• 10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More 1
  • 10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More 2
  • 10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More 3
  • 10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More 4
  • 10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More 5

10 Best Ice Creams UK 2022 | Häagen-Dazs, Mackies and More

Ice cream is and always has been a hugely popular sweet treat in the UK. Whether you prefer it straight from the tub while watching a film or in an ice cream cone with a flake, it is loved by kids and adults alike. However, with new flavours and brands popping up all the time, it can be hard to know which one to choose, especially when buying online. 


Eating ice cream at home is always a treat, but consider how you're serving it. Expensive flavours may overpower the dessert you're serving it with so will be better on their own. It's also a lot of fun making up your own personalised ice cream sundae with different toppings and sauces. Whether you prefer Haagen Dazs, Magnum, or Ben & Jerry's, it's all down to personal taste - but we've got a recommended list from online retailers Asda and Tesco to help you choose your favourite!

This post's specialists

Mel Watt
  • Last updated: 21-02-2022
Table of Contents

Compare the Best Ice Creams

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Mackies - Traditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream for £3.00
  2. Grom - Gelato al Caramello Salato for £6.99
  3. Green & Black's - Chocolate Ice Cream for £4.35
  4. Ben & Jerry's - Phish Food for £3.00
  5. Haagen Dazs - Pralines & Cream for £4.80

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of ice creams available and understand how our ranking was determined.


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

Image
1
Mackies Traditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream 1

Mackies

2
Grom Gelato al Caramello Salato 1

Grom

3
Waitrose (Duchy Organic) Chocolate & Cornish Sea Salt Ice Cream 1

Waitrose (Duchy Organic)

4
Ben & Jerry's Phish Food 1

Ben & Jerry's

5
Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream 1

Haagen Dazs

6
Halo Top Strawberry Cheesecake 1

Halo Top

7
Swedish Glace Smooth Vanilla 1

Swedish Glace

8
Magnum Double Salt Caramel Ice Cream Tub 1

Magnum

9
Walls Carte D'Or Light Vanilla 1

Walls

10
Oreo Oreo Ice Cream 1

Oreo

Name

Traditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream

Gelato al Caramello Salato

Chocolate & Cornish Sea Salt Ice Cream

Phish Food

Pralines & Cream

Strawberry Cheesecake

Smooth Vanilla

Double Salt Caramel Ice Cream Tub

Carte D'Or Light Vanilla

Oreo Ice Cream

Features

A Classic Ice Cream Which Perfectly Compliments Other Desserts

Italian Gelato That Is Beautiful in Its Simplicity And Is Indulgent In Experience

A Chocolate Lover's Ice Cream Dream

A Rich and Sweet Treat With Chocolatey Chunks

A Classic And Rich Ice Cream in a Signature Flavour

Have a Guilt-Free Treat With This Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

A Classic And Universally Loved Flavour Made With A Vegan Recipe

Crack Into the Chocolate Shell of This Indulgent Dessert

Less Fat Doesn't Have to Mean Less Flavour

Classic Cookies and Cream in a Tub

Price£3.00£6.99£2.60£4.50£4.80£5.25£2.50£3.85£3.50£3.00
Types Whole WholeOrganic Whole Whole Vegan VeganWholeWholeWhole
Low CalorieNoNoNoNoNoYes - 360 calories per tubNoNoYes - 35% less fat than Carte D'Or Vanilla No
Best ForPutting alongside other dessertsIndulgent sweet treatIndulgent sweet treatIndulgent sweet treatIndulgent sweet treat A healthy treatDairy FreeIndulgent sweet treatPutting with other dessertsIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, eggsMilk, eggs, nutsMilk, egg, nuts Milk, egg, soyMilk, eggs, nutsMilk, egg, soySoyMilk, soyMilkMilk, soy, wheat
Link

How to Choose an Ice Cream in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose Ice Cream Based Off Whether It Is Organic, Vegan Or Has Whole Ingredients 
  2. Consider The Size Of The Ice Cream Tub And How Many It Will Need To Serve

1. Organic, Vegan, or Whole Ingredients? Here are the Best Types of Ice Cream to Make Choosing Easy

1. Organic, Vegan, or Whole Ingredients? Here are the Best Types of Ice Cream to Make Choosing Easy

Traditionally the main ingredient of ice cream was either whole milk or cream, but modern-day food production techniques have meant that in some brands, other processed ingredients now take the top spot over milk and cream. 


Whole milk and cream are generally more expensive to produce and process than concentrates or derivatives, so you will generally find that the products with the highest percentage of whole ingredients will generally not only be of higher quality but will also be more expensive.


Whilst milk derivatives can mean that you're spending less on your ice cream brand of choice, they can also affect the texture of the finished product. During processing, milk derivatives can lose a lot of their fat content meaning that they don't feel as nice in your mouth, so it is common for emulsifiers to be added to give that smooth texture without adding more fat. 


This means that ice creams using milk derivatives are much likelier to contain a higher proportion of additives and synthetic ingredients compared to their counterparts with more milk or cream in the recipe. 

If You Like A Rich Taste, Go for Ice Cream With Added Fruit, Nuts or Raw Chocolate

New and different flavours of ice cream are always being produced. Although flavours such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are a great choice as they are universally liked, if you are wanting a more memorable taste sensation then you should look for ice creams which have added ingredients such as fruits, nuts and chocolate.


The addition of fruit can make an ice cream taste refreshing as well as creamy. This therefore makes them a great choice for the summer season. Berries, mangos and lemons are just some of the fruits which are commonly used. Brands such as Häagen-Daz offer a wide range of fruit flavoured ice creams. 


In terms of nuts, almonds, pistachios, pecan and macadamia nuts are all popular and delicious option. Nuts not only add a crunch but depth to the overall flavour. Finally, in terms of chocolate, many brands use white, milk, and dark chocolate pieces to help create a sweet and slightly bitter taste.


For more chocolate treats, check out our guides on the best chocolate cakes, chocolate chip cookies and vegan chocolates!

Vegan Ice Cream Can Provide Healthier Alternatives Using Coconuts or Soy

Vegan options are becoming more readily available, they are a safe way of avoiding any kind of dairy due to lactose intolerance as well as catering for people with plant based diets. Furthermore, since vegan ice creams are made with either coconut, almond or soy instead of whole milk, they tend to contain less calories.

Go for Under 400 Calories a Tub If You Like to Eat More in One Go

Lower sugar and lower fat ice cream alternatives are becoming more popular and the recipes are improving all the time. Whilst these are great if you’re trying to be mindful of what you eat, or if you’re diabetic, it is worth bearing in mind that these ice creams contain fewer whole ingredients and include a number of additives to simulate the taste and feel of fat and sugar


Whey protein is often used in lieu of milk or cream as it is much lower in fat, but if it is used in high quantities can give the ice cream a grainy texture which isn't very pleasant so is often used with emulsifiers. 


Sweeteners replace sugars in low fat and sugar ice cream recipes, and whilst they benefit from being much lower in calories than sugar and syrup, they can have adverse side effects such as headaches, dizziness and a laxative effect if they are consumed in large quantities. 

2. 450 ML Tubs Are Great for Two, 1 Litre Works Best for Families

2. 450 ML Tubs Are Great for Two, 1 Litre Works Best for Families

Ice cream brands containing the most whole ingredients tend to be towards the higher end of the price scale, and the more expensive the brand the more likely it is to be available in smaller sized containers. This is worth bearing in mind if you have a large group to cater for, as the higher end brands could work out very expensive.


The average ice cream serving size is 100g, and based on this you could be paying as much as £1.50 per serving of some of the more expensive brands, versus around 12p for the cheaper high volume brands.


It is also worth bearing in mind that lower-priced ice cream brands have a lot of air whipped into the mixture to both achieve a soft serve texture and to also make the product a lower price point. So where more volume tends to be more attractive to buy, you may end up with more air in your tub compared to other brands. 

3. Allergic to Nuts? Check The Allergens Before You Buy

3. Allergic to Nuts? Check The Allergens Before You Buy

There can be a lot of hidden allergens in ice creams, so it is always worth checking the ingredients list if you or someone you are buying for has any allergies. In UK law, food manufacturers must emphasis any allergens in their product in the ingredients list. These are often listed in bold to make them easily identifiable, and any potential contamination with other allergens in the manufacturing process must also be listed. 

10 Best Ice Creams in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

MackiesTraditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream

£3.00

Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForPutting alongside other desserts
Allergens Milk, eggs
2

GromGelato al Caramello Salato

£6.99

Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, eggs, nuts
3

Waitrose (Duchy Organic)Chocolate & Cornish Sea Salt Ice Cream

£2.60

Types Organic
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, egg, nuts
4
Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, egg, soy
5

Haagen DazsPralines & Cream

£4.80

Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, eggs, nuts
6

Halo TopStrawberry Cheesecake

£5.25

Types Vegan
Low CalorieYes - 360 calories per tub
Best ForA healthy treat
Allergens Milk, egg, soy
7
Types Vegan
Low CalorieNo
Best ForDairy Free
Allergens Soy
8

MagnumDouble Salt Caramel Ice Cream Tub

£3.85

Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, soy
9

WallsCarte D'Or Light Vanilla

£3.50

Types Whole
Low CalorieYes - 35% less fat than Carte D'Or Vanilla
Best ForPutting with other desserts
Allergens Milk
10

OreoOreo Ice Cream

£3.00

Types Whole
Low CalorieNo
Best ForIndulgent sweet treat
Allergens Milk, soy, wheat

More Guilt-Free Sweet Treats From a Food Blogger

If this sumptuous selection wasn't quite enough choice for you then food blogger Mel Watts has some more guilt-free choices for you to take a look at! They may be all low-calorie, but we can assure you that's where the cutting down stops because this selection is as delicious as any regular ice creams. 

Specialist's
mybest

Additional Links

mybest UK's Homepage
  • Explore our categories and 1700+ articles

mybest UK's Instagram
  • Follow us to keep up to date with our product showcases!

Written and researched by Catherine Torrance

Related Posts

Popular Posts

  • 10 Best Healthy Yogurts 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    10 Best Healthy Yogurts 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    Yogurt makes a delicious snack or fuss-free breakfast and can be great for digestion and bone health. But finding a healthy one can be tricky since brands often pack their products with hidden sugars and unnatural flavourings. Onken, Alpro and Yeo Valley all have a huge range; but which is the best? Whether you prefer low-fat, Greek-style, flavoured or dairy-free vegan yogurt, it’s good to be aware of what makes a yogurt healthy and what to avoid. To help you pick a satisfying, creamy yogurt that will give you a boost of protein, calcium, and probiotics without unnecessary calories or a sugar overload, we have come up with a list of the ten best products available in the UK. We've also sought out nutritionist Jenna Hope's advice to give you a better insight into the versatility and benefits that yogurt has to offer. 
    Food and drinks
  • 10 Best Ready Meals 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    10 Best Ready Meals 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    Ready meals have had somewhat of a bad rep since their conception in the 1950s, but we say, quash those thoughts of unappetising foil-trayed TV dinners! Instant food has never looked so good, with supermarkets now catering to all of our foodie desires, be it calorie-controlled or muscle-building meals, a vegetarian or vegan lasagne or a healthy take on a curry or Chinese. Talk to any household and they'll all give a completely different answer when it comes to taste preferences, budget and dietary requirements, so what constitutes the best ready meal? Our guide and top picks are here to reveal all. We've got recommendations for camping and fussy kids, gourmet suppers for one and everything in between, all ready for delivery from Tesco, ASDA, Waitrose and Amazon. Also, we have partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver the best information to our users.
    Food and drinks
  • 10 Best Frozen Pizzas UK 2021| Tesco, Dr. Oetker and More
    10 Best Frozen Pizzas UK 2021| Tesco, Dr. Oetker and More
    The frozen pizza has long been a staple in the British weekly shop - it’s quick, convenient, cheap, and satisfying. Many of us might remember the frozen pizzas we ate as children and teens, such as the basic Margherita with a sparse layer of cheese and a flavourless tomato base – but frozen pizzas have come a long way since then!Nowadays there is a massive variety of delicious frozen pizzas available in the freezer section of UK supermarkets, whether thin crust or thick crust, with traditional pepperoni or healthy veggie toppings, and using tomato or BBQ sauce – there are even gluten-free dough options for coeliacs! To learn more, keep reading as we introduce pizzas from brands such as Chicago Town, Dr. Oetker, and Goodfella’s, along with yummy supermarket-own brand products from Tesco and Asda.
    Food and drinks
  • 10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen UK 2021| Indo Mie, Nongshim and More
    10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen UK 2021| Indo Mie, Nongshim and More
    Sure, it’s lovely to go to a fancy restaurant and order some authentic, freshly-made noodles. But if you are on a strict budget, there’s nothing better than a cup or bowl of steaming instant noodles to keep you going. While they can have an unhealthy image, if you pay attention to the calories and perhaps add some toppings of your own you have yourself a nutritious and delicious meal.Nowadays there is a great variety available for us to purchase here in the UK, from Japanese Nissin instant ramen to spicy Korean noodles and other options from Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. In this article we will introduce some points to consider when purchasing instant noodles, and share some recommendations available on Amazon, Tesco, and Asda.
    Food and drinks
  • 10 Best Kefir Products 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    10 Best Kefir Products 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    Healthy bacteria has become somewhat of a trending topic in recent years. Fermented drinks such as kombucha are becoming all the rage, and kefir is one of the cheapest, tastiest products which supports a healthy gut. Many well-known brands in the dairy industry have branched out into producing kefir, making everything from yoghurts to coconut drinks, in every flavour under the sun.But where do you begin incorporating these healthy grains into your diet? You start with this guide of course! We've compared the benefits, flavours, natural ingredients, price and reviews and chosen the ten best products online. Check out our guide then head on to our recommendations list to find out where to buy them! For this article, we have also partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking so that we can deliver the best information to our users.
    Food and drinks
  • 10 Best Kombucha Drinks 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    10 Best Kombucha Drinks 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed
    Give a bottle or can of kombucha a go if you're looking to cut back on highly-processed soft drinks or alcohol, and maybe improve your gut health while you're at it! Tasty, refreshing, and low-sugar, this fermented tea-based beverage is naturally carbonated and full of probiotic live cultures thought to have health-boosting benefits for your gut. Read on for our picks of the 9 best-tasting brews available in the UK on Amazon, and, Waitrose, including organic, unpasteurised and flavoured options. Moreover, we have partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver the best information to our users.
    Food and drinks
  • Popular Item Lists

    Search by Category