5 Classic IRISH Snacks You Didn’t Know Were Made From Horse Meat


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This time out we feature some classic Irish foods and snacks that you may be shocked to learn are in fact made entirely from that diverse hide and go seek champion of meats that is horse meat!

Bacon and Cabbage


Yes, we know, your mother told you it was all pig and veg, but Irish mammies don’t know everything. This handy snack, which us Irish usually eat for breakfast or with a bit of ice cream (also made predominantly with horse meat) has been beloved by us all but I bet you didn’t know it was made entirely from horse meat. Like, jaysus! The more you know!



Guinness hugs that delicate balance between meal and drink like no other but is probably the most obvious horse meat snack on the list. As you all know Arthur Guinness accidentally killed a horse on the way home from a rave in and around 1759 only to use the rotting horse corpse, turning it into the creamy stout a lot of us pretend to actually like to save from being excommunicated. Yum.

Flat 7 Up


The ultimate cure for, like, absolutely everything. Had your arm chopped off by a bear? Ha ha, no doubt your mother, an idiot with absolutely no concept of modern medicine, would reach in to the press and produce a flat 7 Up – what a lol-a-riffic eejit. You would of course be bleeding profusely and likely in shock but take the time to read the label… that’s right 100% horse. Putrified horse is the only ingredient to the greatest Irish contribution to medicine. Ever. Like seriously, totes ever.



Is. There. Anything. More. Irish. Than. Barnback? Hint: NOOOO. The quintessential Irish snack that supposedly involves yeasted bread, sultanas and raisins is in fact made from horse meat. This tradition stems from when Irish men would place engagement rings in the belly of horse and would invite several chaste women to retrieve the ring. The winner would be married to the noble Irish man.

Daniel O’Donnell


OK so this last one isn’t strictly food but it is speculated that in 1981 Daniel O’Donnell, who was then a horse made a pact with the devil to allow him to become human in an effort to realise his horse-dream of being a singing sensation. That is so Irish.