An unusual Kit-Kat for you all this time around, not a Japanese one, not a British one, not even an American one, but a French Kit-Kat.
I picked this up on my recent holiday to Normandy and, as with everywhere I ever go, most of my fun was had wandering through supermarkets looking at the differences between foods there and at home. When you’re a tourist the best chance you’ll ever get to experience what life is like in another culture is to go their supermarkets and note the differences. For example, Dutch supermarkets are all small, they don’t have the big out of town centres we have in the U.K. because everyone cycles everywhere and so can’t do the weekly big shop we do back here.
French supermarkets have to be amongst the world’s very best. They’re all absolutely enormous for starters and home to a cheese section so glorious it made me weep to behold it. Plus so much booze, just so much booze. Although not enough ale, and since I require both good cheese and good ale to thrive I’m limited to living in either the U.K. or The Netherlands so far.
Anyway I noticed a few odd Kit-Kat products, some Kit-Kat balls which we’ve discussed on this blog and before and a snack that was some Kit-Kats packaged together with some plain yoghurt. I did not eat this as plain yoghurt makes we want to vomit and other than that addition it’s just a regular Kit-Kat.
But they do have one flavour we don’t have in the U.K. and that’s noisette or hazelnut.
Not much to talk about with the packaging this time, it’s identical to a Kit-Kat chunky packet back home except green. I learned that green is kind of a standard noisette packaging colour in France the same way we make red crisps ready salted despite red and salt having no connection.
Incidentally I’ve noticed a few supermarket crisps start doing cheese and onion as blue and salt and vinegar as green. I know Walkers does this, we all know Walkers does this and we’re all in agreement that the people at walkers are insane to do this right? Red is Ready Salted, Blue is Salt and Vinegar, Green is Cheese and Onion, Pink is Prawn Cocktail, Dark Pink for Smoky Bacon, Brown for Steak and Onion and beyond that if you’re making up other flavours use what colours you like but those first 7 are a constant. Don’t give in to Walkers people, we need to shun them for their deviancy.
I expected this to be the same as the Hazelnut flavour that was in last year’s chunky champion contest but weirdly it isn’t. That had a layer of hazelnut crème on top of the wafers but this has something that isn’t a crème really. It’s whiter, grittier and less of a smooth paste. It’s pretty much a proper praline rather than some praline flavoured paste. The closest thing in taste I can compare it to is a Kinder Bueno which it really does resemble with the praline filling, wafer and chocolate.
It’s a nice praline too, not too sweet, really creamy, nicely nutty and with a real depth of flavour. I can taste four or five different distinct flavour notes in there which is impressive for a Kit-Kat. And it doesn’t have a sickly sweet aftertaste either; instead it’s nice and mellow.
I wonder if it says anything about our two nations that France chose hazelnut and we chose mint. Is it because mint has warlike associations with spearmint and arrow mint whereas the French are nutty? Is it because mint is a bold sharp natural flavour whereas the French prefer something smoother and more sophisticated?
Nah, but it probably does have something to do with how they like to put Nutella on everything.