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An Irish Girl's dream to create sweets. Beautiful and best in class, inspired by the history and traditions of Europe.

Our Story

Pandora Bell, a 1930’s Girl…

Think of childhood moments in the local sweetshop. Making the best choices with our copper coins. Now we are adults and the world has opened up for us, and the finest sweets in Europe can be at our table.

Pandora Bell was a mysterious girl from the Georgian City of Limerick, gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. She was elegant and restrained, yet inside, there simmered an impulsive romantic. The essence of Limerick city is Irish yet it is also Classical and European. This European heritage and Pandora’s love of food, art and literature was absorbed from her surroundings and fuelled her character and her dreams.

We meet Pandora Bell in the 1930’s. She has travelled the length and breath of Ireland and has taken the Grand Tour of Europe on a steam train. She was remarkable for a girl of her time, and though solitary she found company and inspiration in the people she met along the way. She experienced the top chocolate houses of Europe, the patisseries of France and the culinary schools of Italy. Secret recipes were gained from Historic Sweet makers of Ireland.

Every detail and sensation from Pandora Bell’s journey was chronicled in her diary as she travelled. This diary was discovered by Nicole years later in her Father’s Antique Shop in Limerick City and the next generation reignited her vision and brought the Pandora Bell dream of Fine Food Confectionery to life.

Pandora Bell’s diary, her dreams and her discoveries around Europe are recreated, packed up and sent worldwide now by Pandora Bell Ireland.

Pandora Bell Ireland (our favourite parts)…

Awards from Blas na hÉireann, Image Business Woman of the Year and The Bridgestone Guide.

Accolades from Vogue, Taste Berlin, and Food & Wine Magazine.

Associations with Fortnum & Mason, Dolce & Gabbana and Vivienne Westwood.


The Story of Pandora Bell Confectionery….

Pandora Bell Ireland was founded in 2009 when Nicole Dunphy dreamt up the character of Pandora Bell and created her world in the Historic City of Limerick. The reaction was astounding and fledgling Pandora quickly found her feet within the culinary circles of Ireland.

Then came the Bridgestone Guide, Newcomer of the Year Award. They said: “You want to see and taste perfection? Here it is, again. Nicole Dunphy’s salted caramels and nougats and lollipops are of a standard no one in Ireland has ever achieved…’

Pandora Bell’s Real Eggshells with Praline appeared in British Vogue, followed by ‘Some Candy Talking’ about the lollipops & sweets, again in British Vogue. Then the brand became part of an exhibition of the World’s Best Packaging Exhibition at the Taste Festival Berlin and featured in the ‘Crafter’s Guide to Packaging Handmade Products’ an American book by Viola E. Sutanto. Dolce & Gabbana used Pandora’s Candy Canes to decorate their Boutiques and the lucky models at the Dolce & Gabbana Junior Party are pictured enjoying Pandora Bell lollipops in an exclusive photo shoot for Italian Grazia.

Vivienne Westwood then chose a Pandora Bell Lollipop to launch her fragrance ‘Sunny Alice’. British Vogue tweet Vivienne’s pictures of Pandora’s Lemon Lollipop.

Most recently Pandora Bell collaborated with Trinity College Dublin on a range of Sweets for the Long Room Gift Shop and founder Nicole Dunphy became a Cover Girl on the Aer Lingus magazine Cara.


The Pandora Bell Team

Nicole Dunphy: Founder
Nicole studied English and History of Art in Trinty College. She worked in media before retraining herself to work in food and embark on the Pandora Bell dream (which is now a reality). She adores coffee and looses her car keys multiple times daily.

Jean Ní Bhaoill: Sales and Marketing
Jean has a background in media including TV, film and radio. She joined Pandora Bell as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2013. She speaks fluent French and Irish. She is a food fiend and break times at Pandora Bell are never as delicious on Jean’s days off work.

Katriona Murphy: Production
Katriona comes from a retail background and retrained in Food Safety and Procedure. In the early days of Pandora Bell she came to help Nicole for a morning and never left. Katriona is the Queen of Organisation, and has a folder for everything.