Irish Christmas food and drink is really and truly the best thing about the holiday

Irish treats at Christmas are a major part of the festive season and traditional Irish Christmas food and drink, especially when it comes as a gift in a hamper, are what many of us look forward to the most when the holiday comes around each year. 

Here are our ten favorites.

1. Irish Christmas food: Mince pies

Usually served after midnight Mass when the family gets home.

Mince Pies.

Mince Pies.

2. Irish Christmas food: Cadbury’s Roses:

Box of the best of Irish chocolate with many different delights. Cadbury’s roses are found under every Christmas tree.

Cadbury Roses.

Cadbury Roses.

3. Irish Christmas food: Irish trifle

Delicious dessert made of jelly (Jello), cream, chocolate sprinkles. It's about 10,000 calories but who cares? It's Christmas! (It's even better when brandy is added.)

Trifle.

Trifle.

4. Irish Christmas food: Guinness porter cake

Delightful after dinner treat and the kind of filling food that makes the waist size stretch just that little bit more.

Porter cake.

Porter cake.

5. Irish Christmas drink: Tricolor drink

Green creme de menthe, with vodka and gold whiskey. If you can survive that you can live forever.

6. Irish Christmas food: Irish sausages and black pudding

Served for breakfast on the great day itself ... so you’re stuffed before you even get to dinner.

The full Irish.

The full Irish.

7. Irish Christmas food: USA biscuit tins:

A long-time staple, different flavor biscuits (cookies) of every kind, in two separate rows. Woe betide the person who tries to reach down into the bottom level before the top ones are all gone.

8. Irish Christmas drink: Whiskey eggnog

The usual eggnog with a dash – or more – of Jameson. Aaah! Perfect for relaxing in front of a roaring fire.

9. Irish Christmas drink: Mulled wine:

Delicious when you come in from a cold walk. Heated wine that hits the spot (see also hot whiskey).

Mulled wine.

Mulled wine.

10. Irish Christmas drink: Black and tan

A favorite in the pub on Christmas eve – Guinness and beer mixed half and half. Puts hair on your chest.

What's your favorite Irish Christmas food or drink? 

* Originally published December 2011.

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