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      09.06.2012 18:01
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      Meets the marketing claim luxurious and affordable

      Makies is my number one choice for ice cream.

      Mackies is made on a farm in Aberdeenshire. The environmentally conscious company use wind turbines to power their delicious ice cream making business.

      Mackies market their ice cream as a luxury product at at an affordable price. I can not argue with this claim.

      The ice cream is pure white, nicely textured, simple, creamy and delicious. There's no artificial flavours or colours added. There's no confusing mish mash of flavours or any other extraneous bits and bobs. It's traditional ice cream that tastes great and that is all I ask for.

      A 1litre carton normally costs £2.97 at most supermarkets although, at the moment deals abound so you can pick this ice cream up for £2.00 which is a snip compared to other luxury brands such as Haagen Daz which will set you back a hefty £4.45 for 500ml.

      Mackies is rich and creamy but not too rich or heavy. This makes it a perfect for desert if you have stuffed yourself full but still crave a little sweet indulgence.

      If ice cream has a tendency to mysteriously vanish in your house, as it does in mine, You can buy the larger 2litre box which will cost you £3.97. The 2L box is rectangle in shape. I find this fits in my freezer more comfortably than the cylindrical 1L carton and lasts a bit longer. However, the 1L carton does contain more than enough to feed an average family of four desert after dinner.

      I think this ice cream is great value for money and delivers exactly what I want from an ice cream.

      Look out for the distinctive blue and white Mackies packaging the next time you are in store and give it a try. I wouldn't buy another vanilla ice cream.

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        16.04.2010 01:09
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        Not the best ice-cream I've ever eaten!

        When it comes to ice-cream, personally I can take it or leave it which is why when my mate popped out and got some the other day she decided to go for a more premium brand to try and tempt me with it instead of getting something more economy lol.

        I hadn't seen or heard of this brand before but when she told me that it was a Scottish ice-cream and made with double cream (as well as other things of course!) I couldn't wait to get my teeth into it!

        The Packaging:

        Well my mate got us the 1 litre size in this vanilla flavour. The tub is made from plastic and is creamish and light blue in colour. I am told on the lid that it is Mackies Of Scotland Traditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream 'Made the way it should be with fresh milk, double cream and no artificial ingredients' and the size is stated. On the front of the tub I am basically retold that information and then on the back of it other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, nutritional information and storage instructions are listed and contact details for Mackies are stated. Nice and informative tub this is.

        Some Things You May Want To Know About The Ice-cream:

        Suitable for Vegetarians
        Free From Gluten
        Contains Eggs
        Contains Milk
        May Contain Nuts
        Free From Artificial Colours
        Free From Artificial Flavours
        Free From Artificial Preservatives

        The Ice-cream Itself:

        I was expecting to to love this ice-cream as much as other reviewers on this site do but I didn't! I mean don't get me wrong it's ok but for me offered nothing very special at all. Frozen milk and a bit of cream, this makes up a very hard ice-cream and my advice to anyone about to eat this is to let it melt slightly or you get a really icy taste that interferes badly with the flavourings that this has! It is lightly infused with a very light vanilla taste and looks nice in it's appearance being of a light creamy colour and of very smooth texture but it lacked a certain richness and thickness to me and my taste-buds!

        I found it naturally sweet enough and rather delicate in flavour and it wasn't one bit greasy but I couldn't detect the creaminess I expected to and it was a little bit too watery for me!

        Not for me this one though I can't argue with the quality this exudes though!

        Nutritional Information Per G Serving:

        Energy 855kj/204kcal
        Protein 3.6g
        Carbohydrate 23.2g
        Fat 10.8g

        Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about £2.17 a tub (on offer at the moment in Sainsbury's at any two tubs of Mackies for £3.00!).

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        27.12.2009 19:11
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        Goes well with cake or other dessert product but good on its own too

        I recently treated myself to a 1 litre tub of Mackie's Luxury Dairy Vanilla ice cream which was on offer at £1.49 a tub in the local co-op (this is half price). I had not had any ice cream for about 6 months, and as i did once have a bit of a Ben & Jerry's habit/ problem I thought it was now safe for me to have ice cream in the house and not try to eat it all in one go, feel sick and throw the rest of the tub out...

        Upon opening the tub, I was delighted to see this looked like a luxury ice cream- it was very pale almost white ice cream and the product had frozen to create a nice swirl at the top.

        I scooped a few spoonfulls into a ramekin to try this and I found even after it being in the freezer overnight it was a decent consistency and did not bend the spoon nor was it a 'soft scoop' texture (which I dislike as I think ice cream should be quite firm and not feel as if it has been left out of the freezer to defrost when you scoop it out).

        After eating a small ramekin of this, I was really happy with my urchase. It is really really creamy- it almost tastes like you are eating frozen cream so this may be too rich for some people, but if you only eat a small amount at a time (a ramekin is the perfect sized bowl I find!) then it is just a lovely rich dessert you can enjoy without freaking out too much about the calories/fat content (204 calories per 100mls and 10.8g of fat- which gives you 2,040 calories and 108g of fat per tub...) as it really just tastes like cream!

        I would recommend this product to anyone who wants something a little traditional, just a nice rich, creamy, white ice cream- no frills, no funky name, no chocolate polar bears, no cookie dough.. just plain white vanilla ice cream. Rich and creamy almost like a cornish clotted cream ice cream (but not yellow coloured like the cornish ones tend to be).

        As this is a plain vanilla ice cream, and good quality, it would go well with some other dessert product such as a cake or an apple pie. But, it is equally good just to eat on its own. I couldnt eat a huge bowl of the stuff as my tongue would freeze and i'd get an ice cream headache (my days of devouring tubs of ice cream are long gone!!) but also the novelty of the rich flavour wears off after eating a few scoops so this is an ideal product to keep in the freezer for a small snack or as a side to a cake or other dessert.

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          08.12.2009 21:48
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          If you get tempted give in, because its nice ice cream!!!

          Another food i love, ice cream, at one point in my life i would be eating a bowl a day, and soon found my favorite few.

          'Mackies' ice cream is made the traditional way, with full of cream! Although its tasty, it is also very fatty. The taste thought its very creamy yet quiet bland on its own. One day i started to experiment and found if you mix it up in your bowl it taste like and looks in a way like the mcflury you can get at McDonald's. I was amazed by my find and now only eat this ice cream if its in the shops.

          Getting it out the tube is another story, i have to leave it out for about 15-20 mins even just to get my spoon into it!And the tube is such an stupid shape, i can never get one of thoose things that scoop the ice cream up into it so- i end up making a mess of it with a normal spoon. The Colors suit the product well as blue reminds of cows, and cream of ice cream and the country side. [why i will never know.]

          The price is fair when its on a promation as its about 2 pounds then for 1 liter or so. Normally its to tempting to have another spoonful or so and before you know it, a tube has only lasted me alone, for 2 nights!! Its no good if your on a diet.

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            22.07.2009 19:27

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            A family favourite

            Mackie's vanilla ice cream is rich and creamy. A lovely accompaniment to strawberries or just about anything sweet and tasty! Generally quite expensive in relation to "normal" priced ice cream but very much worth it. Usually around £3-4 in Tesco but the Co-op seem to be selling this for £1.41 per litre at the moment so you can grab a bargain! Stocked in the majority of supermarkets although as a Scottish brand, this may only be the case in Scotland and I'm unsure about its availability UK wide. Worth watching out for though! Often on offer, its a great opportunity to try a luxurious creamy ice cream at a reduced price, so keep checking throughout the year. They come in a variety of sizes but the most common is generally 1l tub.

            The tub is a good size and shape and fits neatly into a corner of the freezer rather than a large oblong tub which takes up a massive space. The lid has a decent seal on it so even if you want to reuse the tub (after you have eaten all of the ice cream of course!), it can be used to hold all manner of things from crayons to soup!

            Mackie's do several flavours however the vanilla is great and very versatile - sure to please most of the people in the household!

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            19.07.2009 17:18
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            This ice cream is going to make me very fat, and very bankrupt. So be it!!!

            PRICE: £1.99 for one litre, on special offer at my local Morrisons (I believe the full price is approx. £3.99)

            NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):

            Calories: 204
            Kj: 855
            Protein: 3.6g
            Carbohydrate: 23.2g
            Fat: 10.8g

            INGREDIENTS:

            Fresh whole milk (64%), duble cream (16%), sugar, milk solids, glycerine, mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, eggs, sodium alginate, guar gum

            DIETARY/ALLERGY ADVICE:

            Contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives
            Gluten free
            Suitable for vegetarians
            Contains milk and eggs
            May contain traces of nuts

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            I do regularly eat lots of different brands of ice cream, but my favourite has always been Hagen Daz, with Ben & Jerry's following a little way behind.

            At the moment, my local Morrisons are running a special offer on Mackie's Ice Cream, and I thought I'd try it, having heard some very good reports about the quality. Also, the carton attracted me in that somehow, for some strange reason, the particular shades of the two colours seemed a little reminiscent of those ice cream treat days of my long-ago childhood - in the days when ice cream was special, and not a daily thing which we now take for granted. I too was attracted to the manufacturer being based in Aberdeenshire - that is where half of my ancestry comes from, so I felt like I was going to be eating a little of half of "home".

            Mackie's Ice Cream comes in a cream and blue coloured plastic tub with a blue lid. The back of the tub shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage and serving instructions, Mackie's quality claim together with their website address, and a couple of awards; one for food and drink excellence, and the other for being a winner of an environmental award.

            On removing the lid, the ice cream inside is a lovely pale creamy colour, firm and slightly frosted on the top. The serving instructions say to let stand for a little while before eating to soften the ice cream - hence then being able to appreciate it's full flavour - but I'm firstly greedy, plus I like my ice cream very very firm, and I hate it when you get to the end of the serving and the bit at the bottom has turned to runny liquid.

            On first sampling, I feared that I'd love the ice cream so very much, that I'd end up eating the whole tub in one sitting - which would have been disastrous from the fat and calories aspect, but I dug in all the same, not bothering to scoop some out into a dish.

            My spoon slid well into the ice cream without me having to exert too much pressure, yet at the same time the consistency was very firm. On moving the first spoonful to my mouth, I found it strange that I noticed a not strong, but very definite vanilla aroma - strange, because vanilla isn't listed in the ingredients.

            Once inside my mouth, I could tell straight away that this is a true, class ice cream. It was fairly slow to melt, and I was able to sink my teeth into it, chewing lightly into the beautifully creamy texture. On swallowing, the sensation and taste was so wonderful, that I almost expostulated out loud with joy - thankfully I didn't, as no doubt my neighbours would have wondered what I was up to.

            Greedily, I continued to eat this lovely creamy, rich-textured and truly tasty ice cream. I gobbled down just under half of the pot, and could have carried on eating to the end, but had to exert a little willpower and put the remainder back in the freezer. I was also pleased to note that the ice cream clinging to the sides and bottom of the pot hadn't melted and gone all runny.

            Impatient for the next day when I could eat the rest, this ice cream was on my mind all the time. Of course, the following day, I had no problems at all in sitting polishing off the rest of the tub, luxuriating in every decadent mouthful. My only regret was that I'd bought just the one pot.

            This ice cream is frighteningly high in all things bad down the road of epicurean evilness - loaded with fat and calories, but if you want something really delicious, then as far as I'm concerned, that's a small price to pay. A bargain at Morrisons' £1.99 special offer, but I'd happily and regularly pay the full price once that offer has closed, as I believe this ice cream is worth every single penny.

            Mackie's Ice Cream has shot way up into first place, above Hagen Daz, as my most favourite ice cream - and I can't see myself now enjoying any other brand even half as much. The experience has made me want to hunt down and try Mackie's other food items, as this truly is a class product that tastes as if great care has been taken in the manufacture. Dreamy, creamy (without being glutinous) - definitely one of the very best things I've eaten in my life.

            If ever I'm in Westertown, Aberdeenshire, and if I'd be allowed, I'd love to take a tour of the Mackie's production centre.

            Well done Mackie's - this is one helluva first rate, top-notch product.

            Thanks for reading!

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              16.07.2009 20:25
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              Mackie's do various types of ice cream and one flavour I love is the regular vanilla.
              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 most famous is perhaps the amazing honeycombe!

              The vanilla flavour comes in a 1 litre tub which is really quite big and costs £2. 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 whites and blues. The lid is a deep blue 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 not white in colour like some fake vanilla ice creams but instead it is a lovely creamy looking yellow. 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 incredibly creamy but a sweet tang lingers in the air too! It is incredibly tempting. After 10 minutes it scoops out fairly easy.

              The taste of the ice cream is gorgeous. It is so incredibly creamy and you can tell it really has been made with double cream and fresh milk. It tastes very milky indeed but has a gorgeous, rather strong vanilla flavour to it too. It is quite sweet too and may become sickly. The texture is really smooth and creamy and its quite thick too! It is very moreish and you may find yourself going back for more, and more..and more...and more! Overall though, the taste of this ice cream is splendid!

              100g of this ice cream, or a 10th of the tub, will give you 193 calories and 11g 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.

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              29.09.2008 16:52
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              Well worth trying

              When I am buying ice cream, I usually have a look in the freezer department at Tesco or Morrisons to see what is on offer. This was when I spotted Mackies Traditional Ice Cream. As I had not tasted this before, I decided to give it a try.

              The ice cream comes in a blue and cream, plastic, tub with the name 'Mackies of Scotland' printed on the front. The tub has a push down lid which opens quite easily.

              When I opened the tub I got the distinct smell of cream. The ice cream is a lovely creamy colour and it looks very smooth. The tub is filled almost to the top with the ice cream.

              When I took my first taste of the ice cream, I knew right away that, I was eating something completely different to any ice cream I had tasted before.

              It tasted very smooth and creamy and just melted away in my mouth. There is no vanilla added to this ice cream so all I got was the original taste of ice cream with nothing added.

              I gave it to the family to try and they agreed with me, that it tasted wonderful. They were also very happy to accept second helpings.

              This ice cream is made at a farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is mainly made of fresh double cream and whole milk. Mackies claim that it is 'ice cream made the way it should be'. I must admit that I agree with this statement.

              It is one of the leading brands of ice cream sold in Scotland and it also has an increasing market in the rest of Britain. It can be bought in all supermarkets in Scotland and it can also be bought in most larger supermarkets in the rest of Britain.

              There is a full list of ingredients on the back of the tub, together with storage and serving suggestions. The ice cream does not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is gluten free and is suitable for vegetarians.

              I bought my one litre tub in Tesco and it was on a special offer at £1.99. It also comes in a two litre tub.

              100g of ice cream contains-

              Calories 193g
              Fat 11g
              Carbohydrates 18g


              As I have said, this is simply ice cream with no added flavours, not even vanilla. It tastes lovely and smooth and creamy and I will definitely be buying this again.

              If you prefer a flavoured ice cream, Mackie also do the following flavours.

              Strawberry and Cream
              Caramel Choc Mint
              Absolutely Chocolate
              Honeycomb Harvest

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                20.04.2008 00:32
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                Great tasting ice cream.

                ...Introduction...

                Mackies are a scottish brand of ice cream and have been making the ice cream since 1986 which is quite new considering how long ice creams have been around. Mackies are a scottish family brand who strive to make their ice cream have that unique creamy taste. 1993 was when the brand really took of when the Mackies converted traditional byre and old mill were converted to a modern ice cream dairy.

                The Mackies Dairy now makes an amazing 52 million litres of Mackies Ice Cream a year, A staggering fact though considering the tubss of ice cream are 1 litre each and typically sell for anything like £3 this is A typical price for the more luxury tubs that you will find in many stores and supermarkets.

                ...Where is it available?...

                This is available from several places, as you would expect it is freely available in supermarkets like Tesco, Sainburys, Asda, Morrisons aswell as places like the Coop. There won't be a great deal of difference in price between the stores except for when their is a sale and the price is £1.99 instead of something like £3.19.

                It's available right throughout the United Kingdom so you will be able to find it whether you are in Glasgow or Bristol. Always good to know the availability of any product.

                ...The Tub...

                As mentioned before the standard size for this ice cream is 1 litre and the tub is a very attractive looking design in yellow and blue with Mackies written in blue capitals. It is instantly recognisable from the freezer which is always an attractive thing for products as it shows a great loyalty to the product and brand which all manufacturers strive for.

                ...The Look...

                The Ice cream looks a lot lighter than most other Vanilla Ice Creams. This is due to it being a lot creamier than the other Vanilla ice creams around. It also seems to keep better in the freezer than most ice creams which is another plus point in it's favour.

                ...The Taste...

                This is one of the nicest vanilla ice creams you are likely to eat outside of the best Cornish Ice Cream. It is so creamy and luxurious. This really is a delicious ice cream which has a taste that will leave a lot of Vanilla ice creams running home in disgrace. I have never tasted a Vanilla ice cream that is as nice as this one. truly delicious. But you can tell it is high in calories as it is very creamy.

                ...Nutritional Information...

                Typical Values per 100g per
                100ml serving
                Energy 498kj 330kj
                118kcal 79kcal
                Protein 4.2g 2.8g
                Carbohydrates 12.3g 8.2g
                of which fructose 6.7g 4.5g
                Fat 5g 3.3g
                of which saturates 2.8g 1.9g
                Poly-dextrose 3g 2g
                Lactitol 3g 2g
                Fibre 1.3g 0.9g

                ...Overall...

                This is one of my favourite desserts and I am so pleased I took a chance a couple of years ago when I saw this on offer in my local coop. There is also a delicious Honeycomb version which is around the same price. If you are looking for something new for a dessert then this just may be the thing for you, even if you arent looking for something new try it anyway as you won't be dissapointed.

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                  06.09.2005 16:56
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                  An ice cream delight, creamy, smooth and tasty

                  I asked my carer to go out and get the best ice cream, I didn't want icy lumps in it.

                  She came back with a one litre pottle (tub) of Mackies of Scotland, Luxury Dairy Ice Cream and boy it went down a treat.

                  Always follow the instructions I say, she did, so that mean't letting the ice cream sit a little while before serving. As advised, this allowed us to ``savour the unique flavour''.

                  It really is unique: made with fresh milk and double cream which taste-wise does make a difference to this delicious icy dessert.

                  The ingredients are clear and for those who need to know, it has 16 percent sugar and includes eggs, so no good for you if you are intolerant to these, or are sugar conscious.

                  Also, something I'm quite keen about, Mackies ice cream has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives: there's enough of those around in other everyday foods.

                  On the attractive packaging it tells the nutritional value of the different ingredients, in the ice cream, and notes that it is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free.

                  All in all, this is a wonderful ice cream to enjoy with all sorts of meals: so far my carer has served it with a tasty blackberry (fresh from the garden) and apple concoction and tonight she is to serve it for my birthday tea, with my Rowntrees jelly, of course. (My 40-something birthday, which a member worked out was actually 42!)

                  The ice cream looks creamy, it definitely is smooth and honestly it is so delicious - don't leave it until your birthday, next time you're out shopping, pop some in the basket. The two pounds 99 (GBP) is well worth it for a taste sensation.

                  www.mackies.co.uk (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

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