I am doing my research this Halloween in hopes of making better candy choices for my little trick or treaters. While I would love to give out fruit, the price of produce is such that it really isn’t an option. That is especially true if you are expecting a lot of visitors.
I have already reviewed Smarties as a possible option for a candy treat this year. If you are interesting in those results, you might check out that article.
This time around I will review a kid favorite – – KitKat ‘” in Pack-A-Snack candy bars. The candy comes from a leader in the candy industry — Hershey’s. H.B. Reese Candy Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania manufactures it.
KitKats are crispy cookie wafers that are surrounded by milk chocolate. There is also a chocolate coating between each wafer. The bar is usually split down the center to provide two pieces per bar.
There are 8 .49-oz bars in each 3.92-oz carton of KitKat Pack-A-Snack candy bars. That equates to approximately 3 servings per package.
A serving is calculated at 3 Pack-A-Snack bars. Each serving adds up to 210 calories. Of that, 90 are fat-related calories.
There are 11 grams of fat in each serving of KitKat. Of that amount, 7 grams comes from saturated fat.
Each serving also contains 27 grams of carbohydrate, 21 grams of sugar, 30 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol. On the positive side, each bar also contains 3 grams of protein and 1 gram of dietary fiber. KitKat also boasts their candy provides 6% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and 2% of the recommended amount of iron.
Ingredients include cocoa butter, chocolate, milk fat, nonfat milk, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, sugar, vanilla, wheat flour, yeast, It also contains artificial flavoring, lactose, PGPR and sodium bicarbonate.
In the past some may have argued that children are capable of handling the levels of high fat and carbohydrate content exhibited in KitKat bars. They would; however, be wrong in many cases. Science has been able to prove a direct link between high-fat foods and obesity not just in adults, but in children as well.
While some disagreement still exists regarding the acceptable carb ratio, one should prefer to err on the side of caution. With regard to high sugar content, there is little doubt that it, along with high fat, contributes greatly to diabetes in children.
Once again, the burden of making good decisions regarding their children’s diet must rest with the parents. However, we can make it easier for them if we also make good decisions when choosing candy treats for Halloween.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Yes and No. Used in moderation – – one Pack-A-Snack candy bar instead of three – – KitKats are arguably no worse than any other candy choice. However, done in excess, with its high fat, high carb and high sugar counts, KitKat could add to health-related issues, both now and in later years.
Tasty? Yes. What is better than coupling a favorite cookie with milk chocolate? For kids, not much. KitKat is a perennial favorite.
Variety? Yes. While most of us are familiar with the original KitKat, there are 35 varieties of this candy sold around the world. These include apple, blood orange, candied sweet corn, cantaloupe, caramel macchiato, chestnut, pineapple, pumpkin, salt and caramel, sweet potato, strawberry, toasted soy, watermelon and salt and white chocolate espresso in Japan. It also includes cookies and cream, cookie dough and honey comb in Australia and royal milk tea and tiramisu in Great Britain. Additionally, Canada has banana and blueberry cheesecake.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. The traditional KitKat colors are red and brown. They are hard to ignore and easily identifiable on the store shelf.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Pack-A-Snack carton measures 12″ by 3″ by 3/8″. The package is relatively flat, making it easily storable in a cabinet, pantry or draw. The individual packaged bars measure 3″ by 1″ by Â¼”. They are small enough to store almost anywhere, including a candy bowl or jar.
Are They Fresh? Yes. Each KitKat bar is individually wrapped and sealed. They stay fresh for a long time as long as the chocolate isn’t exposed to high or frigid temperatures. Each package or carton also comes with an expiration date so the consumer can be confident in its freshness.
Diet Safe? No. Anyone keeping an eye on their fat, carb or sugar intake should steer free of this candy except in very small amounts, used rarely.
Easily Available? Yes. KitKats are sold almost anywhere candy is sold.
Price Effective? Not really. At $1 a package, the 8 servings contained therein do not make this an economical choice for candy giving. Some retailers charge up to $1.69 for the package, which makes it even more expensive.
Product Purchase Recommendation? No. I can’t give KitKats a nod. I have to believe there are better candy choices out there.