KitKat: The Treat You’ll Never Trade


Photo by Natali Brito

Rebecca Lim, News Editor

   As you dump your basket of hard-earned candy onto the floor, you already have one treat in mind. It’s sweet, crunchy, and basically perfect. As you rake your fingers through the pile of candy, your eyes dart around, desperately searching for the glossy red packaging in a sea of various colors. Then, you finally see it: a KitKat. 

   Unlike the Smarties, Skittles, and Reese’s you’d put up for trade with your trick or treating buddy, this one’s staying with you. 

   You unwrap the tight, plastic packaging and admire the KitKat in all its trapezoidal glory. As you sink your teeth into it, a satisfying crunch rings through your ears. The crispy wafers dissolve in your mouth as the silky milk chocolate melts into your tongue, creating a sweet experience, one that’s unparalleled with any of the other Halloween treats you might have in your basket. 

   Not only is the original milk chocolate KitKat flavor delectable, but the various other flavors like mint chocolate, dark chocolate, pumpkin pie, and special international flavors like matcha and cherry blossom are also just as delicious. No matter the flavor, you can’t go wrong with a KitKat: the beauty of the wafer-and-chocolate combination transcends flavors and even countries of origin. As junior Meakayla Ambroise states, “KitKats are awesome because they combine two awesome things: chocolate and wafers. Put it together and you get a light, crispy treat.”

   Another bonus of its crunchy layers: providing it protection from becoming mushy and inedible when melted, like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, which, actually, doesn’t even require melting to become unpalatable. A simple squeeze between two of your fingers could be the end for a Reese’s cup. 

   Unlike KitKats, dense candies like Reese’s, 3 Musketeers, and Snickers turn your mouth into a muck-like mess. There’s no variation in texture: just soft and sticky. This lack of variation amplifies the overly sweet flavors in Reese’s peanut butter cups, specifically. The thick peanut butter layered with milk chocolate melts into a sickly sweet paste that leaves your mouth feeling heavy. For junior Jeylah Valdes,“Reese’s are way too sweet: just eating one makes me feel sick.”

   The light snappiness and crunchiness from the wafer layers of a KitKat make it a perfectly balanced treat: a direct contrast to Reese’s. 

   Whether you’re breaking a king-sized KitKat bar into pieces to share, or fishing out a fun-size one out of your trick or treating basket to dig into, the snappy, breakable nature of a KitKat never gets old. 

   Although Reese’s peanut butter cups are ranked by numerous sources like Forbes and USA Today as the #1 Halloween candy, it’s honestly hard to believe. If you went to a house while trick or treating, and they offered you a bowl of candy to choose from, would you reach for a peanut butter cup? The texture and the taste are all a no. But a KitKat? With all its chocolatey, crispy goodness, you’re in for a treat–no tricks.