Tangerine Sherbet

This sherbet reminds me of long-ago Creamsicles and Orange Juliuses at the mall, but it has a bright juiciness I don’t remember from my childhood.


  • ½ teaspoon gelatin
  • 2 ¼ pounds tangerines
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream, chilled
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

      671 calories; 23 grams fat; 13 grams saturated fat; 6 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 119 grams carbohydrates; 9 grams dietary fiber; 105 grams sugars; 5 grams protein; 81 milligrams cholesterol; 325 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.


  1. Freeze the canister of an ice-cream maker overnight.
  2. Drop the gelatin and about 2 tablespoons of water into a small saucepan and turn your back on it. Strip the zest from two tangerines with a Microplane, a zester or, if you aren’t that kind of person, a regular potato peeler. Toss the zest into a bowl (if you used a potato peeler, give it a rough chop first) and squeeze the tangerines, even the naked ones, removing any seeds, to make 1 1/2 cups of juice.
  3. Remembering the saucepan, put a little heat under it until the gelatin starts to look smooth, not grainy. Then stir in the sugar, salt, juice and zest and turn up the heat, letting it come to something like the temperature of your finger. Stir to make sure the sugar is dissolved, then chill it in the refrigerator. When it is cold, strain out the zest and toss the juice into the tank of your ice-cream maker along with the cream, which should be cold, too. Do whatever you usually do with your ice-cream maker until you have a creamy sherbet. With luck, you will have an extra hour to chill the sherbet before serving it. Tiny spoons will make it last longer, but not much longer. You might think about making twice as much.

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