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7 iconic moments in history of Ireland’s favourite - the humble jambon

Today marks National Jambon Day.

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WHEN LIFE SEEMS a little harder than usual, there’s nothing more dependable than hot, golden, flaky puff pastry to warm your heart. Even better yet is Ireland’s very own brand of delicious, savoury bites filled with melted cheese and ham – the jambon.

Today, as we chill out after giving thanks to our precious St Patrick, comes a brand new holiday – National Jambon Day. So, it’s about time that we truly appreciated the pure, unfiltered joy that the humble jambon have brought us as a nation.

Here’s just a taste of the massive impact a tiny pastry has had on our country.

1. The time when it inspired an absolute belter by Fupin Eejits 

Source: Fupin Eejits/YouTube

Last year marked 40 years since the release of Bob Marley’s Jammin and in 2017, it was high time for a pastry-inspired tribute. Luckily, video comedy act Fupin Eejits stepped up to the plate. Just in case it was unclear how beloved the jambon is in Ireland, the 19,000 views this video has gathered can give us a clue.

The song describes the highs and lows of our love of this extremely tasty pastry. The video also shows how the jambon rises above chicken fillets rolls, breakfast rolls and sausage rolls to emerge as the true king of the deli aisle. Too right.

2. The time when it became the birthday breakfast of kings

jambon Source: Philip Lipton Schrute/Reddit

It’s not just the Irish who dabble in the occasional jambon. When Reddit user Brian visited Ireland last year for the first time, he said he didn’t shut up about jambons for two months. Fast forward to his birthday, he “woke up the to the smell of my GF making these” (the beauts seen above). 

Posted in r/Ireland, 97% upvoted the photo, so you could say it was well-received. Other Reddit users were delighted by the birthday snap, saying “Fair play to her, she knows her ratios anyway” and “Well done her. She has to be a pro.” Brian agreed: “She really nailed them”. He even kindly included the recipe that she used.

3. The time it became the ultimate sandwich filling

When you’re bleary-eyed at the deli counter and you can’t decide whether you’d like a breakfast roll or a jambon, why not combine both, like Twitter user Aindriú did? However, other Twitter users like Spochadóir aren’t so sure. Could jambon rolls be the country’s next biggest food craze? You heard it here first.

4. The time we discovered we could make them at home

Only a few years ago, 2FM DJ (and DailyEdge beauty columnist) Louise McSharry told her 20,000+ Twitter followers that she had only eaten “two or three jambons in my time”, something that she viewed as “a serious error in judgement.” Fast forward to last December when she discovered you could cook them at home. 

Others delighted in her tweet, replying with messages like “Life changing” and “J’adore Jambons”, and “I’d kill for one rn”. The jambon-loving community in Ireland on Twitter (and off) is a particularly passionate one.

5. The time the love it inspired conquered all

When your day has gone a bit to pot, there’s no easier way to instantly save it than to hunt down a hot, crispy jambon for your sins. It’s something that Twitter user Shóna sums up perfectly in her emotional tweet seen above. Jambons will never let you down the way people do.

6. The time a man and his jambon ended up in court

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In what became one of our most-read court stories that year, a Dublin man claimed he was falsely accused of not paying for a €2 jambon pastry in Centra Corduff in August 2014. Following the trial, he was rewarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court for defamation. The nation’s favourite pastry sure caused a lot of controversy.

7. The time it featured in the ultimate stride of pride

It might seem crazy, but some people seem a little ashamed of eating a jambon – not the case for Twitter user Laura Meade. This month, she shared how strolling through the city eating a jambon alone was “PEAK confidence”, joking that she hoped a puppy would follow the trail of crumbs she was leaving. Work it, girl.

Craving one of our finest Irish delicacies right now? The good news is that you can bake crispy Golden Bake Ham & Cheese Jambons at home in your own oven in just a few minutes. You can find them in the freezer section of the likes of Aldi, Lidl, SuperValu, Dunnes and Tesco. Find out more about their full range and where they’re stocked here.

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