Hobnobs are like Digestives but in many opinions, better. The crunchy, sweet-salty biscuits are made from large rolled oats instead of all wheat flour. We like the milk chocolate version, which tops a supremely "noobly" (our new favorite adjective) oat cookie in a layer of creamy milk chocolate. We'd have to agree with the packaging: "one nibble and we're nobbled."
Cadbury Chocolate Digestives
A digestive is traditionally a crisp, mildly sweet biscuit that was thought to help aid—you guessed it!—digestion. Cadbury's milk chocolate version may resemble McVitie's Hobnobs in appearance, but they're made with wheat flour instead of oats, giving them a smoother texture and slightly sweeter taste.
It's really just a bar of thinly folded milk chocolate, but Flake is somehow so much more fun than eating its standard chocolate bar cousins. And if you find yourself at an ice cream shop in Ireland, don't forget to ask for a "99" (it's a wafer cone of vanilla soft serve with a small Flake bar garnished on top).
These mini, crispy potato rings are fried in sunflower oil, giving the Original version a nice strong crunch and a pleasant, unadorned potato taste. Of course if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you should try a bag of the Roast Chicken, Cheese & Onion, or BBQ Beef hoops.
Modern versions of these gummy fruit candies no longer contain actual wine, but the gumminess remains. We like to pick out the blackcurrant ones and wash them down with a cold bottle of Ribena.
This baked corn snack is available in "Pickled Onion," "Beef Burger," and "Flamin Hot" flavors. They may look cute but beware: these puffed, monster paw-shaped snacks are intensely vinegary. Too intense for this snacker.
Grace's Irish Oatmeal Biscuits
These came to our office shipped straight from the Irish motherland! Grace’s has become one of Ireland’s leading locally produced food brands. Buttery and slightly salty, the biscuits are great for dunking in tea and get festive points for being shamrock-shaped.
These crisps (don’t call them chips) are made in Northern Ireland, and come in flavors like Pickled Onion, Wuster Sauce, and don't forget Cheese and Onion! Unlike the commercial chips in the States, they aren't too thick, greasy, or covered in flavor powders. Tayto uses Lady Rosetta and Lady Claire potatoes so they taste extra potato-ey.
Walkers takes their crisps to the next level with flavors like Irish Stew and Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding. While we could take or leave the Prawn Cocktail, the Pickled Onion has a nicely tangy vinegar kick. Supremely snackable. But you should have a mint handy to pop after.
These "really cheesy" corn puffs are the UK equivalent of Cheese Doodles, though they're a tad softer and slightly less likely to stain your fingers orange.
While the debate continues as to whether these are actually a cookie or a cake, all you need to know is that they taste as good as both. A soft, spongy biscuit is covered with a layer of tart orange jam and finished with a thin coating of milk chocolate. Yum.