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The assortment of Irish chocolate includes a generous serving of individually wrapped chocolates with flavors including Cadbury Dairy milk, Tangy Orange Creme, Chocolate Bite and Caramel classic. Always a popular choice with tourists passing through Irish duty free, Roses are the perfect gift for all chocolate lovers!

Tayto Crisps

Potato chips as they are referred to around the world are commonly known as crisps in Ireland. The Tayto brand is famous for producing the world’s first cheese and onion crisp 1954. Despite a wide range of crisps available in Ireland, proving nothing beats the original Tayto has remained as Ireland’s number 1 crisp.

Their other signature flavors include Salt & Vinegar and Smokey Bacon. ‘Tayto’ is frequently used as a synonym for potato chips in Ireland. Another Irish classic there is nothing like a Tayto sandwich. A generous helping of crisps between two slices of buttered white bread. Decadent!

Tea

Green, chai, earl grey, chamomile, offer any of the latter teas to your average person and they will decline. If you are truly Irish then it’s not tea unless it involves either a Lyons or Barry’s teabag and a splash of milk. As a nation we love to drink tea. Throughout the day the kettle will remain plugged in and be boiled more times than you care to remember. Most people will have a favorite cup or mug they prefer to drink out it while no kitchen is complete without the tea-pot itself. The Barrys versus Lyons debate rattles with many people adamant there is a distinctive difference between the brand leaders.

Irish butter

It’s a well known fact that Irish cows make the best butter. Irish butter was one of the first major exports from Ireland. Whether it is for cooking, baking or just enjoying an some toasted brown bread, Irish butter is delicious. Kerrygold is the most famous brand of butter in Ireland. For over 40 years the Kerrygold brand have produced a varied selection of crafted cheeses and butters. Their products are available in over 80 countries worldwide.

Batchelors Baked Beans

Batchelors Baked Beans remain an iconic brand within the Irish shores since 1935. Guaranteed almost every cupboard in every household in Ireland will be home to at least one can of beans. Based in Dublin the company exports Irish beans to countries worldwide. Beans on toast is a common evening snack which consists of toasted bread with butter with baked beans on top. A very healthy mean, baked beans are often included in a full Irish breakfast also.

Knorr Mealmaker Sheperd’s Pie

Shepherds pie is a familiar dish in almost every Irish households. The dish consists of a layer of minced lamb with onions and peas mixed with gravy and then layered with mash potato. When mixed with the minced lamb and other ingredients, the Knorr Mealmaker constitutes the gravy part of the dish. While regular gravy can be used, Mealmaker gravy adds some extra flavor to this popular dish.

Simple recipe for Sheperd’s Pie-Ingredients

    * 1 1/2 lbs ground round lamb
    * 1 onion chopped
    * 1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
    * 1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
    * 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
    * 1/2 cup beef broth
    * 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    * Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Method

1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4 Add ground lamb and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6 Place lamb and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.
Serves four.

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