Clonakilty Irish Sausages, White Pudding and Black Pudding Review *

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We were sent a selection of Clonakilty products such as their white puddings, black puddings as well as their thin ‘Ispini’ and their traditional pork sausages.  Being absolute foodies and it being school holidays at the moment, it was just the perfect time for us to sit down as a family and to try and taste each of their products and share them on our blog here for our readers.  Made in Ireland, these Irish sausages and puddings are easily available in England from local retailers and online stores. Keep reading the review to see more photos and to find out what we thought about each of the products.
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Black Pudding
Described on their website as “First made in the 1880’s with a secret recipe that remains the same to this day, Clonakilty Blackpudding is Ireland’s favourite black pudding.  We totally loved the flavour of the black pudding, our kids were slightly more inclined to the white pudding than the black. The puddings come beautifully packaged in a box weighing 200g.  We recommend you to cut the pudding into 2cm thickness or thicker otherwise it crumbles easily during the cooking process.  On another day, we also decided to crumble the black pudding on top of the egg that we had with the sausages and it complimented the dish very nicely.  The Clonakilty Blackpudding is made using traditional methods combining beef, oatmeal, onions, beef blood and a secret blend of spices. It is this special blend of ingredients that gives Clonakilty its unique taste, crumbly texture and distinctive flavour. You can eat it on its own, grilled/baked or mixed in other recipes to increase the flavours. Here is one worth trying Black & White Pudding Meatballs.  We recommend you grilling these for about 4 minutes on each side.  The back pudding has a nice texture, not quite as creamy as others we have tried, but this version is much crumblier, which was a nice change.

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Clonakilty Whitepudding

Personally, this was a family favourite with the kids and adults, the taste was subtle yet delish and moreish as well! It comes in a lovely box where the pudding weighs about 200g.  Made using traditional methods combining pork, oatmeal, onions and a blend of spices, the texture of the pudding was nice and soft with so much flavour in them and not pungent.  We recommend cutting it into 2cm thickness or thicker otherwise it crumbles easily.  We have to say that the white pudding was tasty as it had a nuttier flavour compared to the more frequently eaten black pudding.   Its great to be eaten on its own, we grilled these for about 4 minutes on each side, alternatively, they can also be mixed into recipes as a stuffing such as Apricot and White Pudding Stuffingor Apple and Pudding Scones.  Although this is a breakfast delicacy, we had this for lunch once and dinner the next time and it is also perfect to be added to any starter or main course.

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Thin Ispini Sausages

Here’s a little history about Clonakilty Sausages which we have quoted from their website…”In the late 1980’s, the Twomey family produced a traditional sausage, Clonakilty Ispíní, using 100% Irish pork, and their butchery knowledge. Initially sold only in their butcher shop in Clonakilty, West Cork, it was soon decided to sell them in shops all over Ireland due to popular demand. All of our sausages are made with the same passion for quality, taste and tradition as our famous black pudding”.  Living close to the Cheshire and Staffordshire border where we have a large supply of good quality butchers due to the local farms, we can easily say we know our sausages and are very picky when it comes to tasting them as we have been spoilt for choices.  These thin pork sausages are a great size for kids and ours enjoyed eating them.  We felt they were well seasoned and did find that they were similar to a cheaper brand of sausages that we never buy due to the low meat content. These also have only 63% meat content and are quite high in fat. They were enjoyable for the children as a treat but they weren’t to the adults’ taste.

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Traditional Irish Sausages
These traditional Irish pork sausages have 73% pork content and tasted much nicer compared to the thinner Ispini sausages. These sausages were moist, and tasted yummy but we felt it was fattier too. We did not add any oil at all when we cooked them, we just grilled them in the oven and drained off all the access oil that was left behind.  Both kids and adults enjoyed this and we them with different types of chutneys and pickles as accompaniment.  We also love that, they sell gluten free sausages, which is great as you don’t have to miss out on a sausage in your fry up if you are intolerant. We also love their website as there are lots of recipes and suggestions on how you can cook their sausages and puddings. As sometimes, you can’t always think beyond a sausage sandwich and a fry up, here you will find recipes like, Blackpudding with scallops and pea puree, Blackpudding and potato hash, blackpudding, avocado and egg on toast (yum this one I would love to try), and there are more – including some with pasta, pancakes and burgers!
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What you need to know 
  • You can easily find recipe ideas on their website
  • The ingredients are clearly located on the back of the packages and highlight ingredients that may cause allergy. The sausages range from containing 63% pork to 73% pork.
  • They sell gluten-free options of their products which includes Gluten Free Clonakilty Black & White pudding, Gluten Free Clonakilty Sausages, Half Lbs, Gluten Free Clonakilty Ispíní Móra Sausages (Traditional style) and Gluten Free Clonakilty Ispíní Beaga (Cocktail) Sausages
  • Products are free from artificial colours and preservatives
  • Clonakilty is a real town in Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Clonakilty Blackpudding has been made since 1880, however, the Twomey Family only started their business in the 1980’s
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About Clonakilty
Many years ago, in the small farmhouses of rural Ireland, the modest income of the household was subsidised by the making of black pudding which was sold to the butchers of nearby market towns along with eggs, butter and other farm produce. One such farmhouse, just like many other butchers, Edward initially had no interest in making blackpudding when he first took over the butcher shop in 1976 and saw it as a chore more than anything else.
Edward was far more interested in the meat side of the business, then one thing that will remain untouched is the Clonakilty Blackpudding secret recipe. However, they are always looking for ways to improve their products and enhance their product range. As the years went by, their product range has expanded to include Clonakilty Whitepudding, Clonakilty Sausages, Clonakilty Shows and Exhibitions In the 1980s, Edward and Colette Twomey wanted to share the taste of Clonakilty Blackpudding and so a road show began. Edward and Colette displayed at the Cork Show, Bord Bia cookery nights and the RDS to name but a few. As the Clonakilty range expanded, the business was moved to a larger facility in Little Island, Co. Cork in 1999. In 2005, Edward Twomey sadly passed away having realised his dream.
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How much are these sausages and where can you buy them?
There is a wide range of sausages as well as black and white pudding being sold in the market, we have only featured four product from their selection. Check out the closest stockist to where you live here, we are able to get our supply from leading retailers such as Sainsburys as well as Morrisons or online stores such as Ocado.  Price range from £1.60 – £2 for the white and black pudding while the sausages costs about £3 – £4.
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* We were given these sausages in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

34 Comments

  1. August 16, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    The sausages sound good as they have a reasonably pork content. I quite like the thick ones and also the thin ones as it’s nice to have a change.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Yes the thick ones taste better Melanie x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Sarah x

  2. August 16, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I love black pudding in salad, crumble it up and it’s lovely 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Oh sounds so yummy! Next time we will do the same x

  3. August 16, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    I have to admit I’m not a fan of black pudding, however, I would absolutely love to try those sausages! They sound absolutely delicious – I could just cook some up for tea.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Try the white pudding if you can Sarah, the flavours are more subtle compared to the black and you may end up liking them

  4. August 16, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Oh sausages always go down a treat in our house!! One of the few things all 4 kids will happily eat

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      How wonderful to hear that! Its the same in our house, everyone loves it except for my son, but he tried the black and white pudding and like the white instead

  5. August 16, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Delicious! Without the black pudding though I must admit!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      August 17, 2018 / 8:04 am

      The white pudding and sausages were tasty Yaya

  6. August 17, 2018 / 5:29 am

    I’ve never tried black pudding as I just can’t bring myself too, although I didn’t know white pudding existed x

    • yeahlifestyle
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      August 17, 2018 / 8:03 am

      White pudding is something new to us as well, both the puddings are not strong flavoured so you might like them

  7. August 17, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Reading this has made me hungry! Love when you can get proper good sausages. Fancy some bangers and mash now!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Oh hope you can get these sausages near where you live Kira x

  8. August 17, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    We love sausages and they are one food group that seem to work any time of year!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Yes we have to agree with you there Kara, and everyone loves them

  9. August 17, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I’m a veggie, but the rest of my family eat meat. They look good though and a really good price 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Yes the price is very reasonable Rebecca x

  10. August 18, 2018 / 12:27 am

    I tried Clonakilty Irish Sausage before and I love them! I can’t wait to try them again!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      August 18, 2018 / 8:50 am

      Its great to hear that you have tried it and love it too Angela

  11. August 18, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Haven’t tried these yet. Must go on the hunt for some

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:55 am

      They are easy to find Liza, Sainsbury or Morrisons or Ocado if you prefer online shopping

  12. August 19, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    The sausages look yum! I’ve never tried black pudding before. Not sure about that one!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 19, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      It worth trying that and the white pudding out Ashleigh

  13. August 19, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Oh my hubby would really love these!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 19, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Hope you get him some Eva

  14. August 19, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I do love sausages and always look for decent quality ones, I never buy black pudding or white pudding so my husband only has it if we have a breakfast out x

    • yeahlifestyle
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      August 20, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Well this is the opportunity for you to try the black and white puddings then as its easy to cook them, only 3-4 minutes per side on the grill / oven or pan

  15. August 20, 2018 / 7:33 am

    These look delicious. I’m not a fan of black pudding however my husband is, I don’t think we have ever seen white puddings though so I am going to keep an eye out for them.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 20, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Their white pudding tasted lovely, something worth trying if you never have.

  16. August 20, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    It’s cool that they’ve gone to the effort of making the ingredients super easy to find and also produced gluten free options.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Yes we totally agree Rachael, so everyone can enjoy the sausages x

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