Our Story

Mary and the Truffle Fairy

The Truffle Fairy was founded in 2005 by professional chef Mary Teehan, when she discovered her passion for working with the “food of the Gods”, chocolate. Some of the world’s most renowned chocolatiers taught and guided her in the skills of chocolate-making. Add to this training 17 years of experience plus Mary’s creativity and talent in choosing and combining flavours and you get a truly divine creation indeed!

Beginning production in her own kitchen, Mary started selling her chocolates at farmers’ markets. There, she could engage in a direct exchange with her customers. Valuing the insights these exchanges gave her, Mary adjusted and perfected her recipes accordingly and soon could boast a fervent following.

The business has grown since these early days, with 2 boutique-style cafés opening in Thomastown and Kilkenny and production moving to the purpose-fitted kitchen at the Thomastown location.

As the business grew, so did the Truffle Fairy Team of chocolatiers, bakers, customer service and sales and marketing staff (though by anyone’s definition, we are still a micro business!). This allows Mary to focus on her passion: making truffles and chocolate products, giving creativity free reign. New flavours are always in the making and the range of truffles and chocolates on offer is thus always exciting and changing. However, one thing remains the same: the refusal to compromise on quality and ethical soundness of ingredients.

As a small business that values face-to-face interaction with customers and traditionally sells in physical locations such as markets and shops, the Truffle Fairy was hit hard by Covid19 restrictions. The online shop was opened in response allowing us to not only keep serving our loyal customers in times of restricted movements, but also establish a following of new customers beyond the limits of the Kilkenny area.

Thank you to all for your custom!