THERE ARE A host of specialty shops that sell plenty of Irish staples abroad these days – but it’s still not the same as having them all RIGHT THERE on every corner.
The further away you are, the more likely you’ll have cravings for these delish Irish treats:
1. The Club Orange/Lemon range is unrivalled abroad
They just don’t compare. And their weird version of Fanta is a pain in the hoop too.
2. Proper black pudding
You can source the bare bones of the rest of the fry, but the further away from Ireland you get, the scarcer the black puddings.
3. If you’re from Donegal, you’re only missing one taste of home
4. The curry cheese chip is impossible to replicate
Canada has its poutine, we have our curry cheese chips. And when you’re away its unique taste is sorely missed.
Supermac’s might very well be going international at some stage – and it would be welcomed with open, hungry arms.
5. The new takeaway phenomenon that is the Spice Bag*
*only if you’ve moved away in the last year or so.
6. And the classic that is the 3 in 1
7. Birds Eye potato waffles
So much so that an Irish man just successfully campaigned to bring them to Australia.
Commitment to the waffle. And the strange sweet waffles they serve up in the States are just a letdown in comparison.
The finest of filthy of hangover cures.
If you’re in the UK, you’re grand. But trying to find it further afield is a struggle that’s not particularly helpful when you’re hanging.
9. These cherished culinary delights
Yeah, yeah, yeah… youcan find seriously good quality sausages abroad, this is true.
But they don’t have the distinctive taste of the Superquinn ones.
10. Batch bread
International artisan bakeries can’t match it.
11. Tayto and King varieties of cheese and onion crisps
Because you can get top notch salt and vinegar abroad, but not these. Which then has a knock on effect on crisp sandwich-making abilities.
12. A mountain of this lying in the cupboard
Or that other popular brand, if you prefer.
It would be great if you didn’t have to seek out Barry’s Tea bargains in far off places like this poor lad in the States.
Nothing else tastes like Meanies. Even other pickled onion crisps miss that distinctive bang.
14. Chocolate Kimerleys
Regular Kimberleys – not so much. But the chocolate ones, yes please.
15. The spice burger
It might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s quintessential chipper grub.
16. You’d miss these sophisticated things around this time of year
So it might not be for the quality of the biscuits, but it’s the TRADITION.
17. And finally… any kind of half decent Irish milk that isn’t shite
Because this is acceptable behaviour abroad:
They’re all still here, and they’re all still delish.