Well, this was a big surprise. It turns out that Canada, being the forward thinking country that it is, has taken it upon itself to pump up the cocoa solids in their KitKat and Aero bars to a whopping 70%. So these aren’t just the usual “dark” versions of the bars that have been showing up in other places around the globe, these could potentially be the holy grail for dark chocolate lovers if they pass the taste test.
The Aero is actually a little disappointing. The problem is that apart from the bubbles, there isn’t anything else added to the chocolate and so that means this is just some rather ordinary 70% chocolate with some texture. And that’s about it. Plus, as is the trend with the darker incarnations of bars, it is a little on the small side at just 42g.
The KitKat, on the other hand, is not disappointing at all. Quite the reverse. The combination of the dark chocolate and the wafer works really well. Plus the wafer centre doesn’t come across as being too sweet either, which was my real fear, so it isn’t battling the bitterness of the covering. Instead, it is a wonderfully harmonious experience that was over way too quickly. My only advice would be to buy them individually because you can imagine what is going to happen if you keep several of them in the house.
Nestlé are very aware of the perceived healthiness of 70% chocolate and so have noted on the wrapper that both bars are “an excellent source of magnesium and naturally occurring polyphenols” although there is also something about balanced diet and exercise too, so let’s not kid ourselves.
I’m really not sure if Canada is just ahead of the game when it comes to using 70% chocolate in popular consumer bars (we also have 70% M&Ms on our store shelves…), but given the love piled upon Dark KitKats in the past., I’m expecting to get a lot of people begging for me to share these. Maybe we can work something out…