Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavored with iced fruit (typically juice or puree), chocolate, wine, and/or liqueur. The origins of sorbet can be traced to a Middle Eastern drink "charbet", made of sweetened fruit juice and water. The term "sherbet" / "charbet" is derived from _tr. şerbat/şerbet, "sorbet", which in turn comes from the Arabic شربات "ArabDIN|sharbāt" meaning "drink(s)" or "juice." [ [ sherbet Definition in the Food Dictionary at ] ] [] .

Classification and Description

Sorbet is often confused with Water Ice, Italian ice, and Sherbet. The FDA does not have a classification for sorbet as it is a synonym for sherbet. Sherbet in the United States must also include dairy ingredients such as milk or cream to reach a milkfat content between 1% and 2%. Products with higher milkfat content are defined as ice cream; products with lower milkfat content are defined as water ice. [ [ FDA > CDRH > CFR Title 21 Database Search ] ] Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably in the United States, the use of the term "sorbet" is unregulated and is most commonly used with non-dairy, fruit juice "water ice" products. [ [ IDFA - What's in the Ice Cream Aisle ] ]

The word "Sorbet" (pron. IPAEng|sɔrˈbeɪ, ˈsɔrbɨt, sɔrˈbɛt) is French (pron. IPA2|sɔʀˈbɛ) for the Ottoman Turkish word "Sherbet". [ [ sorbet - definition of sorbet by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia ] ] Sorbets/sherbets may also contain alcohol, which lowers the freezing temperature, resulting in a softer texture. In North America, "sherbet" is often written and spelled "sherbert".

Whereas ice cream has air whipped into it, sorbet has almost none, which makes for a dense and extremely flavourful product. Sorbet is served as a non-fat or low-fat (sometimes 3% fat) alternative to ice cream.

In Italy a virtually identical dish called granita is made, which is only really different from sorbet in that it has a crunchier texture because of the freezing process. As the liquid freezes, it forms noticeably large-size crystals, which should not be present in sorbet because of the stirring. Granita is also often sharded with a fork to give an even crunchier texture when served.

Agraz is a type of sorbet, usually associated with the Maghreb and north Africa. It is made from almonds, verjuice, and sugar. It has a strongly acidic flavour, because of the verjuice. ("Larousse Gastronomique")

Early History and Folklore

Folklore holds that Nero, the Roman Emperor, invented sorbet during the first century A.D. when he had runners along the Appian way pass buckets of snow hand over hand from the mountains to his banquet hall where it was then mixed with honey and wine. The Chinese have made concoctions from snow, juice, and fruit pulp for several thousand years.

Frozen desserts are believed to have been brought to France in 1533 by Catherine de' Medici when she left Italy to marry the Duke of Orleans, who later became Henry II of France. By the end of the 17th century, sorbet was served in the streets of Paris, and spread to England and the rest of Europe.

English/French Labeling

On sherbet packages which have both English and French labels, sherbet is translated to sorbet laitier which directly translates into English as dairy sorbet, differentiating the milk containing sherbet from milk-less sorbet.

Popular Flavours

*Birthday Cake
*Blue Raspberry
*Blood Orange
*Key Lime
*Wineor mixed flavours

ee also

*Italian Ice
*Popsicle (Ice Pop)
*Snow cone
*Halo halo
*Water ice
*Slush (beverage)


*Larousse Gastronomique|Agraz

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  • Sorbet — Sorbet …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • sorbet — [ sɔrbɛ ] n. m. • 1553; it. sorbetto, du turc chorbet, ar. pop. chourba, pour charbât « boisson »; cf. sirop 1 ♦ Anciennt Boisson à base de jus de fruits et de sucre, battus avec de l eau. « un sorbet mousseux et frais qu on prendrait en été sous …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sorbet — SORBÉT, sorbete, s.n. (Rar) Băutură răcoritoare preparată din suc de fructe, zahăr şi lichior sau apă. [pl. şi: sorbeturi] – Din fr. sorbet. Trimis de LauraGellner, 24.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  sorbét s. n., pl. sorbéte/sorbéturi Trimis de siveco …   Dicționar Român

  • Sorbet — Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Sorbet », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Un sorbet est un dessert glacé qui, contrairement à la glace (ou crème glacée), ne contient pas de …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sorbet — SORBET. Quelques uns prononcent Sorbec. s. m. Sorte de composition faite de citron, de sucre, d ambre, &c. Une boiste de sorbet. un pot de sorbet de Levant. On appelle du mesme nom le breuvage que l on fait de cette composition batüe avec de l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Sorbet(t) — Smn ein eisgekühltes Getränk, Halbgefrorenes per. Wortschatz fach. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. sorbet m., it. sorbetto m. und span. sorbete m., diese aus türk. šerbet süßer, kühlender Trunk , zu arab. šariba trinken .    Ebenso nndl.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Sorbet — Sor bet, n. [F. sorbet or It. sorbetto or Sp. sorbete, from the same source as E. sherbet. See {Sherbet}.] A kind of beverage; sherbet. Smolett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sorbet — 1580s, cooling drink of fruit juice and water, from Fr. sorbet, probably from It. sorbetto, from Turk. serbet (see SHERBET (Cf. sherbet)). Meaning frozen dessert, sherbet first recorded 1864 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sorbet — (Scherbet, Tscherbet, d.i. Getränk). bei den Orientalen Getränk von abgezogenem Wasser von Rosen, Veilchen, Lindenblüthen, Safran u. dgl., mit Saft von Citronen, Limonen u. Pomeranzen gemischt u. mit Ambra, Moschus u. dgl. gewürzt, oft mit Eis… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sorbet — Sorbet, Scherbet (arab., »Trank«), Limonade aus dem Saft des Granatapfels, Zitronsäure und Zucker …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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