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Bite-Size: what's happening in the food and drink world

From picnic treats and chocolate characters to some great news for whiskey fans, it's all going on this week


It's a mixed bag of newness this week, with lots of good news coming through from Irish brands and producers. It includes the return of whiskey to the west - and one of the cutest chocolate treats we've seen in a while. 

If you've been missing proper curry chips, Co Down's Mash Direct just might have the answer and the new addition to Kildare's Killashee Hotel has us full of hope for picnics in the summer sunshine - or even over Easter. 

Speaking of Easter, if you want to show someone you care but want to opt for something other than an egg, check out the new launch from Pudding Row in Sligo, below. 

All the good things
Sligo’s Pudding Row The Grocer has added a new comfort kit in time for Easter. Priced at €70, including delivery nationwide, it’s packed with all sorts of gifts including a diffuser from Flora Lab; a box of chocolate hearts from Mayo chocolatier Noo Chocolates; a pouch of Nutty House Granola and a bag of Wall and Keogh Loose Leaf Tea. There’s also a selection of Pudding Row treats including a homemade peanut butter brownie, a chocolate and coconut macaroon, a raw cacao energy ball and a salted caramel square. Head to puddingrow.ie for more.

Remember you’re an Omble
It’s home to the now-iconic Percy Pig and the irresistible Colin the Caterpillar and now M&S has introduced a new addition to the gang: The Ombles. Made with Belgian milk chocolate and rolled in flaky milk chocolate the 190g Omble is, €9, while the very cute Mini Ombles are €7.50 for two. Rumour has it The Ombles family is set to expand soon, with cakes, sweets and seasonal treats on the way too . marksandspencer.com/ie

Picnic season
Co Kildare's Killashee Hotel is bringing back its picnic boxes after their success of last summer. They join the hotel’s other takeaway options which include an assiette of miniature desserts, a cupcakes box and an afternoon tea. There are two picnic boxes to choose from - the first is €40 and is enough for two adults and two children. It includes the likes of mini egg mayonnaise and bacon brioche buns; smoked salmon on house treacle brown bread, chicken tikka wrap, and banana bread with vanilla panna cotta along with special options for kids. The second option, priced at €60, has all that and more, along with two snipes of pink prosecco. There's also a vegan option for €30. All Killashee’s take out treats must be ordered 24 hours in advance. You can book by calling 045 879 277. killasheehotel.com

Spuds up
Lidl Ireland and its long-term supplier Meade Farm has launched a new range of Irish Gold potatoes. Lidl is the only retailer in Ireland to stock these unique potatoes which are available for a limited time. The potatoes were grown by Meath-based Gibbstown Farm and have a distinct sweet and buttery taste. They’re priced at €3.49 and are available in Lidl stores around the country while stocks last.

Champion chips
If you’re missing chipper chips - or specifically curry chips - Co Down’s Mash Direct has come to the rescue. It’s launched its own Curry Chips, an extension of the award-winning Beer Battered range. The chips are covered in a light batter, then tossed in a mild curry seasoning. Gluten-free and free from artificial colourings and flavourings, a 400g pack serves two and is priced at RRP €2.50. mashdirect.com

Whiskey of the west

Co Galway’s Micil Distillery, known for its poitín and gin, has announced it's distilling and laying down Galway’s first Irish whiskey in over a century. Speaking about the news, Micil’s Pádraic Ó Griallais said, “Our family has over 170 years of craft distillation know-how, the longest continuous family distillation heritage in Ireland, and it brings us tremendous pride to be building on this legacy by bringing Irish whiskey back to Galway.’’ While its own whiskey matures for the required three years, Micil will be releasing two initial independently bottled Irish whiskeys this summer. For more info see micildistillery.com.