For many families in Ireland this Christmas, there will be an empty space at the dinner table over the holiday season.
Many Irish people will have to put up with the hardship of missing out on family get togethers and catching up with friends but luckily many Irish foods are available around the world to offer some comfort to our exiles during the holiday season.
After doing a straw poll among staff here in our NYC office, here is a rundown of some of the most popular requests from Irish people living abroad over Christmas.
There is nothing like a strong cup of Irish tea. Whether it’s Lyons or Barry’s, a few tea bags will never go astray over the holidays.
2. Rashers and Sausages
Longing for the smell of cooking Irish rashers? A full Irish breakfast is the perfect meal to remind you of home comforts.
3. Brown bread
A good wholesome slice of brown bread, smothered in Irish butter! Brown bread mix is also the perfect way to create an Irish favorite in your own home.
4. Tayto Crisps
Despite there being hundreds of chips (we call them crisps in Ireland), nothing beats a bag of cheese and onion.
5. Roses Chocolates
In Ireland, it’s hard to find a Christmas tree that doesn’t have a tin of Roses underneath it. So it’s no surprise they are a favorite abroad too.
6. Irish butter
The Irish bread is nothing without some home grown butter!
7. Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley’s
Food Ireland describes them as the ‘Best Selling Tinned Cookie in Ireland’ Soft biscuits filled with white mallow and covered with milk Chocolate, they will get a quick death!
8. Sliced Pan
A good sliced pan of local bread is a great companion for a full Irish breakfast.
9. Spaghetti hoops
Spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce – perfect comfort food! While these are actually a British export, they remain popular among ex-pats.
10. Lily O’ Briens Chocolates
The brainchild of mother Mary Ann O'Brien, these Irish chocolates serve as the perfect treat over the holidays.
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