My friend will be studying abroad in Ireland in a few weeks and want to know if you guys have any recommendations on candy there. She plans to bring some back for me, but she doesn't know what to look for. We are both American. Could you duders help us out?
Most of our 'candy' (We just call 'em sweets) are just really the general Nestle and Cadbury range that you can get in most of Europe. I'm a huge fan of Snickers though. I would swim in Snickers if I could. Picnic is amazing too. Irish don't really make our own candy as @mandude pointed out though, just the alcoholic kind.
If you want Irish made stuff you'd probably need to get hard-boiled sweets like brandy balls or something as they are usually made locally. The ones I get are anyway. They are usually on a separate rack in most convenience stores. As for chocolates and such, it's pretty much the same as anywhere in the UK. If in the North she could get Tayto crisps or something. I dunno if they do those down South.
Also, we don't call anything candyーunless it's Halloween, when you can get candy apples. Other than those, candy seems like such a generic term that can mean any kind of sweet/chocolate to me.
Anything made of chocolate. Flakes are amazing, especially in an ice cream cone. Crunchies are like better Butterfingers. You can get them over in the US but I remember Aero bars being way easier to find over their, and those are super good. Smarties are better M&Ms.
Generally, anything with chocolate will be delicious. Even Cadbury Buttons over their are better than pretty much any candy you'll get stateside, except maybe the real fancy stuff.
I'd suggest you smuggle the eggs over, but pretty sure they will confiscate them if they find them.
Tayto crisps are worth 4 times their weight in gold. Holy shit they are so much better than chips here in the states.
Just tell her to try a bit of everything, and take back the best stuff.
Man, I need to import some Tayto crisps.
OH! Get some Chef Sauce. It's an awesome sandwich condiment. Vaguely vinegary but there's a lot more to it. A roast beef, swiss, chef sauce, and tayto crisps sandwich is fucking heaven on earth oh my god.
And if you like tea, ask the locals for the best brands and snag some.
In short, just bring all things edible.
I miss Ireland.
Off the top of my head these were the best sweets from when I was small:
Sweets: Blackjacks, Juicy Fruits, Chewits, Double Dip, Choc Dip, Snowball, Frosties, Refreshers, Drum Stick, Stinger, Hubba Bubba.
Chocolate: Animal Bar, Freddo, Curly Wurly, Starbar, Klipso, Macaroon, Mint Crisp, Wagon Wheels.
Crisps: Banshee Bones, Ma'Reillys, Meanies, Jonnie Onion Rings, Rancheros, Hunky Dorys, Tayto, King, Chicatees, Chipstix, Snax, MIghty Munch. Burger Bites
In my adult years I've had to get a number of fillings, a root canal and a crown. No regrets..
Tayto chocolate bar (Might taste horrible, it's a new limited edition run)
Various Cadburys chocolate. (Dairy Milk, Buttons, Fingers, Wispa, Twirl etc.)
Cookies from Marks and Spensers are delicious.
@dave_442 is wise, everything he says belongs in your mouth.