Sorbet, real sorbet, is finally here.
Before you shake your head and click away, this is not the sorbet you know. This is not the sad bucket of neon sorbet at the end of the ice cream cooler. This is not the icy, gritty texture of frozen sand or the unfortunate party offering to the lactose-intolerant. This sorbet is the stuff of dreams, and the answer to many a dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan prayer. This is what you serve to your favorite people in the world, the mouthwatering cap to the perfect dinner party, and the ultimate indulgence. This is Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes.
Excuse me if my zealotry is showing, but when I stumbled upon this newly launched gem, I knew that Eat Boutique readers needed to know about this product, pronto.
Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes is the culinary baby of Nicole and Deborah. Nicole has always loved and made sorbet – one of her fondest memories is that of buying a bag of overripe peaches from a farmer’s market, and whipping up a giant batch of sorbet for her dorm mates in college. One might assume that a culinary career would follow, but instead, Nicole worked for nearly a decade in finance, before leaving to pursue making sorbet full time. When the icy treat started to gain traction, Nicole partnered up with her chef friend Deborah, and the Sorbabes were born.
Sorbet with a velvety texture and intense taste, utilizing high quality, fresh, and almost always organic ingredients is the goal, which is what makes this frozen delight so unique. The sorbets incorporate ingredients such as pistachio butter, macaroons, fresh strawberries, and lychee chunks – though not all in one batch. This spring and summer they offered seasonal flavors that were only available as long as they could get the best ingredients – the spring saw Strawberry & Rhubarb, while the summer was graced by Passion fruit and Lychee. The business is so young that they can’t completely predict what’s next – but that’s what’s so exciting.
“We’re working on fall flavors right now, like an apple cobbler with actual cobbler chunks”, Nicole explained. “And we’re brainstorming how to make a sorbet heartier for winter. It sounds a little strange, but we’ve been thinking about a sweet potato sorbet.”
Nicole and Debra debuted at farmer’s markets and festivals in the Hamptons, and have recently started venturing into New York City. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. As the duo puts it, “we have a pretty high taste-and-buy rate. If we can just get someone to stop and give us a go, they usually leave with a couple of pints.”
I was skeptical. Queen of the taste-and-go, I was curious to see what was so persuasive about the product. After trying four of their flavors, I understand. Oh, do I understand. The sorbet doesn’t taste like the flavor it’s billed as – it actually IS that flavor. It’s nothing like ice – it’s smooth and creamy and full of flavor. The pistachio with salted caramel is pistachio butter and a lusciously caramelized sauce. The Cucumber, Mint, and White Wine is unbelievably light and refreshing, and the taste of fresh mint lingers pleasantly on your tongue.
There are no chemical syrups or tricky flavor compounds to be found – they use the actual nuts, make the caramel themselves, throw in roughly chopped mint leaves and puree cucumbers to get just the right flavor. They can boast the highest percentage of ingredients other than water and ice on the market – a whopping 60%. Trust me, you can tell.
Gourmet Sorbet is the sort of dessert you don’t need much of, because it’s rich, deeply satisfying, and infinitely luxurious. Best of all, Gourmet Sorbet is relatively healthy compared to conventional ice creams and sorbets. Real ingredients means less sugar, and it’s free of dairy, gluten, and animal products. Whatever your friends’ (or your own) dietary choices and restrictions, this is a treat that will light up anyone and everyone’s day. There are few desserts that can be almost universally enjoyed. This is one of them.
At this particular moment, only New Yorkers and those that frequent the Hamptons have access to Gourmet Sorbet. If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, you can find out where the girls are dishing up sorbet at markets and where they’re stocked through their Facebook page. But wait, don’t start weeping just yet.
We’re proud to announce that Gourmet Sorbet will be attending Eat Boutique Boston (and hopefully stocking some scrumptious holiday flavors)! So for all our Boston fans and market visitors: get your spoons ready and your taste buds prepared… you’re about to discover Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes.
All photos courtesy of Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes.
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