Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dark Chocolate Sorbet on a Hot Spring Day

Happy Hump Day everyone (although it still feels like Tuesday to me!). I hope everyone is having a nice week so far. My week has been relaxing, yet nerve-racking at the same time. Relaxing because I don't have many responsibilities, and nerve-racking because I will find out if I got my "DREAM JOB" this week! Thanks for all of your kind comments and positive support.

I forgot that moving into a new home meant house warming gifts galore! Here is one of our favorite gifts so far:

Not only did we get some dark chocolate sorbet mix, but included was a fantastic new ice cream scoop!
I know what you're thinking, "An ice cream scoop, what's so cool about that?!". Let me explain. This is no ordinary ice cream scoop. This thing cuts through even the coldest, hardest ice cream (or in our case, frozen yogurt) because it has antifreeze inside! If you shake it you can hear the antifreeze. And let me tell you, this baby works.

We followed the simple directions for the Dark Chocolate Sorbet.....

And I even put some of the sorbet (prior to freezing it) into a popsicle mold
and made a fudge pop. I wish I would have filled all of the molds, but I only filled one as a "tester". This thing was amazing. Better than any store bought fudge pop.

The sorbet (sorry, I didn't take a picture of any scoops!) had
60 calories in 1/2 cup. I wanted to march over to that Gelato shop and say to the lady "This has 60 calories in 1/2 cup, NOT your gelato!!" haha

Today's Trivia
Why Does Popcorn Pop? By Don Voorhees)

Ice cream, by law, must not contain any less than 10% butterfat, 2.7% protein, and 20% milk solids, and must not contain more than 50% air, per gallon. Most commercially sold ice creams have about 15% sugar and 0.3% vegetable gum stabilizers as well (sounds enticing). Sorbet (also called sherbet, sorbetto, or Italian ice) is made from pasteurized fruit pulp, fruit juice, and sugar syrup. In this case there was no fruit, just chocolate and sugar.

More Trivia
Can you guess the number one selling ice cream? Breyers! Breyers uses all natural ingredients, with no preservatives or stabilizers. But soon the best selling ice cream will be GINA'S! ;)

Flashback Wednesday..........
Check out this dark chocolate sorbet recipe I posted last summer! It's homemade, not from a box. It definitely took longer than the one from Crate and Barrel, but I really think they both taste similar. There are pros and cons of both.

Coming Up
Tomorrow I will be posting some garden updates. We've been busy! Soon I'll have pumpkins so I can make my own pumpkin puree. Yeah, I'm that desperate.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have a fabulous day!


  1. Ooooh, that sorbet looks very tasty. Yum!!!

  2. I've always wanted one of those ice cream scoops!

  3. That sorbet looks and sounds so delicious! I need to make some.

  4. Technology always amazes me. The ice cream scoop is genius.

  5. make this, package it, and put it in food stores now so i can buy. RIGHT NOW.

    i'd be so nervous if i were you!!!!!!! i can't wait to hear if you got the job :) :)

  6. That's a great gift! I love sorbet! Good luck about the job!!!

  7. pumpkins are so fun to grow! especially the little ones <3

    i love how u made popsicles out of the mix, fantastic!!! house warmings gifts are always exciting!!

  8. What a cool ice cream scoop! And what fabulous nutrition stats that sorbet has ... plus it looks delish! Hope you get this job and am super excited to hear about it!

  9. The sorbet looks absolutely delicious! I wish I could have some right now.

    The icecream scoop explanation was so funny to me, because I have one just like it, except mine is plastic and you can see the liquid inside. The reason I found it funny is simply because I thought the liquid was water, and only there to look fancy, like decoration. Now it makes sense.

    Can't wait for your garden update!!

  10. oooh do they have vanilla flavor?

  11. I totally remember studying that stuff about ice cream for the RD exam. I remember thinking, why do I care. Same with how many feet apart the counters have to be in a kitchen. I didn't want to stay in food service!

    I still have my fingers crossed for you on the job front.

    The sorbet looks awesome. i may need to order some of that mix online. Cool ice cream scoop too.

  12. I can't believe you made your own gelato pop!

    I'm heading to Seattle next week and cannot wait to hit a crate and barrel- just seeing your ice cream scooper gets me excited!

  13. ok that sorbet is the perfect gift-how fun! And it looks swoon worthy for sure!

  14. Can't wait to hear about how the job turns out..good luck! And that sorbet looks amazing. Enjoy your relaxation time!

  15. That looks so good! I'm a little surprised to hear Breyers is #1. I'm not sure which other brand I would have guessed, but Breyers? I'm glad they use natural ingredients though!

  16. oh my gosh, that sounds so good!

  17. You have to teach me your icy treat making skills...I am always amazed! We own an ice cream maker (by mistake it came with registry items) and it's STILL in the box! Intimidates me!

    Fingers still crossed for the job!! :)

  18. The sorbet looks delectable! I love those kind of ice cream scoops! We rarely eat frozen yogurt or ice cream so we just have a boring scoop :)

  19. Yums that looks great and refreshing and for some reason I am craving a Jello Fudgecicle!

  20. The sorbet looks awesome Gina!

    Sending lots of good vibes your way- so excited to hear your job news! Best of luck!

  21. I have an ice cream scoop like that. It is amazing!
    Your sorbet looks delish!
    Can't wait to hear if you got the job!!