What’s the Difference Between Sorbet and Sherbet?

As the classic song goes, “You say tomato, I say tamato …” but does the same apply to the frozen treats sorbet and sherbet? Are they just two ways of saying the same thing? 

raspberry sherbet in a glass bowl

The creaminess of sherbet can be attributed to its dairy content.

The short answer is no. Sorbet and sherbet are two similar, but distinctly different types of treats. (And while we’re discussing differences, it’s actually “sherbet” not “sherbert” as many believe.)

The main difference between the two is dairy. Sorbet has none, while sherbet has some.

Sorbet is Made of Fruit and Sugar

Sorbet, popular in Italy, consists of two main ingredients – fruit puree and sugar. While the frozen treat may also contain water, flavoring or acid, it’s essentially just a frozen fruit and sugar combo.

With little fat, the frozen fruit treat is a gluten and dairy-free dessert. It’s cold, light, and refreshing nature means it is sometimes used as a palate cleanser between courses.

Sherbet Contains Dairy

two scoops of sorbet in a waffle cone

Sorbet contains just fruit and sugar and is a gluten and dairy-free dessert.

Sherbet, on the other hand, contains dairy and is sometimes viewed as a fruity relative to ice cream.

Containing cream, milk, egg whites, gelatin or even buttermilk, sherbet is a creamier option than sorbet.

Both are fruit-flavored desserts, with sherbet often offered in raspberry, orange or lime flavors. (Or all three are mixed for the classic “rainbow sherbet” treat.)

The pastel colors and refreshing flavor of both make the duo a delicious frozen treat.

Batch Freezer from Electro Freeze Perfect for Sorbet or Sherbet

Whichever you prefer, a batch freezer from Electro Freeze can make it possible to serve your customers the yummy, fruity treat.

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