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Kit Kat USA Launches First New Flavor In Nearly A Decade

In the United States, Kit Kat is owned by Hershey’s while the rest of the world gets these treats made by Nestle. As a result, the US doesn’t always have all of the flavors everyone else gets, but we’re finally getting one of the more coveted ones: Mint Chocolate.

Starting in December 2019, Mint + Dark Chocolate Kit Kat Duos will be available in retailers nationwide. This is the first of several different Duo flavors that Kit Kat USA plans to be releasing in the near future. The Mint Chocolate Duo flavor works by using dark chocolate for the lower half of the Kit Kat and a mint creme on top.

Kit Kat USA is making this their first flavor release in over a decade, and has confirmed that they plan to be making more in the future. Whether that means we’ll finally get to taste trendy global varieties like Ruby Chocolate remains to be seen.

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Hershey’s Just Created XL Candy Bars That Pay Homage To Our Troops

When companies put together promotional campaigns that involve supporting our troops, you’ll often find them specific to Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day or maybe the 4th of July. However, it is important to show appreciation regardless of the occasion. Hershey’s newest campaign is an example of this, at least, for the summer season.

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For the entire season, Hershey’s is offering XL candy bars with special military appreciation-themed packaging. In total, four different candy bars will be sold with the new wrappings: Reese’s, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, KitKats, and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with wafers. You can find them for sale now in Dollar General Stores.

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Each flavor will have a different set of three messages all meant to show gratitude to armed troops. They’re designed as inexpensive but heartwarming ways to say thank you to those you know who’ve served or are currently in the military. Think of it as a “random act of kindness” in the form of a $1.80 giant candy bar.

It would be amazing to find these available year round, but having a brand dedicate an entire season to military appreciation is a rarely performed and heartwarming move.

Hershey’s will also be giving their own “military appreciation gift,” as they have teamed up with Dollar General to give a $10,000 donation to the USO. The money will help the USO provide morale and recreational services, like live entertainment to troops on tour or special airport lounges to armed service members and their families.

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Krispy Kreme Serves Gold With New Hershey’s Gold Doughnut

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That bit’s been embedded into our minds since adolescence. It stands to reason that you’d want to start your morning off with a golden choice, right? A golden doughnut perhaps?

Krispy Kreme just announced the addition of a new Hershey’s Gold Doughnut. Don’t worry though, your teeth won’t shatter when you bite into it.

The new doughnut is actually made from Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed Doughnut. It’s then topped with pieces of Hershey’s Gold Bar and a drizzle of salted caramel icing.

Hershey’s new Gold Bar, which in 117 years has only been the brand’s fourth flavor, features a caramelized creme base that includes salty peanuts and pretzel bites.

Sure, it’s not a solid gold doughnut, but who wants to eat that? We’re more than happy to take a mouthful of this sweet and salty new breakfast pastry.

The new Hershey’s Gold Doughnut will be available at participating Krispy Kreme locations beginning Feb. 22 for a limited time. Anyone with nut allergies may want to avoid it though.

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After 22 Years, Hershey’s Will Release A Brand New Candy Bar Flavor

You probably didn’t realize it before this, but Hershey’s doesn’t release new chocolate bar flavors too often, so when they do, it’s a pretty big deal.

Meet the new Hershey’s Gold Caramelized Creme, the first new flavor since Cookies ‘n Creme in 1995.

Hershey’s Gold will consist of peanuts, pretzels, and a caramelized creme, providing its rich, golden color. That means that not only will it have a buttery, sweet taste, but you’ll also get a bit of saltiness and crunch from the pretzels and peanuts.

With a Dec. 1, nationwide release, Hershey’s Gold will be available in stores in a standard 1.4-ounce bar, and a 2.5-ounce King-Size bar.

This is only Hershey’s fourth flavor, ever, as it got things rolling in 1900 with milk chocolate, introduced dark chocolate in 1939, waited 56 years to mix things up with its Cookies ‘n Creme, and now is trying to entice a younger audience with a shiny Gold flavor.

The combination of salty and sweet should be pleasing, and we know Hershey’s won’t release anything new unless they feel it’ll be absolutely good. I mean, this bar was 22 years in the making, and should be worth the wait.

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15 Fun Facts You Probably Never Knew About Chocolate

If you have a stash of Hershey’s kisses in your bedside table or do thorough research on which dark chocolate is best for your heart, then you probably consider yourself a chocolate aficionado – or, at least, a super fan. But how much do you really know about the melt-in-your mouth candy we all adore or the ancient bean from whence it came? We’re about to find out. Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about chocolate.

It’s technically a vegetable

Milk and dark chocolate come from the cacao bean, which grows on the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), an evergreen from the family Malvaceae (other members of the family include okra and cotton). This makes the most important part of the sweet treat a veggie. Eating your daily vegetables just got a whole lot easier.

White chocolate isn’t really chocolate

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Sorry, white chocolate lovers. Since this extra-sweet variety doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, it isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. However, it does contain parts of the cacao bean — mainly cocoa butter — so that counts a little bit.

Cacao was once used as currency

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The cacao bean is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Archeologists say the ancient inhabitants of these areas started cultivating the bean as far back as 1900 BCE and that the valuable bean was used as currency in the Aztec society. Cacao beans would be traded for luxury items like jade and ceremonial feathers, or everyday items such as food and clothes.

Most cacao beans are now grown in Africa

Despite its Central American roots, nowadays most cacao (nearly 70% of the world’s supply) comes from Africa. The Ivory Coast is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.

Napoleon loved chocolate

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The French leader demanded that chocolate be made available to him and his senior advisers even during intense military campaigns. He was famously known to choose chocolate over coffee when he worked late at night, often enjoying the sweet until 2 or 3 a.m.

Milk chocolate was invented almost 4,000 years after chocolate was first cultivated

The Mayans and Aztecs were enjoying the bitter cacao bean long before the dawn of modern society, but that “chocolate” is nothing like a Hershey bar you’d go pick up at the store. The most popular chocolate in the modern world (although its darker counterpart has become extremely trendy recently) is milk chocolate – however, this wasn’t invented until 3,600 years after ancient civilizations started enjoying cacao.

Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created the tasty treat in 1875 after eight years of trying to make his recipe work. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient he was missing.

The invention of the first chocolate bar started a manufacturing empire


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In 1847, British chocolate maker Joseph Fry found a way to mix the ingredients of cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa to manufacture a paste that could then be molded into a chocolate bar unlike anything the world had seen before. Demand was immediately high, and the Fry Chocolate Factory in Bristol, England began pumping out the bars. In the following decades, over 220 innovative chocolate products were introduced to the masses, including production of the first chocolate Easter egg in UK in 1873 and the Fry’s Turkish Delight (or Fry’s Turkish bar) in 1914. In 1896, the firm became a registered private company and was run by the Fry family, with Joseph Storrs Fry II, grandson of the first Joseph Storrs Fry, as Chairman.

Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat

But, to be fair, it wasn’t quite the frothy, delicious drink we know today. The OG hot chocolate was an Aztec invention called xocolatl, which means “bitter water.” The drink was made with cacao beans, vanilla, and chili peppers and was thought to help battle fatigue. When Columbus and his men brought cacao beans back to Europe, sugar was then added to the drink, helping it to become popular throughout modern society. Now we get to watch first hand as YouTuber wilmo55 shows us a behind-the-scenes look at how this ancient beverage was prepared centuries ago. We’re not sure how well xocolatl would go over in our AS (After Starbucks) age, but we know that we owe a lot to this ancient drink.

Chocolate inspired the invention of the microwave

The thing that heats up so many of our frozen dinners and takeout leftovers – we owe it all to a little bit of melted chocolate. About 70 years ago, Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer was testing military-grade magnetron (or really intense magnets) when legend has it the heat made the chocolate bar in his pocket melt. Fascinated, Spencer brought popcorn kernels into the office next day and put them by the same heat, creating the first ever batch of microwave popcorn. Thanks to his melted snack, the microwave oven was born. Check out this How Stuff Works video to get the whole history on our favorite appliance.

Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old

It probably sounds impressive that these ancient trees, which have been revered as “gifts from the gods,” can live to be centuries old. Seems fitting, right? Unfortunately, there is an interesting catch. Although these trees can live to be hundreds of years old, they old produce cacao beans for 25 years of that time. Talk about delicious irony.

Chocolate has a special melting point

When modern day chocolatiers were trying to find a way to market candy that wouldn’t melt in the consumer’s pocket, they discovered the trick was to make the melting point right below the human body temperature. Chocolate is the only edible substance to melt between 85-93° F, which is why it melts so easily on your tongue; it has a specially designed “mouthfeel” unlike any substance on earth, somewhere between solid and liquid. Want to learn how to melt chocolate correctly? Then you need this quick video tutorial from Everyday Food to feel like a honest-to-goodness chocolatier.

There’s now a chocolate that can withstand intense temperatures

Food scientists have been laboring for decades to come up with chocolate that won’t melt in the higher temperatures, to accommodate warmer places around the world. In 2012, Cadbury announced that they were developing a technique for formulating a bar that could withstand very high temperatures – up to 104 °F. By grinding the sugar down to a smaller particle size and reducing the fat content, Cadbury’s new chocolate can withstand much higher temperatures without liquefying. The company hopes to introduce the product in Africa and Brazil in the future.

Chocolate helped the Allies win World War II

Granted, there was a lot more that won the war than eating chocolate, but historians credit the chocolate rations Hershey provided to the troops as a source of positive morale and energy. The Hershey Chocolate company was approached in 1937 about creating a specially designed bar just for U.S. Army emergency rations. According to Hershey’s chief chemist Sam Hinkle, the U.S. government had just four requests about their new chocolate bars: they had to weigh 4 ounces, be high in energy, withstand high temperatures and “taste a little better than a boiled potato.” According to some soldiers, the taste of a boiled potato was preferred to these ration bars, but the treat had a knack for picking up the soldier’s energy and spirits.

It shares some similarities with marijuana

The cacao bean has this nifty concoction of chemicals in it, a mixture that really sets off the pleasure centers in our brain (which is why we love/crave chocolate constantly). One of the big parts of that mixture is a chemical known as anandamide, which activates dopamine receptors and consequently, makes us happy. The most closely related compound to this chemical is THC, which is the main constituent of cannabis and has a similar effect in the brain.

Switzerland consumes the most chocolate per year

According to U.S. News, Switzerland is the #1 purchaser of chocolate in the world. The people of Switzerland purchased 18.1 lbs. of chocolate (yes, per person) in 2015 and that number went up to 19.8 in 2016. On the other hand, the U.S. wasn’t in the Top 10 in 2015 and broke in at #9 last year, with Americans buying 9.5 lbs. of chocolate for themselves in 2016. Honestly? We were expecting a lot more.

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Hershey’s New Halloween Sweets Include Reese’s Eyeballs and White Pumpkins

Now that October has begun, we’ve started our month of daily horror flicks leading up to Halloween. As we sit through 31 days worth of the most terrifying movies in history, we’re going to need something sweet to snack on. To calm those nerves, of course.

Hershey’s has released a variety of Halloween-inspired candies that will delight even the most ghoulish of goblins.

Included in this year’s Halloween innovations are Reese’s Peanut Butter White Pumpkins, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Skulls, Reese’s Eyeballs, and Kit Kat Halloween King Size Bars.

The chocolates and candies will be available at participating retailers through the end of the month. You can easily spot them with their spooky scary packaging.

Kids, just make sure to brush your teeth after you eat all that candy. The only thing scarier than ghouls and goblins is a fat cavity.

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This Is Why Kit Kat Never Has Cool Flavors In The U.S.

For years, we’ve written about amazing Kit Kat flavors such as sake, green tea, chocolate mint whirl, and even cookie dough, but none of these offerings have ever appeared on American grocery store shelves.

Upon closer review, it’s not just that the U.S. doesn’t want to incorporate these flavors, it’s that the U.S. Kit Kat isn’t even owned by the same company as global Kit Kats.

It gets a little confusing, because you’d think all Kit Kats would be the same, but if you ever look at the U.S. Kit Kat packaging, you’ll notice it’ll say it’s produced by Hershey’s, while any Kit Kats outside of the U.S. have Nestlé printed on it.

You’re probably wondering how the hell this happened, but when Nestlé bought out Kit Kat from Rowntree (Kit Kat’s creator) in 1988, the Hershey Company already had a previous contract to produce Kit Kats in the U.S.

Nestlé couldn’t pry those rights away from Hershey’s, so to this day, ‘Merica is the only country in the world that has non-Nestlé produced Kit Kat bars.

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Because of this, all those cool flavors in Japan, Australia, Canada, and everywhere else in the world, come from the minds of Nestlé, while the U.S. has to be content with the minimal flavor efforts of white chocolate, strawberry, and the ever-daring “Dark” chocolate bars that Hershey’s goes with.

Kit Kat might eventually break out and start giving U.S. customers cool flavors, but until then, we’ll have to envy the rest of the world as we bite into our basic milk chocolate bars.

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Strawberry Kit Kats Headline Hershey’s New ‘Flavors of America’ Collection

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You can now sample the flavors of America in a brand new lineup of summer-themed Hershey’s candy.

Hershey’s unveiled the set of new sweets as a tribute to popular destinations in the United States over the summer. States including California, Georgia, New York, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida all got their own exclusive candies themed around popular flavors from the area during summer.

One of the most exciting new candies to come out of this lineup are California Strawberry Kit Kats, made to commemorate the annual Strawberry Festival that takes place in the Golden State over the summer. For the other states, Hawaii has Coconut Almond Hershey’s Kisses, New York gets Cherry Cheesecake flavored Hershey’s bars, Texas BBQ is portrayed in BBQ-flavored PayDay bars, and Honey Roasted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups h0nor the tastes of Georgia.

Florida was lucky enough to get two candies based off its summer treats. Key Lime Pie and Orange Cream Pop flavored Twizzlers both represent the citrus flavors you’ll typically find in the Sunshine State.

You’ll be able to snag these candies nationwide starting today, and they’re available while supplies last.

All of these different candies are interesting new takes on classics that allow you to sample the entire country in just a few bites.