“ Brand: Lyons Maid / Type: Ice Cream „
Sometimes when going round the supermarket you see something that you haven't seen for years and some fond memories come flooding back. Such was the case the other week when I spied Lyon's Maid Ice cream block for a quid in Iceland or Farmfoods can't remember which exactly.
In the days before Mr Whippy, Walls, or pretty much any other manufacturer of ice cream, Lyon's Maid ruled the roost. They were el supreme and rightly so for they had and as I can now testify still have an excellent product in this giant slab of vanilla ice cream. You can purchase wafers for pocket money prices and make yourself a wafer like they used to be.
The giant slab, well it still looks giant in my eyes since that is how I wish to remember it. In actual fact it is quite big, but not so giant as it used to be, The packaging is a kind of plastic coated cardboard which helps keep it cool and does not allow any moisture to be absorbed.
It's a creamy yellow colour and smells wonderful, it has a kind of ripple look to it although it is actually quite smooth. Once removed from the fridge it cuts into slices easily and the obvious benefit here is you can make the slices as thick as you like..............a big plus if you are a youngster or your name is Donf18.
It tastes just as I remember, soft and creamy with a subtle hint of vanilla, it is best with a wafer or cut into decent slices and topped with some fresh fruit. It goes great with strawberries, or raspberries, and after a few minutes you can mix the fruit through the ice cream to get a brilliant tasting dessert. You can see for yourself that the limitations here are only bound by your imagination.
Nice memories, in fact some great memories were conjured up with this £1 purchase, and I enjoyed every last scrapping from the bowl. It is still as good as it has ever been and I can't believe I haven't seen it before now. I shall of course be keeping an eye out now and I will be buying more very soon.
Lyon's maid an ice cream name from my childhood, along with Walls and Mr. Whippy, only one of which I remember with any affection and it wasn't the Lyons Maid.
After a solo shopping trip the husband recently came home brandishing an apple and blackberry crumble and a 1 litre block of Lyon's Maid vanilla ice cream to serve with it. I was not as delighted as if he'd turned up with some custard, or cream, or a creamier ice cream but the family were all craving something sweet, and not having had the spare cash to indulge in anything more expensive we looked forward to tucking in. The husband was very pleased with himself for having found a substantial sweet treat for the family for a total of £2.99 The block of Lyons Maid making up just £1.00 of that.
Once we had wrestled the block open (I really don't like the cardboard packaging, it's messy and fiddly, but as it is biodegradable so I'm happy to put up with it) I had vivid flashbacks to my pre teen years eating this stuff wedged between two wafers and packed full of ice crystals, and not liking it one bit. However I presumed they had improved transportation and refrigeration methods since the 60/70s so hoped the ice cream would be a nice smooth treat.
We ate this first with the crumble, I have had a subsequent 'slice' purely to make sure I didn't make a snap judgement... honest... and that the experience wasn't adulterated by the presence of the crumble.
The ice cream has a lovely mellow yellowy colour, a little like the 'crust' on a tub of clotted cream, but a little more artificial looking. As I cut into the block it has a kind of insubstantial feel as if there is a lot of air whipped into the mix.
It looks very appetising as it starts to warm and develops that nice glossy creamy look. My first taste is quite encouraging, as it has an instant sweet vanilla hit, but that quickly dissipates leaving barely anything behind, there is no creamy underbelly. The ice cream to me tastes insubstantial and disappointing. My impression that it was packed with air seems to be born out by the taste factor as once the mouthful melts it disappears as if it has evaporated leaving no delicious after taste. It comes across as watery on the palate and tongue with none of the body and richness promised by the initial split second taste. Whilst not containing the great big chunky ice crystals of my childhood memories it did leave me with an impression that there was a dusting of tiny fast melting ice crystals in every mouthful. I think this may be because it is a little watery, and even if there are no ice crystals as such, it does have an 'icy' texture. In fact I would say this ice cream is not far from performing like a slightly creamy sorbet.
This ice cream is a decent budget(ish) priced product, and kids will probably enjoy its sweet vanilla 'top note', perfect for a sweet treat for the offspring, or for yourself if you are an ice cream addict and love ice cream whatever its quality. I am that way about chocolate, I would rather have something that is a bit rough around the edges than no chocolate, but I don't feel the same way about ice cream.
One of the advantages of Lyons Maid is that it can often be found in little village shops that don't stock a wide range of each product line, so if you or your family are craving an ice cool treat in a hurry you needn't be disappointed. I live in a fairly rural spot where big supermarkets are a good half hours drive away so my local shop is sometimes very handy. Lyons Maid ice cream can also be bought in a more modern format in tubs.
Despite this ice cream being a great price at a £1 for a litre I wouldn't buy it again, I do enjoy ice cream now and then (if you have spotted my review on Joe's ice cream you might know just how much I enjoy some brands) but I would rather just opt for something different entirely than buy this again.
Ingredients as lifted from the 'mysupermarket' website
Energy kCal 70kCal
Energy kJ 295kJ
of which sugars 9.4g
of which saturates 1.9g
Salt Equivalent 0.1g
We all had sore throats in our house the other day for some reason so I went to Tesco to get some ice cream, none of us EVER agree on the flavour for ice cream so I got bog standard vanilla.... and the best thing was this 1 litre Lyons Maid block of ice cream was only £1.00!
It's part of their budget range even though they don't say that on the pack and it comes in a cardboard sleeve instead of a plastic tub. You open it at the end and kind of push the ice cream along but you have to be a bit careful because if you rip the cardboard it defeats the object and you'll end up having to put it in your own plastic tub! lol
It's not the best quality ice cream but it's creamy and cold and that's the main thing! lol It's got a nice vanilla taste that isn't majorly strong but it lovely and sweet, it tastes a bit like the vanilla ice cream you get from the ice cream man only hasn't got such a soft texture.
The texture is quite hard when you take it out of the freezer but it goes soft if you take it out a bit before cutting it. This is a block so you have to use a knife to cut yourself a slab off, my dad cuts his piece off and then sandwiches it between 2 ice cream wafers and that always looks nice but a bit too messy for me! lol
The ice cream isn't mega creamy when it's in the dish but when you put it in your mouth it softens up lovely and then it goes a lot creamier. It's tasty with a nice texture so I reckon it's a bargain, the 1 litre block will last for ages as well because you don't have to cut that much off for each person.
Recommended..... £1.00 for a massive block of nice vanilla ice cream!