kat was invented nearly 100 years ago, and most people recognize them as being thin, crispy wafer cookie layers enrobed in chocolate. But, what’s actually in the middle of a Kit Kat might surprise you.
As it turns out, it’s a pretty resourceful solution.
The creamy filling between each crispy wafer is nothing more than ground-up Kit Kats and a bit of chocolate.
Yeah, it blew my mind, too.
We all know that not every candy bar is going to be perfect, but have you ever wondered about what happens to the ones that get “rejected” before they make it down the assembly line?
When it comes to Kit Kats, they’ve got a process that puts those less-than-perfect products to good use. They rework them, essentially giving them a new purpose to be used in the filling of more Kit Kat bars.
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It’s important to note that this “discovery” came from a 2015 documentary that featured a Kit Kat production line in York, in the U.K. In the United Kingdom, Kit Kat is owned by Nestle, while in the U.S., it’s owned by the Hershey Company, which has remained pretty quiet about the process.
It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that candy bars in the U.K. and the U.S. sometimes taste different, but you can dissect your next Kit Kat yourself to see if you can figure out the secret “formula” between each layer.
For now, we have the U.K.’s version to dissect, and it contains cocoa liquor, sugar, and reworked Kit Kat bars. Those are exactly what you might think—Kit Kats that didn’t necessarily make the cut when it came to getting to the package in one piece. So, they’re ground up and used as an additional ingredient between each wafer. It’s sort of like a Kit Kat inception—and a delicious one, at that.
Kit Kat doesn’t specify which ingredients are used in the wafers vs the filling, but it’s a fairly straightforward process.
So, the next time you need a “break,” think about what gives the Kit Kat chocolate bar such a distinct flavor and texture. We can’t know for sure if the U.S. does things the same way as the U.K. when it comes to production, but if they do, the process is a unique and effective way to reuse perfectly good Kit Kat crumbs to give us the product we all know and love.