KitKat musical taste test
I am a fan of KitKat. They are so tasty and I like the snap of the bar as it is broken.
Recently KitKat wrappers have become quite interesting. The chocolate inside the packet is the same but they have made different outsides so there are KitKats that say “Hello” in each South African language.
In November in my isiZulu class I was learning how to say things like: Hello, Goodbye and Thank You in each of our official languages. And also how to say the names of the different parts of South Africa in different South African languages. So when I saw the KitKat wrappers I started collecting them. For some reason it was very easy to get isiZulu Sawubona KitKats but it took a long time to find a Sepedi Thobela KitKat. There were lots of Dumela everywhere but almost no Thobela.
No idea why it was such a challenge. Was it that the Pedi ones were being made less or eaten more? I couldn’t decide. It took a while but eventually I found all of them. There were two KitKats for the Tshivenda language because men must say hello using a different word than the one women use.
I bought them because I like KitKats but then they seemed too pretty to just eat so I kept them in the fridge because I was hoping I would find a special occasion to eat them. But I have been on holiday for nearly a month so I am a bit bored so I decided to do an experiment with them. Ages ago my mum told me about how different things can taste different if you eat them listening to different sorts of music. I thought maybe different South African music types could make a KitKat taste different.
I made an experiment. I got sticks of KitKat. I made sure they were all at the same temperature.
I ate them while I played traditional children’s songs that I found on YouTube from Venda, Tswana, Afrikaans, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, English, Zulu, Xhosa Tsonga and Ndebele. As I listened I ate a bar of chocolate for each song. I tried to use children’s songs because then I hoped they might be quite similar even if they are in different languages. I also did eating a KitKat in silence because I thought that could be for sign language.
I found a chocolate tasting score sheet on the internet. It asked me to score 1 (worst) to 5 (best) for look of the chocolate (was it shiny, matt, blotchy, smooth) sound (how it snapped as broken and crunched in my mouth), smell and taste.
I found that eating chocolate with Zulu and Pedi traditional music tastes the best. Both of them tied with a total score of 14.5 out of 20. I found that eating chocolate with Tsonga traditional music only scored 7 out of 20 which must be sad for Tsonga children (but good for Tsonga dentists). The average mark was 11. English and Afrikaans both scored 12.5 out of 20.
I am not sure if the results mean that people eating chocolate in isiZulu and Sepedi are having the best time all the time or if it was just me. It might also be that I like Zulu and Pedi music the best so they are just about me when I eat chocolate. Maybe the results explain why the Thobela KitKats were so hard to find. I am confident that I need to do more experimentation.
I thought this was a fun experiment and I encourage you to do your own research. If you found your results are different please tell me.
I would recommend this experiment to anyone who likes chocolate and a good experiment and has nothing to do in the holidays.