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Launched in 1910 by Duncan's of Edinburgh, Walnut Whip is Nestlé Rowntree's oldest current brand. Over one million walnuts, most of them imported from China and India, are used every week in the manufacture of Walnut Whips at Halifax, West Yorkshire. Nestlé claim that almost one Walnut Whip is eaten every two seconds in the UK.
Originally manufactured by Duncan's of Edinburgh in their Beaverhall Road factory, there have been a number of flavours of Walnut Whip over the years, including coffee and maple flavours, but currently only vanilla is widely available.
The original Walnut Whip contained a half-walnut, or more usually walnuts that had been broken during handling and transportation and were therefore not suitable to be placed on the top. It was later marketed with an extra walnut on top, and subsequently the walnut inside was removed to leave one walnut outside.
The chocolate cone itself and the vanilla fondant filling have altered in recent years. The original whips were hand made by ladies extruding chocolate from a piping bag onto a rubber mould, each containing 12 'formers'. This generated the original deeply ridged surface, and the fondant at that time was more dense.  The texture of the outside surface is a skeuomorph.
When the Duncan's brand name was dispensed with by Rowntree's and manufacturing moved from Beaverhall Road in the late 1970s, the manufacturing process changed from being hand made to being hollow moulded by machine. An attempt was made to recreate the original surface appearance but with limited success, and it now has no function other than decoration.
In 2017, Nestlé announced a new version with no walnuts, and a change of name to the Whip. As of 2020 Mint and Caramel versions are also available. The original Walnut Whip is actually still available in Spar Nica and other independent stores.
In popular culture
- Lewis, Haydn (13 April 2012). "Great-grandad's 1911 Walnut Whip recipe uncovered". The York Press. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
- Kennedy, Maev (16 August 2017). "Downward spiral: dismayed Walnut Whip lovers react to loss of nut". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
- Duncans Walnut Whip supervisor Mary Miller c. 1950 - 1975
- "Walnut whipped out as Nestle introduces nut-free fondants". Reuters. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
- Mayor says no tax rise for Games BBC News, 15 March 2007
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