Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 16:32:03 -0400 From: "Peter L. Patrick" Subject: Re: sherbe(r)t Vicki, I don't believe your recollection of sherbet w/milk is correct. Neither sherbet nor sorbet (nor sherbert), classically, should have any milk products in them. The distinction you're thinking of may be ice milk vs. ice cream, latter having more milkfat. This was never systematic and was recently abolished by the FDA in favor of the more specific (though still somewhat subjective) system of "ice cream", "reduced ice cream", "low-fat ice cream", and "fat-free icecream", respectively having less and less milkfat. Sherbet, however you spell it, never had any, as far as I'm aware, but used gelatin for body. That's the US marketing tradition. But in the Arabic tradition, it wasn't even frozen-- just a cool drink of fruit juice and water and sugar (Arabic "sharbah" is the root, related to our 'syrup'). People in Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy' are always drinking sherbet, for example. Then again, I won't be responsible for what some company has put into a box and called "sherbe(r)t"! --peter patrick