- Why the unicorn logo?
- Where did the name Sorbabes come from?
- Where is the company based?
- What are Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and Tapioca Syrup Solids? Why do you use them?
- What makes the flavors creamy?
- Why do we use plastic packaging? Is it BPA Free?
- Is Sorbabes gluten-free?
- I’m allergic to nuts or have other food sensitivities. Can I eat Sorbabes?
- How is Sorbabes sweetened?
- How much fat is in Sorbabes?
- How much sugar is in Sorbabes?
- Is Sorbabes Healthy?
- What is Sorbabes “base”? (for example the base for ice cream is cream)
- How are Sorbabes nut flavors different from nut milk ice creams?
- How is Sorbabes different from non-dairy ice cream?
- What makes Sorbabes unique?
- What is Sorbet?
Why the unicorn logo?
The unicorn is actually a “UniCone” and it represents our fun, don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously attitude – we like to say the only thing we do take seriously is our ingredients. The unicone also symbolizes the special nature of this type of treat, when you see the unicone you better grab it before it disappears!
Where did the name Sorbabes come from?
We like to say, we’re ladies making sorbet so what better name than Sorbabes!? However, the founders were coined “the Sorbabes” as they made sorbet during the red-eye shift at a Brooklyn creamery in their early years (2012) and the name just stuck.
Where is the company based?
We are a local NY company, headquartered in Mamaroneck, NY (Westchester). Women owned and operated.
What are Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and Tapioca Syrup Solids? Why do you use them?
These ingredients are referred to as stabilizers and combined compose less than 0.35% of the sorbet ingredients. These are added to the sorbet to help maintain a creamy texture, especially in the absence of fat like in our fruit flavors (otherwise frozen fruit would be hard as rock). While these are the only ingredients in Sorbabes that you may not find in your kitchen, they are a completely natural substance.
Guar Gum is nutritious fiber-rich food that is made from the ground seeds of the Indian guar plant (also commonly called “cluster beans”). In India, fresh guar beans are eaten as a green vegetable. It is an important crop because it is extremely drought-resistant and will grow in poor soils, and it also improves the soil by fixing nitrogen. While guar gum is a common ingredient in ice cream, it is also becoming more commonly used at home. It is sold in natural food stores for cooking and baking, as well as being sold in capsule form as a fiber supplement. Studies have shown that guar gum supports healthy bowel function and may reduce serum cholesterol levels. (Learn more about guar gum at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum)
Tapioca Syrup Solids are a healthy sweetener which is obtained from the cassava tuber or yucca root. Cassava tuber is a plant, native to the tropics of South America. The syrup is produced through a process called enzymatic hydrolysis which involves introduction of natural enzymes to the cassava tuber. A major health benefit of natural tapioca syrup lies in the fact that the glucose in the syrup gets absorbed into our bloodstream immediately, whereas, for the complex carbohydrates in the syrup it requires two to three hours for digestion. This long period of digestion ensure a steady energy flow in the person consuming it. (Learn more about Tapioca Syrup at http://tapiocasyrupsolids.com)
Xanthan Gum is a plant-based thickening and stabilizing agent. It is named for the bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris, which plays a crucial role in this description. Technically speaking, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, which is just a fancy way to say “a string of multiple sugars.” To create xanthan gum, the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium is allowed to ferment on a sugar. The result is a gel that is then dried and milled to create the powder substance. (learn more about Xanthan Gum at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthan_gum)
What makes the flavors creamy?
Our nut flavors are creamy because we use the whole nut. Rather than just a nut milk, using the whole nut releases oil and fiber together to lend a rich and creamy texture similar ice cream. Where in ice cream it is the unhealthy, milk fat that makes it creamy, with Sorbabes it is the brain-healthy nut fats that make it creamy.
Why do we use plastic packaging? Is it BPA Free?
We chose plastic for a few reasons: 1) quality control so we can see if there is ever a problem with the mix of ingredients or if a pint has melted and re-frozen in transit we can remove it from store inventory. 2) our plastic is recyclable (wax coated paper pint containers are not recyclable) 3) our plastic pints are reusable and make a great dry snack pack! Check out Pinterest.com/Sorbabes to see some re-using and upcycling ideas. Yes, we are BPA FREE.
Is Sorbabes gluten-free?
Yes, it’s completely gluten-free. We are also working on our non-gluten certification. Expecting that shortly.
I’m allergic to nuts or have other food sensitivities. Can I eat Sorbabes?
The great thing about Sorbabes is that the only common denominator between all flavors is water. Therefore, if someone is allergic to an ingredient in one specific flavor (such as peanuts), chances are they can eat the other flavors instead.
All flavors are free of dairy, eggs, gluten and corn.
However, Sorbabes is crafted in a kitchen that also produces nuts, soy, eggs, dairy, and gluten. This is a very common situation for smaller companies, which must rely on co-packing facilities in order to have their products manufactured. We take the issues of cross-contamination very seriously and we do everything within our power to ensure that our products are free of undeclared allergens. Our allergen control policies are based on two primary processes: scheduling and training. Sorbabes production days are restricted to only our products. No dairy, egg, gluten, or corn ingredients are allowed in the production room on Sorbabes production days. And while the equipment is always thoroughly cleaned, just to be extra cautious if the level of sensitivity is extremely high, we unfortunately suggest you pass on Sorbabes.
How is Sorbabes sweetened?
While natural non-GMO cane sugar is added, we strive for a flavor balance and try to allow the naturally occurring sugar in the fruit to sweeten the sorbet as much as possible.
How much fat is in Sorbabes?
Sorbabes sorbets are generally lower in fat than ice cream (nut flavors have fat, fruit flavors do not) and the source is from pure wholesome nut fats, rather than dairy fats. Further, the fruit flavors are all fat free and very low in calories.
How much sugar is in Sorbabes?
Sorbabes is naturally lower in sugar than most super premium ice creams. Facts: A banana, apple, and an orange have 17g, 20g, and 24g of sugar, respectively. A serving of Sorbabes Sorbet ranges from 17g-20g of sugar – all less than one naval orange!
Is Sorbabes Healthy?
Sorbabes is a dessert, not a health food. However, it is definitely a smarter choice when chosen over ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt. Not trying to be a “diet” alternative, Sorbabes strives only for balance of sweetness, bold flavor and a clean ingredient list.
What is Sorbabes “base”? (for example the base for ice cream is cream)
Sorbabes base is WATER. This allows Sorbabes to be refreshing and hydrating on a hot day, unlike heavy ice cream.
How are Sorbabes nut flavors different from nut milk ice creams?
Rather than extracting a “milk”, Sorbabes uses the WHOLE NUT (oil, fiber and all) to give a creamy consistency to the sorbet and provide all the healthy fats and protein from natural nuts. This practice also yields a naturally rich and creamy consistency to the flavors.
How is Sorbabes different from non-dairy ice cream?
Dairy free frozen desserts use a dairy alternative such as coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk as their “bases”. Sorbabes uses only water and whole food ingredients to keep the flavors pure and as true to nature as possible.
What makes Sorbabes unique?
- The first and only sorbet to mix in chunky gourmet toppings
- The first and only sorbet to make rich nut flavors that satisfy like ice cream
- Sorbabes is NOT a non-dairy ice cream, it is sorbet re-imagined and modernized for today’s discerning consumer.
- Pure plant based indulgence with spectacular flavor!
What is Sorbet?
Sorbet can be defined as a water-based frozen dessert, traditionally made with fruit or juice. Sherbert is often confused with Sorbet, however Sherbert is made with milk.