Viennetta

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A Viennetta dessert

Viennetta is a British brand of ice cream cake made by Unilever and sold under the various Heartbrand brands around the world. The original Viennetta consists of several rippled layers of ice cream separated by thin layers of sprayed-on compound chocolate. It is now available in many flavours, including vanilla and mint.[1]

History[edit]

Close-up of a slice of Viennetta, showing the trademark 'concertina' effect created during production

Viennetta was launched by British ice cream company Wall's in 1982.[2] The layered product and patented technique for its production were devised by Kevin Hillman, development manager at Wall's Gloucester factory, Ian Butcher, and Gordon Stewart Carrick.[3] The layers of ice cream were extruded, one after another, onto trays sitting on a moving belt. The rate of extrusion was greater than the speed of the belt which causes festooning or bunching of the ice cream; each layer was extruded at a different speed from the previous layer. The final effect was akin to a series of waves rippling through the product, giving a concertina effect to the resultant confection.

A long running UK advertising campaign for the product used the slogan "one slice is never enough" which is still occasionally used in promotion efforts.

In 2007 to celebrate the brand's 25th birthday, a 22.7 metres (74 ft) long Viennetta was made, setting the world record for longest ice cream.[2][4]

Availability[edit]

Launched originally as a multi-portion dessert product, its success after being launched throughout KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants led to Unilever, owners of Wall's, producing many flavour and size variants. Viennetta was introduced in the United States and Canada in the late 1980s under the Breyer's brand[5] and was discontinued in the mid 1990s, but was re-introduced in the US in 2021 under the Good Humor brand.[6][7] Unilever no longer produces the brand in Canada. It is sold in Australia and New Zealand under the Streets brand. It is sold in Italy in all supermarkets. It is also sold in Israel by Strauss under the name Fantasia ("פנטסיה")[8] as well as Germany,[9] Greece[10] and Austria.[11] It is sold in Japan by Morinaga & Company. In Finland, Viennetta is sold under the Ingman brand.[12] Viennetta was also sold in Indonesia in mid-1990s until mid-2000s and re-introduced at April 2020, after a petition signed by almost 75.000 people demand its comeback to the Indonesian market.[13] In Thailand, it was firstly available in 1990s and reintroduced again in November 2020. Viennetta was previously known as Comtessa in Spain due to a legal problem, but became Viennetta in the 1990s.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viennetta". Walls.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Viennetta". Unilever UK & Ireland. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  3. ^ GB 2143718A, "Composite confection products" 
  4. ^ "See what 13 cities held the world's longest ice cream dessert record before Ludington". mlive. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTqSsFQzpuI
  6. ^ Saxena, Jaya (7 January 2021). "Viennetta, the Fanciest Dessert of the '90s, Is Back". Eater. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Vanilla Viennetta".
  8. ^ "Viennetta". Streets.com.
  9. ^ "Viennetta Eis". Langnese.de.
  10. ^ "Viennetta Greek page". ShareHappy.gr.
  11. ^ "Viennetta Eis". Eskimo.at.
  12. ^ "Viennetta". Ingman.fi.
  13. ^ Hong, Tan Heng (3 May 2020). "Wall's scores big time by bringing back Viennetta ice cream to Indonesia". Mini Me Insights. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Unilever's brand unifying strategy". El Mundo (in Spanish). 17 October 1999. Retrieved 23 February 2008.