Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Haagen-Dazs Orchard Peach Sorbet

So this has been quite a week.  Not only have I been focusing on Haagen-Dazs products for the first time, but today's review is a type of food that I've never reviewed on this blog in my life...sorbet.  That's right, the frozen dessert that has no eggs, milk, cream, whatever.  No dairy.  Just sugar, water and fruit.  It's going to be different, but hey, I'm willing to try new things and that leads me to this container of Haagen-Dazs Orchard Peach Sorbet that I picked up on sale at Kroger for $2.49 for a fourteen ounce container.  Each container has 3.5 half-cup servings and each serving is 130 calories.

So this is basically water, sugar and fruit flavoring and when I opened the container, that's what I saw.  Now, I will admit that for being primarily water, sugar, syrups and fruits, I was kind of pleasantly surprised by the texture of this.  Sure, it wasn't dense or creamy like a dairy based dessert, but it did have some thickness to it and I appreciated that because I was expecting something kind of like one of those icees that I could get at the concession stand at a baseball game.  Instead, I got something that was moderately thick, yet still icy, that had a pleasant peach smell and coloring to it.

No add-ins were in this sorbet, so it was all about the flavoring of the peach and there was definitely plenty of that.  It wasn't a strong flavor, but peaches rarely are a strong flavor, so their potency fit the exactly what I was expecting.  The semi-thick iciness gave me a mouthfeel that I wasn't ever expecting, but what made this kind of fun was that if you let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds, it would immediately melt down to something that was almost like a peach flavored fruit juice, albeit a thick one.  Sort of fun and the peaches mixed with the sugar gave this a degree of sweetness that would more than fill a person's sweet tooth if they were looking for something non-dairy due to allergies or just a personal preference.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was something completely different than the desserts I typically review on this blog, but that's not a bad thing.  Variety is the spice of life, or so I've heard, and I appreciated the variety that this first adventure into sorbet provided me, so I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  This was such a pleasing flavor that I'm more inclined to buy other sorbets out of the freezer case now not only because they could potentially have nice flavor like this one, but also because at 130 calories per serving, it's not a total belt buster like the typical dairy based dessert you'd find in your local grocer's freezer case.


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