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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?

 

 


 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

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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.


 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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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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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

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"Zombie Skittles Are Already Wandering into Stores, and They Come with a Trick"

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Zombie Skittles didn’t earn their name just by putting a zombie on the package. There’s at least one Skittle flavor lurking in each bag with a more undead flavor. According to Mars, the Rotten Zombie Skittle is “ready to attack your palate with notes of soil and decay.” But since they’re hidden, you won't be able to tell them apart from the others just by sight. Creepy!

I guess it's a riff off of the Jelly Belly flavors that came out for the Harry Potter movies.

I am not a fan of Skittles so I will pass. If anyone takes one for the them and actually finds the Zombie-flavored Skittle, please report back.:B

 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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"Angry Butterfinger fans slam the candy bar's new recipe as 'trash' and 'nasty' "

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Butterfinger fans are freaking out about the candy's new recipe.

In February, Butterfinger's parent company Ferrero launched the "Better Butterfinger" campaign, with the tagline: "nobody lays a finger on my better Butterfinger."...
...However, many Butterfinger fans argue that the new recipe has ruined the beloved candy. 

From looking at the picture of the two side-by-side candy bars, you can see that the new version is a lot skinnier. I guess someone is saving some money, eh?

 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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6 hours ago, Toliver said:

"Angry Butterfinger fans slam the candy bar's new recipe as 'trash' and 'nasty' "

From looking at the picture of the two side-by-side candy bars, you can see that the new version is a lot skinnier. I guess someone is saving some money, eh?

 

 

Hubby doesn’t eat candy very often - but one his favorites is Butterfinger when he does eat candy - he will not buy the “new improved” version because he has heard it tastes like (behind) ... I don’t want to know how they know ... 😳


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I'm not overly thrilled with the prospect of them having faffed (thanks, @Anna N) with Butterfinger. I like the old Butterfinger.

 

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"Nestlé launches luxury KitKat bars in the UK — but they’re not cheap"

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KitKats are getting fancy.

Swiss chocolate giant Nestlé has announced a luxury, handcrafted version of the popular chocolate bar for the United Kingdom, in time for the Christmas season.

The opulent eight-finger bar allows customers to choose from 1,500 flavor combinations, and also features personalized packaging.

The new “KitKat Chocolatory” creation isn’t exactly a cheap thrill, though — each bar will set you back £14 ($17).

If anyone takes one for the team, please let us know the results.;)


 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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Before DH, I had never tried "Pay Day", a sweet salty peanut covered caramel bar.    First one, yucko!    Then then grow on you, until, watch out!   

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"Snickers made a special pecan bar for fall -- but it's already sold out"

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Snickers just got a fall-themed update, just in time for pecan pie season.

Mars, which makes the candy bar, debuted a Snickers Pecan Bar on Wednesday, conjuring up all sorts of chocolate pecan pie vibes. You feel them, too?
This version was available only online, but by Wednesday night it had already sold out.
Chances of buying any more sounded slim. A message on the website said customers could enter their email address to be notified "if we restock."
The bars were being sold as a 15-pack for $30. They're set to begin shipping September 30.

 

 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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"Reese’s is unveiling its first new holiday shapes in 20 years"

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On Monday, Hershey's announced several new additions to its 2019 candy collection, and a lot of people can't wait to bring them home. This year, Reese's Mystery Shapes, Reese's Holiday Lights, Kit Kat Cinnamon Miniatures and Hershey's Dipped Pretzels will be joining the lineup of the company's classic holiday mixes like red, white and green M&M's

If you scroll down the article someone tweeted a picture of the three Reeses shapes and I am stumped, as well, as to what they could be. I am sure they eat the same as the regular Reeses candy.;)

And the Sweet Cinnamon Mini Kit Kats sound good. 

If anyone takes one for the team, please post your assessment. 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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"Kit Kat Is Reportedly Coming Out With 5 New Flavors Next Year, Including Cherry Cola And Chocolate Cream Pie"

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...flavors like Cotton Candy, Chocolate Cream Pie, Cherry Cola, and Orange Creamsicle could be coming to Walmart in 2020.

...ANOTHER possible Kit Kat flavor coming in 2020: Apple Pie. 

If you see one of the new flavors, please take one for the team and give them a try and report back.


 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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Have not seen any new KitKats in these parts. However, my all-time favorite KitKat is the green tea one you can buy everywhere in Japan.

 

I recently ran across all-caramel Milky Ways miniatures. Nice oozy caramel.

 

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