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Vegans, we’ve got some wonderful news. Galaxy are releasing a vegan chocolate bar and it looks delicious.

People who follow a plant based diet can now enjoy Galaxy chocolate.

The vegan bars even come in three tasty flavours including Smooth Orange, Caramel & Sea Salt and Caramelised Hazelnut.

Will the bar taste as good as the original? The team at Galaxy believe the range is just as good as they used a hazelnut paste to create the iconic creamy taste.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The bars are even packaged in eco-friendly wrappers. The chocolate is wrapped in a recyclable card sleeve and compostable film.

This move by Galaxy is a wise one, especially with the numbers of people following a vegan diet on the rise.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The team stressed that just because someone is vegan doesn’t mean they should miss out on treats we all know and love, like the Galaxy bar.

The Galaxy vegan bars will be available later this month and we cannot wait to try them.

 

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Chocolate is one of the most celebrated and addictive foods on the face of the earth.

It has the mysterious ability to cure menstrual woes, break-up blues and even Mondays. In summary: It's powerful stuff.

Recently a fight to the death took place to finally decide which chocolate bar Ireland would lay down it's life for, and the results didn't take us by surprise.

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Over 7,000 votes were cast to discover the nation's favourite chocolate bar in a survey undertaken by CraicPack (famed for their Hangover Boxes and hampers).

32 of the country's most popular choices were pitted against one another, and it almost got ugly. Unsurprisingly, Cadbury's Dairy Milk came out victorious, with Galaxy Smooth Milk as the runner-up.

The CraicPack Chocolate Cup asked the public to vote, and Cadbury slayed the competition. Kinder Bueno came in third, and Cadbury Flake rounded out the top four.

Crunchie, Dairy Milk (Golden Crisp), Wispa and Boost were all in the top eight contenders, meaning that six of the top eight were Cadbury's creations.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We’ve always known that Ireland loves Dairy Milk and we include one in every Classic Irish Box that we send abroad”, said the team at CraicPack, “we now have the proof to back it up.”

It's known all over the world that Ireland has a special relationship with Cadbury's Dairy Milk, with many associating it's delicious Irish smooth milk chocolate with the shores of the Emerald Isle.

Sort of like how Tayto is the national crisp of Irish emigrants? It's all about connection. 

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Easter is just around the corner, and with supermarket shelves packed full of delicious goodies, it's safe to say our chocolate cravings are getting a little out of control. 

From golden bunnies to scrumptious eggs, we're gearing up for the year's biggest cheat day, so you can only imagine our delight when we discovered that one of our favourite brands has launched a WHITE chocolate version of it's best selling bar. 

Famous for its melt-in-your-mouth texture and oh-so creamy flavour, Galaxy chocolate is without a doubt one of our all-time favourite treats.  And now, fans of the much-loved brand will be delighted to know that they no-longer have to look elsewhere to get their white chocolate fix. 

We're guessing it's comparable to the old Cadbury Dream bars – which are long over-due a comeback (just saying). 

The website reads: "Created to instantly melt in your mouth, the Galaxy White Chocolate is silk, smooth and deliciously creamy.

"Galaxy White Chocolate is an indulgent treat that can be enjoyed with friends and family and a great way to get your sugar fix for the day. It also is perfect partner for some 'me-time indulgence'. Undivide your attention.

"Enjoy pure chocolate passion with Galaxy White …"

However, there's a catch. 

It seems the wonderfully creamy white chocolate is only available in the United Arab Emirates at the moment, meaning you'll need to travel over 7,000 km to get your hands on it. 

*sigh*

No word as to whether it'll be available in Ireland any time soon, but given that we're a nation full of chocolate-lovers, we're hoping that the head honchos over at Galaxy realise they're missing a huge opportunity by not stocking it here. 

In the mean time, you'll need to beg your globe-trotting friends to bring you back a few bars – though we can't guarantee they won't be eaten before the plane lands. 

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Mars Chocolate have recalled a number of popular products across the UK and Ireland due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

The company issued the precautionary recall after it discovered that some of the ingredients used to make it's chocolate bars may have been contaminated.

The following products are effected in Ireland:

Galaxy Counters: Product code: AW99G; Batch codes: 720B1SLO00, 720C1SLO00; Best before date: 13.05.2018

Maltesers Teasers: Product code: AX46E; Batch codes: 7720C1SLO00,720D2SLO00; Best before date: 13.05.2018

A spokesperson for the confectionery company said, “Through our routine testing, we have detected the potential presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used to make our chocolate.”

“As a precaution, we are voluntarily recalling certain GALAXY® Smooth Milk Chocolate bars, GALAXY® MINSTRELS® and GALAXY® COUNTERS® and TEASERS® bars.”

“We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase.”

“If you have one of the products listed above, you should not eat it. Please keep the product and contact our Consumer Care team to arrange return and reimbursement.”

Consumers who may have purchased these products are urged to get in touch with customer care at 1890 812 315 or on www.mars.ie/contact.

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Less than 18months ago, YouTube-stable Chanele McGuinness heard about an emerging music contest being held by RTE.

Initially pitted against 550 other entrants, to her delight she made the final. Lining up alongside solo artist Gary Showbiz as well as five-piece band The New Transmission, she played live on the John Murray Show.

By the end, she had been declared the over-all winner; a little over 48hours later she was on the Saturday Night Show playing her song, Numb, to some half a million viewers.

Performances at Sea Sessions and Electric Picnic followed – so suffice to say that Chanele, a 22-year-old from the Ballyshannon area of Co Donegal, had been plunged into the deep-end.

 

Just doing my duties as a #Galaxy Girl…(@aoifeeeb)

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But that’s also very much the way she likes it – which is just as well, as she’s currently being plunged right back in all over again.

It began several months ago when talent scouts acting on behalf of Galaxy chocolate spotted her music on SoundCloud.

They liked what they heard, and invited her to London to audition; once again she found herself caught up a whirlwind.

“I was in France visiting a friend at the time,” she explains in a one-on-one conversation with SHEmazing! “The next thing I knew I was on a train for probably the biggest audition of my life. I didn’t have time to think about it, really.”

She adds: “I’d never done anything like that before. I mean, it’s kinda just always been me and my guitar playing open-mic nights.”

The audition was evidently a huge success: she ended up collaborating with Bxnjamin, a talented London-based rapper, to create an infectious, acoustic version of Audrey Hepburn's iconic Moon River.

If you haven’t heart the track yet – and you soon will – it features in a brand-new, must-see advert for the recently released Galaxy Duet bar, which has just been unveiled throughout the UK and Ireland.

Things are surely only going to get bigger too: Galaxy has partnered with Spotify to allow fans of the track to stream it onto their music devices for free. It's furthermore available on iTunes.

“It's exposure on another level,” the Donegal-woman admits earlier today. “And I don't think it's really hit me yet that people will be hearing me in their kitchens.”

Her mum, whom Chanele cites as her No.1 fan, has already checked if the Galaxy Duet advert will be played during the soaps (it will). “So that’s her content,” she laughs.

 

A little clip of @sonbxnji & I performing last week at the #GalaxyDuet launch! #moonriver

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Right now, the singer-songwriter is weighing up a move to London. “I'm so happy with everything and I’m just so excited about Galaxy Duet,” she states.

“So going forward I'd like to think I'd be a bit picky and choosey about what I work on or who I work with next.”

The X Factor is out then? “I just don’t think you get a lot of freedom in that type of TV show,” Ms McGuinness shrugs. “You have to be open to being much more moulded.”

As for hearing her voice on the Galaxy television ad, she describes it as a “totally surreal and utterly amazing” experience. “I still have to pinch myself every time I see it on television!” 

From YouTube, to RTE and Electric Picnic – to taking on Galaxy… we here at SHEmazing! can’t wait to see A LOT more of Chanele McGuinness. 

 

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Galaxy invited Ireland’s fashion elite to upgrade their wardrobes by swapping their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories at a special Style Exchange Event, hosted by our very own style-maven, Angela Scanlon. Held in Temple Bar’s Siopaella, Ciara O’Doherty popped along to get all the gossip for you guys, and to chat to Angela about the rules of successful style-swapping. Check out the video for more!
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