No Tomatillos but Plenty of Tea – American Food in Cork, Ireland

Remember when I admitted that when I moved here I packed a can of cranberry sauce to make sure Thanksgiving would be like always? Well, there’s plenty of cranberry sauce in Ireland and other surprises too. I mean, foods that are so typically American we almost think no other continent can sustain their existence. But it’s 2012 and technology, shipping and farming have made leaps and bounds. So, here are a few things I’ve been asked about most recently. If you are in Ireland and know where to buy there or other ‘American’ food favorites, please comment below.
  • Molasses – I got a jar once at a health foods store. Dark treacle or golden syrup are used instead when I’m in a pinch and can’t find it.
  • Pancake syrup – You can buy pure Canadian maple syrup (not Vermont) here for a hefty price. Sometimes TK Maxx here in town has Aunt Jamima on sale by the bottle for an outlandish expense. There is pancake mix available at the local grocery stores, especially before Mardi Gras (aka Pancake Tuesday).
  • Brown sugar – Readily available in various forms.
  • Canned pumpkin – An organic version in jars is available at two health food shops here in town but Libby’s brand is not.
  • Salsa verde – Unfortunately, not everything is available in Cork City. We literally fill our suitcases with the stuff.
  • Peanut butter – Readily available but not like JIF.
  • Black beans – Available dried from several places or organic in a can available at two health food shops in town.
  • Cheerios – The regular Cheerios here has added sugar so if you have a kid, bring American Cheerios with you because those don’t have added sugar.
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups – Available at a few places in town
If you are interested in learning more about American food and where to find/buy it in Ireland, read THIS POST.
Other popular posts for those moving to Ireland from the U.S. are:
What American foods can you not live without? What have you not been able to find? Do you like the different versions are do you feel it’s Libby’s or nothing when it comes to pureed pumpkin?

2 thoughts on “No Tomatillos but Plenty of Tea – American Food in Cork, Ireland

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  1. My first year here was in Galway and it was near impossible to find “ordinary” things. I had my parents shipping me 1 pound bags of coffee from the Alterra coffee roasters in Milwaukee.
    Now I actually grow my own pumpkins and have learned to make pumpkin pie from scratch, as well as pumpkin cake. This year I may try a recipe I found for making pumpkin spice coffee creamer from scratch. Though, last year a candy shop in Galway started stocking Libby’s and other American goodies, so it is out there.

  2. Hello, I just read your blog about American food in Ireland and I wanted to let you know that I’m American and I have an online business headquartered in Dublin (but I serve the whole country) that sells the food we miss from home. If you have a minute, please check out I do have Libby’s Pumpkin and many other Thanksgiving favorites and baking ingredients including Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Nestle Chocolate and Butterscotch Chips, Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix, Crisco shortening, Karo Syrup and much more!

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