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Get Ready, All Your Favorite Chocolate Might Soon Be More Eco-Friendly

If you’re wondering what the next big environmental kick in the food world might be, just look down at your candy bar.

We probably don’t think about what happens to our candy wrappers when we gobble up that chocolate and toss the plastic in the trash, but there are companies that have actually been thinking about it.

Over the years, gourmet chocolates have tried their hand at compostable chocolate wrappers, like in 2013, when Hnina produced its “guilt free” chocolate with biodegradable wrapping.

In 2015, Alter Eco chocolate really got the ball rolling, as it became known for producing an environmentally-friendly chocolate wrapper that “you can bury in your back yard.”

Since then, the build has slowed a bit, but Seattle Chocolate just jumped on the trend in a big way, launching compostable wrappers for its truffles, and a plan for a full switch by 2020. Their new truffle wrappers are made with cellulose, a naturally abundant organic material derived from eucalyptus trees that are sustainably harvested.

On a larger scale, big players such as Mars and Nestle have a goal of making all their candies with biodegradable packaging by 2025, according to the Huffington Post UK.

Mars in particular has made some pretty big leaps, teaming with Rodenburg Biopolymers in 2016 to create a Snickers concept wrapper made of potato starch waste, and being given top honors from the Global Bioplastics Awards.

The changes in our candies might not be immediate, but you will probably start seeing gradual changes turn into dramatic changes, as we saw when restaurants jumped on the plastic straw ban trend over the last year.

So don’t be surprised if within the next couple of years your Kit Kat and M&M’s packaging start feeling a little different than what you’re used to. The changes are coming, and like we saw with straws, they can come in a blink of an eye.

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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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The Foods Stoners Stock Up On For 4/20

Anyone who observes the religious holiday of 4/20 will tell you that you need to stock up on very particular snacks to keep you going through the night.

The April 20 unofficial holiday is a perfect excuse for weed enthusiasts to get high without boundaries, but it is also an excuse to eat whatever the hell you want at the same time.

Everyone has their own strategy. You might make a quick run to Taco Bell and stock up on Doritos Locos Tacos or just walk to 7-Eleven and grab 20 bags of Cheetos. Either way, you know it will hit the spot.

A convenience store delivery service called goPuff hooked us up with some data to let us know what their users have been clamoring for the most on this haziest of days, and while some foods are obvious, others might surprise you.

Check out the snacks below and see if they fall in line with your 4/20 process:

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Nacho Cheese Doritos

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This ‘Chocolatory’ Store Lets You Design Your Own Kit Kat Creations

There’s definitely no shortage of custom Kit Kat creations out there, as an abundance of intriguing and innovative flavors can be found around the world. However, it’s a lot more difficult to find a place that’ll make the iconic candy bar to your design. One Kit Kat “Chocolatory” in Australia, however, will get the job done for you.

As the above video from Buzzfeed Australia shows, a Kit Kat shop in Melbourne, Australia will let you build a custom Kit Kat from a variety of options. You can choose everything ranging from your type of chocolate to the toppings for your personalized candy bar. Then, you can watch the Kit Kat creation get made and wrapped up in a packaging of your choice before reaping the fruits of your mental labor.

According to Nestle, the Melbourne Kit Kat “Chocolatory” opened up last year, and has been offering the made-to-order option from day one. They’ve got everything from popping candy to rose petals available as potential selections for your Kit Kat bar, meaning you can make everything from the OG to something that looks like a Willy Wonka masterpiece.

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While the Melbourne location appears to be the only permanent spot where custom Kit Kats can be built, a pop-up has appeared in the past in London, so there is the possibility that other parts of the world will be able to experience this in the near future — if only for a short time.

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Taco Bell Is Now Testing Kit Kat Quesadillas In The United States

Taco Bell has definitely been pushing the envelope when it comes to test items this year. Their newest creation, however, is definitely sweeter than the rest.

Stores in the area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin have been reportedly been selling Kit Kat-stuffed quesadillas called “Chocoladillas.” The $1 dessert item consists of a tortilla folded around melted chocolate and pieces of the iconic candy wafer. Currently available for an unknown amount of time, there’s also a Twix version of the Taco Bell treat available at some locations, Brand Eating reports.

Taco Bell Caramel Chocoladilla

This isn’t the first time Taco Bell has come up with Kit Kat quesadillas for dessert, however. Last year, the chain’s UK locations sold the same item for a limited period. Back then, they were called “Chocadillas,” and the internet easily fell in love with them once news broke.

Considering that they were a limited-time release in the UK, and that this is a test item in the US, the Kit Kat quesadillas likely won’t be around for long.

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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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The Next Wacky Kit Kat Flavor Out Of Japan Is… Cough Drop?

Japan is without a doubt the most eccentric in terms of their commercially distributed food. If anything, they’re infamous for their mad science, creating unique flavors of confections that any American would find bizarre.

Kit-Kat Japan is known to be masters of the craft; with a display of flavors ranging from green tea to sushi. There’s nothing the Land of the Rising Sun won’t attempt when it comes to packaged foods.

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The next unusual Kit Kat to be released in Japan is a throat lozenge flavor. According to Nestle, the cough drop-flavored candy has a white chocolate coating with a 2.1 percent dose of throat lozenge flavor that boasts a “fresh and invigorating” flavor.

The inspiration for this unique cough drop Kit Kat is to promote the Japanese national soccer team’s FIFA 2018 run.  The idea was the flavor was developed to help fans ease the irritation when they cheer on their team.  In collaboration with Asahi TV, former soccer star and broadcaster, Yasutaro Matsuki is the gentleman featured on the packaging.

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As someone who’s tried just about every Japanese version of Kit Kat available here in the states, am I the only one who is intrigued to try what I assume to be a minty, menthol version of my favorite chocolate? At the very least I am impressed at the attempt.

This limited edition Kit Kat will be available for purchase at convenience stores in Japan from now until September 10th.