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I bought so many foodie souvenirs in Dublin that I decided I have to share my shopping with you.
So here is my list of the 10 delicious Irish products you should get to know and buy, if you go there.
- The Jelly Bean Factory
Did you know that Jelly Belly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when President Reagan sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger?
Guinness is probably the most famous Irish brand in the world and I don’t need to suggest drop by a pub and have a pint. If you are there you should also pay a visit at the Guinness Storehouse at the St. James’s Gate Brewery. Inside the brewery, you will discover how to make a pint of Guinnes and you can also buy presents, food and merch, to bring home.
I bought Guinness flavoured crisps and chocolate bars.
Note: Book your tickets online to get up to 20% discount and skip the queues.
- Flahavans porridge
Flahavan’s has been milling oats at the family mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford Ireland, for over 200 years. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries oatmeal became increasingly popular and, despite the establishment of bacon and eggs as the “traditional Irish breakfast” in the nineteenth century, porridge still retained its place as a regular breakfast dish.
I have started to have oatmeal for breakfast around a year ago and I see visible benefits, including that I feel full for longer in the morning.
As you probably know from the amount of recipes I have on the blog, I really like salmon. I don’t have a specific brand to suggest, but my advice would be to eat fresh and smoked salmon as much as you can during your stay in Ireland, it’s just delicious.
The photo below is mine and has been taken in London.
- Sea salt
Not plain common salt, but a whiskey smoked mineral sea salt. The one below combines Oriel’s mineral flavour with the terrific smooth Teeling’s Irish Whiskey and subtle hints of aged oak to deliver a great taste profile. For your BBQ days.
- Lily O’Brien’s chocolate
Embarking on a journey of discovery, Mary Ann O’Brien honed her chocolate-making skills among world-class chefs and chocolatiers in both South Africa and Europe before starting her own mini enterprise from her kitchen in 1992. They now have a large collection of chocolate options and one of my favorites is the zesty orange chocolate.
- Butlers Chocolates
I know, another chocolate brand, but I can’t help it, sorry. Butlers Chocolates is a luxury chocolate established in 1932 and based in Dublin. Butlers is also known for having its own retail network, Butlers Chocolate Café in Ireland. From their collection you have to try the Dessert menu line, where my fav is the hazelnut brownie!
- Ditty’s oatcakes
Ditty’s Bakery is a famous Northern Ireland Bakery offering a broad range of speciality biscuits, pastries, bread and savoury foods.
One of their best-seller is the Smoked Oatcake, handmade with rolled oats and smoked with beech smoke for a more balanced, subtle flavour.
- Keogh’s crisps
Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing business based in North County Dublin.
The family have been growing Irish potatoes for over 100 years and now they are hand cooking Ireland’s finest crisps. The flavours are the standards but with an Irish twist, like the Dubliner Irish Cheese and Onion or the Shamrock & Sour Cream.
- The Dubliner
The name says it all. I suggest to try The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, an easy-drinking vanilla smooth blended Irish Whiskey or the Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur – the world’s most luxurious Irish Cream liqueur with its very own golden cow mascot.
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