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The word "sherbet" is from Turkish "şerbet", which is from Persian "شربت", which in turn comes from "sharbat", Arabic "sharba" a drink, from "shariba" to drink. In English it historically was a cool effervescent or iced fruit soft drink. The meaning, spelling and pronunciation have fractured between different countries. It is usually spelled "sherbet", but a common pronunciation changes this to "sherbert".
In Northern England, in particular Lancashire, sherbet and kali are two very different confections. Sherbet is generally recognised to be a powder based substance of the type found with liquorice (sherbet fountain). Kali however, is of a crystal form. Often found packaged in straws and available in a variety of colours and flavours. Both sherbet and kali may be fizzy.
Sherbet in the United Kingdom is a fizzy powder, containing sugar and flavouring, and an edible acid and base. The acid may be tartaric, citric or malic acid, and the base may be sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, or a mixture of these and/or other similar carbonates. To this is added a large amount of sugar to mask the unappetising flavour of the reactive powders, and fruit or cream soda flavouring.
The acid-carbonate reaction occurs upon presence of moisture (juice/saliva). Sherbet used to be stirred into various beverages to make effervescing drinks, in a similar way to making lemonade from lemonade powders, before canned carbonated drinks became ubiquitous. Sherbet is now used to mean this powder sold as a sweet.

Posted at 14th Jul 2012 - 09:19AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Sherbet Comments: 13

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Posted by: Westerwitch on 14th Jul 2012 at 10:16AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I never liked it - still don't.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 14th Jul 2012 at 10:17AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar One word...


OK that's two words but delicious ones...recently found the company thet is making it again as a "Down memory lane" drink but it's now 3 a tinShocked
(and spelled with a K as it was meant to be originally I gather)

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Jul 2012 at 10:42AM

Lily's Avatar I remember Cremola.

Posted by: Lily on 14th Jul 2012 at 10:43AM

Faith's Avatar Sherbet is dreadful stuff, really. I don't know cremola at all, never heard of it.

Posted by: Faith on 14th Jul 2012 at 10:52AM

Fennie's Avatar What do you mean, Faith? Sherbert is wonderful! All I have I owe to Sherbert! It fizzes you into action and frizzes your hair on end. If you gave sherbert to your doves, not only would their feathers shine as though they had been washed in Daz, but they would fly into the air as if jet propelled. No pouter pigeon has ever pouted more strongly than after eating sherbert.

No I jest. I am facetious. Better stick to peanuts. But I cannot believe that you, or anyone else didn't like Sherbert when you were knee high to a grasshopper.

Thanks, Rosie, for the explanation!

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Jul 2012 at 11:31AM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks for that Rosie, I remember having Sherbert Dabs when I was a small child, loved them.! Think I need some then FennieSmile have no energy at the mo, not like me at all.

Is Cremola cream lemonade Lily? if so loved this too, used to plop some ice-cream in it too...yum.!

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Jul 2012 at 11:53AM

Lily's Avatar Think it was some sort of pudding- vaguely remember it when I used to visit my grandmother. Maybe confusing it with another product?

Posted by: Lily on 14th Jul 2012 at 12:48PM

Lily's Avatar Camilla, have just googled and it seems there are/were 2 products. Cremola Foam and Cremola as in the pudding I remember.

Posted by: Lily on 14th Jul 2012 at 12:50PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Yes Cremola Foam was a powdered sherbet you mixed with water to make a fizzy drink and Cremola made custard powder as well as semolina and Farola (does anyone remember Farola as a milk pudding? ...we had it a lot but I can't find it now, it was like a really fine semolina but not as slimy, delish with a dolop of jam in it)Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Jul 2012 at 03:18PM

KitKatCot's Avatar I loved sherbet fountains and kali. Kali used to be put in little paper wraps and you licked your finger and stuck it in. Yum yum

I'm sure it was just coloured sugar, but I loved it.

Posted by: KitKatCot on 14th Jul 2012 at 04:14PM

Blackbird's Avatar sherbet - a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin

The only one that I know- my favorite being orange layered with vanilla ice cream known as a Creamsicle- yumVery Happy

Posted by: Blackbird on 15th Jul 2012 at 04:50AM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks Lily, I think the lemonade I drunk when I was growing up was called Schweppes Cream Soda lemonade I think I got this confused with the other products of Cremola.

Posted by: Camilla on 15th Jul 2012 at 11:41PM

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