Good news for our plant-based friends! Swiss company Nestle is dropping a new vegan KitKat variety called KitKat V. In order make that happen, they're ditching a key ingredient - dairy milk.
KitKat V uses a rice-based alternative to dairy products to create a smooth, milk chocolate experience for plant lovers. Nestlé says the new variety still has the "perfect balance between crispy wafer and smooth chocolate."
They'll also be using their new sustainable cocoa to create the vegan option, Bloomberg reports.
The main challenge, Bloomberg says, came in finding the perfect milk alternative to mix with sugar and cocoa for a creamy texture.
The product will go on sale online and at select stores in a handful of markets before being offered to a wider audience of chocolate eaters.
Alexander von Maillot, head of Nestle's confectionary business, says KitKat V will be available this year. "Demand for plant-based food is growing everywhere," he said in a phone interview. "KitKat was a logical choice, as it's by far the biggest brand and global brand."
Additionally, Louise Barrett, head of the Nestle Confectionary Product Technology Center, said in a statement, "Taste was a key factor when developing the plant-based chocolate for our new vegan KitKat."
She continued, "We used our expertise in ingredients, together with a test and learn approach, to create a delicious vegan alternative to our original chocolate KitKat."