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      03.03.2010 14:50

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      Taste really is a very personal thing. I see one reviewer has described Carte d'Or lemon sorbet as bitter. To me, it is one of the most glorious taste experiences around; no unpleasant saccharine aftertaste, no cloying sweetness, but sharp, refreshing, and tangy. Frankly it has spoiled me for all other sorbets.

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      04.11.2009 07:56
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      Strongly flavoured sorbet not for the faint hearted!

      I bought this at the weekend, and, after sampling it for the past couple of days thought it was time for a review.


      Packaging:

      Carte D'Or's Leon Sorbet comes in a 1 litre / 650g, oval shaped, predominantly see through tub. It has the usual Care D'or logo & a picture of some sorbet with pieces of lemon on the lid. The bottom of the tub contains the ingredients & the nutritional information along with a few other pieces of information.

      The product describes itself as:- "Lemon sorbet with lemon fruit pieces (5%).

      You can visit the website at:- www.LoveIceCream.com


      Nutritional Information: Per 100ml {per 100g in brackets}

      Energy: 330kJ {510KJ}
      kcal: 80 kcal {120 kcal}
      Protein: <0.5g {<0.5g}
      Carbohydrate: 18g {28g}
      of which sugars: 15g {24g}
      Fat: <0.5g {<0.5g}
      of which saturates: 0g {0g}
      Fibre: 0.9g {1.5g}
      Sodium: 0.01g {0.02g}

      Ingredients: Water, Lemon (26%) (Juice from concentrate and Pieces), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Oligofructose, Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Carrageenan), Milk Proteins, Flavourings


      Price:

      I paid 99p for a tub of this in my local corner shop. It will cost you more than this in most supermarkets.


      Opinion:

      Once you've removed the lip & the plastic film underneath this looks very virginal. It's a very pale white with very small yellow pieces in it which is obviously the lemon fruit pieces referred to in the product blurb. You can really smell the lemon here!

      When I reviewed the chocolate Carte D'Or I commented that "From a purely aesthetic point of view brown isn't the most tempting colour around, is it?". In contrast the pale, white colour of this sorbet gives it a very pure, refreshing appearance. You almost don't want to dig your spoon in and "sully" it!

      Like most sorbets this is very smooth and light. It lacks the heaviness of the regular Carte D'Or ice creams. In texture terms it's very pleasing. It slips down the throat very easily and doesn't leave you feel as if you've gorged yourself on it.

      In terms of taste though I was very disappointed with this. The taste of lemon is very strong indeed and, as such, there's a slightly bitter edge to it. I've had other lemon flavoured desserts before but I have to say that this is the most strongly flavoured lemon dessert I've ever tried. The sorbet cleanses your palate but a little of the lemon taste goes a long way and I found that I could only eat perhaps 7 or 8 teaspoonfuls of this before I started to feel like I'd had too much of the lemon flavour. The flavour itself also lingers on in the mouth after you've eaten It. I gulped down quite a quantity of milk after eating more of it for the purpose of this review and now, 5 minutes later, I've still got a vague lemon taste lingering in my mouth.

      Surprisingly, given the strong lemon taste this actually contains 24% of sugar. The fact that this is comprised of almost a quarter of sugar but the overriding taste is tart perhaps gives you an indication of just how strongly flavoured with lemon this must be to completely drown out any sweetness from the sugars.

      This dessert is definitely only for those of you that really, really, really like strongly flavoured lemon things. If you can't drink Jif Lemon Juice "neat" then I'd avoid this like the plague!

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        10.06.2009 16:04
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        no doubt a quality dessert, but too complicated for me.

        This is just a little too zingy for my liking.

        I mistakenly thought I was really going to enjoy this, so when I went to serve up a portion for myself, i really got stuck in with the scoop.

        So there I was with a bowlful of this and ready to settle in front of the television and really enjoy it.

        I took my first mouthful and it certainly drew my jaws together! There is just too much of a lemony acidic zing to it. However waste not want not, so I continued to plough my way through it. I am not a lover of ice creams and sorbets at the best of times and I really do need to be in the mood.

        I got to my next mouthful and found my tongue picking through bits of lemon zest. I don't like my cold desserts with 'bits' in. I like a smooth ice cream or sorbet.

        The beauty of a sorbet for me is the quality to refresh the mouth , and there is no doubt that the 'brightness' of lemon has that quality too, but on this occasion everything was just too much to bear. This was overpowering, and to cap it all the bits of lemon didn't help to make my mouth feel refreshed.

        I have no doubt that there are people who will enjoy this - there is after all nothing 'bad' about it - it is just too tasty, too overpowering.

        I have also tried the supermarket own brand sorbets, and to be straight to the point, I much prefer the simplicity in those.

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        14.01.2009 14:39
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        gorgeous

        Carte d'or Lemon sorbet
        This sorbet is certainly delicious it has a very tangy taste to it and on opening the pack a delicious rich lemony smell exudes from it making it unmistakable. The colour is very pale almost translucent in colour with bits of zest incorporated all the way through it giving it a bit of a bite.
        The flavour is something to behold and is I feel I must warn you very potent and powerfully lemon. In fact it packs a lemony wallop.
        After the first spoonful you are hooked, or at least I was anyway.
        Sliding along your tastebuds creating havoc is a good way to describe this intense flavour.
        Carte d'or are extremely good icecream and sorbet makers so this for me came as no surprise that we would fall in love with this delicious sorbet.
        Not only the taste but the aroma transports you to Sicilian lemon groves and gives a most exiting quality that surpasses any other sorbet of its kind.
        I really recommend this item to anyone with courage enough to give it a go. It is very citrusy and could be too much for some weaker pallets.
        The carton is oval in shape and has a gold rim around the top of the lid. There is a label on the top and sides denoting the sorbet and cut lemons showing what is inside. with the usual writing saying the Carte D'or Lemon Sorbet.
        It is a gorgeously smooth sorbet with fruity zesty bits running through it which adds to the pungency of the sorbet flavour. Intense Indulgence and fat free which is of course brilliant if your on a diet and want something nice to eat.
        You can spoil yourself without feeling too guilty.
        Nutritional Information below
        Energy 78kcal per 100ml
        protein 0.3g
        carbs 19g
        sugars 19g
        fats 0.0g
        fibre 0.3g
        sodium 11g

        Lemon sorbet with Sicilian lemons pieces 5% ingredients
        water lemon 26% juice concentrated, glucose- fructose syrup, sugar, oligofructose, stabilisers, locust bean gum, pectin, carrageenan, xanthan gum, milk proteins flavours.
        store for optimum use at - 18%
        This is a Unilever product and most supermarkets stock it I have checked. I found ours at Farm foods for £1 a bargain at the time.
        Most shops are around £1.50 to £2.50 depending on the store and availability also worth looking out for offers.

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          24.08.2008 15:24
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          this isnt a bad sorbert, worth a try, but not to everyones tastes

          I was over a friends house the other day when they offered me some of this new sorbert fromcarte d'or.

          From first impressions it looked yummy, it looked creamy and the best bit hardly any fat or calories. It is very lemoney, and quite bitter, and is great if you like this. I myself do love sorbert, and i did quite like this, although i think maybe they could do with toning it down abit. My tongue felt quite rough after eating this, and i did get that horrible shooting pain in your head, because it was so sharp and cold.

          This is avaialble to buy most places, its not to bad at a few pounds. But please be aware its not for everyones tastes, and if you have sensitive teeth what out. I dont particularly, but on a few occassions i had sharp pains.

          Overall its a great desert to have after dinner, its good for you and wont put anything on your waistline. My advice though is too have a good cup of tea afterwards, as the taste lingers.

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            21.08.2008 16:14
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            Peelings, wo-o-o peelings,wo-o-o, peel you again in my mouth...

            I like Carte D'Or ice creams. There is always a Vanilla Carte D'Or tub in our freezer. It has a bit more fat and less water compared to the other ones I tried so it is not too cold. It also has a nice, almost natural Vanilla flavour. (My 4 year old son is suspicious of black vanilla seeds in it so we have to "sell" him a whipped cream as a "vanilla ice cream").

            There was a promotion of new tastes of Carte D'Or ice creams in our Tesco recently. As my hand went for the usual Vanilla one I spotted new labels with the reduced price and exotic flavours. I am a big fan of sorbets as well as citrus fruits (especially citrus peels and candied fruit you can find in Greece and Turkey). I thought I've made a scoop. Good quality sorbet + lemon peels + very good price.

            I have to say I was slightly disappointed. I am not a great expert or professional cook but I would say that peels don't go well with the sorbet. The Carte D'Or sorbet is very good on its own. It has that acidy note and coolness you would expect from the decent sorbet. Unfortunately, there were too many peels. On top of that the peels were very acidy (probably they should have coated them in sugar - I don't mind for calories - if you mind you shouldn't be reading the review for ice cream anyway!)

            Don't take me wrong - I have eaten the whole tub on my own as it was too acidy for my wife. The ingredients are of good quality it is just that it would be better without peels for me.

            There is a 1 litre of sorbet (550g) inside and the tub is very handy. I see a lot of people are using Carte D'Or tubs for their packed lunches. So, if you are slightly disappointed with the taste you can make a good use of tub afterwards. Packed lunches, making a boat for children, storage for your diskettes which you don't throw away as you are emotionally attached to them, pets bowl...

            You may say it is boring but I will stick to the plain vanilla flavour from Carte D'Or.
            (...and now for something completely different...)

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              17.08.2008 22:00
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              A great tasting sorbet.

              After trying the Carte D'Or Mango Sorbet and loving it we decided that we would have to try the lemon one at some point too. Normally they cost just short of £3 for a one litre tub, which equates to 650g, but hubby spotted that they are currently on offer at our local Asda - now fancy him noticing that! The price was 2 tubs for £3, which is effectively buy one get one free. We got another tub of the mango flavour and one of the lemon flavour.

              The tub itself doesn't look like the one in the picture at the top of this review, although it is the now distinctive Carte D'Or oval shape. The top actually shows the white sorbet and pictures of lemons. Below the wording saying what the tub contains are the words 'with Sicilian lemon pieces'. Apparently the product is 5% lemon pieces. I love the sharp taste of lemon so this was going to be a treat!

              When I removed the lid the contents of the tub were sealed beneath a sheet of plastic so that it would be obvious if anyone had been tampering with it.

              I then peeled back the plastic to reveal a white sorbet and the chunks of lemon were clearly visible scattered through the sorbet.

              As I spooned some into my dish I noticed that the smell was sharp and very lemony.

              The next step was to taste this inviting dish of yumminess! I was not disappointed - it was lovely! The sorbet was very smooth and light and the Sicilian lemon pieces add a sharp, intense tang of lemon. It gave the sorbet a very refreshing flavour.

              Of the two flavours I would prefer the mango one - JUST! It is a near thing with the lemon flavour coming a very close second!

              The nutritional information based on a serving of two scoops full which equates to 100ml or one tenth of the full tub is as follows:

              78 calories
              Protein 0.3g
              Carbohydrates (all sugars) 19g
              Fat 0.0g
              Fibre 0.3g
              Salt 0.03g

              So if you are really greedy and want to eat the whole tub you just multiply the above information by 10!

              The contents of the sorbet are Water, Lemon (Juice from concentrate and Pieces) (26%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Oligofructose (whatever that is!), Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum), Milk Proteins and Flavouring, although it doesn't clarify what extra flavouring is used.

              I don't normally list the ingredients but chose to do so on this occasion to show that there are no added nasties in there! I am also assuming that, as with the mango flavour, it would be suitable for vegetarians, but if I am wrong I am sure someone will correct me.

              Finally I would say that this sorbet is one of the best that I have ever tasted, beaten only ever so slightly by the mango flavour. It is fresh, intense and very fruity and it is also refreshing too. I shall certainly be buying this one regularly! In fact I might stock up the freezer before the offer runs out.

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                19.06.2008 18:26
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                bitter bitter bitter!

                After recently puchasing the lemon flavoured Carte D'Or sorbet I have to say that I am dissapointed. The Small pieces of lemon in the sorbet may look luxurious but they create an overwhelming bitterness which makes it inedible. i tried eating around the lemon pieces but the bitterness from the skin seems to have seeped into the entire thing. The texture of the lemon skin is also awful as it is frozen hard. I think its a real shame that Carte D'Or has released this without tasting it first, as i do enjoy their other ice creams for a mid range affordable brand. obviously they did no market research on this flavour as everyone i asked to try it agrees that it is awful.

                Its a shame because there are no other premium sorbets in my local sainsburys or tescos ...

                dont buy it people you will regret it! ...

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                18.04.2003 01:47
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                As the long summer nights are beginning which I love and the times for lying out in the sun in the garden are also starting what better way to relax than sunbathing and cooling down with Carte D'Or sorbet. I was recently out on a shopping trip and as usual I throw in everything quickly that looks great to eat but also not too expensive and it is probably always going to be something fattening. I didn't think of buying any cold desserts but then when I saw sorbet it brought back the memories of times at the beach so I decided to buy it but I am sure it was cheaper than usual, only costing £1 something. I know that the Carte D'Or sorbets are meant to taste lovely and judging by the packaging also quite luxurious. One day I was hungry so I thought I would go raid the fridge and see what I could find when I remembered I had bought the Sorbet it was freezing so I left it out for a while to de-frost then I stuck in my spoon and began to eat. As soon as I opened the container there was a sheet to peel off to protect the sorbet from anything crawling into it and also to keep it nice to eat. This was instantly a great thing which made it posh so then I took that off and the sorbet looked very nice, a light yellow colour sort of the colour of vanilla ice cream and I could see little bits of real lemon inside the ice cream so this looked like it was going to be nice. I took up a bit with lemon and ate it. My reaction to this ice cream was that it was very bitter, not exactly what I expected but it was probably worse taking a bit of the lemon. I then decided to have the plain ice cream without any of the little lemon parts and this tasted much nicer just a slight taste of lemon not too strong and it was lovely. Very fruity and a sharp taste very strong at first but it melts in your mouth almost immediately to leave a pleasant hint of lemon making you want more. This is not the kind of thing you eat when you are wanting fattening
                foods and really want something that will stop your hunger but make you full. This is more for hot weather or when you feel like fruit or a drink you can eat this and it is refreshing. When I want something when I am starving I go out and buy Ben & Jerry's. I am sure that these sorbets are in other flavours and I am not so sure if lemon is the best. Lemon was all that was there when I bought it but maybe if there are other flavours I should try them because I'm not a huge lemon fan. There is 1 litre of sorbet in a container or 550g and this lasts for ages because you shouldn't need to eat lots of this at the one time. The amount given could serve a lot of people though usually sorbet is served in a small bowl. The packaging of the sorbet is very nice and eye catching because of it's bright summer colours. In a gold box the words Carte D'or are written in white with a blue shadow and the walls loveheart logo is on this box also. In the background is lemons and they are behind the ice cream, so it is split horizontally on the top lemons the bottom icecream. It the says lemon in all languages and sorbet in a fancy font with a gold outline. The packaging is a sort of oval shape which means it is easy to store and doesn't take up a lot of rooms because it is flat. This can be bought in many supermarkets and buy it if you love lemons or sorbet!

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