Monday, October 22, 2012

Love Irish Food Week: Meet The Broderick Brothers...

Barry and Bernard are brothers who make delicious cakes and sweet things which all started in their mum Ina’s kitchen who is well known in the community for her delicious cakes and treats. Broderick’s handmade snacks are produced using only the best quality ingredients including real locally sourced Irish butter and the finest Irish oats.

The wide range of cakes and snack bars includes traditional favourites such as Handmade Rocky Road and Chocolate Brownies as well as more unusual flavours such as Handmade Chocolate Cranberry Nut Bar and Yoghurt, Mango and Papaya Nar. Recently, Neven McGuire caught up with the two brothers to find out a little more about their business:

Coffee Break With Barry Broderick...

Barry tell me how you come up with the your business idea?

Well we come from a background of supplying high quality desserts to cafés, restaurants and hotels. We stated to notice people were eating more products "on the go" and that there was a gap in the market for a high quality product using premium ingredients such as Belgian chocolate and butter and some innovative recipes. So we set about developing a range of tasty treats such as the Chilly Brrrr or (Belgian chocolate brownie with caramel nuts and chocolate chips) and the chocolate heaven (peanuts Belgian chocolate and caramel) using local Irish butter and caramel we made ourselves in the kitchen. The business has grown from our kitchen to selling in across Ireland, France, Belgium, UK and further across Europe.

Why did you join Love Irish Food?
We joined Love Irish food in 2009 and we found it to be a great help. We feel that Love Irish Food is doing a fantastic Job of educating the Irish consumer of what an Irish Manufactured product is as opposed to an imported product branded as an Irish product. In turn the symbol helps promote Irish Jobs and business.

How many direct jobs are linked to the company?

40 local jobs in Walkinstown, Dublin.

What is the best way to enjoy your bars?

Our product goes well with a hot beverage "on the go" to bring that Café moment mobile. Or get some delicious ice cream and either break up the tiffen, rocky road or Brownie (could be heated) and create your own dessert or my favorite - break up some brownie with some nuts and vanilla ice cream and caramel or Duluce de Leche sauce on top to create your own sundae! Yum.

Sell me your Broderick's bars in five words... 

Chunky chocolate treat for me!

More information about the bars can be found here.