All things chocolate (beer)


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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6 Responses

  1. paul says:

    There was a recent American try at that sort of thing – Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock. Made with Scharffen Berger Chocolate. Mmmm.My favorite Cadbury was the kiwi fruit filled bars. Can’t get them up here for some reason.

  2. Caroline says:

    I must say that I haven’t noticed kiwifruit-filled bars since I came here but, I must admit, Cadbury’s is no friend of mine – apart from that Black Forest chocolate in the Roses box. I’m much more a fan of the blackest of dark chocolates and am currently working my way through a bar of Richfields 70%…in very small pieces! Must keep an eye out for the bars that you mentioned, though, just in the interests of research, you understand.

  3. Markham says:

    I was down in Dingle recently, and in an ice-cream shop there they did an incredible bitterweet hot chocolate.Any idea where I could get a nice easy recipe?

  4. Caroline says:

    Was that Murphy’s Ice Cream, by any chance? I’ve heard great things about them but, as yet, their ice cream remains untasted. I really must get myself down to Dingle or Killarney to one of their shops. I’ve just been on your blog – The Big Drought – and figure that you didn’t go for the Blackcurrant and Guinness Sorbet, then?

    I’ll pass you on to one of my other pages, where I talk about hot chocolate, with cinnamon and chilli. You could leave out the cinnamon and chilli if they are not to your taste and, if you can’t come across the Ibarra Mexican Chocolate, try using a very dark bar of chocolate. About 70% cocoa solids is good – the better the chocolate, the better the hot chocolate. Have fun! Although I wouldn’t have thought that it would really be hot chocolate weather in Ireland at the moment. Isn’t it still summer?

  5. Markham says:

    Nope – not even Bailey’s Haagen-Dazs.Yes, it was Murphy’s – was down there a while back, weather was pretty nasty that weekend so hot choc was the perfect tonic. They do an incredible Rosemary and ginger ice-cream – quite a taste combination. I believe you can get their ice-cream in Dublin and I’m sure if it’s here you can get it elsewhere.Thanks for the link, I’ll be sure and give it a try.

  6. Caroline says:

    Wow! Rosemary and ginger sounds like a really interesting combination of flavours. I’ve just been poking around on their website and they seem to have loads of Dublin stockists. None for New Zealand though – yet. I think I’ll have to wait till I get back to Ireland.

    Good luck with the hot chocolate! Let me know how it turns out.

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