SORBETES

from the Spanish word sorbete, meaning sorbet or sherbet


sorbetes
local ice cream


sorbetero
a man who sells ice cream


Mamang Sorbetero (Mister Ice-Cream Man) is the title of a popular Tagalog song in the Philippines.

Filipinos jokingly refer to homemade ice cream sold cheaply from street carts  as "dirty ice cream." Up until recently, sorbetes was generally considered inferior to ice cream made by the large companies Magnolia and Selecta. But with increasing pride in local Filipino artifacts, even the company Selecta is now marketing a line called Sorbetes.


Sorbetes
is traditionally made from carabao milk and is served as small scoops (really small in comparison to American portions) on small sugar cones. Filipinos even serve ice cream inside bread pieces that look like miniature hamburger buns!


Favorite ice cream flavors in the Phlippines include ube (purple yam), mango, macapuno (young coconut) and keso (cheese). The Western flavors vanilla, chocolate, mocha and strawberry are also popular.


Watch a video of Andrew Zimmern trying ube and cheese sorbetes!


The Spanish word for 'ice cream' is helado, which never made it into the Filipino lexicon.