KitKats: Canada vs USA

One of the things we brought back from our trip to Edmonton a few weeks ago was a variety box of Halloween candy: Aero, Coffee Crisp, Smarties, and KitKats.

Naturally, we got some US KitKats to compare with the Canadian KitKats. These are the mini Halloween sized candy bars, not the full size bars.

In Canada, KitKats are a Nestle product while in the US, they’re a Hershey product manufactured under license from Nestle. Size differences aside, they’re also a little bit different on the inside.

KitKat cross-section. Left: Canadian KitKat. Right: US KitKat

First thing that’s noticeable is that the layer (chocolate?) between the wafers is darker and more distinct in the Canadian KitKat. It’s hard to tell there’s anything between the wafer layers of the US KitKat, but it turns out the inter-wafer stuff just a different colour.

Between the wafers. Left: Canadian KitKat. Right: US KitKat.

Taste-wise, the Candian KitKat seems a little crisper, and a bit more chocolatey than the US KitKat. If I was doing a taste test, I’d choose the Canadian KitKat.

Mah gimpy foot followup

First, everybody thought maybe the lump on the side of my big toe left over from the sprain might be gout, or pseudo-gout. After a course of medication without any change, my doctor referred me to rheumatology. The rheumatology PA I saw was dubious about it being gout-related, especially since there wasn’t the usual pain associated with gout. Possibly some residual slow-healing damage from the sprain.

After a second follow-up appointment with the PA, I got some additional x-rays of the toe to check for anything like a stress fracture that might not have been seen with the foot x-rays.

Nothing obvious to my eyes, and they look pretty similar to the foot x-rays done back in July. Lump on the side of my right toe appears to be just soft-tissue related.

Looks like I just keep an eye on it now and see if it eventually heals up.


A Reddit post in r/Charleston led me to this cool online collection of pre-1945 USGS topographical maps at the University of Texas Libraries.

I love looking at old maps and seeing what areas used to look like and comparing them to modern maps to see how things have changed. The South Carolina collection has pretty good coverage of the Charleston area so I downloaded a few and went browsing around.

Here’s what the area just north of modern day Goose Creek looked like in 1919 (from the Summerville quadrangle map). Some of the roads in the 1919 map are still around, as is the rail line labeled Atlantic Coast.

1919 Goose Creek/Moncks Corner/Summerville
Part of the Summerville quadrangle 1919 USGS topographical map between modern day Goose Creek and Moncks Corner.

Here’s is a screenshot from Google Maps of the same area. Visible just below and right of center is the Google Data Center. You can also see the outlines of the swampy areas on the 1919 map are prominently visible.

2019 Goose Creek/Summerville
Google map area of the area between Goose Creek and Moncks Corner.

Maps can be so much fun.

Mah gimpy foot

I’ve been limping around on a messed up right foot for the past week since Field Day. Although the foot has gotten a little better since last week, it’s still somewhat painful to walk on and there’s still a bit of swelling going on (enough that my foot doesn’t fit into my shoe very well anymore).

Made an appointment to see the doctor, and got some x-rays on my foot. Good news is that according to the radiology report, there are no fractures and no bones out of place. Just some soft tissue swelling.

Got a referral to orthopedics so in the meantime, rest, hot/cold compresses for the swelling, and ibuprofen for the pain as needed.