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Did you know that Woot.com has friends in London? It's true! Though we don't ship overseas, we've got pals in all corners of the world, and every so often, the time we waste being civil to people pays off. Huge.

 

You see, Kit Kat UK is having a little blast of democracy right now, and they've got some brand new flavors. After the jump, you'll get to hear the voice of TRUE freedom, as our 100% American writing team chows down on some British delicacies (and a token US Kit Kat for balance).

 

Aren't you sorry you weren't here to join us? Yes, you are. Yes, you are.

Naturally, the super-civilized British have a talent for candy that far surpasses that of any other nation, so everyone was very excited. Before eating, we took a moment to meet all the flavors.

 

Ready to dive in? Okay. Competition... on!

 

Anyone who's anyone knows that standard American Kit Kat up there. Crunchy, chocolatey, wafery and grand. What is there to say? Everyone agreed: it was a Kit Kat all right. A solid 8.5.

Now, it gets serious. Here's the Chunky Kit Kat, and this is where the debate began.

 

While the chocolate was better quality, most of the room felt the wafer ratio was negatively impacted by the increased size. In the same way an ant hit by an enlarging ray would be unable to stand, so too did this Chunky Kit Kat collapse before our judges. It was rated 7.5 despite claims of a clear anti-European bias.

Next up was the Coconut Kit Kat.

 

Amy said it best: this was clearly not real coconut, but someone cared enough to make it a high quality imitation. Jason found it "bright, clean, lively." Coconut was the first real contender for the brave young American, and scored a solid 8.5!

On the decks? Chocolate Fudge.

 

See that extra second layer of chocolate above the wafer? Though it sounds like a good idea, in practice, the extra burst was just a bit overpowering, and the necessary wafer flavor was buried beneath a chocolate wave. Judges were split, however, with some rating it high and some rating it low. The controversy sent poor Choc Fudge spinning out of the lead with a 7.8.

Now it was time to test the Hazelnut, one of the most anticipated contestants.

 

Though it seemed to have the most creme, thee were no complaints from any of the judges on this one. Hazelnut was solid, delicious, and inoffensive. One of the more cynical observers went so far as to describe it as "The Forrest Gump of Kit Kats" but there's one in every crowd, right? Hazelnut ended with a unsurprising 8.9 and the best chance at the gold. But there was still one last contender…

 

Disclosure, that Mint Kit Kat there was the one Sean was most waiting for since the start. And it did not disappoint him, earning a Sean Adams vote of 9.0 and being described as "like a Girl Scout Cookie!" with a nice mix of filling and wafer. And yet, the mint was not as popular with the other judges. Jason felt it was too mouthwashy, and Amy refused to even take a bite (due to her personal hatred of mint). These biases forces Mint into a tragic 8.0 score, a huge blow to the scrappy young candy bar. But let's be fair here, the ultimate winner was, in fact, the judging team.

 

Remember, if there's one thing we Americans do best, it's ruin the elections of other countries. So head on over to Kitkat.co.uk and demand your right to use our democratic process on their independent monarch-based socialism! And thanks to our dear friend Matthew for helping to make sure these Kit Kats crossed the ocean. As always, you're the Tops.



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jsh139


quality posts: 12 Private Messages jsh139

Kiiit Kaats.... *homer drool*


So jealous.

Insert signature here.

MissLinda


quality posts: 1 Private Messages MissLinda

How do you hate mint? That's like hating kittens.

spitfire6006006


quality posts: 2 Private Messages spitfire6006006

We used to have the chunky ones here, i used to eat them for lunch almost every day in high school

WindRunner


quality posts: 4 Private Messages WindRunner

I would ruin their election, but sign-in through facebook ruined the ruining process for me. Why they insist on such nonsense is beyond me...

agingdragqueen


quality posts: 116 Private Messages agingdragqueen

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WindRunner wrote:I would ruin their election, but sign-in through facebook ruined the ruining process for me. Why they insist on such nonsense is beyond me...



I know. We were all excited to vote and I don't think any of us ended up doing so after the Facebook prompt.

jjdarling


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"...the wafer ratio was negatively impacted by the increased size. In the same way an ant hit by an enlarging ray would be unable to stand, so too did this Chunky Kit Kat collapse..."

I understand you have to create the editorial suspense by setting up the original chunky as if it were a design that had to be improved upon, but this statement is simply not true. The Kit Kat Chunky is a candy bar that is unrivaled in the world of commercial mass-produced chocolate bars.

Slydon


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jjdarling wrote:I understand you have to create the editorial suspense by setting up the original chunky as if it were a design that had to be improved upon, but this statement is simply not true. The Kit Kat Chunky is a candy bar that is unrivaled in the world of commercial mass-produced chocolate bars.



Hey, I'm with you, but I'm just reporting how these savages voted.

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.

cLUrun


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It seems like none of the Woot staff has travelled to Japan to taste their flavors. They've circulated 200+ different Kit Kats there.

shawn42


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cLUrun wrote:It seems like none of the Woot staff has travelled to Japan to taste their flavors. They've circulated 200+ different Kit Kats there.


Exactly! Wild flavors like Green Tea, and Wasabi. The Dark Chocolate is great. I really want to try the Brown Sugar Syrup Chocolate.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=japan+kit+kat&tag=dealswoot-20&index=aps&hvadid=1696502441&ref=pd_sl_7wsesiwc13_e

Moueska


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Y'know, Sean... Nestle actually put out a Thin Mint wafer bar and a Samoa wafer bar that could potentially rival the taste test here. It was last autumn, so I don't know if you can still get your hands on them - but I know that my local video store bought a few boxes and has been gently hoarding the inventory so that they can sell the bars for $1.50 a pop...

And yes, they're good enough for me to buy them at that price, even with the small size.

senojjones


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I signed on to Amazon.Uk and ordered all 4! Then Amazon tells me no, no, no...We cannot ship to the US. What a bunch of weenies..

What's the point of having a credit card and a computer if I cannot buy stuff with a simple click of the mouse..Huh?

Told U So


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They missed the boat, or maybe they are on a Carnival cruise ship stranded at sea? America loves peanut butter & jelly. Keep your trendy flavors with the tea and crumpets in the candy aisle or isle? Count this as a write in vote!

ozzallos


quality posts: 4 Private Messages ozzallos

You'll have to invade Japan sooner of later too: Green Tea Kit Kats.



I can confirm they taste vaguely green tea-ish.

threemoons


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My brother sent me back awesome Wasabi KitKats from Shanghai.

Tasted more like white chocolate plus some mintyness, with only a hint of herbyness from the wasabi flavoring. VERY tasty.

thumperchick


quality posts: 231 Private Messages thumperchick

Yeah, Kit-Kats have a TON more flavors in Japan gets all the cool weird stuff.

jimmythewoot


quality posts: 6 Private Messages jimmythewoot

Um... Some of those Kit-Kats -- chocolate fudge through mint -- should fall off the plate, shouldn't they? And is their perpendicular orientation to the earth's surface possibly the reason for their poor showing in the taste test?

Onomatopoeia. Get used to it.

havemenow


quality posts: 0 Private Messages havemenow

Have imported Kit Kats as a WOOT one of these days !

skynite08


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Ok, What happened to the Orange KitKat??? That is by far the best Flavor! Some one needs to get fired for not providing the one combination that makes sense! I have to bribe people to get them to bring me a box.

Sami Yousif

eastcheap


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senojjones wrote:I signed on to Amazon.Uk and ordered all 4! Then Amazon tells me no, no, no...We cannot ship to the US. What a bunch of weenies..



I don't think amazon.co.uk will ship anything that's not books/CDs/etc. to the US (all "intellectual property" stuff -- go figure).

You can usually get some kind of Kit Kat selection from the various "British foods" outfits, but the selection is typically limited and the costs are high, since importers have to deal with American UPCs and labelling laws. A very few things (Irn-Bru comes to mind) are right out as they contain ingredients banned in the US.

And it's not just Kit Kats. Cadbury products are also licensed to Hershey in the US...no Flake for you!

Even their damn books are rewritten for Americans.

Basically, when it comes right down to it, Brits are rubbish when it comes to international marketing. And they wonder why so many of their companies are now owned by European and Indian multinationals.

john524


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Kit Kat is one of only two candy bars (that I know of) that are licensed by Hershey in the US. They are actually Nestle candy bars in the rest of the world. Rolo is the other candy "bar" that is Nestle, but made by Hershey in the US. Check the labels for yourself. They're the only two wrappers that say "Hershey" and "Nestle" on the same label.