Here we have the peanut butter filled variety of the ever popular Kit Kat Chunky bar. The story behind the arrival of this bar is simple- Nestle brought out four versions of the Chunky with different flavours (white chocolate, orange, double chocolate and peanut butter) of which the most popular was retained as a permanent member of the Chunky family.
Nestle Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter
You’ll see the word ‘new’ emblazoned on the wrapper above. That is a little bit cheeky from Nestle, because this bar isn’t new at all- it already existed until about 2 years ago, when they decided to discontinue and replace it with the Kit Kat Chunky Caramel. Do you see Cadbury marketing the Wispa or Wispa Gold as new? No…because they’re not new either! When you find a t-shirt or pair of jeans that you love at the bottom of your wardrobe, you might tell your friends that they’re ‘just like having a new pair of jeans’ but that does not actually make them a new pair of jeans.
Anyway, maybe I’m just being a bit pernickety on that. The wrapper itself on the Chunky Peanut Butter is fairly dull. Take away the word ‘new’ and I wouldn’t have looked twice at it…it’s a nice enough peanut buttery colour I suppose, but given that Nestle have just poured a shed load of money into the ‘campaign’ to find a new Kit Kat Chunky flavour, I’m surprised they couldn’t come up with something a little more innovative.
Out of the wrapper though, the Chunky Peanut Butter looked much better. I liked that it was separated into a few pieces and easy to break- it gives you the option to leave a piece or two in the wrapper without the bar getting too battered and smashed up.
It smelt pretty weak. There was a hint of roasted peanuts but nothing stronger than that. Which disappointed me a little- if you’re buying a bar like this, it’s because you want to really get a knock-out peanut butter punch. Otherwise you would have just bought a normal Kit Kat Chunky. From the outside, this bar certainly didn’t smell much like peanut butter. But did it taste like it?
Thankfully it did. The peanut butter flavour was pretty nice- the taste was pleasantly salty and had really deep, roasted notes to it. It was also strong enough to ensure that the overall mouthful was peanut buttery rather than chocolate or wafer dominated.
The Peanut Butter worked nicely with the chocolate and wafer too. The savoury element of the salty peanuts went very nicely with the (very!) sweet milk chocolate coating which was thick and satisfying if a little too sweet in my opinion. The wafer was less tasty- it provided a nice texture (this bar really crunches when you bite into it because of the wafer) but it didn’t really taste of anything at all.
Luckily the peanut butter is moist enough to stop the wafer ruining the bar by making it too dry. In the photos, the peanut butter appears to be dry and crumbly. That isn’t the case at all (must be my dodgy photography!) as it is a nice consistency; a little soft and moist but not too much so.
The Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter as a whole is nicely satisfying as a snack for hunger. Weighing in at 48g, it seemed a little slim in the hand and I had doubted its ‘Chunky’ credentials. I was definitely wrong on that front though- after finishing the bar, I was more than full. The bar definitely passes the chunky exam for sure.
I liked the bar as a whole. There were certain things which I’d definitely change; namely that the chocolate could do with a little more chocolate flavour and a little less sugar, and also that the wafer needs a taste of some kind with probably more of a malt (that’s the stuff Americans put on their ice cream sometimes right?) element to it.
It definitely has some positives too though. The peanut butter in this Nestle offering is nice and not at all greasy as is often the case with peanut butter products. Furthermore, it’s a well sized snack and will sort any hunger pangs you have during the day.
Let’s get one thing straight, the Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter isn’t remarkable. However there aren’t too many products in the peanut butter category of the mainstream market in the UK (sadly), and when I look at the competition to this bar (basically just Reese’s stuff) I would probably pick it off the shelf if I fancied a peanut butter fix.