Lir Chocolates for Christmas and an Irish Fairy Story:
Lir was founded just outside Dublin in County Meath in 1987 by Connie Doody and Mary White. A cottage industry, the two ladies made chocolates on Connie’s kitchen table with a food mixer and bowl. Their aim when they launched Lir was to develop a premium chocolate range for Ireland. They grew quickly and moved to a new headquarters in Naven, County Meath, where they now produce a range of chocolates – not just their own brand, but bespoke products for the Iconic Irish brands Bailey and Guinness. Now with over 30 years of heritage, this female-dominated company (Lir has two female founders, a female MD and female master chocolatier) is coming to the UK.
This Christmas for the first time, Brits will be able to get our hands on iconic Irish brand Lir Chocolate. I’ve already previewed the Lir Discovery Collection – 16 handcrafted chocolates with eight different flavour, including exotic ingredients such as Persian lime oil, Spanish pistachio and Tahitian vanilla, each encased in a Belgian chocolate exterior. With two of each delectable variety in each box and classics such as Praline, Salted Caramel and Coffee alongside sumptuous Dark Chocolate Torte and Chewy Pecan Caramel, it’s the perfect gift to delight the chocolate lover in your life.
Lir uses their expertise, continually trialling new techniques, ingredients and flavour combinations ensuring its creativity and attention to details shines through in each and every chocolate in its range. They are passionate about ethical sourcing of cocoa and work closely with both Cocoa Horizons and Bord Bia’s Origin Green to ensure their chocolates don’t just taste exceptional but are sourced with the utmost care.
And, the Celtic influence shines through in the beauty and love that goes into their chocolates. The Legend of Lir is a famous one in Ireland.
Once upon a time in Ireland there was a powerful man, Lir, one of the rulers of the magical Tuatha De Dannann, one of the earliest tribes to inhabit Ireland. His key rival Bodb Dearg was appointed king of the tribe and was recognised by the entire kingdom except for Lir himself. In an attempt to appease him, Bodb sent his daughter Aebh to marry Lir. She bore four children, Fionnuala, Aed, Fiachra and Conn but died soon after, leaving the children without a mother. Bodb sent a second daughter – Aoife to marry Lir and be a mother to the children. But, she grew jealous of the love Lir had for his children and cursed them, turning them into swans. It wasn’t until Ireland became a Christian country that the swans were freed from their curse by a holy man. Sadly, that was three hundred or more years after they had been cursed and when their feathers fell off, they were old and frail…they lived just long enough to be baptised.
It’s a story of beauty, love and passion that still inspires the chocolatiers at Lir.
Yet again, I have the chance to offer one lucky London-Unattached reader a selection of Lir chocolates including the Dessert Collection, the Discovery Collection and a selection of three boxes of chocolate truffles worth a total of £25 – perfect for nibbling on over the Christmas break. To find out more about the chocolates from Lir please pop over to their website at www.lirchocolates.com. What I’d like to know is which of the discovery collection chocolates you most like the sound of. Then follow the rafflecopter through as normal. If you don’t win the £25 hamper, you’ll find Lir chocolates on sale in selected Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op stores throughout the UK. The rather posh (and utterly delicious) Discovery Collection retails at a remarkable £10.
Just in case you need some help finding my own chocolate posts – here’s one about the Grenada Chocolate Festival