The Kit Kat candy bar, a product of the Hershey Company, is a light crispy cookie wafer, covered in chocolate. Each bar has four distinct wafers that can be easily broken and shared. As with most Hershey products, Kit Kat bars come in several seasonal varieties. In comparison, the nutritional value of a Kit Kat bar is essentially equal to a traditional Hershey’s chocolate bar.
Serving Size and Varieties
One standard Kit Kat bar is 42 grams, the Kit Kat King Size bar is 85 grams, a Kit Kat Snack bar is 14 grams and a Mini bar is 8.4 grams. Kit Kat varieties include Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White and Milk Chocolate Extra Crispy. Seasonal Kit Kat’s include Valentine’s Day Minis, Kit Kat Holiday Minis, Easter Minis and Kit Kat Halloween bars.
Nutrition Facts – Milk Chocolate
One standard Kit Kat bar has 210 calories, 11 g of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 30 mg of sodium, 28 g of carbohydrates, 1 g of fiber, 22 g of sugars and 3 g of protein. Each bar provides 2 percent daily value of iron and 6 percent daily value of calcium. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, people who consume foods high in added sugars tend to consume lower amounts of micronutrients. A milk chocolate Kit Kat bar has 22 g of added sugars, which is substantial for a single, 42 g food item.
Nutrition Facts - White
One standard Kit Kat White Wafers n’ Crème bar has 220 calories, 12 g of fat, 8 g of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 45 mg of sodium, 26 g of carbohydrates, 18 g of sugars and 3 g of protein. This bar provides 8 percent daily value of calcium. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, you should limit saturated and trans fats in your diet. The White Kit Kat bar has 12 g of fat, and eight of those grams are saturated fat.
One 43 gram Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar has 210 calories, 13 g of fat, of which 8 grams are saturated, 10 mg of cholesterol, 35 mg of sodium, 25 g of carbohydrates, 1 g of dietary fiber, 24 g of sugars and 3 g of protein. One chocolate bar provides 2 percent daily value of iron and 8 percent daily value of calcium. In comparison, a Hershey’s bar essentially has 2 to 4 grams more sugar and twice the cholesterol. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, it would be wise to find a snack that has a much lower fat content, and preferable one with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats.
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Based in Atlanta, Valerie Liles has been writing about landscape and garden design since 1980. As a registered respiratory therapist, she also has experience in family health, nutrition and pediatric and adult asthma managment. Liles holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in technical communication from the University of Colorado.