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Walnut whipped out as Nestle introduces nut-free fondants

Walnut whipped out as Nestle introduces nut-free fondants
From Reuters - August 16, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle (NESN.S) risked an outbreak of consumer mockery on Wednesday by launching new versions of its popular Walnut Whip candies lacking the nutty ingredient after which they are named.

The Swiss-based food maker said the new range would cater to consumers who do not 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 flavored versions.

A Nestle spokeswoman stressed that the original walnut-topped Whip - one of which is eaten every two seconds in Britain - would still be available to UK consumers.

Yet the new range is likely to be met with some scepticism as British consumers have seen some of their most popular chocolate snacks scaled back in size in response to surging ingredient prices.

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