Whether your taste was for fiddlestix or Flavour Ravers, Trigger bars or Two and Twos, Marathons or macaroons, Peggy's Legs or Push Pops, Liquorice Allsorts or Little Devils, YOU'LL RUIN YOUR DINNER has something for you.
From the heyday of Cleeve's toffee to the birth of the Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp, it transports us back to the days when sweet shop windows across the country boasted tempting confectionery displays, when summer was heralded with a visit from the ice-cream cart, and when Grafton Street was the sweet shop capital of Ireland.
And then there was the golden age of Irish-made sweets, when the entire nation downed tools to listen to Fry-Cadbury's soap The Kennedys of Castleross and Gay Byrne cut his teeth on The Urney Programme.
The next three decades brought enduring favourites along with fleeting fads, but the craving for a sugar-rush remained steadfast for generations of Irish kids to come. These mouth-watering memories are captured here across the decades in an assortment that will keep you dipping back in for more - and it won't ruin your dinner.
'If you're looking for the perfect stocking filler for Christmas then you can do no better than Damian Corless's book You'll Ruin Your Dinner, a hilarious and poignant account of the sweets and treats we used to eat as kids' - Irish Independent
'Almost good enough to eat . . . Corless's affectionate and evocative history (...) has a sweet centre.' - RTE Guide
'Amusing and nostalgic . . . to be enjoyed with a favourite treat' - Irish Catholic