Ó Conaill’s and The Cookie Jar

thecookiejar.jpgIn Cork today and during my inevitable trip to Ó Conaill’s chocolate shop on French Church Street – I used to go for a dark cardamom all the time, now I’ve moved on to a ginger oil-infused dark chocolate, all the better to fend off the winter chill – I noticed that they have just started stocking Cate McCarthy’s giant cookies.

The Cookie Jar is the name of her company and the trademark jars recently arrived on Ó Conaill’s counter, packed with American-style cookies made from real ingredients. I met Cate last year at the Terra Madre Farmers’ Market in Waterford and sampled quite a few of her delicious wares. Well worth a quick visit when you need your caffeine – or hot chocolate – fix accompanied by something sweet to munch on!

Ó Conaill Chocolate, 16b French Church Street, Cork. 021 4373407
The Cookie Jar, Graigue, Poulmucka, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. 052 35448 www.thecookiejar.ie



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5 Responses

  1. Eimear Fitzgibbon says:

    Hi Caroline,I just happened upon your website and am very impressed. I love the story about the Aga, sounds fantantic.My friends Noeleen, Helen and I visited you and Scott in Christchurch in 2005 and you made us a lovely dinner and kiwi crumble. Just thought I would drop a line to say Hello and a belated thinkyou for taking pity on us.I love food myself and am amazed at all the things that ireland has to offer. I’m learning loads from your site. I’m thinking about getting into some aspect of food myself, perhaps a catering job with a company at the beginning. I was wondering if you would have any suggestions or names of places that I could look our for.Looking forward to hearing from you.Eimear

  2. Caroline says:

    I remember you very well Eimear! It was great to have some Irish visitors – I really loved having people who were travelling to come and visit while we were over there. We do the same with any Kiwi friends of the husband who happen to be over here.The three of you seemed to be surviving on just bare bones hostel-cooked meals at that stage. It certainly was a pleasure to feed you. I’ve never seen my Venison Stew and Kiwi Apple Crumble disappear so fast! I never did write down that Venison Stew recipe and I’ve often wished I could recreate it.With regard to food, what kind of thing are you thinking of doing, Eimear? There’s a website called jobsforcooks.com which will give you a good idea of what jobs are out there. Bear in mind that January is very slow, especially this January. Best thing to do, if you have a place in mind where you’d like to work, is approach them directly and have a chat. Drop me a line at cook@bibliocook.com if I can be any help. Good to hear from you!

  3. Hi Caroline. Thanks for this post, I just spoke with Cate today and she’s going to pop into La Cucina this week with samples with a view to selling her cookies in the shop. Thanks againLorraine

  4. Caroline says:

    Glad to be able to help, Lorraine – enjoy the samples!

  5. Angela Strid says:

    Hi Caroline,Just need a contact name and email to send a press release about us and a Michelin star chef from North Yorkshire winning the ultimate UK Gourmand Award with our cookbook – received amazing reviews and think you would like it. Love the website.Many thanks – Angela

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