What’s Actually in a Kit Kat? The Candy Bars Have a Surprising Ingredient in Their Filling

What’s Actually in a Kit Kat? The Candy Bars Have a Surprising Ingredient in Their Filling
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Think you know what’s inside a Kit Kat? Think again! Though the popular candy bars are billed as chocolate-covered wafer bars, it turns out you’re not just diving into a classy cookie when you take a bite of one of the sweet creations.

As it turns out, a BBC 2 show called Inside the Factory that went behind the scenes at the Nestlé plant in York, England, revealed a little-known fact about the beloved candy bars – the crispy wafers are stuffed with crushed-up Kit Kats.

In other words, Kit Kats are filled with other Kit Kats. How’s that for meta?!

The revelation came about when presenter Gregg Wallace inquired about what happens to all of the broken confections. “They go into re-work, where they’re used for the fillings for the wafer,” a factory worker dished.

Though the show, which profiles different food factories in Britain, was initially released in 2015, a recent re-airing of it has ignited the Kit Kat conversation all over again. As one confounded Twitter user put it: “The inside a Kit-Kat bar is crushed up Kit-Kat bars which makes you wonder how the first Kit-Kat bar was ever made.”

Pondered another: “Wait, the filling is ground-up Kit Kat?”

However, as Today Food pointed out, the production process for Kit Kats in the U.K. is likely not identical to the one that occurs in the United States. That’s because Kit Kats across the pond are manufactured by Nestlé, while the bars sold stateside are made by Hershey.

Still, the American candy producer remained frustratingly tight-lipped when asked about the inner workings of a Kit Kat, telling the outlet, “While we make and sell Kit Kat bars in the U.S. under a global license from Nestlé, the manufacturing process for Kit Kat is proprietary under this license.”

A Nestlé U.K.spokesperson was only slightly more helpful, adding: “To clarify, the ‘chocolayer’ — the filling between the wafer of a Kit Kat — is made from cocoa liquor, sugar and a small amount of re-worked Kit Kat.”

The rep then added, perhaps preemptively: “Please note, re-worked Kit Kat is a product which cannot be sold.”

Tell Us: Are you surprised by what’s actually inside of a Kit Kat?

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