Wexford’s Wonderful Street of Sweets
On my 15th birthday, I went to London with my drama group, where I discovered the Chocolate Bar at Harrods. I had a white hot chocolate and I will never forget it! When I lived in New York, a big treat was to enjoy the chocolate mess (toffee, bananas and chocolate brownie, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles with a side of caramel sauce and hazelnut bits) at Max Brenner’s chocolate restaurant. Speciality sweet shops or dessert restaurants are not as common in Ireland as they are in other countries, however, on a recent weekend away in Wexford, I discovered that Wexford town has a wonderful selection of sweet shops.
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
One of my favourite sweet stores I came across was Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, which is part of a franchise that was established in 2004. The concept for the franchise was inspired by an etching of an old fashioned sweet shop discovered in a copy of a 1958 confectionery magazine.
Inside the store
Mr Simms is located on the main street in Wexford town. It is owned and run by a friendly local Wexford family. The owner, Betty Furlong, works full-time in the shop with her two daughters who work part-time. Her husband, brother and sister also help out from time to time.
Lots of lollies
Enjoy the lovely selection of lolly pops on offer.
They have many unusual products on display including chocolate pizzas, chocolate chess sets, and chocolate mobile phones. I bought a cola bottle chocolate bar. I have never tasted anything like it before, and it was amazing!
Sweets from my childhood
Stingers, wham bars, refreshers, sherbet pens are some of the great retro sweets Mr Simms has on display. These are sweets from my childhood that remind me of walking to the shop with my school friends at break time. My brother had massive jars of retro sweets at his wedding. It was a great idea and the sweets were enjoyed by all the children and adults attending the wedding!
It’s Christmas Time!
Santa lollies make great stocking fillers and christmas gifts!
If you feel like something savory, why not try out Green Acres Bistro and Art Gallery, located in the heart of Wexford town. Enjoy its wonderful selection of exceptional wines, homemade food and artisanal cheese, and contemporary Irish art and sculpture.
Wexford town is a great place for a weekend break.
Wexford has some beautiful beaches. Curracloe Beach is my favourite. It was the location in 1997 for the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and my brother who was an extra!