Irish lags’ favourite prison treats revealed including a classic sugary snack you might not expec
- 20:57, 25 Jul 2022
- Updated: 20:5, 25 Jul 2022
IRISH prisoners are sweetening their time behind bars by munching on Chocolate Hob Nobs and bars of Kinder Bueno.
The treats are just some of those on a list of inmates’ favourites drawn up for tuck shop suppliers.
Also in demand are Jammie Dodgers, Lemon Puffs and Jelly Tots, all washed down with cans of Coke and Lilt.
Officials placing the orders reckon lags could splash out up to €80 million in tuck shops over the next four years.
The mini stores also sell toiletry items such as Brylcreem and vitamin pills.
The details emerged as the Irish Prison Service signed a contract with wholesaler BWG Foods UC to supply the goods to the country’s 12 lock-ups.
In all, 1,500 retail items are already available to inmates through the on-site shops.
The tender documents reveal that sweets, biscuits, cakes and desserts dominate a list of the most popular products.
Also mentioned are Skittles, Pineapple Swiss Roll, and iced buns while the inmates’ favourite biscuits include one that readers might not expect, the humble but classic Rich Tea.
Sweets and sweet drinks accounted for almost 60 per cent of the 285 most popular products, according to the tender documents.
- However, there is some bad news for sweet-toothed criminals, as the prison service is planning to reduce the availability of sugary snacks and drinks in the near future, substituting them with healthier options.
The Prison Authority said: “The IPS is proactively working towards the reduction of sugar, carbonated drinks, high sugar intake within the prison community, as a result of general health and wellbeing considerations.”
However, an inventory of the top-selling items suggests some prisoners are already on a health kick.
Centrum multivitamins and Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil were on the list, along with two varieties of Kelkin Rice Cakes.
Prisoners receive ‘pocket money’ of up to €2.20 per day and can earn an additional €3.50 per week for working in areas like kitchens, laundries and maintenance under the Approved Working Gratuity Scheme.
A total of €3.1 million in pocket money was given to prisoners last year, while inmates received an additional €4.9 million in gifts and transfers from families and friends.