Best Sorbet: The 6 Best Sorbets to Eat on a Hot Day

Sorbet is a perfect dessert. It’s light, refreshing, and sweet. In my opinion, it is the best way to end a meal. And don’t even get me started on sorbet when it’s hot outside. It’s so much more refreshing than dairy-filled ice cream when the temperatures start to soar (a hot take, I know).

I had the honor of leading our sorbet taste test and dipping my spoon into a wide variety of the best sorbet the grocery store has to offer. After trying everything from acai to chocolate, these sorbets came out ahead of the rest.

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Best of the Best

Open Nature Lemon Sorbet

I firmly believe that lemon is the best sorbet flavor. Nothing on the face of this planet is more refreshing. After my first bite of this Open Nature sorbet, I used the word “unbelievable” more than once. It is truly unfathomable to me that something without any dairy could feel so luscious and creamy. The lemon flavor is bright and tart. It has just the right amount of sweetness. This gave me flashbacks to being ten and eating Rita’s Italian Ice during the summer. This is the best sorbet at the grocery store—go buy it now!

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Berry

Häagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet

I’m aware that Häagen-Dazs makes incredible dairy-based ice creams, but I had no idea Häagen-Dazs also makes absolutely perfect vegan sorbets. If you’re a berry lover, this is the best sorbet you can get your hands on. This raspberry sorbet is tangier, sweeter, and creamier than the other berry sorbets we tried during our taste test. I kept going back for bite after bite. It’s sensational as is, but, in my perfect world, I’d drizzle instant-hardening chocolate shell over this. Talk about a dessert dream come true.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Mango

Häagen-Dazs Mango Sorbet

Haagen-Dazs is at it again with their mango sorbet. It’s absolutely perfect. Sometimes mango-flavored things can have a little bit of funk in the finish. Real mangos are also guilty of this. Of all the mango sorbets we tried, Haagen-Dazs’ mango sorbet was the only one that didn’t have this funky aftertaste. It just tastes like sweet, delicious mango. It’s rich and creamy and perfectly sweet. Add this one to your carts, mango lovers!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Wildcard

Talenti Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Sorbetto

I love a water-based chocolate treat. Yoo-hoo, Fudgsicles, and chocolate Italian ice are all 10/10 in my book. This Talenti Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Sorbetto fits perfectly into this category. It’s creamy and icy and decadently chocolatey. Something to note is that this is not vegan (it contains eggs), so don’t feed it to your plant-based pals. But, I’m pleased to report that all you dairy-free folks won’t need a Lactaid before sinking your teeth into this. This is definitely the best sorbet for chocolate lovers.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Most Fun

Great Value Red, White & Blue Sorbet

If you’re a fan of Popsicle Firecrackers, you’re going to love this Great Value Red, White & Blue Sorbet. It’s got all the deliciousness of the on-a-stick version without the mess of it melting all over your hands. The cherry, blue raspberry, and lime sorbets are great individually and even better together. And, as always, since it’s Great Value, it’s so affordable it’s practically free. This would be a huge crowd pleaser with kids and adults. There is absolutely no reason not to buy this.

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Rating:

9/10

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Most Unique

Island Way Sorbet Ruby Berry

Once you get past the cuteness of these sorbets being stuffed inside actual fruit, you can appreciate how delicious they are. Each flavor is unique and tasty (minus lemony which tasted a little too soapy for us), but the Ruby Berry is the star of the show. It’s sweet, tangy, and fragrant. Snacking on one of these makes you feel like you are on a deserted island that ended up being kind of fun and sexy? I don’t know, just trust me!

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Other Products We Tried: Island Way Sorbet, Halo Top Strawberry Fruit Sorbet, Talenti Alphonso Mango Sorbetto, Open Nature Sorbet Mango, Sambazon Sorbet Original Acai Berry, Open Nature Sorbet Strawberry

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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