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.

44 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.

BigBuc said...

my all time favorite. it was only out down here very briefly in the 70s.
it was almost as black as tar. I've never seen another chocolate ice cream or sherbert as dark.

Unknown said...

As a kid in the 60's MCS was more than just my favorite, it was and still is an obsession. Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet ... The name still rolls off my tongue. If BR brings it back, I will buy it by the 5 gallon bucket ... Please?

Unknown said...

I would but it every week other than Jamoca Almond Fudge n Chocolate Mint Chip There Isn't A Single Flavor That I Would Even Try Let Alone Buy. 1964 Denver Co I First Tried BR I've Stayed Loyal But Long For Mandarin Chocolate Shebert Dam Dam Dam

Kathy Clark said...

It was delicious! The last time I had it was at a Baskin Robbins on 380 in Denton, Texas. When the company asked what flavor you'd like to bring back, that flavor wasn't even listed as a choice. Why? Makes me sad. These days, I have Blue Bell Orange Sherbet with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in a vain attempt to replicate the flavor.

Anonymous said...

Here's my Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet hack:

Baskin Robbins Chocolate Fudge (nearly dark enough)
Chobani Creamy Orange Dreamy Gimmies Yogurt Tube (https://www.chobani.com/products/gimmies/tube--multi/creamy-orange-dreamy/)

Squeeze just a little of the yogurt from the tube. Don't need to mix it much, just get the flavors together. Tastes like I remember the Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet flavor.

Unknown said...

Miss it. Wish they would bring it back

Anonymous said...

PLEASE bring back MCS! Last devoured in Knoxville, TN in the early 80s. It is my favorite BR flavor of all time!

Anonymous said...

My favorite ice cream of all time and combine it with Daquari Ice and it was unbeatable.

Ken A said...

I pine for Mandarin Chocolate Sherbert at B & R.

Steve_Vandalay said...

1,047,490 people can't be wrong, van they? That's how many views this thread has, because over a million people, like you and me, googled "Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet" thinking that nothing would come up at all.

B&R, are you paying attention?

Unknown said...

I loved it! It was so rich and delish! I have been keeping my eye out for decades but still have not seen it brought back.

Still yearning said...

Loved it soooo much. I want it back BR. Peet's Coffee has a dark chocolate orange mocha latte that comes pretty close to the BR flavor and that's where I'm getting my fix at the moment.
It sure would be nice to get the texture and the flavor of the ice cream back in my system and hopefully not have it highjacking to go on for decades more.

Unknown said...

Yep, I'm still dreaming of that flavor! Used to love it in the early 80's! Worked at BR in the late 80's and don't ever remember it after that!
I'd be happy if a different ice cream company made it if BR won't!

The Phantom Piper said...

Here is what you can do (requires Ice-Cream Maker): make a normal Sherbet recipe [found with all ice-cream machines]; use ice and Hershey's dark chocolate syrup (you can use the sugar-free variety if you like, but a better bet is the Torani sugar-free chocolate syrup available on Amazon); add [preferably] Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, and perhaps some ground Orange Zest (available pre-ground in shaker jars in the Spice section of any supermarket - this last is a personal taste; I like more orange-y flavour); voila! It can be done as an Ice Cream recipe as well, and you can even make it with Soy/Almond milk if you can't tolerate Dairy. Bon Apetit!

Anonymous said...

This was a family favorite dating back to 1970s. It managed to be light but with a rich flavor and nice mouth-feel. Swensen's used to make a flavor called Swiss Orange Chip that had the same flavors but Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet was the GOAT.

=Eric said...

A dangerous sherbet.
Went to the store for more when we ran out at my son's fourth birthday party. I'd smoked a few joints and when I got to BR I couldn't imagine why a 3 gallon tub wouldn't be sufficient. It wasn't.

Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet!

Anonymous said...

As a kid in the 1960's it was my favorite flavor. I bought it every week when I got my allowance. Had to vacuum and dust the entire 3 story house, plus do dishes for a week to get mt tiny allowance and it was inevitably spent on 2 scoops of Mandarin Chocolate sherbet. That's how good it is. Please bring it back, BR, or at least share that intense chocolate and sharp orange recipe to those of us who adore it.

Shannan said...

BOTH of which I loved from there! Those were my go-tos!!

Andrea said...

The early 1970s were pre-gelato, pre-sorbet; and no sherbet I'd had before resembled the texture of BR Mandarin Orange Sherbet. Was it called sherbet, even? So it was a novel texture, taste and color. Had to be dutched cocoa to be that dark. It was a marvel to me even then that I liked it. Fruit ices never compared to smooth and rich ice cream, so why the draw? Had to be a product of the dark arts, never to be duplicated; perpetually craved.

Unknown said...

My former neighbor introduced me to Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet when I was in my teens. I am 71 now and have yet to find another flavor to replace it.

Unknown said...

Very unusual gourmet flavor sorely missed by those with adult tastes. Very sad BR31 can't find room for it amongst bubble gum and Super hero flavors.

moondoggie said...

MCS was my favorite BR treat from the early 70s. I found this page when I decided to research a home made version.

Anonymous said...

Someone must have pissed off someone for them not to bring back the MCS!

Anonymous said...

Since the early 60s, MANDARIN CHOCOLATE SHERBET was my whole family's all time favorite ice cream. We ate ice cream daily. We were (and are still) heartbroken when Baskin Robbins discontinued it. I did stumble across it (& buy it) at the end of November about 10 or so years ago when Baskin Robbins brought it back for that month's special. About 20 years after they stopped carrying it, I wrote to them. I said that since they no longer made it, please, give me the recipe. They wrote back that they wouldn't share the recipe, but gave me a hint... Orange Juice Concentrate. One of these days I'm going to attempt to duplicate it! (I still need to buy an ice cream maker.)

Anonymous said...

BR's Mandarin Orange sherbet - what a beautiful memory - a little bit of heaven's bliss on earth! Was a college student in Cambridge during the 1970's. Can vividly remember the Baskin-Robbins shop at the intersection of Harvard St, Mass Ave & Bow, a couple doors down from Bartley's Burgers. That ice-cream was in a class all its own - a deep rich intensely dark chocolate with a distinct orange under-taste in a velvety smooth sherbet. Loved the taste of dark chocolate with orange well before it became so overwhelmingly popular. To enhance the orange taste and offset the intensity of the dark chocolate I would sometimes add additional orange sherbet to the mix - which was also a great creamy flavorful BR sherbet. Never had any ice cream so excessively rich and sublime before or since. Was crushed when it became unavailable. Still think about it. And feel privileged to have had the experience before it was discontinued. Thank you and curse you Baskin-Robbins!

Anonymous said...

I used to LOVE LOVE Baskin Robbins Mandarin Chocolate Sherbert!! I was so sad when they stopped selling it!! I STILL am and it's 2021!! I miss that flavor so much and WISH they would bring it BACK!!