Issie's Handmade Chocolate Shop is very proud and humbled to have been awarded the John and Sally McKenna Guide Award in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The McKennas' Guide Plaque is the most respected badge of merit in Irish contemporary food. Awarded only to those who are described in the McKennas' Guides, the plaque is the ultimate signal of culinary creativity and imagination. Issie and her team strive for perfection and it is great to see that excellence in confectionery is recognoised. Here is what the McKennas' say about Issie's.
Issie’s Handmade Chocolate Shop
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"Here’s the sort of place that Issie’s of Castletownbere is. The McKenna children, even as they march steadily through their teenage years, cannot, simply cannot, return from a trip down the Beara Peninsula without a visit to Issie’s for chocolates, hot chocolate, and ice creams. In a perfect world, the trip would involve two visits to Issie’s: one as the kids travel down the Beara, and the second as the McKennas drive back home. Isabel makes excellent chocolates, and the shop is pretty, and special.
It’s pretty, and special, and the chocolates are delicious and accomplished, all thanks to Issie’s gorgeous, gregarious personality. She fills the place with cheer and laughter, so much so that you don’t want to leave the shop at all. Issie’s is one of the icon destinations of the Beara, so do not miss this temple of good times."