With so many trends and options in frozen desserts you may be wondering, “what’s the difference between sorbet, sherbet and ice cream”? Here at Baskin-Robbins, we are here to offer some insights into the differences between these classic frozen treats.
To start with the basics, the backbone of all the products in the ice cream industry begin with the syrup formed when sugar dissolves in water.
The simplest and chronologically oldest ice cream product is ices (or sorbet), which is essentially a flavoring and frozen water. A sorbet does not contain any fat or milk, but must have a minimum acidity of .35%, which results in those fruity/tart flavors, like Miami Vice. In other words, sorbet is water ice with a personality.
At the other end of the spectrum is ice cream, which includes dairy ingredients, sweeteners, flavors, and typically has 10-16% fat. This combination creates a less dense and creamy texture with a smooth and shiny appearance.
Sherbet (Pronounced Sher-bet) falls in between sorbet and ice cream as it is similar to ices, but does include dairy ingredients (in small amounts, about 1-2%) which can sometimes make it seem like ice cream. A good example of a Sherbet that you may be familiar with is our Tropical Sherbet.
As you can tell these frozen desserts are all a little different, but the one thing they definitely have in common is their availability at your local Baskin-Robbins.