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Carte D’Or Sorbets

This was another discovery made while looking for those bloody Ben & Jerry’s ‘Wich ice cream sandwiches! I was a lot more excited about these than the Frozen Custard though. I reckon during strawberry season I eat about four punnets a week (see I’m not completely unhealthy), I also like to freeze them – more on that later – and I’m always partial to a sorbet or two!
Sweet Strawberry 
I’ve been after a strawberry sorbet for a good couple of years now, lemon is lovely don’t get me wrong but strawberry is king of the fruits in my opinion! Finally Carte D’or have released one, there’s a lemon flavoured too and I’ll be reviewing that very shortly.
The tubs a funny one, it’s a standard 500ml pint but rather than put it in the usual shaped container every other company uses, Carte D’or have made a medium sized version of the really tiny one portion and bigger family sized tubs.
It’s delicious. The sorbet is thick and creamy feeling, not quite like ice cream but not icy at all and nothing like the other sorbets I’ve tried from the supermarkets. Compared to this, those taste like Slush Puppies or flavoured ice – this has a real luxurious texture.
The strawberry flavour was amazing. Strong and natural, it’s made with mainly strawberry puree so it has a lovely authentic flavour and I was in heaven eating it.
I would say it’d be perfect to make a strawberry daiquiri with but I think that would be a waste of good sorbet! Mr.1T enjoyed the flavour, but he said it was too much strawberry.. I’m not sure what he’s on about – you can never have too much strawberry – and I don’t know what else he expected from a strawberry sorbet but he is usually a lemon man anyway.
As well as the sorbet being strawberry flavoured there were large real strawberry pieces throughout. As I mentioned, I like to freeze strawberries at home, it completely ruins the texture – they sort of freeze solid but melt quickly into a soft mushy blob but if you bite them like that they explode into a mouth full of fresh vibrant strawberry juices – but somehow Carte D’or have retained the usual unfrozen texture and they’re packed full of flavour.
The nicest shop bought sorbet I’ve had and I’ve tried a fair few!
Sicilian Lemon 
Normally this is the bit where I put a description of whatever I’m reviewing, but I no longer have the tub – for reasons I’ll explain!
It’s not as yellow as other lemon sorbets, more of a pale lemonade colour with bright yellow patches dotted about. The Sweet Strawberry had large real strawberry pieces and I didn’t think they’d do the same with lemon – I mean I don’t know too many people who sit and eat actual lemons.
The sorbet was as soft, scoopable and somewhat creamy feeling as its compadre and and again felt more like a restaurant quality dessert than the frozen ice of supermarket brands.
And there, my friends, are where the positives end.
I’m telling you, I’ve sucked lemons (post Tequila, naturally) that have less of a lemon flavour than this sorbet. It’s ridiculously strong, tart to the point of actually being bitter, much more towards the sour end of the scale than sweet and isn’t very pleasant at all. And that’s just the sorbet! The small, hard pieces of lemon add no pleasurable texture – just yet more lemon flavour. OK, I thought, maybe it’s just me? I’m not a great fan of lemon anyway and so I thought 4 would be a fair rating.
Sticking to my “waste not, want not” rule I tried to ride it out, halfway through though I’d had enough and declared it inedible, to which Mr.1T – self proclaimed lemon sorbet lover – replied “Thank God you said it first, it’s disgusting”. I don’t always force him to clear his plate…Honestly!
We had a lovely posh meal before where a blend of a sort of Limoncello Sorbet was served as a palette cleanser, so we considered the Carte D’or could be used for that purpose. But afterwards I really think it’s too strong even for that. A palette cleanser is supposed to be just that – a nice clean mouth, free of flavour and refreshed for the next course. Not a lingering lip puckering, bitter aftertaste on your tongue.
Pretty awful to be honest. And we just emptied the bin and discovered it hasn’t melted so who knows how they’ve achieved that consistency I was previously praising…

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