One thing that will remain untouched is the Clonakilty Blackpudding Secret Recipe. However, we are always looking for ways to improve our products, and enhance our product range with new authentic Clonakilty creations in keeping with our beliefs and interests in food.
In 1986, Colette Twomey with the help of the food facility at University College Cork created a whitepudding to complement the now successful Clonakilty Blackpudding. Clonakilty Whitepudding recipe is an original Twomey creation and enjoyed instant success from its introduction. 2011 saw the launch of a gluten-free version of the Whitepudding, of which the taste is indistinguishable from that of the original Clonakilty Whitepudding.
In 1986, the Twomey family introduced a traditional sausage called Ispíní. These were initially sold from the counter in the butcher shop, and as a result of their popularity they were packaged and sold, available in shops all over Ireland. Today our range of sausages has greatly evolved to satisfy all customers’ tastes. There are now five different varieties of the Clonakilty sausage available, and there’s no taste quite like it. The varieties are Clonakilty Ispíní, Clonakilty Cocktail Sausages, Clonakilty Butcher Style Sausages, Clonakilty Traditional Sausages, and Clonakilty Gluten-free Sausages.
The rashers were the last step to completing the Clonakilty Breakfast. In 2003, two variants of Clonakilty Rashers were launched - Dry Cured and Oak Smoked. Later in 2007, the Mild Cure thicker cut rasher was introduced, later followed by a thick cut Smoked rasher in 2009. Following on from tradition, these are also made from 100% Irish pork and contain no added water.
In 2010, the Clonakilty bacon joint was launched, and is available in three variations Boiling Bacon Joint, Roasting Bacon Joint and Smoked Roasting Joint. The Clonakilty Bacon Joints are prime cuts of 100% Irish pork which have been cured and smoked authentically to give a beautiful flavour and a succulent texture.
In 1989 at the Butcher’s Association National Awards both Clonakilty Blackpudding and Clonakilty Whitepudding won first prize in their respective categories which in turn gave them national recognition. The Clonakilty Blackpudding Co. have been winning awards ever since.
Shows and Exhibitions
In the 1980’s, Edward and Colette Twomey wanted to share the taste of Clonakilty Blackpudding and so a road show began over the next number of years. Edward and Colette displayed at the Cork show, Bord Bía Cookery nights and the RDS to name but a few. These shows were of benefit as it was a tasting event for consumers, and it helped to increase the awareness around the Clonakilty products. As a result it was a huge success for them, as once the Clonakilty pudding was tasted people were hooked! People longed for the taste of blackpudding like their grandma used to make. People wanted to know where to get the products; this in turn enabled the product to be stocked in more small independent stores, as demand dictated. Subsequently, there were more routes added to the vans, and the company grew naturally and steadily.
One of the things that Clonakilty Blackpudding brought with it to the large market place was a taste of the “good old days”. Through remaining true to its roots and its traditions it differentiated itself from other blackpuddings. Clonakilty Blackpudding brought the importance of using local produce to the forefront. Through being uncompromising with the quality of the raw ingredients, the quality of the Clonakilty products were recognised by both customers and awards alike.
Once Munster was captivated by the famous pudding, the rest of Ireland was next. A very successful Spring show in the RDS was a great opportunity for this, as consumers started to ask for Clonakilty Blackpudding and Whitepudding at their local supermarket.
In turn Superquinn and Quinnsworth made contact, seeking supply of the much sought after products. Next to call was Dunnes Stores! And so it continued. And the rest is history.
Pictured left: Clonakilty Whitepudding, Clonakilty Sausages, Clonakilty Rashers, and a selection of awards received.