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Christmas is just over and we know, we know it is far too early to be thinking about Easter, but that’s tricky when the supermarkets are already stocking Easter chocolate.

It may be months away but we’ve spotted Easter goodies popping up in the local corner store and the big Tesco. 

We ate our weight in chocolate over Christmas but nothing compares to this latest discovery… Terry’s Chocolate Orange Mini Eggs.

Our dreams have come true.

New Foods UK posted a photo of the chocolate delights on their Instagram this week and we are now beginning the hunt for them.

The orange chocolate eggs are covered in a crispy orange shell and we truly cannot wait to try them. They come in 80g bags and only cost £1.


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The limited edition chocolates will more than likely vanish from the shelves after Easter so we will certainly be stocking up over the next few weeks.

Don’t judge us. We developed a major chocolate addiction after Christmas and we’ve no intention of giving it up in 2020.

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Mexican Burrito Bar Boojum has unveiled its plans to launch a new 100% plant-based dish this January, offering those conscious consumers participating in the increasingly popular Veganuary movement, a tasty, meat free meal choice.

The limited time only offering is a tasty Sweet Potato & Lentil dish packed full of nutritional goodness and is sure to be a welcome warming option on cold January days. Served with Pickled Onions, Guacamole and Vegan Sour Cream, this superfood dish delivers on the full flavour Boojum is famous for.

Launching this Tuesday, January 7, customers will be able to enjoy the new dish in their burritos, bowls or tacos in any of the brand’s 18 stores across the Island of Ireland. 

While Boojum, due to its fully customisable nature, has catered to vegans since opening in 2007, the leading Irish fast-casual restaurant brand has been getting creative and experimenting with their menu over the last year. 2019 saw the launch of two limited time only vegan dishes, Mexican Spiced Butternut Squash and 3 Bean Chilli, the latter which has been reinstated as a permanent menu fixture due to popular demand, and some very vocal social media supporters.

Paul McCullagh, Boojum Marketing Manager said “We’re in tune with our customers and listening to their feedback, along with monitoring industry trends, it’s very clear that the demand for plant-based vegan meal options is increasing. We know within our own business, vegetarian meals are now our second most ordered dish. So continued menu experimentation and expansion, such as this new Sweet Potato & Lentil offering is vital for us to stay relevant and continue to satisfy customers.” 

So whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or simply giving Veganuary a go, Boojum’s new Sweet Potato & Lentil dish aims to make it that little bit easier, and a whole lot more interesting.


SuperValu have everything you need this festive season to host the perfect party with their range of tasty Signature Tastes bites and nibbles. You’ll be sure to wow the crowd with minimum time in the kitchen!   So whether it’s Christmas Eve drinks or a New Year’s Eve party, you’ll be covered for all celebrations.  

Pick up any two of the SuperValu Signature Tastes party food range, for just for just €7, along with some bubbles to add some sparkle to your evening. SuperValu’s Grand Troya Cava Brut is just €12.00, down from €26.

Of course, no Irish Christmas is complete without the famous Superquinn Sausages. Developed with a unique recipe over 25 years ago and one of Ireland’s favourite products, Superquinn Sausages 492g are just €4 – a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

SuperValu Signature Tastes Mini Roasted Red Pepper Vols Au Vent 144g €5

A crispy puff pastry case glazed with free range egg and filled with a creamy roasted red pepper and Irish cream cheese filling.

SuperValu Signature Tastes Mini Pizza Selection 350g €5

4 x Italian buffalo, mozzarella and regato cheese, 2 x Irish chicken and Italian basil pesto and 2 x Italian spicy Piccante salami

SuperValu Signature Tastes Mini Irish Ham & Cheese Quiches 204g €5

With Irish ham, Irish free-range eggs, mature Irish cheddar, Emmental and Italian style hard cheese.

SuperValu Signature Tastes Mini Three Cheese & Chive Quiches 204g €5

With Irish free range eggs, mature white Irish cheddar, red Irish cheddar & Italian style hard cheese.

SuperValu Signature Tastes Pigs in Blankets 300g €5

Irish pork cocktail sausages filled with caramelised red onion marmalade and wrapped in dry cured bacon

SuperValu’s Christmas range will satisfy all the family over the holiday season, from festive fry-ups, to New Year’s Ever parties and everything in between. To see the full range of products in SuperValu this Christmas go in-store or online at www.supervalu.ie.


Christmas dinner is without a doubt the most important meal of the year for many families, and this year is no different. For Christmas 2019, Iceland Ireland has listened to its customers, looked at trend forecasts as well as previous Christmas ranges to make sure firm-favourites remain at the centre of the dinner table.  

They have two special offers which caught our eye.  The first is their ‘Christmas Meal Deal’ offering this year which includes a Turkey Joint, Yorkshire Pudding, Button Sprouts, Honey Roasted Parsnips, Mashed Potato and Roast Potatoes for just €15. 

The second, is Iceland’s amazing Great Turkey Give-Away which is back again this year. Customers who spend €100 or more from December 1st will receive a free 5kg turkey, while stocks last.

This year’s festive range is huge, but we’ve picked of our favourites to give you a taste of what’s on offer.  From their Party Food our must try food include:

No Duck Chinese Selection (240g)

A vegan selection of Chinese-style mixed vegetable-based savoury treats – including Sweet Plum Dumplings, Hoisin Filo Pastries and Schezuan Filo Crackers – RRP €3.50

Luxury 8 Jumbo Wild Caught Red Shrimp (352g)

Serve up Iceland Ireland’s Luxury 8 Jumbo Wild Caught Red Shrimp this Christmas. The tail of these plump red shrimps is coated in a delicious tempura batter and breadcrumbs – RRP €7.50

10 Prawn Toasts Selection (200g)

A mixture of five star shaped prawn canapés with spring onion and chilli, topped with sesame seeds, plus five tail on prawns with bamboo shoots and garlic, finished with black and white sesame seeds, both fried for extra crunch – RRP €3.50

10 Chicken Noodle Sticks (250g)

Tender chicken breast with vegetables wrapped in cooked noodles with a tamarind sauce on wooden sticks. Perfect for dipping in festive sauce – RRP €3.50

Our firm favourites from their Christmas dinner selection include:

Perfect Turkey Crown (2.2kg) – a boneless crown allows feasters to easily carve and serve, reducing waste and promising everyone gets the best bits – RRP €20.00

Easy Carve Stuffed Duck (1.5kg) – If you are looking for a meat that is a little different this year, Iceland Ireland’s Easy Carve Duck is the ideal choice. It’s boneless making the duck easy to carve and filled with an orange and herb stuffing topped with orange slices, this will go down a treat with everyone – RRP €12.50

Easy Carve Marmalade Flavour Glazed Gammon Joint (1.6kg) – Unsmoked cured pork leg joint with a marmalade flavoured glaze that adds a glistening finish. Simply roast from frozen for St. Stephen’s Day sandwiches with extra flare – RRP €12.50

The sides on offer include luxury Sprouts with Chestnuts, Bacon, & Stilton (600g) – RRP €3.00, luxury Goose Fat Potatoes (1.05kg) – RRP €2.00, Halloumi Fries (190g) – RRP €3.50 and ridiculously cute Carrot Baubles with Star Butter (400g) – RRP €2.50

But it’s their sweet treats where Iceland really comes into their own this year. We have our eye on their Luxury Five Gold Rings (657g) – a dark chocolate gold shell, filled with a Belgian dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel sauce and a dark chocolate cookie base and not forgetting the show stopping dark chocolate pouring sauce – RRP €10.00

Their Luxury Salted Caramel Christmas Tree Cheesecake or the Luxury Winter Berry Christmas Tree Cheesecake (750g) comes in at €6 and is for nothing. 

There is no way you’d buy all the ingredients and make it for that price.  It’s a baked chocolate cheesecake on a crunchy digestive base smothered with salted caramel sauce and hand-finished with cocoa powder. Alternatively, opt for a vanilla cheesecake on a crunchy digestive biscuit, lavishly topped with redcurrants, blackcurrants and raspberries.

For more on the full range, check out their Christmas brochure here.


With Christmas just around the corner, Ireland is getting ready for the party season – and what better way to enjoy the festivities than with a nice Gin & Tonic? Nothing has risen in popularity in recent years quite like gin, which now boasts over 20 producers and 50 brands on the Irish market alone.

SuperValu is slashing their prices so that Irish consumers can enjoy one of their favourite drinks all holiday season. There’s something for all gin-lovers in the sale: From dry gin to international style, you’ll find the perfect tipple to mix with your tonic, ginger ale, or even lemonade.

SuperValu’s discounted range of gins are available in all stores nationwide and online at: www.supervalu.ie. 

As part of the sale, SuperValu have over 30 special Gins at fantastic prices for a limited run for the duration of the sale. These gins will offer amazing value across all price points with customers able to explore the different tastes from standard to premium gins at great value prices. Some of the Gins on offer include:

Blackwater Barry’s Tea Gin 50cl. Produced using Ireland's famous Barry's Tea. This release from Blackwater has been distilled using fresh juniper, Sicilian lemons, green cardamom, angelica root, sweet Spanish oranges and Barry's Tea. (Sale price: €30)

Clonakilty Minke Irish Gin 70cl. Fresh from the Clonakilty Distillery and inspired by the Minke whale, the majestic creatures that swim wild off the Atlantic Ocean coastline, this subtle yet unique tasting Irish Gin is carefully crafted with smooth and sophisticated refreshment and infused with citrus and aniseed notes. Perfect with fresh lemon, lime and mint. (Sale price: €44)

Dingle Original Gin 70cl. A multi award-winning gin from the Dingle Distillery. This is very well made and has a classic London dry gin character thanks to it being distilled in pot stills with a range of botanicals including Rowan Berry, Fuscia, Bog Myrtle, Heather, Chervil and Hawthorn. (Sale price: €40)

Eglington Irish Pink Gin 70cl. A small batch premium Irish gin from Galway. A distinctly perfumed aroma with beautifully balanced citrus notes. (Sale price: €27)

Hendrick’s Gin 70cl. Hendrick's distills in miniscule batches of 450 litres, which gives their master distiller the greatest possible control of her careful artistry. Hendrick's wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits and seeds from the world over. (Sale price: €39)

Tanqueray 70cl. A crisp, London Dry gin that has historically been a huge hit with American gin-lovers and has steadily been filling increasing numbers of European glasses. (Sale price €25)

The Gin Sale will be running in all SuperValu stores nationwide and online at www.SuperValu.ie from Thursday, November 28 – Wednesday, December 11.

For the full list of gins available please visit www.supervalu.ie


Move over chocolate selection boxes, there’s a new contender for favourite Christmas treat and the perfect end to a meal with friends, with Aldi’s Ardagh Irish Cheddar Selection Box €4.49, on sale in all Aldi stores from Friday, November 29!

 An outstanding selection of Irish Cheddar produced in Ballineen, Co.Cork using 100% Irish milk. Share an experience with Aldi’s award winning Irish 12 Month Vintage White Cheddar, delicious Irish Cracked Black Pepper Cheddar, smooth Irish Smoked Cheddar and flavoursome Irish 12 Month Vintage Red Cheddar.  

The perfect treat for the cheese lovers in our life, make a statement cheeseboard this Christmas with this classic combination of Irish cheddar that can be enjoyed by everyone.

 Maynard’s Late Bottled Vintage Port €13.99 is the perfect match for this gift. 

The above product contains 4 x 100g cheeses and is on sale in 139 Aldi stores nationwide from Friday, November 29.

 For more information, see www.aldi.ie


This Christmas, Irish Quality Street fans can for the first time personalise a tin of this iconic festive favourite which is bound to put a smile on your face.  It's available at select Dunnes Stores but for a limited period only.

Following the success of last year’s run in the UK, the tin personalisation service will be touring three Dunnes Stores from 3rd December until 11th December.

You can have your tin personalised at the following stores:

Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt, Dublin 18 – Tuesday 3rd / Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th December

Dunnes Stores, Jetland, Limerick – Friday 6th / Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th December

Dunnes Stores, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 – Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th / Wednesday 11th December


This service is free with the purchase of a 1kg Quality Street tin* at selected stores during the tour. To customise their tin, shoppers simply need to choose a name or word (maximum of nine letters) which will be laser-engraved on the lid while they wait.

Maria McKenna, Marketing Manager for Nestlé Ireland Confectionery said:  “Our much-loved iconic Quality Street brand is all about bringing families and friends together. Sharing Quality Street favourites at Christmas is a festive tradition. Seeing the joy it brought to shoppers in the UK last year, we are now thrilled to be able to offer Irish customers the chance to purchase the unique tins that are collectable too.

“Whether you choose to customise your tin with your name, that of a loved one or even your own street, we’re delighted to be partnering with Dunnes Stores so that fans can pick up a personalised tin along with their weekly shop for the first time this year.”


Fans of the glorious combination of Baileys liquor with the finest chocolate are in for a real treat this festive season as Baileys Chocolates announces exciting partnerships with Sophie’s bar and restaurant, Harcourt St, Dublin 2 and Toni & Guy salons throughout Dublin.

The innovative mixology team at Sophie’s have created a selection of stunning festive cocktails inspired by and served with premium chocolates. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than sipping on one of their limited editions, ‘Chocolate Lover’ cocktails, such as the ‘Hot Russian’, a delicious blend of whiskey, Kahlua, milk and cream, served warm and paired with a beautiful Baileys Chocolate Truffle.

When it comes to preparing for those fun festive nights out, clients at Toni & Guys award-winning hair salons in Clarendon St, Dundrum, Malahide and Blackrock will also be treated to delicious Baileys Chocolate Truffles during their visit to the salon to be enjoyed with a glass of Baileys, prosecco or a warming cup of tea or coffee from the 29 November, while stock lasts.

Looking for Christmas gift inspiration? Baileys Chocolates has that covered too. The Baileys Chocolate Collection (227g) is perfectly presented in a stunning, black and gold, circular box and contains a range of Baileys milk, dark and white truffles along with other classics such as coffee, caramel and almond, guaranteed to delight everyone with a sweet tooth.

With a smooth milk chocolate shell and a creamy centre, Baileys original truffles have a devoted fan base and have proved especially popular at Christmas! The tube or mini pouch is an ideal Christmas stocking filler while the truffle bar is perfect for sharing anytime.

In 2018, Baileys launched a salted caramel chocolate range, to the delight of chocolate lovers everywhere. Available in a sharing tube or pouch, each is filled with mini truffles wrapped with silky smooth chocolate shells and oozing with a salty caramel centre that has a touch of the iconic Irish cream. A pouch of Baileys Salted Caramels is the perfect treat for some me-time during the busy festive season.

  • Baileys chocolate range is available at selected Supervalu, Tesco and Centra stores nationwide sand is priced as follows:
  • Baileys Chocolate Collection, 227g – €14
  • Baileys Chocolate Collection 138g – €6
  • Baileys Truffle Box 135g – €4.50
  • Baileys Pouch Salted Caramel, 102g – €3
  • Baileys Pouch, 102g – €3

To find out more about Baileys Chocolates and browse the full range visit the website here.


There ain’t no thang like a chicken wang – Just Eat, Ireland’s leading food ordering and delivery app, has confirmed an exclusive partnership with Dublin chicken wing institution, Elephant & Castle Monkstown. Featuring a host of mouth-watering menu options, Ireland’s favourite spicy wings and more are now available for delivery with the tap of the Just Eat app.

Customers in Deansgrange, Dun Laoghaire, Glasthule, Glenageary, Kill of The Grange, Monkstown, Sallynoggin, Sandycove and Blackrock will be the first to enjoy this exciting new signing, which will be available from 12 noon, seven days a week. The perfect recovery feast or festive family spread to wing in the new year, there’s something for everyone on the menu. 

The latest restaurant from the Press Up portfolio to join the Just Eat platform, which also includes WOWBURGER, Wagamama, Angelina’s Deli and Dollard & Co., news of Elephant & Castle is sure to delight locals. Commenting on this exclusive partnership Edel Kinane, Commercial Director at Just Eat Ireland said; “We’re thrilled to welcome cult favourite Elephant & Castle, starting with their  Monkstown restaurant, to the expanding Just Eat platform, delivering everyone’s favourite chicken wings straight to their home or office for the first time ever – in perfect time for Christmas!

“Famed for their unique flavours and loved by locals and celebrities alike, the Elephant & Castle chicken wings are an Irish institution, up there with the Late Late Toy Show, Breakfast Rolls and the Spice Bag, but there are a host of other great flavours on the menu for our busy customers to choose from. Whether it’s a lunch with colleagues to kick off the party season, a festive family gathering, or just a cosy night in after a busy day shopping the sales, there is something for everyone.” 

Having recently launched the National Takeaway Awards, Just Eat is also giving customers the chance to WIN free takeaway for a year when they vote for their favourite local takeaway. Now in its sixth year, three new categories have been added to the 2019 ballot paper including Best Takeaway Sustainability, Best Takeaway Vegan and Best Takeaway Breakfast.

Check out the menu and order your favourite Elephant & Castle dishes from 12pm, seven days a week, at home or to the office on the Just Eat app here.

To find out more about the Just Eat National Takeaway Awards and nominate your favourite local takeaway visit just-eat.ie/takeawayawards2019.


It’s Week 3 of Aldi’s Secret Six Offers, which will take place in Aldi stores nationwide until Sunday, December 22.

Each Monday, Aldi will release details of the week’s Secret Six Offer, and each Thursday, when you buy one of these amazing products, you will get a second one, FOR FREE!

We have to admit, this week's product is going to be a life saver over the holidays, especially if you're hosting a festive get together!

This week’s Secret Six Product is a 24 Pack of Pepsi Max 330ml Cans €10.00. This offer is available this Thursday, November 28– Sunday, December 1 only (while stocks last)

So head to your nearest Aldi store every Thursday between now and Christmas to avail of this amazing offer! 

Terms and conditions for Secret Six:

  • The Secret Six promotion is available in all Republic of Ireland Aldi stores, commencing on Thursday, 14th November to Sunday, 22nd December.
  • Offers are available from the Thursday they launch to the Sunday, 3 days later, while stocks last.
  • Availability is limited, and customers can only receive one offer/purchase per transaction.
  • The promotion is a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ promotion on a selected weekly product.
  • This promotion is subject to availability and stock quantities will vary from store to store.
  • Offer is available only while stocks last.
  • Any alcohol offer will only be available to people over 18 years and from 10.30am.
  • Aldi reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time or to vary the elements of the promotion.
  • Prices are correct at time of dispatch and are subject to change.
  • A cash alternative in lieu of the second free product is not available for this promotion.

For more information see www.aldi.ie  


Christmas is the perfect time for showing loved ones that you care. Whether you are shopping for that special someone or finding stocking fillers for yourself, bring the magic home with the Lindt Christmas range. Expertly crafted by Lindt Master Chocolatiers with the finest tasting chocolate, there is happiness to be shared across the whole family this festive season.

The Lindt Teddy is a classic family favourite from the iconic Lindt Christmas range. Lovingly crafted with the finest chocolate from Lindt Master Chocolatiers, they are the perfect gift for showing that special someone how much you care. Complete with festively fashionable winter coats, the Mr and Mrs Lindt Teddy 100g are the ultimate stocking filler for both children and adults alike.


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Alternatively, pair the two together for the cutest of couples’ gifts. Why not spoil someone with a larger 200g Teddy, now available in Blue and Red Jumpers for 2019.

Available at all major retailers & chocolate.lindt.com 100g, RRP; €4.50, 200g, RRP; €6.00

The Lindt Santa is here to announce Christmas once again and if you are going the extra mile, delight a special someone with the ultimate indulgent gift, a Lindt Santa 1kg. This is a true symbol of chocolate artistry, the iconic Christmas must-have that is certain to make an impression under the tree.  Also available in 125g and 40g varieties.

Available at all major retailers & chocolate.lindt.com 125g, RRP €4.50


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Bring the magic of Santa’s journey home with the Lindt Gold Reindeer 100g; a cherished treat amongst chocolate lovers and Lindt fans that is guaranteed to raise the festive spirit.

Available at all major retailers & chocolate.lindt.com 100g, RRP €4.50

Lindor Gold Selection Box 500g – 2019 Version

Selection boxes are not just for the kids this Christmas. Spoil yourself or a loved one with the LINDOR Assorted Selection Boxes 500g. The Gold variety contains a mixture of LINDOR bars and truffles containing Milk, Orange, Hazelnut and White chocolate flavours, whilst the Silver variety includes Milk & White and Coconut flavours. A truly indulgent gift for LINDOR lovers.   

Gold version available at most major retailers; Silver version exclusively in Tesco and Lindt retail stores, RRP: €15.00


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The Lindor Cracker 100g is the perfect stocking filler for LINDOR lovers. Why not use them as table settings for the big day itself, or as a surprise gift for colleagues? These individually wrapped delights boast a satisfyingly smooth-melting chocolate filling with a delicious Lindt milk chocolate shell.

Available at most major retailers and chocolate.lindt.com RRP:  €3.50

Melt into a moment of bliss this Christmas with LINDOR Milk and White chocolate truffles.  Made with the finest Lindt milk chocolate and an irresistibly smooth melting white centre.

Available at Tesco & chocolate.lindt.com 200g, RRP: €6.99

The iconic LINDOR Maxi Ball is an impressive gift and will be sure to put a smile on the face of any chocolate lover. The ball opens to become a bowl containing approximately 44 individual milk chocolate truffles.

Available at all major retailers & chocolate.lindt.com, 550g, RRP: €19.00

Take a break from the Christmas madness and sit back and enjoy a Lindt Snowflake.

Available at all major retailers & chocolate.lindt.com 20g, RRP €0.95


On a day like today, all I want is my Gossip Girl boxsets and a giant pizza. The miserable weather has certainly dampened our moods but one thing that'll perk us right up is trying the world's best pizza.

And you can have it delivered right to your door, thanks to Fallon & Byrne.

While the rest of us debate whether pineapple is or isn’t acceptable on pizza, Fallon & Byrne has been to the home of pizza in Italy, and competed against 500 of the best pizza makers in the world.

Head Pizza Chef Alessandro Capozzi was crowned Best Pizzaiolo in Ireland and placed second in the world at the Campionato Nazionale DOC.

Fallon & Byrne pizzas can be ordered directly from the Deliveroo app and enjoyed from the comfort of home or as an office treat. They are authentic Pizza Napoletana and created using the fresh ingredients of Fallon & Byrne’s famous Food Hall. 

Joe Groves at Deliveroo said: “We all know Fallon & Byrne pizza is delicious, and now it’s officially world class delicious. Truly authentic Italian pizza is an art form that deserves to be eaten, shared and enjoyed by all.

“We’re really proud to be able to deliver world class dishes to the homes and offices of Ireland, all thanks to working with the likes of Fallon & Byrne, who are as passionate about great food delivery as we are,” he added.

The international competition saw over 500 pizza chefs from across Europe, including a strong Irish contingent, the United States, Africa and South America vie for the top prize. The award is a huge coup for Ireland and an acknowledgement of the incredibly high standard of pizza now available in the country.

The competition is recognised by UNESCO in support of Neopolitan-style pizza, as an important expression of food culture and the definitive version of Italy’s most famous dish.