Sherbet vs. Sorbet

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Elke Dennis

Q. My grocery store carries both sherbet and sorbet. Is there a difference between them?

A. Sorbets and sherbets are similar, but there are some important differences.

For example, sorbets are friendly to lactose-intolerant individuals since they don't contain any dairy products. Sherbet on the other hand can contain dairy in it. 


Despite that difference, the two icy treats are very similar in their base ingredients. Sorbets are made with puréed fruits, sugar, and water and sherbets are made with those three same ingredients.

But while sherbets are made with the same ingredients, they also can contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites.

In fact, most brands of sherbet sold in supermarkets contain from 1 percent to 2 percent milk fat or cream.

In contrast, sorbets never contain any type of dairy product. Sorbets also have a somewhat softer consistency.

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