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Alternative namesGoodie
Place of originIreland
Main ingredientsBread, milk, sugar, spices

Goody or goodie is an Irish dessert-like dish made by boiling bread in milk with sugar and spices. It is often given to children or older adults.[1][2] This dish is eaten on St. John's Eve where it would be prepared near the bonfires lit to celebrate.[3] A variation was prepared using milky tea to soak the bread.[4] This dish is also prepared by parents to give to children when they have an upset stomach.[5] Many children were given this during the 20th century as a treat in neighbours' houses or after school as a snack before dinner. It has nowadays been modified to suit the modern taste, by using cocoa powder and chocolate drops to sweeten.

See also


  1. ^ Dolan, Terence Patrick (2006). A Dictionary of Hiberno-English. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 111. ISBN 9780717140398.
  2. ^ "Irish Food - Irish Cuisine - Food of Ireland". Archived from the original on 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-10-29.>
  3. ^ Mahon, Bríd (1998). Land of milk and honey : the story of traditional Irish food and drink. Dublin: Mercier Press. p. 132. ISBN 1-85635-210-2. OCLC 39935389.
  4. ^ Hickey, Margaret (2018). Ireland's green larder : the definitive history of Irish food and drink ([Paperback edition] ed.). London: Unbound. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-78352-799-1. OCLC 1085196202.
  5. ^ McMahon, Seán (2004). Brewer's dictionary of Irish phrase & fable. Jo O'Donoghue. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 341. ISBN 0-304-36334-0. OCLC 57213976.