It was not without a sneaking feeling of trepidation that I approached this bar. It has been on the Aussie scene for a few months now, but with little fanfare. Apart from a poster featuring an Anna-Nicole Smith clone dressed in a tight white nurse’s uniform above the bar at my local bus shelter, it hadn’t registered on my ‘Oh wow, that sounds delicious – I must try it NOW’ radar. Nor had I heard any rapturous recommendations from any of my fellow chocoholics but that could have been because of the recent Christmas bonanzas that were generously thrown our way; most especially the ‘special’ flavours of Lindt balls that are often only released during the silly season.
Back to Kit Kat. This may be an ill-informed generalisation, but eating raw cookie dough seems to be a predominantly American occupation (as with their raptures about combining peanut butter and chocolate) – we here down under would much rather eat the raw cake mixture left in the bowl and on the beaters after our Mums had put the cake in the oven to cook.
That said, I’ve never let cultural confusion get in the way of trying new chocolate.
Hmmm. The cookie dough filling (presumably meant to resemble the real ingredients of cookie – or biscuit as they’re called here – such as flour, egg and sugar) really just tasted like a solid paste.
To counteract the disappointment provided by the cookie dough layer, the Kit Kat Kreators have added a thin layer of caramel on top of the dough as a kind of consolation prize. The overall effect is that of biting into a chunky Kit Kat with some kind of indistinguishable, sweetish, stodgy filling inside.
As you can see from my sterling photography, it might as well be peanut butter for all I could tell and the ‘cookie dough’ flavour (whatever that might be) certainly didn’t make its presence felt on my taste buds. Indeed, being an in-bred of the generously-proportioned Kit Kat Chunky family, the bar has already got a lot of busyness in it – big thick chocolate bottom, three thin layers of wafer, generous chocolate sides and top and then it throws in some doughy paste and a final dash of caramel. Instead of creating a kind of confectionary fairytale in the mouth, it just blends in to a bland, forgettable sweet mess. This is not the sort of bar you want to be tasting with a blindfold on and a gun to your head…
I wouldn’t trouble myself to buy this again – I’d prefer to go for the Kit Kat caramel bar for a fix of extra sweet sticky stuff with extra thick chocolate. At least then I’d enjoy the full-on flavour of the caramel in a more generous amount than just a thin layer on top of old dough.
What I would rather Nestlé Australia do is forget about these non-appealing flavour combinations and instead try a chunky in Dark chocolate. Nestle do a beautiful range of family-sized dark chocolate blocks, so surely they could fling some Kit Kat Chunky’s way? If so, I’ll be the first in line.