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The difference between these two types of frozen desserts is mainly how much dairy they contain.
Sorbet contains no dairy whatsoever, while Sherbet contains a little cream or milk to give it a richer, creamier texture.
Sherbet and "Sherbert" will have more nutrients (even if more saturated fat) than sorbet. "Sherbet generally has some addition of dairy, though less than ice cream, and therefore, it will have more protein and minerals like calcium than sorbet.
Sorbet is a frozen dessert made up of just fruit purée (or fruit juice, like lemon juice) and sweetener (commonly sugar, simple syrup, or liqueur). While ice cream, gelato, and Sherbet are dairy products,
Sorbet is dairy-free and therefore vegan.
Why is sorbet pronounced Sherbert? It comes from the name of a Persian drink made of fruit juice, water, sweetener, and a cooling component such as snow. This refreshment was called sharbat after the Arabic word sharbah for “a drink.” Sherbert (pronounced “shur-bert”) is a common misspelling of sherbet that resulted from a common mispronunciation.