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Confessions of a Novelty Confection Fiend

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Kit Kat strawberry. Very good. Sweet, of course. Found at my local Shop Rite, medium sized bag of snack size (ie, single sticks).

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From today's LA Times:

How the humble KitKat conquered Japan with ever-changing flavors. Anyone for sushi KitKat?

 

The article includes an interesting little history of the brand, started in the UK, now owned by Nestlé but licensed to Hershey in the US, where we are apparently only offered milk, dark and white chocolate versions, plus strawberry.  

In Canada, Nestlé adds cookies & cream, chunky peanut butter, mint, orange, white & milk chocolate, cookie dough and the special edition KitKat Rubies, featuring "A special recipe of delicious truffle, fine hazelnut pieces, all draped over our classic, crispy Kit Kat wafer."

 

Meanwhile, in Japan:

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...The company develops 20 new flavors every year, and replaces flavors on convenience store shelves every two months.

 

Here's link to a Pinterest board with photos of some of the limited edition flavors.

 

Personally, I'm not a fan - I'll take a Twix over a KitKat anytime xD!

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I was intrigued by the green tea KitKats when I visited Japan. 

 

As well as the green tea ice cream.

 

 

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(I'm not a regular in this sub-forum.  I hope someone will move this if a different topic would be more appropriate.)

 

"Hershey's Gold", what is it?  Hershey's website uses the term "crème" as though it means something in English--maybe it does in the industry(?) but I am skeptical.  

I am ambivalent about tasting this but I am curious about the concept.  

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@Fernwood  I've not tried it yet, but have read plenty about it.  It seems that some folks define the base as being sweet, creamy and caramel-tasting, and note that its not white chocolate- but rather a sugar, milk and vegetable oil base.   Not sure where the "creme" term comes from either.  There are peanuts and pretzel pieces dispersed throughout the bar, providing little salt bombs that help balance the sweetness.  All the reviews I've read give it pretty high ratings.  One person stated that it tasted like a Cracker-Jacks or FiddleFaddle.  (Cracker Jacks used to be one of my main food groups, so I was rather excited by that particular review.)

Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on one.  My Dad started me out eating Hershey bars as a small child- and between the two of us- we probably ate more than the whole neighborhood combined. The combination of peanuts and pretzels in a caramel flavored Hershey bar sounds lovely. It will never beat the Hershey bar with almonds, but sounds wonderful anyway. 

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22 hours ago, Fernwood said:

(I'm not a regular in this sub-forum.  I hope someone will move this if a different topic would be more appropriate.)

 

"Hershey's Gold", what is it?  Hershey's website uses the term "crème" as though it means something in English--maybe it does in the industry(?) but I am skeptical.  

I am ambivalent about tasting this but I am curious about the concept.  

We hated this.  I am crazy about caramel, but didn't taste it.  I am also not a fan of white chocolate or Hershey products, so that has to be considered.  Very vague bar with no personality that I could detect.

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I just had one of these bars. I think they call it "caramelized creme" because of the tan color, they didn't want you to expect the usual white chocolate flavor. I don't think the intent was a caramel flavor, but maybe the thinking was the salt from the pretzel was reminding people of salted caramel. The first note I detected was peanut, then as you chew you get the salt from the pretzel bits. I thought it was OK for a change, if you consider its not fine confectionery. I do like white chocolate. As a side note, they don't seem to be in wide distribution, I looked for a while before finding one (at Wegmans, and I think I saw them at Target last week).

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"Mint KitKat! Hershey's announces first new permanent flavor in a decade"

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Hershey's says it is bringing a new permanent KitKat flavor to the United States for the first time in nearly 10 years.

The flavor is called "Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate."

...The flavor will be available nationwide in December.

For me, the mint flavor can make or break a confection/candy. From the shade of green on this KitKat bar, it looks like the green of the Andes mint candy...subtle and nuanced. 

My favorite mint would be the bold peppermint in the York Peppermint patties.

Anyone else have a preference?

 

 

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Have not had in yeaars. We kept the patties in the freezer and mom kept a candy dish of the  Andes near front door. Constant mental calcultions as to how many we could sneak before she noticed. We re-stacked them tto "fluff up" appearance.  So answwer = both :)

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Mars has a Maple Almond Butter flavored Snickers candy bar.

Has anyone tried it? I am curious as to how strong (or subtle) the maple flavor is.

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2 hours ago, Toliver said:

Mars has a Maple Almond Butter flavored Snickers candy bar.

Has anyone tried it? I am curious as to how strong (or subtle) the maple flavor is.

John wanted to try them but high up on the ingredient list was lactose.....that's a no go for him.

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Made an unplanned stop by Walgreen's for cough drops. Came out with Sugar Babies, Skittles, Sno-Caps and Caramel M&Ms. Theatre-sized boxes, $4 for 5 bucks.

 

Who can resist?

 

 

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Went to World Market.....for pickles.   Came out with Munz white chocolate praline and a Bounty bar (hey, they were on sale!).   Both are now gone (but shared).  

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On 5/1/2019 at 3:34 PM, Toliver said:

Mars has a Maple Almond Butter flavored Snickers candy bar.

Has anyone tried it? I am curious as to how strong (or subtle) the maple flavor is.

I found the candy bar in a local gas station. It's quite good. It actually reminded me a lot of a See's Candies product.

Instead of one long bar, it's 4 individual pieces. The nougat is nothing like the Snicker's nougat perhaps because it's a thinner bar/piece and has less chew because the almonds are sliced almonds.

Upon first bite, the maple flavor is very prominent, but as you eat your way through the pieces, that flavor seems to go into the "background". 

I am very impressed with this maple version of a Snickers bar. I would definitely buy it again.

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