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Oct 6, 2008 03:17 PM

Whole foods Sorbet

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Chew on That

        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

          Try the Talenti brand. Their Champagne Peach is excellent.

      2. 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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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          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

            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

              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: Karl S

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      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

              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

                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.

                1. re: Karl S

                  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

                    Google it and you will find at least one provider.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      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

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Emmmily

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

            3. 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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              1. re: Nana2000

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

                1. re: Woof Woof Woof

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