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What is sherbet?

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Definition: Sherbet is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit and some sort of dairy product such as milk or cream. Egg whites are also sometimes used in making sherbet.

Sherbet can be made with fruit juice or puréed fruit or both. The amount of dairy product in sherbet is low compared with other frozen desserts. Whereas ice cream will contain at least 10 percent butterfat (often as high as 20 percent), and gelato between four and eight percent, sherbet contains only 1 to 2 percent butterfat.

Common sherbet flavors include orange, raspberry, lemon and lime. There's also a thing called rainbow sherbet (pictured here), which is made by combining layers of raspberry, lime and orange sherbet.

Note: The word "sherbet" is often mispronounced and/or misspelled as "sherbert."

Also see: Sorbet.
Pronunciation: SHUR-but
Common Misspellings: Sherbert
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