Nestle is doing the unthinkable to the Walnut Whip

Stunned reaction as dramatic change hits Walnut Whips

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Nestle is launching nut-free Walnut Whips.

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A lot of Britain's favourite chocolate bars have been affected by rising food prices. Who can forget the furore when Toblerones grew gaps? Or when some of Mars' best-known confectionery incomprehensibly?

Well, Nestle has gone a step further in response to a surge in walnut costs. It's launching new varieties of Walnut Whips. They're just 'Whips' now.

The Walnut Whip, launched in 1910 by Duncan's of Edinburgh, is Nestle's oldest brand. The company claims one is eaten every two seconds in the UK. More than one million walnuts are imported from the likes of China and India every week to cater for demand.

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But now two more versions of the treat, one vanilla and one caramel, will go on sale this week. A mint variant will follow. The original Walnut Whips will still be available – but presumably they'll be less plentiful.

Also, we predict price rises for the walnut classic. This hasn't been confirmed. But just you wait.

Alison Clinton, the brand manager of chocolate classics at Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: "These new products will offer consumers more choice, enabling them to share their favourite products with their family and friends."

Nestle can't help the falling value of the pound. Strong global demand, particularly in Asia, as well as a poor crop last year in Chile, one of the world's major producers, pushed up prices in Britain by about 20 per cent earlier this year, according to Helen Graham, an importer, told the Guardian .

She said: "There was a shortage of crop and then there is the additional factor of exchange rates and rising transport costs as well."

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