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Ahhhh…April has finally arrived!

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I love the month of April. In my opinion, it’s the best month of the year: Spring showers, the start of baseball season, warming temperatures, new life, fresh starts, my birthday…

To celebrate my favorite month, I decided to do something special on the blog. My goal is to share something new each day of the month that I love about Ireland. Might be a person, story, place, poem, photograph, or a song…you will just have to check back each day to see what’s next.

My first choice is obvious, seeing as yesterday was Easter. I guess I still have chocolate bunnies on my mind, because the first thing I thought about was how much I really love…

IRISH CANDY BARS!

CadburyMaybe it would be better to say, candy bars I eat when I am  in Ireland. I love the Cadbury chocolate produced in Ireland, but I am also a huge fan of  many other English and European candy bars, not available in my corner of United States.

Each of my visits to Ireland has a signature candy bar. The wonderful bubbly texture of the Aero Mint bar defined my first trip to Ireland when I was sixteen-years-old. The 1990s through the early 2000s mark my Cadbury period. Plain Dairy Milk, Fruit and Nut, Whole Nut, Caramel – I indulged in them all. I even tried the Turkish…once.

I got hooked on the Bueno in 2004 and haven’t looked back. The light wafers filled with hazelnut cream and covered in chocolate are the perfect candy bar to have on hand when traveling. The two individually wrapped, four-segmented bars also make the Bueno ideal for sharing.

Bueno

I just discovered that I could order a case of Bueno bars on-line at Amazon.com. It’s tempting, but I think I can wait until later this year when I will be able to have my Bueno in Ireland.

What’s your favorite candy bar to enjoy in Ireland?

Irish American Mom posted a great piece on Irish vs. American candy last autumn. Click here to read all about the differences…Mairead even includes a table, so you will always get precisely the chocolate bar you crave, whether in Ireland or the USA!

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Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

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  3. Oh, yum! I didn’t know that Cadbury chocolate was made in Ireland. I’ve never been in Ireland, but I guess Cadbury must be my favorite Irish chocolate. Yesterday for Easter, I ate my annual Cadbury creme egg. Excellent.

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