"A ring is placed in the barmbrack."
Translation:Cuirtear fáinne sa bhairín breac.
Me too. In Mexico they make something like that with little toys and things inside it for 6 January (holiday of "Reyes Magos" or 3 Kings/Wise Men).
Ta sé sin go han-suimiúil. There are a few other things that used be put in the Bairín Breac with different meanings, like a coin and a bit of rag, but nowadays just the ring. The person who gets it will marry before next Halloween. The person who gets the coin will be wealthy, the person who gets the rag will be poor and so on.
I always associate colcannon with the threshing since my family never cook it but there's always have a stand selling it at the threshing festival. I never had a bairín braic with anything other than a ring in it but I know other symbolic items used to be added in. Most shop bairín braics avoid the ring now as well since it's a choking hazard as far as big company insurance people are concerned. I suppose that's fair but it just isn't the same.