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The K list of candies is a hit list, maybe more of a mix tape, of candies. These candies run the gamut from nostalgic candies of your (or maybe your grandparents’) youth to new-aged show-themed treats. While one K candy is the most natural and organic of any of our candy lists another is the quirkiest, most junk-packed; see if you can figure out which is which?
- Kinder Joy Egg
- King Leo Peppermint Sticks
- Kit Kat
- Krabby Patty Gummies
- Kits Taffy
- Kola Cubes
- The Final Letter
Oh boy! If you’re the parent of a child born in the last ten or so years, you’ve surely heard of these gimmicky candies. Essentially, Kinder Joy Eggs are a surprise egg filled with a double layer of milk chocolate cream as well as two crispy wafers. Each egg comes with a mini-plastic spoon with which to enjoy the treat and, best of all, a toy. Kinder is a Ferrero Candy Company brand and Kinder products are manufactured in Germany. Besides the eggs, Kinder also makes other candy products including the popular Kinder Bueno bar.
Moreover, the toys within the Kinder Joy Eggs run the gamut from much-loved movie characters to toy vehicles. What’s more, each toy requires some assembly which is an engaging and educational experience for children. Finally, the main ingredients in a Kinder Joy Egg include sugar, vegetable oils, wheat flour, and cocoa; a single egg has 110 calories, six grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar, two grams of protein, and less than one gram of dietary fiber. Of note, if allergens are a concern, these eggs may contain milk, soy, and wheat.
King Leos are the leading name in the peppermint industry. King Leo was originally founded in Nashville, Tennessee, but was sold to the Standard Candy Company in California in 1999. Originally, the pure peppermint candy sticks were packaged in a lovely blue tin that made them an instant hit around the holidays. However, today the King Leo sticks are made in a bevy of fruity flavors making them more accessible year-round.
Besides being enjoyable to eat in their own right, King Leo Peppermint Sticks are commonly used in baking recipes and crushed as an ice cream topping. It’s also worth noting that besides stick form, King Leos are also now available in crushed bits and bite-sized candies. King Leo Peppermint Sticks are primarily made of sugar and pure peppermint oil; a serving contains 45 calories and 11grams of sugar.
Kit Kat is a household name that dates back to the mid-1930s. Though these chocolate-covered wafer crisp bars were originally launched in the UK, they’re now produced in the US by Hersheyland. A standard Kit Kat bar comes with four break-off sticks that are purely delicious. Though the standard milk chocolate was the original and arguably the best variety, other varieties do exist. Some popular Kit Kat flavors include blueberry muffin, mint & dark chocolate, strawberry, and white chocolate to name a few. Though the standard four-piece bar is the most popular, king-size, fun-size, and thins are other common varieties.
Besides being consumed whole, Kit Kats are also a common ingredient in baking recipes such as Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars, Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake, and Chocolate Pastry Twists. Furthermore, Kit Kats are primarily made with milk chocolate, wheat flour, sugar, and palm oil. Finally, a standard-size Kit Kat has 210 calories, seven grams of fat, 21 grams of sugar, and three grams of protein.
A cross between a candy bar and a cookie, Knoppers was invented in 1983 by Storck Candy Company in Germany. Available globally, Knoppers are essentially wafer candy bars layered with chocolate, hazelnut, and milk creme; each bar has five layers in total. Beyond this standard flavor of the delicious yet light treat, Knoppers also comes in dark chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut varieties.
The primary ingredients in a Knoppers bar are sugar, vegetable oils, wheat flour, cocoa, and butterfat. According to the manufacturer, a standard Knoppers bar has 140 calories, eight grams of fat, eight grams of sugar, two grams of protein, and less than one gram of dietary fiber per serving.
Similar to the Nestle Crunch bar, Krackel is a chocolate-covered crisped-rice candy bar manufactured by The Hershey Company. First introduced in 1938, Krackel comes in an iconic red wrapper that if you know, you know. Krackels come in a one-piece chocolate bar with perforations that make it easy to break off bite-sized pieces. Krackels are available in full-size bars, fun-size treats, and miniatures.
Unlike other chocolate candies, Krackel is a one-trick pony; the milk chocolate variety is the only manufactured flavor. Krackel bars are made with milk chocolate, crisp rice, sugar, rice flour, and other ingredients. Finally, a standard size Krackel bar contains 210 calories, 11grams of fat, 23 grams of sugar, one gram of dietary fiber, and three grams of protein.
Manufactured by Frankford Candy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Krabby Patty Gummies are modeled after the popular “SpongeBob SquarePants” character. Krabby Patty Gummies are bite-sized, stacked, burger-esque gummies that come in a blended bag of colors and flavors. These gummy sandwiches are fun to eat; you can bite into them like a burger or deconstruct them layer by layer.
The main flavors featured in a bag of Krabby Patty Gummies are watermelon, green apple, cherry, and blue raspberry. The primary ingredients in Krabby Patty Gummies are glucose syrup, sugar, gelatin, and cornstarch while a single serving contains 100 calories, 14 grams of sugar, and one gram of protein. If you or someone you know is a SpongeBob fan, be sure to treat them to these unusual yet tasty gummies.
Kafe is an organic coffee candy that’s manufactured in Chicago, Illinois. Kafe candies are a type of premium hard candy that’s made with real organic coffee. Twist-tied in white and gold wrappers, these tasty candies come in pouches of about 40. Each hard candy delivers a kick of caffeine and the taste of a bold, roasted cup of joe. Though the original Kafe candy is what gave this small company its start, other varieties quickly followed. Some of the other delicious Kafe flavors include French Vanilla and Caramel Cream.
Notably, each Kafe candy is made from the simplest ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic tapioca sugar, organic spray-dried coffee, and organic natural flavor. Lastly, each tasty coffee-flavored candy contains 60 calories and 11grams of sugar. If you’re looking for a little afternoon pick-me-up, Kafe candies will do the trick.
First introduced in 1924, Kits Taffy is manufactured by Gilliam Candy Company in Paducah, Kentucky. Of note, Kits Taffy comes in three-piece, individually-wrapped taffy pieces. It’s available in four flavors, namely strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and banana. Kits Taffy is not commonly found in stores and though they’re still manufactured today, it’s even difficult to find them online. The main ingredients in Kits Taffy include corn syrup, sugar, salt, and artificial flavors. Lastly, a serving of Kits Taffy contains 160 calories, one-and-a-half grams of fat, and 24 grams of sugar.
Invented by a company called Pascall in the 40s, Kola Cubes are an old-timey hardish candy with a tangy, cola flavor. Kola Cubes are cube-shaped, bite-sized candies with a sugar-coated hard exterior and a chewy, juicy center. They look a lot like gumdrops with red coloring. Though the original Kola Cubes recipe is no longer manufactured, a close relative keeps these nostalgic treats in the limelight. Notably, Kola Cubes are made with sugar, glucose syrup, citric acid, vegetable fat, and natural flavors. A serving size of about eight grams of this sweet confection contains 30 calories and five grams of sugar. If dietary restrictions are a concern, beware that Kola Cubes may contain traces of milk, gluten, soy, sesame, and/or nuts.
The Final Letter
In conclusion, the K list of candies covers a lengthy timeline, some dating back more than 100 years while others are newfangled and bizarre. Whether you’ve grown up munching some of these candies or you’re here for something new, give a K candy or two a try.