Nestlé whips up storm by removing walnut from chocolate treat
Nestlé risked an outbreak of consumer mockery yesterday by launching new versions of its popular Walnut Whip, lacking the nutty ingredient after which they are named.
The Swiss-based food maker said that the new range would cater to consumers who don't like nuts, yet the launch comes as sharply rising walnut prices join a list of increasing raw material costs, forcing manufacturers into a range of economy measures.
The traditional Walnut Whip is comprised of a whirl-shaped chocolate cone, filled with fondant and topped with a walnut. But this is lacking in the new vanilla, caramel and mint flavoured versions.
A Nestlé spokeswoman stressed that the original walnut-topped Whip - one of which is eaten every two seconds in Britain - would still be available to consumers in the UK and Ireland.
Yet the new range is likely to be met with some scepticism as consumers have seen some of their most popular chocolate snacks scaled back in size in response to surging ingredient prices.
In November 2016, chocolate lovers erupted into social media fury after manufacturer Mondelez reduced the weight of a version of Toblerone bars to 150g from 170g, by spacing out its triangular chocolate peaks more widely.