Aberdeen-based parlour Mackie’s 19.2 has unveiled what could be the most festive ice cream yet, with the launch of its new Christmas tree flavour. 

The pine needle ice cream – made using real pine needles – will be on offer at Mackie’s of Scotland’s Marischal Square outlet.

Following last year’s Brussels sprouts flavour which divided customers, the latest green-tinged scoops are being served on a Christmas Tree Crepe with a sprinkling of ‘snow’ on top.

Mackie's Christmas tree ice cream

Pauline MacLeod, new product development technologist, said: “We experimented with few different recipes before we came up with this perfect Christmas dessert.

“We even tried mixing hardened flavourless lime rind peel through it to give the effect of pine needles – and while that was fun, we felt that it wasn’t too enjoyable to eat as it took away from the smooth creaminess of our ice cream!

“Our various development trials included dressing up the Christmas tree flavour with cinnamon and Christmas five spice – but our tasting panel voted for pine needle by itself to give the most innovative and unique flavour.”

The firm said a Bristol-based flavour house made the pine needle flavour specially, using real pine needles to create a natural oil that was swirled through their Traditional flavour, before being dyed green.

They added that the ice cream flavourings and colourings are made using all natural ingredients.

Yvette Harrison, Parlour Manager at 19.2, said: “We’re chuffed with the end result and are sure that our customers will be too – I can’t wait to hear what they think.

“Pine has a lovely fresh, clean scent which can remind you of a winter walk outside in the woods, as well as triggering happy memories of times around the Christmas tree and the fire. It makes a perfect Christmas cone!”

The Christmas ice cream flavour joins a festive collection that also includes Trifle and Christmas Pudding.

Yvette added: “We’re always up for trying out new fun flavours at Mackie’s 19.2 – it’s the perfect place for us to see how our customers react to each new creation.”

Mackie’s limited-edition Pine Needle ice cream for December is decorated with Christmas cake ornaments in the display freezer and those with a sweet tooth can enjoy both melted white and milk chocolate delivered straight from 19.2’s two centrepiece chocolate taps.

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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