Maple Syrup and Other Tastes From Home

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know I am a foodie. Luckily, according to Saveur Magazine Cork is known as the gastronomic capital of Ireland.

Being a food away from home means I miss my favorite foods just almost as much as my favorite people. I have been able to stockpile and have family bring some of the foods I miss most and some are even available here, if you look hard enough. 

Here is a list of my favorite foods or typically American items as well as where you can find them in Cork City. If I’ve not found them here yet, I’d love comments from anyone who has found them locally so we can all find a taste of home in our new home-sweet-home of Cork.

Peanut Butter Spread
This is rather available at most stores.

Ranch Dressing
Found it once at Aldi/Lidl in Skibbereen, but maybe I was dreaming. No luck finding it since.

Fresh cranberries can be found in autumn, but for sandwiches and year-round enjoyment Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and Dunnes all carry some form of jarred cranberry that resembles jam or preserves. 

Cornbread Mix
Have not found it yet. 

Pure Maple Syrup  (Canadian)
Available from Mr. Bell’s Oriental Foods at The English Market for about 5 Euros

Macaroni & Cheese
I thought I found macaroni once, but no boxed Kraft mac & cheese found here yet. 

Pop Tarts
Centra has Strawberry and Chocolate flavors made with beef gelatin.

Tortilla Chips & Salsa
The best we’ve found is Tesco-brand tortilla chips (the small plain clear/white bag) with Tesco-brand “Cool” salsa. They also have decent guacamole in the back corner of their produce section and canned black beans at the end of their soup aisle. Excellent tortillas (round/flat for quesadillas) in the bread aisle on the top rack.

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
Dunnes has this.

More soon, but in the meantime we’d love to hear from you. What do you miss and where have you found it?


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  1. I’ve got a great recipe for Rice a Roni if you’re interested.

    Pop Tarts are in most supermarkets now, strawberry and chocolate. And you can also find Canadian maple syrup in most supermarkets now too. Marks & Spencer sells maple syrup with their own label but it’s marked as Canadian.

    For some dumb*ss reason, all the shops stopped selling Kraft Ranch Dressing. On a rare occasion you might find Newman’s Ranch..very rare occasion. When I was home last, I bought several multi-pack boxes of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Yum!

    I really miss real corn tortillas, the raw ones for tacos. Family send me masa harina occasionally though.

    It’s been ages since I’ve seen corn meal/maize meal on the shelves here, but the Asian shop in the English market has sacks of different coarses of polenta, which is essentially corn meal.

    You won’t find Karo corn syrup here, but Lyons Golden Syrup makes a righteous pecan pie! Oh, and you won’t find pumpkin puree here either. My sister in law can get itin an obscure shop just outside London and brings me a few cans a couple times a year, and I get cans from home.

    Dunnes often has frozen fresh cranberries. And if you go to some of the farmer’s markets you might also find some fried cranberries. They’re more widely available now than before. But they can be seasonal.

    Oh, if you’re looking for artichokes, like big, globe style ones, you’ll find them on a very rare occasion at the veg stall at the Coal Quay Market on Corn Market Street, but more often at the Mahon Point Farmer’s Market at Mahon Pt Shopping Centre. This is a weekly market on Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Coming from NorCA, I REALLY miss the availability of chokes. I have three plants I’ve been growing since last summer and one already has a flower coming up. Many of the garden centers in the general Cork area seemed to have a lot of choke plants last summer. Maybe they will this year too. They need a lot of room to grow though and take 18 months to fully mature before they send up chokes.

    What kinds of stuff from home are you looking for?

  2. Hi there! I just came across your blog while searching for Pecan pie in Cork! I have a very lovely colleague over from North Carolina for a few weeks, and she is very sad that she has to miss Thanksgiving. Would you have any suggestions on how to make it special for her??! Including where I could get hold of a Pecan pie (apparently it’s her favourite!)
    Thanks in advance!!

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