KitKat debuts 'healthier' bars with only four fewer calories

The recipe for the UK version of KitKats is about to get a switch up, a Nestlé UK press release announced.

In an effort to reduce sugar, the chocolate company will contain extra milk and cocoa. Nestlé claims this will eliminate 1,000 tons of sugar from United Kingdom's public consumption -- which equates to 3 billion calories.

Nestlé insists that despite the change, KitKats will taste the same as before. Fiona Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland said in the statement, "I'm pleased to say that these products are the same size as the ones they are replacing and taste just as good."

"Milk and cocoa has formed the basis of the KitKat recipe ever since it was introduced in 1936 so, while people might have been expecting us to add something else, this is a great example of us using our strength in research and innovation to develop a great recipe that replaces sugar with a bit more of the existing, natural ingredients that people know and love," Kendrick continued.

The new recipe is targeted as a "healthier" version of KitKats. The Telegraph reports that there is only a four calorie difference between the old and new versions: 213 and 209, respectively.

Fans of KitKats took to social media to express their distress over the change:

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Social reactions to new KitKat recipe
@NestleUKI @KITKAT Why not get rid of sugar completely and replace it with sweeteners? They're a lot sweeter and better for you.
@NestleUKI @KITKAT think you need to put that into context. 4 calories and 0.7g of sugar less per bar. Not that great huh?
Nestle has changed the recipe for #kitkat. Not a fan. That's the end of a very long relationship.
Just eat some new recipe #KitKat... and it tastes horrible. Bye bye original taste. So sad. @KITKAT you just ruined childhood memories.

When asked about the small caloric change, Nestlé UK's Twitter account responded: "We're making changes, where we can, to help cut sugar consumption overall while still maintaining taste."

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