“Walnut Whip without the walnut? Whatever next?” – one Twitter user exclaimed.
Nestle’s decision to launch nut-free versions of one of its oldest chocolate brands has whirled up a storm on social media with fans branding the move as “disgusting” and “blasphemy”.
The vanilla and caramel whips will go on sale from this week, and the dark chocolate mint one from next month.
Nestle said it would not be scrapping the traditional version topped with a walnut piece – which was first launched in 1910 – but wanted to “offer more choice with and without the walnut”.
But fans of the original voiced their outrage, with one describing it as a “shocking demise of a classic”.
One person tweeted: “They’ve taken the walnut off the top of the walnut whip so now it’s just a whip and I don’t know who we are anymore.”
Another wrote: “Like @realDonaldTrump deleting the nutty tweets, @Nestle delete the nuttiness in a #WalnutWhip #epicfail #.”
“A walnut whip without the walnut? What is the world coming to nowadays? #shakeshead,” tweeted another.
“Whaaaat that’s the best bit of a walnut whip! They can’t call it a walnut whip now can they? Whip just doesn’t sound right,” said a fan.
Some even blamed Brexit for the move, writing: “Who knew that Brexit would result in a Walnut Whip without the walnut. They didn’t put that on the bus.”