There are two kinds of people who may wonder aloud “Is there peanut butter in Kit Kats?”
1. People with peanut allergies who will have a negative reaction from consuming something even tangentially connected to peanuts and who wish to avoid exposure to such products as often as they can.
2. People who appreciate peanut butter in their sweets and are looking for every opportunity to enjoy it in something new.
Let’s Answer: Is There Peanut Butter in Kit Kats?
Let us begin with the obvious assessment. The normal varieties of Kit Kat available in the United States do not contain peanut butter. Furthermore the packaging on these sweets even reflects that Kit Kats are not even manufactured in facilities that handle peanuts. As just a reminder, the three main domestic flavors of Kit Kat available to Americans are the following.
- Milk chocolate.
- Dark chocolate.
- White chocolate.
“Why Focus So Much On American Kit Kats?”
American Kit Kats may lack peanut butter as an ingredient, the Kit Kats found within the international market are an entirely different matter. It just so happens that Kit Kat began its life as a British confection and is now, with the exception of sales made within the United States, handled entirely by the Nestlé corporation. It is within the sweet’s homeland of the United Kingdom that one can easily find Kit Kats that happen to have peanut butter their featured ingredient.
Nestlé held a contest in 2012 that allowed people in the United Kingdom and Ireland to vote on their favorite flavor to be added to the line of “Chunky Kit Kat” products. The choices of this contest were double chocolate, orange, peanut butter and white chocolate. Peanut butter was the overall winner of this contest, having won 47% of the vote.
Just How Many Different Flavors of Kit Kat Are There?
Beyond the obvious examples already covered so far in this article, one need only look into the Japanese market of Kit Kats to see just how exhaustive a list there happens to be for Kit Kat flavors. While the following list is but a fragment of the flavors that exist, some of them were only produced for a limited amount of time.
- Ginger ale
- Soy sauce
- Creme brulee
- Macha green tea
- Regular green tea
- Sake. There are actually several varieties of sake Kit Kats, distinguished by the variety of sake used.
- Manju, a Japanese sweet typically filled with red bean paste and commonly offered as hot springs.
- Cookies & cream
- Lemon crisp
- Raspberry creme
- Shinshu apple
- Rum raisin
- Ikinari dango, a Japanese dumpling filled with red bean paste and sweet potato.
- Purple sweet potato
- Hoji-cha. Roasted green tea.
- Strawberry maple
- Pistachio and raspberry
- Chocolate fudge
So as you can see, you may not find peanut butter in the ingredients of an American Kit Kat but anyone with an interest in mixing their peanut butter with their Kit Kats can easily find a market that will satisfy such eclectic tastes.