Japan does some pretty interesting things with Kit-Kats — and sometimes some pretty weird things — but Europe seems more interested in foregoing the wackiness and simply making them rad.
Meet Kit-Kat Senses, contributed to the cause by coworker Thierry Nguyen after a recent trip to… somewhere in Europe. Prague? London? I can’t remember. In any case, he brought me back a Senses bar. It’s slightly the worse for the wear after its travels, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a European version of Kit-Kat. Better chocolate than the American and Japanese bars, a slightly smaller size, and — oh yes — lots of hazelnut.
It might actually be the best Kit-Kat I’ve eaten to date.
As you can see, Kit-Kat Senses more or less ignores the fundamental laws of Kit-Kat. You cannot break me off a piece of this Kit-Kat bar, because it is not a collection of long horizontal cookie strips sandwiched with crème and robed in chocolate. No! It’s more like a Kinder, or maybe a Cadbury Caramello, or some other distinctly European chocolate bar. Five dome-like chocolates in a line, technically separable… but not ideally so.
So, here’s how it works. The basic bar is one Kit-Kat wafer, about 50% longer and twice as wide as a single wafer in a standard bar. What makes this one different than anything I’ve imported from Japan is the way the domes are layered on top of the single wafer. Inside each dome is a delicious hazelnut cream. It’s like eating a chocolately hunk of Nutella with sugar wafers inside.
It is delicious. There’s nothing especially fancy or surprising about Kit-Kat Senses; it’s totally a bog-standard European interpretation of the brand. But it works! Europe is the old country, a land of tradition and classics. They didn’t reinvent the wheel or do anything radical here; they merely took an American invention, refined it with a classical twist, and in the process made it wonderful.
Dear Europe: please send me more of these bars. Many, many more. Thank you.