Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet (food)

By Baskin-Robbins
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I’ve written before about foods that were no longer made, such as Regal Crown Sours and Screaming Yellow Zonkers.*  Usually, it was because the manufacturer was out of business and the recipe lost.  Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet was made by Baskin-Robbins, which is still in business and presumably knows the recipe.  Yet as far as I can see, it hasn’t been made in years.

It’s a shame.  The flavor has never been seen elsewhere.  It’s a dark chocolate sherbet with just a hint of orange, that you don’t notice until you swallow.  Despite the fact it’s somewhat light – sherbet instead of ice cream – there was a rich, dark chocolate taste that melts on the tongue.

There were many fans.  It was named the best Baskin-Robbins ice cream by Paul Passell and Leonard Ross and it deserves to be.  Yet even though it was discontinued years ago, there was no sign of them being willing to bring it back.

Which is a shame.  There was no other ice cream like it.

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*Both have come back, if only for a short time.  I’d like to think this blog had something to do with it.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I used to work there when it was out and we fondly referred to it as Shit Sherbet. Only a few people actually liked it. We used to have competitions to see how many samples we could get people to try. Most people thought it was disgusting. There was one sweet old lady who loved it though, and I convinced her to buy a whole three-gallon tub of it. She came back a week later for another one. Other than her though, very few people liked it in our area. It appeared to be that way all over the place since they discontinued it shortly after that release in 2000/2001.

Elephant's Child said...

It was delicious. I got it every time I went to B&R. Perhaps people weren't used to the then-uncommon-in-America combination of orange and chocolate. Elephant's

KathleenShimp said...

I loved it. I got it every time I went to the mall.
I love orange and dark chocolate, and always have.
I wonder if the fact that it was sherbet and not ice cream had something to do with it. Perhaps people did not think the texture was right for chocolate?
Whatever.
I think the lower fat content made the dark chocolate seem darker.
If I am in the minority, so be it. It doesn't make me wrong, just unusual! I'm used to that by now.

Thepinch said...

The flavour was very intense and totally unforgettable. It was definitely an adult flavour. I remember standing at the counter alongside another woman and mouthing the words like zombies. One small scoop made your day. It wasn't a particularly calorie intense formula, but you couldn't eat a lot of it. My evil twin wants to believe that the ingredients were too expensive to mass produce.

Anonymous said...

This was one of the most delectable frozen treats ever made. Why doesn't B&R just promote it by advertising that it is dairy and gluten free? That should get sales going.

Anonymous said...

I loved it. It was my favorite flavor back in my college days in the late 1960's. Wish it would come back for good.

Sue and Mike said...

For those o0f us who love it, wish we could get the recipe!!

Tom VK said...

It was my absolutely favorite BR flavor and I miss it dearly. If only BR would bring it back!!

Anonymous said...

I have not seen it in years but it was my favorite ice cream of all time. It would likely go over much better today if they would begin to make it again. I would definitely buy it.

Anonymous said...

Please bring it back! I haven't tasted it in 30 years. I would buy it by the gallon if it were available.

Anonymous said...

My all time favorite B&R flavor. It was the only one I'd order as a kid back in the 60s. I can still remember that wonderful taste...

Lindaruth said...

I was so excited to see other people searching for Mandarin Chocolate sherbet from BR! It was my all time favorite flavor when I lived in Tempe, AZ in the late 60's and early 70's and I ordered it every visit! I hope the bring it back again. Now I live in Tulsa, OK! Please BR, bring Mandarin Chocolate sherbet back!

Furrrock said...

BR was my first job in the mid ‘70’s. A fantastically beautiful yet misunderstood item.

Celtic Kitten said...

Yup, my all time favorite! I wonder if today's market would like it better.

Marian said...

Marian/Californit
Please, please, please bring this flavor back. It was the best ever and my whole family loved it. I think that today would be a good timed to see it in your stores. I would come every day for a double cone. Again, I say please bring it back.

Michael Brady said...

I have a blog that reviews every episode of The Brady Bunch in order. While reviewing this week's show, I noticed a sign for Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet in the ice cream shop Marcia works at. I'd never heard of it until today. Sounds like it was a love it or hate it ice cream; kind of like daiquiri ice.

http://bradybunchreviewed.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Like most of the other reviewers here, MCS was my favorite flavor. I've obsessed about the loss of this flavor for decades. When I eventually came across Terry's Chocolate Orange, I was hopeful that it would assuage the sting, but it just served as a reminder of how sublime MCS really was.

Another flavor I enjoyed was Red Applejack Ice. It seems more obscure. I think it was around for a shorter time. It was a second scoop choice more often than not, but was unique enough that it beckoned.

MCS was the second discontinued food that I remember lamenting. The first was Cadbury Shortcake.

Anonymous said...

Heaven will be filled with Mandarin Chocolate. If not, I’ll take the other place.