Mackie’s creates Buttery and Jam ice cream for Aberdeen music festival

A unique ice-cream flavour has been created, with a local twist ahead the True North festival.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) has joined with Mackie’s of Scotland to produce its new buttery and jam flavour – which will only be available at His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree during True North.

The music festival includes headline acts Public Service Broadcasting, Arab Strap and Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and Kathryn Joseph.

Created by Mackie’s on the firm’s Aberdeenshire farm, the sweet treat uses butteries supplied by local baker JG Ross.

Yvette Harrison, who is to manage Mackie’s new 19.2 ice cream parlour in the city, said: “His Majesty’s Theatre, Mackie’s and, of course, the buttery, are well-respected classic North-east favourites, so it’s great to be working with all three of these Granite City staples.

“We have been experimenting by adding different amounts of buttery and different types of jam to come up with the perfect blend.

“We can’t wait to treat HMT and Lemon Tree audiences to our new ice-cream.

“The team of tasters at Mackie’s think the buttery, jam and ice-cream combo is the perfect True North flavour and, if the festival-goers agree, it could become one of the exciting new range of handmade ice-cream flavours at 19.2.

“It is also thrilling to be involved with this year’s True North festival, thanks to Aberdeen Performing Arts.

“We fully expect it to be a hugely successful series of events.”

True North will run from September 7 to September 10 in various city venues.

Our Verdict

When I heard the ice-cream was buttery and jam flavoured, I wasn’t really sure what to expect – would it actually taste like a buttery? Would the combination go together?

For starters, the ice-cream itself reminded me a little bit of raspberry ripple, jam is worked throughout the mainly vanilla ice-cream which, even on its own, was a delight

There were also big chunks of buttery through each scoop, which was a sharp, salty contrast to the sweetness of the jam and ice-cream.

It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it absolutely did.

The chunks of buttery weren’t even soggy, despite being in the ice-cream – an impressive feat in itself.

It was delicious, and definitely something I’d recommend everyone should give it a try if you’re a fan of butteries.

Mackie’s of Scotland announced plans earlier this year for its upcoming ice-cream parlour, Mackie’s 19.2, in the £107 million Marischal Square development.

The outlet, which is due to open in November, is so named because it is exactly 19.2 miles from the Mackie’s Westertown farm – where the ice-cream has been produced for the last 30 years.

Tickets for True North are available online at, in person at HMT and The Lemon Tree or by calling 01224 641122.