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at24 Oct 6, 2008 03:17 PM

Just bought a pint of their 365 brand tangerine sorbet over the weekend. Pretty tasty stuff and it has real sugar in it, NO HFCS! and only $2.99. What are everyone's thoughts on their sorbet and what are some other good brands and flavors to try? I think I have found a new treat!

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  1. Karl S RE: at24 Oct 6, 2008 05:36 PM

    I think their Meyer lemon sorbet is a travesty. Very harsh.

    1. Chew on That RE: at24 Oct 7, 2008 02:09 PM

      Have you ever had their fresh homemade sorbet that's in house? The one by me has a gelato section that also has different fruit sorbets. The raspberry is outstanding, as is all of their gelato...

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        cheesecake17 RE: Chew on That Oct 7, 2008 04:17 PM

        I like the (packaged) pomegranate flavor. I can't comment on the lemon because I don't like lemon sorbet.. .but my husband loves it.

        Chew on That- I love the gelato section in Whole Foods. It's awesome, but I've only had it once since it's usually closed when I shop. That reminds me... I also like the 'nut bar'

        1. re: cheesecake17
          ferret RE: cheesecake17 Oct 7, 2008 06:45 PM

          Try the Talenti brand. Their Champagne Peach is excellent.

      2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: at24 Oct 8, 2008 12:13 PM

        We've gotten to the point where we only buy WF sorbets: can't beat the quality or the price. As cheesecake17 notes, the pomegranate is quite nice, and I don't find the Meyer Lemon harsh at all.

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          cheesecake17 RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 10, 2008 11:51 AM

          What other flavors have you tried and are they good?

          I'm planning on making a layered sorbet dessert with about 3-4 flavors. Sharon's brand is really expensive ($4-$5 pint) so your take on the other WF brand flavors would be really appreciated...

          1. re: cheesecake17
            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: cheesecake17 Oct 10, 2008 01:00 PM

            I think by this point I've tried them all, and have no complaints about any of them.

            If you're going to layer four flavors, I recommend two tart flavors and two sweet flavors: say the Meyer Lemon and the Pomegranate for the tart and the Tangerine and one of the berry flavors for the sweet.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
              cheesecake17 RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 11, 2008 05:55 PM

              Thanks! I was in WF yesterday, but I couldn't buy the sorbet because I went on my lunch hour.. and everything had to survive a subway ride back to the office and then back home.
              Has anyone ever tried the Ciao Bella sorbet or gelato? I've seen it at Whole Foods and Fairway.

              1. re: cheesecake17
                Karl S RE: cheesecake17 Oct 11, 2008 06:05 PM

                Ciao Bella is far superior to WF.

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                  ferret RE: Karl S Oct 11, 2008 07:31 PM

                  Ciao Bella is a far cry from what it used to be. Take a look at their pistachio ingredients, for example:

                  Milk, Cream, Sugar, Almond Paste, Pistachio Paste, Roasted & Salted Pistachios, Corn Syrup Solids, Nonfat Dry Milk, Whey, Dextrose, Sunflower Oil, Almond & Citrus Natural Flavors, Sunflower Lecithin, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum and Carrageenan.

                  Contrast that to Talenti:

                  Sugar, Cream, Milk Powder, Pistachios, Pistachio Paste, Dextrose, Guar Gum

                  Talenti's flavor is also more intense and the pistachio comes across better. Their gelati are excellent, I mentioned the champagne peach, but their lemon is great as is their raspberry.

                  1. re: ferret
                    Karl S RE: ferret Oct 12, 2008 04:45 AM

                    That's true for some of the more complex items, but Ciao Bella's blood orange, ,passion fruit and some others have very few ingredients, just juice, sugar and water.

                    I find WF meyer lemon sorbet to be the antithesis of meyer lemon and to be the embodiment of lemon pith.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: Karl S Oct 12, 2008 10:00 AM

                      I thought the Ciao Bella sorbet looked interesting.. I'm going to buy it from Fairway tomorrow and let my husband be the taste tester.

            2. re: cheesecake17
              Ruth Lafler RE: cheesecake17 Oct 12, 2008 06:37 PM

              Sharon's is $1.99/pt at Trader Joe's.

              The 365 brand is all organic, right? Because if it's organic it can't have HFCS (there is no organic HFCS).

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                Karl S RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2008 11:58 PM

                There is organic HFCS, I believe, not that there's probably too much of a market for it. Organic has to do with how things are grown, not necessarily processing as such.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: Karl S Oct 13, 2008 09:36 AM

                  As far as I know, there's no organic HFCS. The whole point of HFCS is that it's a way of using up cheap corn. Organic corn is not cheap, and there's a high demand for it in less processed forms, so there's no reason to make it into HFCS. And of course, nowadays the same people who buy organic are also wary of HFCS, which means there's no market-driven incentive to develop a source for it.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    Karl S RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 13, 2008 09:45 AM

                    Google it and you will find at least one provider.

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: Karl S Oct 13, 2008 09:54 AM

                      I couldn't find the right combination of search terms, so I guess I'll just have to take your word for it. Regardless, I've never seen an organic product that contained HFCS, and I read lables diligently. If there is organic HFCS, then it's not being widely used, nor, I guess, will it be. People are willing to pay a premium for organic products, so there's really no reason to try to save a couple of cents by using HFCS and risk turning off a large segment of people who buy organic because they want to avoid things like HFCS.

                2. re: Ruth Lafler
                  cheesecake17 RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 13, 2008 05:24 AM

                  I think I need to get to Trader Joe's with a cooler and some ice packs :)

                  I don't think the 365 brand is all organic. It just doesn't use ingredients that WF deems 'not good.' Otherwise, how can the products be so inexpensive?

                  1. re: cheesecake17
                    Emmmily RE: cheesecake17 Oct 13, 2008 09:49 AM

                    there's two product lines: 365 (just "natural," whatever that means) and 365 Organic. I've often found both versions of the same product for sale.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: Emmmily Oct 13, 2008 01:52 PM

                      Things like that are what makes WF so confusing to shop in.

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              Nana2000 RE: at24 Jul 30, 2009 04:24 PM

              I just bought some Tangerine today. It IS very tasty. My favorite is still the Hibiscus, with Pomegranate next, Tangerine, Passion Fruit. I have not tried the Raspberry. My brother tried the Lemon and said it is VERY sour!!

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                Woof Woof Woof RE: Nana2000 Jul 31, 2009 12:40 PM

                What brand Tangerine Sorbet did you buy Nana (I mean like whats the carton say)??

                1. re: Woof Woof Woof
                  RobynS RE: Woof Woof Woof Jul 31, 2009 06:44 PM

                  I'm pretty sure she's talking about the WF brand.

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