When one thinks of typical Irish produce, whiskey, Guinness and Irish creamery butter often spring to mind. But did you know we have some excellent chocolatiers here also? They mightn’t be the same calibre as Belgian Godiva and Leonidas, but they are certainly delicious.
A staple Irish chocolate is Cadbury’s. There is not one person who gets a craving for Cadbury chocolate when they are overseas, even when they are just over the pond in England. Regardless of what anyone says, the Cadbury’s in England and Ireland most certainly taste different (and ours is so much better). You can’t go wrong with Cadbury’s, it’s so distinct you can tell when someone uses it in baking or when making hot chocolate – such an unmistakable taste!
To step it up a notch, we’re going to look at and Irish brand Lily O’Brien’s. This brand was founded by Mary Ann O’Brien (and named after her daughter) in 1992 in her home kitchen. Their factory is now in Kildare, and they won silver in the Blas na hEireann Irish food awards for their Sticky Toffee. They do some delicious treats and pride themselves in bringing new and innovate flavours together, which makes the perfect gift for someone or a souvenir of your trip to Ireland. My favorite is either the crispy hearts or sticky toffee. You can pick them up in most supermarkets, take a trip to their factory or keep an eye out in Kildare Village for their pop up store at Christmas and Easter!
Saving our best for last, the final chocolatiers is the famous Butlers. Spotted around Dublin in prime positions are Butlers cafés, serving their signature hot chocolate (perfect as November is just around the corner!). And much to everyone’s delight, you get to pick a complementary chocolate with any hot drink you order. As a white chocolate fan, my favorite of their chocolates has to be the white chocolate flake.
They offer really decadent flavours that will make you want to ‘treat yourself’ every time you pass by, whether in the airport, coming into Heuston station or passing by on Grafton St on your way home from work. This is definitely somewhere you have to visit when in Ireland, with stores in Galway, Limerick and Cork as well as Dublin (along with some of our other cafés). They are so successful in fact, that they have 5 cafés in New Zealand, 5 in Pakistan and in Bangladesh and Dubai airport! For those really love sweet treats and wants to get more involved, why not visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience? It include a tour of the Chocolate Museum, Chocolate Gallery and most importantly, decorating your own chocolate to bring home! Book here.
The star of the show
If you have any other Irish treats that you love, let us know in the comments.