Kit Kat has had a long history dating all the way back to the 18th century, when mutton pies called Kit-Kats were served at the political Kit-Cat Club. The origins of today’s product go back to 1935, when a York based candy maker called Rowntree’s trademarked “Kit Kat.” The Kit Cat, as it was called, was produced for a while, before being discontinued. Eventually, it relaunched and was relabeled as “Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp” before being renamed to its modern title.
In the 1940’s Kit Kat was exported to Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. That was actually when the still used “Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat” line came around. In the 1970s, a new distribution factory was made in Germany to meet European demand, and to better handle distribution, agreements were established for Hershey to distribute in the US, and Fujiya to distribute in Japan.
In 1988, Nestlé purchased Rowntree’s, buying Kit Kat with it. Nestlé managed to take global control over the brand, except in North America, where Hershey still had the licensing rights to Kit Kat, which it still utilizes today.