Irish expats living in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx, a neighborhood otherwise known as “Little Ireland,” are stocking up on authentic Irish treats after Hershey’s blocked British- and Irish-made Cadbury UK Ltd. from crossing the Atlantic.
“It is absolutely absurd,” Bernadette Walsh, the owner of Sean’s Quality Deli on Katonah Ave, told the NY Daily News.
The deli has a full aisle dedicated to Irish sweets, including Carmelos, Maltesers, Roses, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and Flake bars.
Last year, Hershey’s filed a lawsuit against Let’s Buy British, a New Jersey-based importer, alleging copyright infringement for selling British-made chocolates with packaging similar to the Hershey’s products in the U.S.
Hershey’s has also successfully blocked another company, called Posh Nosh Imports, from importing chocolate.
While Hershey’s is licensed to sell chocolate under the Cadbury name, the chocolate is made with less cocoa and less milk solids than the chocolate made overseas.
“The Irish won’t touch Hershey’s,” Walsh said. “They won’t even look at it.”
“They look nothing alike,” said Annette Mulcahi, 35, who moved from Waterford, Ireland, to Woodlawn 15 years ago. “And they taste completely different.”
“We’re going to have to start importing them on the sly,” added Mulcahi,who was shopping at a Katonah Ave. deli with her 9-year-old son Oisin. “We’ll have to have Grammy send over a few care packages.”