LONDON – Nestle is launching new flavours of classic chocolate the Walnut Whip, only without the nut on top.
Nestle claimed the new nut free versions of the treat are “to offer more choice with and without the walnut.”
However, the Guardian reported that the price of walnuts has jumped by 20% this year, suggesting this could be the real reason behind the nut free nature of the products.
The collapse in the pound post-Brexit, rising demand from Asia, and a poor crop in Chile have all contributed to rising prices, according to the Guardian.
Alison Clinton, Nestle’s chocolate brand manager in the UK and Ireland, said in a statement announcing the new whips: “These new products will offer consumers more choice enabling them to share their favourite products with their family and friends.”
The new chocolates – which will be called simply “Whip” – come in three flavours: “Delicate Vanilla”, “Delicious Caramel,” and “Delightful Mint.” Nestle said mor versions are on the way.
The Walnut Whip, with walnut, will still be available in single packs and in six packs at Christmas, Nestle says. The sweet is one of Nestle’s oldest chocolates, first introduced in 1910.