“ Type: Ice Cream „
Living in the South east of England we are spoilt for choice for supermarkets and therefore brands of ice cream, both luxury and otherwise. I bought some Mackies vanilla when it was on offer once in my local Tescos and enjoyed it, but was completely oblivious to other flavours.
A lot of my family are Scottish and my father in law was surprised to see it in Surrey having only seen it thus far in Aberdeen. Again I thought nothing more of it until a recent trip to the delightful North east of Scotland to visit family.
Whilst supermarket shopping (Mr Tesco again) I was chosing an ice cream for a quick and easy desert for a family meal when I noticed the familiar blue and white tub. Only then to see a red and white, and yellow and white tub, and several more. Here was yummy Mackies but in different flavours! After umming and ahhing I was told to make a decision and went for the honeycomb - it was a toss up between that and raspberry ripple.
The tub was large enough to feed 4 adults and 1 small child fairly healthy portions and it was devoured by all. The ice cream itself is very creamy, not too sweet and the honeycomb is that lovely chewy texture, and the honeycomb was the perfect size so as to be fairly well distributed throughout the tub and not too big to be daunting to my small child.
It was priced at £2.17 for 1 litre, which compares favourably with the luxury brands but prices it away from the cheaper brands. I was very happy with the price and value it gave.
I very much enjoyed this, and will be checking my Surrey supermarkets to see if this is available. Fingers crossed!
I bought a tub of this while it was on a half price offer in my local Co-op, I therefore paid £1.45 for a 1 litre tub. An absolute bargain!
My husband thinks this ice cream is among the best on the market and he would quite happily eat the entire tub to himself in one sitting if he was allowed, I have to fight to get my share! Personally I do prefer Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough but I can see why he likes this and it is a very tasty, high quality ice cream.
The colour is a pale beige and the main flavour of the ice cream base is caramel. The word 'caramel' just does not do justice to this product though, it is wonderfully buttery, creamy, light and sweet and it simply dissolves on your tongue like pure heaven. Within this caramel base there are threads of honey flavour and chunks of honeycomb-esque loveliness and there seems to be a liberal sprinkling of these bits so pretty much every mouthful gets both the caramel and the honey hit.
Apparently Mackies is a relatively small company and my local co-op does not always have it on the shelves so I guess maybe for now its a case of grab it when I see it. However, I predict big things for this brand which also produces a wicked dairy vanilla flavour which is equally rich and tasty. I think for the price and the amount of product you get (Ben & Jerry's and Haagan Dazs comes in smaller 500ml tubs for more money) this is fantastic value for what tastes like a premium ice cream.
If you are an ice cream fan then this is well worth checking out, especially if you can find it on offer. Just be prepared to fight off rivals to ensure you get your share of this very tasty dessert!
Mackie's do various types of ice cream and one flavour I love is the very famous honeycombe.
Mackie's can be found in most supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, as well as being found in some DVD stores and Odeon or other cinemas. They come in various flavours such as strawberry and their utterly delicious vanilla! Mackie's are most famous for their honeycombe flavour though.
The honeycombe flavour comes in a 1 litre tub which is really quite big and costs no more than £2. At the moment you can get it for around £1.80 which I think this is really amazing and a super price. Just to give you an idea of how good this is, another branded name, Ben and Jerry's will charge you near £4 for a much smaller 500ml tub! Therefore this is a superb price especially for a well known brand. Often there are special offers on with the ice cream too which makes it even better.
The tub is a mix of creams and golden oranges. The lid is a deep honey colour too and is made of plastic. The tub itself however Is made from a very thick cardboard however I have seen some of the tubs made of plastic too. There are no mouthwatering pictures on the front, but instead a picture of a cow. This gives the idea of just how natural the product is. There is product information, ingredients, nutrition and product description given around the tub. The ice cream is described as "made the way it should be with fresh milk and double cream". although it sounds amazing it doesn't give you the idea it is very healthy.
The lid is easy to unscrew and then you come face to face with the ice cream. It is a deep yellow golden colour however it doesn't look fake or artificial at all but instead looks really natural. It looks gorgeous. Its totally frozen though and requires usually about 10 minutes out of the fridge to soften up. The smell is so strong. It smells really sweet and quite like golden syrup. Once it melts a little you can see that there are hard chips of honey combe through it! Fantastic.
The taste of the ice cream is gorgeous. It is so incredibly creamy but has a lovely, very strong sweetness to it too. It really resembles the taste of honey combe and tastes exactly like the honeycombe you get in the centre of the chocolate honeycombe things you get in a pick and mix. The pieces of honeycombe through it are lovely and crunchy and really add to the effect. I'm not usually keen on bits or crunchy bits in ice cream however this mix of smooth and creamy ice cream and incredibly crisp pieces was perfect.
100g of this ice cream, or a 10th of the tub, will give you around 233 calories and 14g of fat. I'd say 100g is a decent serving size actually but I tend to go probably nearer 150! For an ice cream this isn't actually too bad but it definitely should be kept for treats only.
I had been meaning to try this product for rather a long period of time. However, seeing as my local supermarket (Co-operative) decided to slap it on special offer i thought "What a better time to try it then now?" and i am absoultely amazed by it! I have come to the conclusion that if things are scottish then they are gunna be goooooooood. From the last sentance i gather you have picked up that the Honeycomb ice cream is ACTUALLY scottish. However, if i was to do a blind tasting of this product i would put my life on the fact that i thought it tasted like Cornish ice-cream. As it is indeed the same sort of thickness and INCREDIBLY creamy. And tastes like the cream ingredient is clotted cream insted of double, they've had me fooled!
However, i think the only bad thing i think i could say about this product is the fact that it melts too quickly! It is a litre tub! And i dont eat that quickly (mind you i'm not a slow eater either!). And because it is a litre tub and i couldn't eat a litre tub in a night (or, limit myself :P) i shoved it back in the freezer for a rainy day. And today it was raining.
I can gladly say that this is an ice-cream that tastes exactly the same as when you first open it to when you stick it back in the freezer and taste it again. Which is of course, a great thing!
Another thing i can say about this is that it's a great value for money! at it's original price (at co-operative) being £2.93 thati's not really bad fro a whole litre of ice-cream. Considering that if you were to buy "Ben and Jerry's" it would cost you just over a pound extra for a smaller amount, although admitidly it is worth it for the heaven in a tub. But this product tastes as good! And i might even go to say that it tastes better than some of the Ben and Jerry's that i have tasted in my life-time.
The thick cream in the ice-cream adds to the toffee and honeycomb flavour in order to make it more sustaining. I've never known of an ice-cream to fill you up- but this one does! Which i suppose is a good thing as it limits you to what you can eat. I didn't realise Ice-cream had this sort of high-techology!
The toffee is not made so that it is an overpowering taste as with some of them- however, does (again) mix in with the cream to create the soft, enticing flavour.
At 220 caloruies per 100g, in a litre, you do the maths. Containing; Toffee, honeycomb pieces, whole milk, double cream a lot of sugar, no artificial ingrediants and ingredients for an instant orgasm... Well, not quite- but close...
I'm not really an ice cream person so for me to get excited about an ice cream it must be really really really good! It must be the best ice cream in the world ever. And it was. Until the day they deceided to introduce a new and improved recipe. Why oh why oh why would they do such a thing?
Mackie's ice cream is made at a farm in Aberdeenshire, so it really is Scottish ice cream. Not ice cream which used to be made in Scotland and now has farmed out it's production (no pun intended!) to somewhere cheaper. It is a small company employing 70 people and is a family run business. Just the kind of compay I like to support. But I'm really not sure I can forgive them for the recipe change.
~The original recipe~
Please excuse me while I go into raptures. The original recipe was amazing! A lovely creamy vanilla ice cream with I think just a hint of caramel. It was the palest buttery yellow colour with swirls of sticky honey. And occasionally as you delved into the tub you would come across little chunks of honeycomb. Me and my boyfriend used to spoon fight over the honey veins and chunks of honeycomb. *sigh* Good times.
~The 'improved' recipe~
Once upon a time we went to our local shop and were overjoyed to discover that Mackies ice cream was in a buy one get one free offer. Oh joy of joys! Oh wonderous day! How quickly the dream turned sour.
Although everything looked the same on the outside (same packaging, no 'improved recipe' note) Inside, all was not well. Where were by veins of honey? Why is the ice cream so toffee flavoured? WHERE ARE MY HONEYCOMB PIECES?!!
I am sad, I am bereft. MACKIES HAVE RUINED MY ICE CREAM.
I'm sad to say that this turn of events led me to do something I hardly ever ever do. I complained. I went to their website and found their questionnaire asking for my opinion of their improved recipe. You may guess, it was not favourable! All I can do is hope that enough people thought the same, and they eventually bring back their 'old' (better!) recipe. Until then, I'm afraid that Mackies and I can't be friends anymore.
~Where to find it~
Well, I always found this quite tricky at the best of times. Because it's a small company I found it a little hit and miss as to whether it was in stock. If you can find it, it is usually around £2 for a litre tub, although it was often in BOGOF offers. The Honeycomb flavour has an orange and cream coloured tub, so it's not like the tub in the picture above.
A while ago I reviewed the normal Mackies Ice Cream and having also had this Honeycomb style I decided to write this review on the ice cream. Honeycomb Harvest is also joined by four other flavours which are Traditional, Strawberry and Cream, Caramel Choc Mint, and Absolutely Chocolate. I have only tried the Vanilla and the Honeycomb varieties myself but the others sure do sound very nice and tasty indeed.
This ice cream is the normal Mackies Ice Cream with Honeycomb pieces mixed in, The ice cream has a kind of pale peachy yellow colour to it and is very creamy. The tube is yellow orange instead of the normal Mackies blue that you find with the normal Mackies. This is luxurious ice cream which is just between the normal ice creams on the market and the likes of Haagen Dasz and other upmarket ice creams on the market. Two or three small scoops is enough.
**Where to get it**
This Scottish Ice Cream is available all throught the United Kingdom and You can buy this in all supermarkets and in your local coop for around £3 for a 1litre tub of the ice cream. You can find some goode money off deals however and I have seen the tube as low as £2 in some stores when I have been doing some shopping.
If you love creamy Ice cream and Honey then this is a great combination, The ice cream isnt as thick as the majority of it's rivals and the Honey tastes so nice together with the deliciously creamy Ice Cream. You can really taste the fresh milk and double cream in this ice cream, One of the nicest Ice creams I have ever tasted.
If you havent tried this ice cream then give it a go and you should be very pleased with the taste. Mackies are one of the best ice cream brands I have tasted and the distinctive tub should be easily found in your local supermarket Very creamy though so don't have too much as it can be sickly if you have too much.
You don't need me to tell you how hot it was in July, so I won't. However, hot weather means only one thing in the proxy household, the consumption of copious amounts of beer and low heating bills...oh, that's two. Here's another. Unusually high amounts of ice cream disappear from the freezer at regular intervals.
I like ice cream. I'm not a nut about it, but I enjoy it occasionally (because occasionally is usually the frequency of hot weather this far north). I don't mind if it's top-of-the-range stuff, or cheap-n-nasty, but one brand I DO like, is Mackie's.
MACKIE'S is a family firm from Aberdeenshire who, although they have been farming in the area for 4 generations, only began making ice cream relatively recently. Although they took some tentative steps in the '80s, it wasn't until 1993 that they properly developed the ice cream making side of the business.
They now produce around 5 million litres annually and their ice cream is available country wide in most supermarkets.
They produce several flavours, their main lines being Traditional, Raspberry Ripple, Strawberry and Cream, Choc Mint, Absolutely Chocolate and this one, HONEYCOMB.
Mackie's claim that they 'make their ice cream the way it should be'. Well, that's a relief. I'd hate for them to bake it in an oven or something equally ridiculous. They employ jersey cows (and a substantial human workforce) and use fresh milk and double cream, and only natural ingredients with no artificial colourings or preservatives. Good for them...and us!
For a luxury ice cream (for that is how they describe their product) the containers are rather 'ordinary' looking and the price (around £2 for a 1 litre tub in Tesco) doesn't really bear this out. Still, it's not about the packaging or the price, it's about the quality of the product.
Flipping open the lid, the ice cream looks good. It's a peachy, tangerine colour and looks firm, but not rock solid. It scoops out without too much effort, but then it's only ice cream, not concrete. And unsurprisingly, it doesn't smell like concrete. The aroma is fresh, fragrant and floral with hints of orange blossom and slightly citric nuances.
The texture is smooth in the main, although the honeycomb that gives this ice cream its title (think crunchie) gives it a slight rough edge. It holds its form well and doesn't melt too quickly.
The mouthfeel is lush, luscious and luxuriant, although the little crunchie bits are a little on the jaggy side. Thankfully (or not, depending on your point of view) these are far and few between.
The taste is sweet, but not cloying; fruity, but not overbearing; and creamy, but not sticky. There are traces of orange, particularly of orange blossom, and a faint hint of honey. None of these flavours are overpowering, in fact they're a little too subtle for my liking. Not that I want the flavour of my ice cream to slap me across the gob like a wet kipper, but I feel this is just a very small notch above plain old vanilla flavour.
In conclusion, this IS a quality ice cream. I'm a big fan of Mackie's and I've tried a few of their flavours, but this isn't their best. Don't get me wrong, some ice creams go waaay over the top with their flavourings and sometimes less is more, but a little bit more might have been better in this case.
Having said that, it's very nice and I wouldn't have any hesitation buying it again.
Enjoy Mackies ice cream.