It’s older than you think
When do you reckon the Walnut Whip first came out? Maybe in the 1970s? No, that can’t be right because grandma tells that story about how she had a Walnut Whip on her wedding day. Maybe the 1950s then, or just before the Second World War? Nope, it’s even older than that.
The Walnut Whip was launched waaaaaaay back in 1910 by Duncan’s of Edinburgh and later acquired by Rowntree’s (which itself wouldn’t be bought by Nestlé until 1988). Originally it contained either half a walnut or multiple chunks of one inside the fondant.
Later on, a walnut was added to the top as well as inside, which was then changed again to today’s version. We think this is the perfect arrangement, as the modern walnut crown leaves the creamy centre lovely and smooth.
Almost seventy years after the first Walnut Whip hit the sweet shops, Rowntree’s moved the manufacturing site away from the Beaverhall Road factory in Edinburgh. The tasty treat had been handmade for decades, but now it was time for modern manufacturing processes to take over.
The chocolate cone of a Walnut Whip is now created using a hollow moulding machine. The ridged surface of the chocolate used to be as a result of the handmade process is now just there for decoration, plus the fondant is less dense than it was half a century ago.
Prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone had to put his constituents’ minds at ease, as many worried that the event would result in significant increases in council tax. Ken reassured everyone by famously saying:
“Instead of £1 a week for a typical household, I am now proposing an increase of less than half that – 44p – the price of a Walnut Whip.”
Not a bad price for the excitement and glory of hosting a global sporting event right on your doorstep, although we hope that Londoners didn’t go without their Walnut Whips for too long.
Know your walnuts
The humble walnut is very popular even when it isn’t accompanied by a cone of chocolate and velvety vanilla fondant. A favourite snack during the festive period, walnuts are also consumed by Brits daily thanks to them being rich in Omega-3 and good for the heart and digestive system (just make sure to only eat the recommended quantity). But do you know just how long walnuts have been enjoyed by humans? Again, it’s probably much longer than you think.
Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to humankind and we’ve been eating them since 7000BC. They were so popular with the Romans that they called them Jupiter’s royal acorn, and when they arrived in England they were reserved solely for the royal family.
Best of all, there are only 170 calories in a Walnut Whip, a small price to pay for the creamy texture and moreish taste, an absolute treat!
So the next time you munch on a walnut, whether it’s a few mixed into your morning granola or in the form of a Walnut Whip, count yourself lucky that they’re so readily available and you don’t have to be a monarch to get your hands on them.
Perfect for any occasion
Walnut Whips really are a wonderful treat, whether it’s for a special occasion, a chocolate fix during a busy day, or simply whilst snuggled up and watching the telly.
Take a look at our customer reviews below to see how much people across the UK love this retro classic. Francis, for example, ordered some for the hubby at Christmas and purchased more for Valentine’s Day, whereas Howard simply says “Flashback time”, which sums up the lovely sense of nostalgia that floods over you as soon as you see the blue wrapper.
Similar to Cadbury’s Crème Egg, there are multiple ways to eat a Walnut Whip. Some chomp the walnut first, others remove it and dip it into the fondant, many crack the top off and go wild, and a few slowly nibble the chocolate and make it last for ages. However you tackle a Walnut Whip, do it your way, and enjoy every moment.
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