Sorbet or Sorbetto?

are sorbet and sorbetto the same thing?



chef O. May 16, 2012
In Italy at least southern Italy where my family is from sorbetto is a creamier version of sorbet.
Shuna L. May 15, 2012
The main difference is in country of origin. In the USA we tend to think of sorbet as a frozen/churned dessert from a fruit & sugar based liquid. The ratios are up for grabs. Commercial products, from any country, tend to have a lot of stabilizers but many pastry chefs don't use any, or as much, because their frozen desserts are consumed faster than ones n containers that need to be shipped and stored for months at a time.
pierino May 15, 2012
Per Benny's reply, sorbet is the French term and sorbetto is the Italian. They are basically the same thing but I would award higher points to the Italians when it comes to frozen desserts.
Erol K. March 31, 2019
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sor·bet (sôr′bĭt, sôr-bā′)
A frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice or fruit purée, sugar, and water.
[French, ultimately (probably via Italian sorbetto) from Ottoman Turkish šerbet, sweet fruit drink; see sherbet.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishi
Author Comment
Benny May 15, 2012
Depends on who you ask. Some will say they are the same while others will say "Sorbetto" has a higher fruit to liquid ratio.

I would only consider them different if there was a difference in key ingredients or preparation method. But there isn't. Fresh Fruit, simple syrup, lemon juice.

I consider them to be the same thing. Both names are fancy enough if you ask me though. I call it Sorbet. I might call it Sorbetto if I had any Italian in my blood. But, since I don't, I just feel like a poser calling it Sorbetto.
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