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We all know Christmas is a time for giving, and this year McDonald’s has made it even easier to embrace the true meaning of the festive season with the Cheese Melt Dippers Sharebox.  The Cheese Dippers are made with camembert and come with a tomato dip, making them everyone’s cheesy holiday favourite.

For the second year in a row, Big Tasty® and Big Tasty with Bacon® are returning to McDonald’s for the festive season, along with the all-new Chicken Deluxe with a Zesty Tomato Relish.

Don’t forget ‘Reindeer Treats’ (carrot bags!) are also now available from all McDonald’s restaurants, the perfect way to get #ReindeerReady, as well as the new Matchmakers Cool Mint Flurry which has received a huge reaction from McFlurry fans ahead of the launch.

Please see below for more details on these items and the others available in restaurants from November 20:

Big Tasty®: 100% British & Irish beef, cheese made with Emmental, sliced tomato, lettuce, onion, and – of course – that Big Tasty® sauce

Big Tasty® with Bacon: Your favourite Big Tasty, this time with bacon

Cheese Melt Dippers Sharebox: Twelve breaded cheese dippers, made with camembert and served with a Tangy Tomato dip

Chicken Deluxe with Zesty Tomato Relish: Two pieces of succulent crispy chicken with a zesty tomato relish, cool mayo, cheese, lettuce and red onion rings in a square glazed and sesame seed topped bun

Cheese Melt Dippers: Four breaded cheese dippers, made with camembert and served with a Tangy Tomato dip

Matchmakers Cool Mint McFlurry: Soft dairy ice cream swirled with Matchmakers, topped with a chocolate mint sauce (available in mini too!) 

Ben Fox, Marketing Director, McDonald’s UK and Ireland said: “We’re all about making people’s lives easier at Christmas and having familiar favourites like the Big Tasty and Matchmakers McFlurry on menus does just that, when the festive season can feel so chaotic. 

“For 2019 we are excited to be combining these firm favourites with the all-new Chicken Deluxe too – a delicious new addition to the menu which we know our customers will love.”


Chocolate makes up 80 percent of our diet once winter rolls around. It’s impossible for us to say no to the stuff, especially during the holidays.

We’ve even found a new chocolate bar to scoff on during the festive period and it is our new favourite.

The Master Chocolatiers at Lindt have been busy, combining the smooth creaminess of milk chocolate with the benefits of high cocoa content to create the Excellence High % Cocoa Milk Chocolate collection, just in time for Christmas!


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Discover a new chocolate experience with the three new milk chocolate variants, made with 45%, 55% and 65% cocoa content. The smooth, balanced flavours of each bar create a delicious creaminess not usually found in high cocoa content treats. 

Each one delivers on the indulgence and excellence that consumers associate with the Lindt brand, while also providing a low-sugar benefit without compromising on taste.

“Our overarching goal for the new range is to help break the stigma of dark chocolate being too bitter and milk chocolate being too sweet by creating a delicious bridge between both,” says Sinead Taylor, Excellence brand manager at Lindt Ireland.


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Dark chocolate is something of an acquired taste and the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt have worked tirelessly to create the ultimate blend of milk and dark chocolate to suit all tastes.

Speaking about the new range, Lindt Master Chocolatier Stefan Bruderer explains that, when it comes to cocoa percentage, the experience is entirely subjective. “Finding the perfect percentage for you is more important than finding the highest cocoa percentage available,” he says. “A higher percentage means more chocolate, and less of the remaining ingredients, primarily sugar.

Our favourite has to be 45% cocoa. It is too good!

The new Lindt Excellence High % Cocoa Milk Chocolate bars are available from supermarkets nationwide RRP €2.79


A new research report launched today by safefood has revealed that chocolate is the main ingredient in almost 40 percent of protein bars surveyed, with many also being high in saturated fat and containing added sugar and salt. The research also found that over 1 in 3 people (37 percent) surveyed think protein bars are “healthy”.

When comparing current protein intakes among adults with what’s recommended, both men and women are already consuming more protein than they need from their diet.

The safefood research looked at the nutritional content of 83 high-protein snack foods and drinks available for sale in supermarkets on the island of Ireland. These foods included protein bars, yoghurts, yoghurt-style products and milk drinks. According to industry sources, there was a 498 percent increase in products launched between 2010 and 2016 with a high-protein claim.

Introducing the research, Dr Catherine Conlon, Director of Human Health & Nutrition, safefood said, “We’ve witnessed a significant and consistent upsurge in the number and variety of foods and drinks for sale which claim to be ‘high-protein’. From bars to milks and yoghurts, high-protein foods have now become mainstream in our supermarkets. When we asked people about protein bars, a third of them thought they were healthy. However, many of these bars are, in reality, highly processed foods with a calorie content similar to that of a bar of chocolate”.

“What’s also evident from dietary data is that men and women are already consuming more than enough protein in their diets and simply don’t need this extra, highly processed protein,” stated Dr Conlon. 

Of the 39 protein bars surveyed, 38 percent listed chocolate as their main ingredient. 77 percent were high in saturated fat, with 79 percent being a source of salt. The average bar size was 55g with an average price of €2.27, though some bars cost as much as €3.00 each.

“Processed snack foods high in protein need to be combined with fat, sugar or salt in order to make them tasty,” continued Dr Conlon. “People would be better sticking to natural sources of protein in their diet, which tend to be much healthier. And if you need a source of protein as a snack, alternatives like some nuts, a small glass of milk or a yoghurt is the way to go instead of these foods with added chocolate.”

The report “A survey of high-protein snack foods” is available to download at www.safefood.eu


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in McDonald's. They have just revealed the McDonald’s McCafé festive range and we want to try everything!

McDonald’s will be helping you get into the festive spirit with their new Christmas McCafé Cup designs. This year, the designs come in green, red and blue, and feature a beautiful reindeer motif.

The design is replicated on a reusable cup, over 1,000 of which are available to win in an online competition. The cups are made from paper cups recycled in McDonald’s restaurants and include a recyclable cardboard replica of the reindeer design which can be removed after Christmas and used all year round.

Also launched yesterday was a range of new and returning tempting treats to the McCafé menu, including last year’s favourite Millionaire’s Latte, making McDonald’s the perfect Christmas shopping pit stop. Head down to McDonald’s today and pick up:

NEW Millionaire’s Donut

An iced caramel donut with caramel filling. Sprinkled with biscuit pieces and a dark cocoa drizzle.

Millionaire’s Latte

The Millionaire’s Latte is back! Returning after its success last year, the Millionaire’s Latte is made with a large shot of espresso, blended with steamed milk and caramel biscuit flavoured syrup, topped with a swirl of chocolate cream and a caramel drizzle.

Mixed Berry Muffin

A Muffin made with blueberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. Filled with raspberry jam and sprinkled with an oat granola topping.

Chocolate Brownie

A Brownie made with melted Belgian Chocolate & cocoa with added chocolate chunks.

To enter the competition to win a reusable cup, visit: www.reindeerready.co.uk/


One of our favourite things about the festive season is opening our advent calendar, yes, we are very mature.

The holidays are all about treating yourself  to the luxuries that brighten the dull winter months so why not purchase one of these glorious advent calendars from Aldi.

The store have heaps to choose from and we’re feeling awfully excited about the WINE one. That’s right, ladies. A wine advent calendar. Our dreams have come true.

There’s something about opening the little numbered doors to reveal a treat or prize that makes us feel so much better so we’ll be picking up one of the below calendars when they arrive in store on Sunday, November 3.

 From wines to chocolates and everything in between, Aldi once again has an Advent calendar for every family member this festive season. 

The Wine Advent Calendar costs €69.99 – Each of the 24 doors open to reveal a mini bottle of 12 white, 6 red, rosé or 6 sparkling wine. Includes 16 x 18.7cl and 8 x 20cl Bottles. Over 18s only. 

Aldi’s Wine Expert Tom Doorley said, “It's fun, a bit indulgent and best of all, might expand our wine horizons.”

Cadbury Dairy Milk €2.49
Toy Story 4 €1.29
Quality Street €4.99
Thornton's €7.99
Plush Advent Calendar €14.99



You can’t escape the great taste this Halloween with Fanta’s new limited-edition blood orange flavour – Dark Orange.

Available during the spookiest time of the year only, the new limited-edition drink is full of flavour, but with a terrifying twist – instead of its usual vibrant orange colour, Fanta has been transformed with a striking new jet black colour to create the scariest Fanta flavour yet.

Adding a creepy twist on the bottle, renowned graphic designer, illustrator and artist Noma Bar has collaborated with the brand to design a new look which features a Fanta inspired werewolf along with other spooky characters; each of which bring to life the playful personality and flavour profile of a different Fanta variant. You can also scan a Snapcode on Fanta Packs to unlock exclusive Halloween Snapchat filters and stickers over the Halloween period.

HalloweenFM.ie, Ireland’s first ever Halloween radio station brought to you by Fanta, will creep online today to bring you the nightmare of Halloween for 10 days. The digital station promises to play wickedly good music and will be the soundtrack to all your Halloween celebrations.

The Fanta Halloween portfolio includes the original favourites Fanta Orange and Fanta Lemon, zero sugar variants Fanta Orange Zero, Fanta Exotic Zero and Fanta Pink Grapefruit Zero along with the newly launched Fanta Dark Orange; offering the ultimate fruity refreshment bursting with real fruit juice. All are available in stores now.

Share your Halloween experiences using #FantaHalloween, if you dare!


Butlers Chocolates, chocolate masters since 1932, have unveiled their first ever Pick & Mix fixture in Dublin Airport, Terminal 2. Located in the Chocolatier Section of The Loop, travellers can now pick their favourite treats to enjoy on the flight or gift to a loved one. 

This chocolate lover’s paradise hosts a mix of individually wrapped chocolate mini bars and twist wrap truffles including popular favourites such as Hazelnut Praline, Honeycomb Crisp, Dark Salt Caramel and Milk Truffle, not to mention 70 percent Salted Caramel and 78 percent Dark Chocolate. 

To celebrate the launch, Butlers Chocolates are partnering up with Dublin based illustrator Conor Merriman who will sketch FREE mini portraits of your loved ones for one day only, from 11am to 2pm on October 25 at the Butlers Chocolates Pick + Mix station in T2.

Each portrait is designed to fit into the large Butlers Pick + Mix box, creating the perfect surprise gift for that special someone.  

Speaking about the launch, Aisling Walsh, Marketing Director for Butlers Chocolates commented; ‘Picking up a chocolate gift in the Loop or a visit to Butlers Chocolate Café in the airport is synonymous with the excitement of holidays and travelling. Butlers Chocolates were delighted to work with the ARI team to create a personalised experience, where travellers can pick their favourites to gift, enjoy or share on their onward journey’.

The gift-boxes have been designed with ease of carrying in mind and will easily slip into a passenger’s laptop/hand bag. So after you check in, check out the Butlers Chocolates Pick + Mix in The Loop, Terminal 2 and choose your favourites from the extensive selection with the medium box priced at €8 and large gift boxes at €15


Our chocolate dreams have come true. Lindt have finally opened their very own Irish store and we cannot wait to visit.

The Swiss choclatier has officially opened the doors of their Kildare Village store, much to the delight of shoppers.

Queues formed from early morning with visitors travelling from counties far and wide to get the first glimpse of the store.

The pop up-shop which will run for a limited time, offers an array of premium confectionery favourites from Lindt including assorted bars, sharing boxes and beautifully packaged gifts.

We cannot wait to pop in and create our own personalised box of Lindt chocolates (a gift for ourselves, obviously.)

Lindt-lovers are in for a real treat as the store also features a designated Pick and Mix area including a selection of exclusive and limited-edition flavours as well as all of the classic Lindt favourites, allowing guests to create their own personalised box or bag of Lindt chocolates.


If anyone is looking for us we'll be in the Lindt store in Kildare Village, surrounded by chocolate wrappers and living our best lives.


As the nation prepares for Ireland’s final group stage clash in Japan, Just Eat, the county’s leading food ordering and delivery app, is giving fans the chance to enjoy breakfast delivered straight to their door. With wet and windy weather conditions hitting the headlines both home and away, line-out on the couch and score a winning breakfast available from 8.00am.

Try Porridge of the Gods from Leon, a freshly prepared breakfast roll from Maxol, or a tasty sweet and savoury crepe from Tram Café whether you’re tuned in with family and friends or watching through your fingers under the covers. Featuring Krispy Kreme, Subway, Chopped, Cocu, O’Briens, The Riddler and more, the expanding Just Eat breakfast menu has something for everyone, but it’s certainly not the only show in town!

Refuel at halftime or regroup at the whistle as lunchtime attentions turn to the Boys in Green in Georgia, with a choice of all your favourite flavours, including newcomers from Ranelagh, Mak at D6 and Dillinger’s, as well as fellow new signings The Fish Shack Malahide and Bullet Duck and Dumplings.

Hong Kong duck and dim sum specialists, this new squad of restaurants further strengthens the Just Eat pack, with Dillinger’s ‘Super Nachos’ the perfect sharing option for your hungry gathering. Celebrate or commiserate with delicious Fish and Chips from The Fish Shack or immerse yourself in authentic East Asian food culture with Spicy Chicken Potstickers from Mak at D6, or handmade Shu Mai Pork Dumplings from Bullet Duck and…Dumplings.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, rugby or soccer, there’s food for every occasion, available for delivery straight to your home or office with the tap of the Just Eat app.


We are a nation of coffee lovers with 3 in 4 drinking an average of two cups of coffee every day and a third drinking three cups or more daily. That’s according to a new report by Bewley’s, Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company.

The report into Ireland’s coffee habits was carried out to mark International Coffee Day and examines coffee consumption, purchasing habits and consumer attitudes on the environmental impact of coffee culture in Ireland.

Conscious coffee

While as a nation we love our daily cups of coffee and 33 percent say they buy coffee on the go, we’re also conscious of our carbon footprint.  This is more prominent among the younger generation with nearly 50 percent of 18-34- years olds compared to 31 percent of over 55-year.

Three quarters (76 percent) of coffee drinkers also claim they are more likely to purchase coffee from a café that provide compostable cups.

In fact, such is our commitment to sustainability that nearly two thirds (65 percent) of Irish coffee drinkers own a reusable cup and nearly a quarter (23 percent) claim they do not buy a coffee in a single use cup if they have forgotten their reusable cup.

Proving that sustainability is very much top of mind 9 in 10 say they value a business and brand on their ethical behaviour and 68 percent of respondents claim they are likely to avoid cafés not selling Fairtrade.

Home Brewing

According to the Bewley’s research, while a third enjoy a coffee on the go, over half (53 percent) prefer to prepare their coffee at home. 52 percent have a coffee machine in their home, with the most popular type being coffee pod machines (50 percent), followed by Espresso machine (19 percent) and a Ground coffee machine (13 percent). With coffee machines in the home proving popular, instant coffee is still up there among coffee drinkers with 44 percent consuming a convenient instant cup of coffee at home and at work on a regularly basis.

Those between 18-34 years (39 percent) are less likely to consume coffee at home compared to those in the 55 years and over age group (67 percent). 

Ireland’s favourite coffee

The Americano leads the way as Ireland’s favourite coffee with 34% preferring it over milkier blends, with cappuccinos and lattes following in popularity, 25% and 23% respectively.

Commenting on the research findings Col Campbell, Managing Director, Bewley’s Grafton Street said, “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and we have been loyally serving them for over 175 years. It’s no surprise to see the importance of sustainability to the Irish coffee drinker. This has been a focus for us for a long time and we take it very seriously. Bewley’s coffee is served in 100 percent compostable coffee cups and we recently launched a range of compostable coffee pods for those drinking coffee at home.

We are at the forefront of Irish coffee culture and were the first to import Fairtrade coffee into Ireland, the first to introduce latte art, the first to roast coffee in-store and the first Carbon Neutral coffee roastery in Ireland. Over 175 years on from our beginnings we still love tea and coffee. It’s our passion and producing reports like this ensures we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to providing for our customers”.




You can’t deny the Christmas spirit is creeping in. One of the best things about the holidays is the heavenly amounts of sweet treats in stores. 

We’ve already had to stop ourselves from buying selection boxes with the weekly shop.

However, this new addition to the Lindt collection is going to be impossible to say no to.


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In honour of the festive period, Lindt are releasing a limited edition chocolate and it just sounds too good to be true.

They’re launching a milk chocolate Lindor with a white chocolate truffle centre. If anyone needs us we’ll be drooling for the foreseeable future.

The product description reads, ‘This Christmas, indulge in Lindor Milk with White truffles – delicious Lindt milk chocolate enrobing delectably smooth white centres. Perfect for sharing, entertaining and gift giving.’

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We honestly can’t see ourselves sharing a box of these with anyone, sorry.

Christmas is all about indulging and treating yourself to the finer things in life so we’ll certainly be ordering a box or two (or ten) of these new Lindor goodies ahead of the Christmas break.

They are currently available in Tesco so be fast. There’s no doubt they’ll be sold out in a blink of an eye.



Tayto, Ireland’s No. 1 crisp and snacks brand, launches its two new limited-edition flavours. Mr. Tayto is known to have his finger on the pulse and since the popular launch of Tayto Spice Bag flavour, has been busy in the kitchen developing more delicious Irish-inspired flavours. This time the new flavours are all about Irish favourite takeaways. 


  • Tayto Hot Wings Flavour: This one’s for the spicy chicken wing lovers looking for full-on flavour, they’ll leave you wanting more…

  • Tayto Curry Chip Flavour: Because sometimes a 3-in-1 just doesn’t pack the crunch you’re looking for. This one’s fuss free – it’s proper Curry Sauce like the guy in the chipper does it.


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If the success of Tayto Spice Bag is anything to go by, shops will be sold out faster than your takeaway would be ready.

To celebrate the launch, Tayto has teamed up with online comedians and content creators, Tadhg Flemming, Fionnuala Jay and Giz A Laugh’s Enya Martin. Keep an eye on their social media channels to see their take on the new limited edition flavours.