Champ (also pandy)— Popular Irish Halloween FOOD similar to COLCANNON, made of mashed potatoes with milk, butter and LEEKS, sometimes prepared with FORTUNE-TELLING tokens (a thimble, a ring, and a coin). In the old days, the first two plates of champ were placed on top of the farm gate-pier. In Scotland the dish was called “champit tatties,” and was usually served at the end of a Halloween party, with tokens embedded.
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