The Irish love Christmas and this time of year is hardest for expats missing Irish chips, meat and good stout.iStock

The Irish are great at Christmas, from the "12 pubs" to family reunions. It’s the best time of the year. That makes it all the more difficult for those missing home, but thankfully there are little comforts for expats in the form of our favorite foods.

Checkout magazine recently carried out a survey among Irish emigrants on the “most missed” food. Their third annual “Diaspora Decides” study had some surprising results:

- 42% of respondents missed Tayto crisps (chips) while living abroad. 18% said they missed Tayto “a lot.”

What makes them so danged good!

What makes them so danged good!

- 18% were pining for Cadbury chocolate “a lot.”

Other chocolates just don't compare.

Other chocolates just don't compare.

- 17% missed Kerrygold “a lot.”

Well of course they miss it! There's nothing as good as Kerrygold.

Well of course they miss it! There's nothing as good as Kerrygold.

- 40% missed Barry’s tea bags, 17% missed them “a lot.” Another 40% missed Lyon’s tea, with 16% missing it “a lot.”

Which are you? A Barry's or a Lyon's family?

Which are you? A Barry's or a Lyon's family?

The survey also added which products emigrants felt were of superior quality in Ireland.

- 66% said stout is superior at home.

Sure what's better than a pint?

Sure what's better than a pint?

- 65% missed good Irish rashers (bacon).

We're sorry but rashers are just so much better than US bacon.

We're sorry but rashers are just so much better than US bacon.

- 62% think Irish meat is superior.

Minister Simon Coveney showing off some Irish beef in New York.

Minister Simon Coveney showing off some Irish beef in New York.

- 61% think sausages in Ireland are better.

Wow! Sausages!

Wow! Sausages!

- 61% miss the excellent butter.

It doesn't get better than Kerrygold.

It doesn't get better than Kerrygold.

- 58% miss the milk.

Mmmm...Irish dairy cows.

Mmmm...Irish dairy cows.

H/T: Checkout.ie.