“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
I really love sorbet and have done ever since I visited France aged 8 years old. In France there used to be many ice cream stalls along the sea front which stocked about 30 different flavours of ice cream and 10 different flavours of sorbet.
I only have a very small freezer so do not get to buy ice cream or sorbet much but reccently we had a bit of a freezer clear out and there was some space in it so I decided to treat myself.
Tesco do two varieties of their own sorbet - lemon and raspberry. It costs £1.69 for a 500ml tub or £3 for 2 tubs, so I bought 1 tub of raspberry and one of lemon.
The tub is different that shown in the picture the body of the tub is white and it has a big lemon on the front, Tesco is written in small writing and Lemon Sorbet is written in large lettering across the front. The nutritional information is written in black writing on the back along with other product information. The tub is made of coated cardboard I think. The lid is plastic and is a bright green colour with a white label on the top that shows a large lemon and it says - ' Tesco Lemon Sorbet, No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours ' .
The tub has a plastic seal for freshness - this also stops it leaking because this softens quickly once out of the freezer so is a little runny by the time you get it home.
The sorbet is an off white colour. Oncce out of the fridge you only need to leave it for around 5 minutes before it is soft enough to scoop easily into bowls ( or in my case take the tub and sit eating from the tub with a spoon in front of a film ! ).
This sorbet has a very strong lemon flavour, it can be quite fresh and bitter tasting, but personally that is how I like it - I do not like when lots of sugar or sweetners are added to a lemon sorbet, lemon should have a sourness to it!
This sorbet reminds me of the sorbet you might be given in between meals in a nice restaurant to clean the palet, it is very refreshing.
One downside to this is that it is not hugely smooth, with the raspberry one I found it had a very smooth consistancy, unfortunatly this has many tiny ice crystals in it, the alternative is to let it melt more but then it become frothy.
I really like the taste of this ( though it is strong and eating too much made my mouth sore! ) and I will definitely buy it again, I think it will be lovely to eat in the summer.
I give 4 out 0f 5 stars because I really enjoyed the taste and it has a great price, however I did not like its consistency.
Buying Tesco own-brand lemon sorbet was a mistake. I don't eat this type of stuff very often nowadays as I don't have a freezer to store it in (and if there's one thing that's guaranteed to put you off eating commercially-produced ice cream and sorbets for life, its seeing what these products look like in the tub once they've really had a chance to melt into their 'closest approach to a liquid' state). Thus I haven't had Tesco lemon sorbet for several years, though I used to eat it fairly frequently. Unfortunately, I think they must have changed the recipe in the interim.
Feeling slightly under the weather I thought a dose of something citrusy / acidic, containing a lot of vitamin C - or at least seeming to - might perk me up. So it was a toss-up between buying Tesco own-brand lemon sorbet, and their own-brand cloudy lemon juice drink, which quite frankly the last time I had it seemed to me to possess corrosive properties resulting in a drinking experience similar to what you might expect to get from quaffing slightly diluted battery acid. So for this reason I went for the sorbet.
It costs £1.69 for 500ml, which is enough sorbet to fill one of those smallish round tubs that you buy higher-end supermarket ice-cream (of the Ben & Jerry's, and Haagen-Daaz varieties) in. So from the packaging, it's marketed in a similar way to those products, and the cost approaches a similar threshold price. Considering that I can buy 10 Tesco ice lollies - which are effectively fruit flavoured sorbet by another name, just frozen slightly more firmly - for just 99p I would not say that the lemon sorbet is a brilliant-value product of this type - but it's all right.
That is to say in value terms it would be approaching all right - if the taste and texture were any good. Again, like the Tesco own-brand lemon drink, the sorbet is acridly lemony - as if it's had too much oil of lemon from the rind of the fruit added to it, and it leaves a bitterish taste in the mouth. The texture is not great either - or rather, it does 'grate' - at least the little ice-crystals certainly do, on the tongue and roof of the mouth when you eat this stuff. Unfortunately the ice-crystal size of this sorbet, which, from what little I know about the freezing properties of water that has had various solutes added to it, in combination with my having read down the sorbet 'contents' list that detailed some of the more outlandish ingredients that this lemon sorbet has got incorporated in it (pea protein, for instance), it appears that the people who make this sorbet have really worked hard on getting to a stage that they consider to be 'right'- is in fact all wrong. Home-made sorbet which (if you have a freezer) is of course the best type of all, typically has a variety of sizes of ice crystal in it - some of the ice bits are really quite large. In this sorbet however, the texture is homogeneous, making it an overly-smooth slush of ice that soon gets pretty boring to eat.
On the plus side, this sorbet, being white, doesn't contain artificial colours (or sweeteners - I didn't check about artificial flavourings). It also will soften / thaw out to an edible stage, from frozen, quite rapidly, so in theory you could enjoy it straight from the freezer without having to wait around too much. Sadly the texture when it's only partially frozen gets even worse. Myriad tiny, tiny little....things that might or might not be air bubbles (there seem to be far too many, and they seem far, far too small for that) begin to become detectable in the defrosting portions as they transform from solid sorbet into what's basically sweet, lemony slurry. It's not a particularly nice thing to consider eating.
I wouldn't buy this product from Tesco again, unless I heard the recipe had changed.