The 7 Best And 7 Worst Kit Kat Flavors

If eating a Kit Kat can brighten your day, you're not alone. Americans purchase more than 190 million Kit Kat bars each year, which makes it the fourth most popular candy bar in the United States.

By far the most popular flavor of Kit Kat is milk chocolate, particularly in the U.S. However, you've been living too sheltered of a life if you aren't aware that there are actually a wide variety of Kit Kat flavors. In Japan alone, there are dozens and dozens of flavors on the market at any given time. In the United States, there are plenty of options, with five more possible hitting grocery shelves by the end of 2020.

While you could spend your time and money hunting down and ordering various Kit Kat flavors on the internet, you should be warned that not all flavors taste good. In fact, some are downright terrible. But, on the other hand, some flavors are amazing. Instead of playing Russian roulette with your taste buds, here's a look at the 7 best and 7 worst flavors of Kit Kats.

Best: White Creme

You don't have to go far to track down White Creme Kit Kat bars, as they are available in the United States. These are basically the white chocolate version of Kit Kats and they're spectacular. Compared to the original bars, White Creme has a lighter flavor and it allows you to taste more of the wafer. You'll truly be able to appreciate how good the wafer tastes, which is difficult to do when scarfing down the milk chocolate version.

Before you eat a White Creme Kit Kat, the best practice is to put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. If you don't have the time due to a rumbling stomach or a stubborn sweet tooth, go ahead and stick it in the freezer for at least 10-15 minutes. Once the bar is nice and cold, it's ready to eat. If you eat it while it's room temperature, it tends to melt all over your fingers and you lose out on most of the joy.

Best: Mint + Dark Chocolate

After rumors and even an early leak that had the internet buzzing, Kit Kat finally decided to go with the combination everyone has been waiting for: mint and dark chocolate. Officially, they are called Kit Kat Duos and the bars are even better than you are imagining.

Of course, these Kit Kats start with a wafer in the middle. The top one-third of the wafers is covered with mint, while the bottom two-thirds is blessed with dark chocolate. Take a big bite and you will be able to enjoy this happy marriage as it tickles your taste buds. The refreshing flavor makes it a perfect midday snack when you need something lively yet friendly to help you power through the rest of your day.

If you love Thin Mints, you will really love Kit Kat Duos. You might feel bad for not needing to purchase anything from your local Girl Scouts troop but these bars are worth the guilty conscience.

Best: Lemon Crisp

Kit Kat recently released a Lemon Crisp flavor and it manages to perfectly tiptoe the line between being a sour delight while retaining enough sweetness to make it easy to snack on. That said, there's enough of a sour bite that it's advisable to go with the miniatures so that your taste buds aren't overwhelmed with lemon flavoring. These smaller bars are the right size to eat in one bite, which allows you to take a break if the sourness becomes too much.

Unfortunately, there's talk that the Lemon Crisp bars will only be around for a limited time. If true, that will be a crying shame. There is good news, however. Over in Japan, they have a lemon-flavored Kit Kat that you can buy if you get desperate enough. The Japanese version has salt added to the equation, which gives it a slightly different taste. But if desperation strikes, the pinch of salt won't be enough to deter you.

Best: Dark Chocolate

Kit Kat Dark is another snack force to be reckoned with. This has the same dark chocolate from the Kit Kat Duos but foregoes the mint and just completely encapsulates the wafer with a richness that is difficult to put into words. While dark chocolate can sometimes be overbearing, that's not the case with these bars. Instead, the dark chocolate catches your attention but the Kit Kat remains light and crispy enough for you to thoroughly enjoy it.

While no dietitian would sign off on Kit Kats qualifying as health food, it should be noted that the dark chocolate version of Kit Kats has fewer calories than the aforementioned White Creme bars or the original Kit Kat. Thus, if you stuff your face with a bag of Kit Kat Dark, you can rest assured knowing it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Japan also has a dark chocolate Kit Kat but those are really bitter and should be avoided.

Best: Strawberry Cheesecake

The moment you open a Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kat, you'll know you made a fantastic decision to purchase this delicious snack. It smells like the best strawberry cheesecake you've had in your life. As soon as you open the pack, you'll be hit with the delicious smell. But even better is when you realize it tastes just as good as it smells. The strawberry flavor will hit you first, but the cheesecake factor will enter the equation soon after.

Unfortunately, there is some bad news. Getting your hands on these glorious goodies isn't as simple as taking a trip to your local corner store, as Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kats are only available in Japan. The good news is you can easily find the mini version for sale online. With how good these strawberry cheesecake bars taste, you'd be wise to load up on the bigger version, if you can find it.

Best: Brown Sugar Syrup

If you really, really cherish sweets, Brown Sugar Syrup Kit Kats are right up your alley. The sweetness of these bars simply cannot be overstated. Even if you have an experienced and hardened sweet tooth, it will still need to hold on for dear life when you first bit into this Kit Kat. But, thankfully, there is a reprieve. A tapioca-like aftertaste breaks up the sweet monotony in gratifying fashion and readies your mouth for your next bite. When you've finished eating your lot of Brown Sugar Syrup Kit Kat bars, you'll be wholly convinced that you've discovered one of the best snacks on the planet.

Like the Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kat, these bars are only available in Japan. Beware that Japan also has Black Sugar Kit Kats that are basically Kit Kats with added brown sugar. While they are tasty, they're not on the same level with the Brown Sugar Syrup Kit Kats. If you're ordering online, double-check to make sure it says the word "syrup" somewhere in the description.

Best: Original

Don't let all these fancy flavors distract you from the fact that the original flavor of Kit Kat is really, really good. If the cornucopia of newfound options have clouded your memory, original Kit Kats are made with milk chocolate surrounding a delectable wafer core.

While Kit Kats are a mainstay in America, especially around Halloween when kids hope to snag a bunch while trick-or-treating, they were actually invented in 1935 in York, England. These bars went international in the 1950s, thanks in part to their catchy commercials. The catchiness of their commercial continued in the proceeding decades. (Be honest, it's difficult to resist singing along about breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.) These days, Kit Kat bars are available in around 80 countries around the globe.

If you enjoy the original flavor but want to mix things up a little bit, consider the Kit Kat Big Kat. This has the same lovely milk chocolate coating on the outside, but it has five layers of wafers in the middle instead of the usual three layers. The result is a crispier bite and a more filling snack. It sounds like a relatively small alteration but the wafer becoming the star attraction actually makes a big difference.

Worst: Sake

A Kit Kat bar mixed with alcohol — what could go wrong? What sounds like an amazing combination actually turns out to be a total dud. Sake Kit Kats actually have 0.8 percent alcohol content per bar, which is not a lot by most standards but it's a notable amount for a candy bar. The problem is the actual taste of this bar is somewhere between bad and revolting. And the worst part is you won't even get a buzz unless you eat a few crates of these bad boys.

If you've never been to a Japanese restaurant, sake is a wine that has alcohol created when rice is fermented. Depending on the type of sake, it is served either hot or cold and can taste like anything from a sweet, honey-flavored treat to liquified rice. These Kit Kat bars have a definite rice flavor and a bitterness that makes you think twice before taking your next bite. If you want to live dangerously, you can't buy Sake Kit Kats in the United States but you can find them for sale online.

Worst: Wasabi

Wasabi Kit Kat bars are just confusing. When you open a pack, you get a strong whiff of wasabi and you expect an overpowering, sinus-clearing taste that will knock your socks to the other side of the room. But strangely enough, when you put the green bar to your lips, you are met with a sweet, chocolatey flavor with a whisper of wasabi powder gently sprinkled on top. It's such a light sprinkling that you can only taste it if you're really thinking about it. Otherwise, the Wasabi Kit Kat is just like a regular Kit Kat — except that it's green.

If you order the wasabi bars from Japan, you'll be disappointed that it's not close to the adventure that you're imagining. To make matters worse, these bars melt a lot faster than any other flavor. As a result, you'll end up licking green chocolate off your fingers while you contemplate how a bar that smells so much like wasabi has no bite to it at all.

Worst: Baked Potato

Once you get your Baked Potato Kit Kat order from Japan, the instructions say you should literally bake the Kit Kat in the oven in order to get that genuine baked flavor. That sounds like fun and if you can translate the instructions properly, it is pretty fun to stick a candy bar in the oven and watch it bake. However, that's where the fun ends. Once you take the Baked Potato Kit Kat out of the oven and put it in your mouth, your worst fears will become reality. Yes, this Kit Kat tastes a whole lot like a baked potato — but without the yummy toppings like cheese, chives, green onions, sour cream, or crumbled bacon. It just tastes like a plain potato with a wafer filling.

If you insist on getting a potato-flavored Kit Kat, go with the Baked Sweet Potato Kit Kat instead. This is another flavor that comes with instructions of how to bake it in the oven. The result, though, is much different because it has enough sweetness for you to enjoy it. But, really, why are you insisting on getting a Kit Kat bar that tastes like a potato? That's just weird.

Worst: Edamame

Edamame, for the uninitiated, are soybeans that were picked while still immature. I don't think we even need to tell you that the Edamame Kit Kat is disgusting. It has a bland, chalky flavor that will make you want to spit it directly into the trash can. It even smells bad and the green coloring will convince you that it must be moldy. Unless you are a masochist, there's no good reason to subject your taste buds to this punishment.

Amazingly, not only do they love this flavor over in Japan, they're so obsessed with it that they've even made a milkshake version. While this version is slightly better, that's only because the Edamame Kit Kat is so bad. Go ahead and cross this green disaster and its matching milkshake off your bucket list. It may sound interesting but you won't be missing anything if you never have it.

Worst: Cough Drop

I'm not sure what's more alarming: that Japan made a Kit Kat that tastes like a cough drop or that this Kit Kat is actually a legitimate cough drop. More than two percent of these bars consist of actual powder from throat lozenges. If you have a sore throat but you want a snack and neither condition can wait one more second, go ahead and choke down a Cough Drop Kit Kat. Otherwise do yourself a favor and avoid these things.

The taste has a subtle hint of peppermint to it. Unfortunately, it's too subtle to be pleasant and otherwise this Kit Kat tastes like watery wax. By the time you're swallowing it, the only good news is that your tongue and throat will be sufficiently numb. Perhaps that will help numb the fact that wasted money on a Kit Kat that lacks taste.

If you're wondering who the screaming guy is on the Kit Kat package, it's a soccer announcer named Yasutaro Matsuki who apparently yells so much he needs lozenges to keep his throat working.

Worst: Sweet Corn

In theory, a Sweet Corn Kit Kat doesn't sound too bad. White chocolate with a hint of corn? That doesn't sound amazing but it sounds edible. But, no, that turns out to be wishful thinking. Sweet Corn Kit Kats are an abomination. It tastes like a bowl of sweet creamed corn that has lost most of its flavor and has had a soggy wafer added to the mix. There are no redeeming qualities to this Kit Kat flavor at all.

With most flavors of Kit Kats, the taste of chocolate remains at least somewhere in the flavor profile. But not with these. The sweet corn flavor dominates all aspects of this candy bar. You can't even enjoy the wafer in peace without the corn flavor invading.

If you don't want to give up on your corn Kit Kat dreams, go with Kit Kat Chunky. Released in the United Kingdom, these bars taste like buttery popcorn. They're extra crunchy and actually pleasant to eat.

Worst: European Cheese

If you've never been to Europe, you don't truly understand how stinky their cheese can be. Unless you've hopped the pond at least once in your life, you're not prepared for European Cheese Kit Kats. Japan took Euorpe's smelliest cheese and infused it into a Kit Kat. The result will at the very least make you gag. If you can keep down your lunch, call it a win.

If you're stubborn, you will eventually get used to this flavor of Kit Kat bar. It's completely disgusting, mind you, but the initial shock wears off. European Cheese Kit Kat isn't something you should feed anyone but your worst enemy. It's so bad that you and anyone in the room who was present while you were eating it will need to take a shower. After you have admitted defeat, wrap these remaining bars in a few plastic bags to make sure no more smell is able to escape and then either put it in an outside trash bin or bury it in your backyard.