Monday 19 February 2018

Gourmet gifts for the festive season

Jack & Eddie's sausages
Butlers festive chocolates
Fortum & Mason
Dingle Curd
Longueville House Irish apple brandy
Tom Lynch Honeycomb
Cashel Blue Cheese
Scandi Cookies
Dingle Gin

Claire O'Mahony

Cheeses to please, morsels to tempt and gastronomic goodness for the foodie in your life.

Pandora Bell Churns

Any one of these salted caramel flavours from the Limerick-based confectionery company is delightful - the liquorice and Espelette chilli pepper varieties are especially moreish.

GET IT: €11.25,

Jack and Eddie's Sausages

A Christmas morning fry-up is a tradition in many households. Jack and Eddie's sausages, a 2015 Blas na hÉireann gold award winner, are 80pc pork with a secret blend of seasoning.

GET IT: €3.19; SuperValu and Dunnes Stores in Connacht and Dublin

The Festive Menu by Butlers

Skip dessert and head straight to the box of chocolates with this collection of scrumptious festive creations including spiced berry parfait, orange bombe and Christmas pudding.

GET IT: €15, Butlers Chocolates

Fortnum & Mason's Sir Nigel marmalade shortbreads

Shortbread is given a delicious twist with a helping of marmalade, the bitter orange complementing the sweetness.

GET IT: €9.75, Brown Thomas

Little Dingle Food Co Passion fruit Curd

With fresh passion fruit, Irish butter and local free-range eggs, this won silver at this year's Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards.

GET IT: €4.50; Garvey's SuperValu, Dingle and coming soon to the Food Academy Stands in SuperValu stores in Munster

Pure Food Company sun-dried tomato and chilli pesto

The gold medal winner in the pesto category at Blas na hÉireann 2015 adds a kick to food.

GET IT: €4.75, Ardkeen Quality Food Store,

Longueville House Irish apple brandy

Made from the pressed juice of cider apples and stored in French oak barrels for four years, this Calvados-style brandy has a smooth and full-bodied taste. To be sipped after dinner, straight up, or in an Irish coffee.

GET IT: €36;

Panettone Classico

A slice of this Italian Christmas sweet bread loaf is an ideal after-dinner treat when accompanied with an espresso or a sweet wine like Moscato d'Asti.

GET IT: €18.95, Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

Irish Supreme comb honey

An award-winning honey produced by beekeeper Tom Lynch, this pure and raw honey makes an event of toast and also works wonderfully with cheeses.

GET IT: €25,

Cashel Blue cheese

No cheese board is complete without a slab of blue and creamy, tangy Cashel, made by hand on a Tipperary farm since 1984. It's one of Ireland's best blues.

GET IT: €5.75, Fallon & Byrne

Scandi cookies

For anybody obsessed with Nordic chic, these gingerbread cookies are sure to please. The perfect dipping companion for a frothy hot chocolate.

GET IT: €9.95, Fallon & Byrne

Dingle Gin

Irish botanicals such as rowan berry, fuchsia, hawthorn and heather give this gin - which scooped gold at the 2015 Blas na hÉireann awards for white spirits - its distinctive flavour.

GET IT: €33.99, Celtic Whiskey Shop

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