Kit Kat vs Snickers – What’s The Difference?

Kit Kat and Snickers are two of the top-selling candy bars in the world. Given their popularity, people often wonder what sets them apart.

Here you will find a comparison of Kit Kat vs Snickers. If you have a favorite among these candies, be sure to vote for it in our poll at the end of the article.

Kit Kat vxs Snickers

What Are They?

Kit Kat candies are chocolate-covered wafer bars. They are most commonly sold in 2 or 4-bars packages.

Snickers feature a thick layer of nougat that is topped with caramel and peanuts. All of these components are surrounded by a layer of milk chocolate.


The nutrition facts below are for the standard sizes of each candy. These are the candy sizes you will find while checking out at many grocery stores in the U.S. While the serving size is a bit smaller for Kit Kat versus Snickers, most people eat the full serving size so we think the nutrition data will be relevant for most people.

Overall, Kit Kat is the better option in regard to nutrition. It has fewer calories, total fat, sodium, carbs, and total sugars.

Kit KatSnickers
Serving Size1 Package – 1.5 oz (42 g)1 Bar – 1.86 oz (52.7 g)
Total Fat11g12g
Saturated Fat7g4.5g
Trans Fat0g0g
Total Carbohydrate27g32g
Dietary Fiber<1g1g
Total Sugars21g28g


Kit Kat – Sugar, Wheat Flour, Nonfat Milk, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Palm Kernel Oil, Milk Fat, Lactose (Milk), Contains 2% or Less of: Lecithin (Soy), PGPR, Emulsifier, Vanillin, Artificial Flavor, Salt, Yeast, Baking Soda.

Snickers – Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin), Peanuts, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Artificial Flavor.

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Who Makes Them

Kit Kat – Kit Kat has been owned by Nestlé since 1988 when they purchased the brand from a British confectionery called Rowntree’s. Prior to the sale, Rowntree’s had a licensing agreement with The Hershey Company which allowed Hershey to produce Kit Kat in the United States. The sale of Kit Kat to Nestlé did not terminate the licensing agreement. In other words, Hershey is still permitted to produce Kit Kat in the United States. Reportedly, the licensing agreement with Kit Kat will only end if Hershey is sold.

Snickers – Mars invented this nougat-filled candy bar. The company still makes this candy bar today.

Introduction Dates

Kit Kat – Kit Kat was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1935 as four big chocolate wafers called Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp. Its name changed to Kit Kat in 1937

Snickers – Snickers were first sold in 1930. One candy bar cost a nickel at the time. Chicago was where the first bar was made and sold.

How They Were Named

Kit Kat – It was named after an 18th-century literary club with associations with the Whig political party. The members would meet at the “Kit-Cat Club” which got its name from the meat pies called “Kit-Kats” that were served by the innkeeper of the club named Christopher Catling.

Snickers – Snickers was purportedly named after a favorite family horse. The horse was owned by the Mars family and died shortly before the release of the now classic candy bar. To pay tribute to the horse, the Mars family named the candy after the horse.

In the United Kingdom, the candy car was called Marathon Bar until 1990. Mars Incorporated opted for a different name for Snickers in the U.K. since “Snickers” was close to the commonly used word, “Nickers”, meaning underwear. Its name has been Snickers in the U.K. since the 90s.

Poll: Kit Kat or Snickers

Please vote for your favorite between Kit Kat and Snickers in our poll.