Pink Sherbert

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In the UK, sherbert is a sweet, fizzy powder consisting of sugar, flavouring, acid (such as citric acid) and base (such as sodium bicarbonate).  A traditional sweet, and one of my childhood favourites, was a yellow cardboard tube full of sherbert powder and a stick of licorice to dip in.  With a variety of retro sweet shops around now, you can still buy these, though they now come in a sealed plastic tube, with no visible licorice.  They are still yellow, despite my pink version above (for the benefit of this colour post!).

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Lickety Splits sweet shop,  a friendly sherbert seller in Edinburgh,  March 2016


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A colourful note: Crayola’s pink sherbert is a dark dusky pink, just not fizzy enough for my UK sherbert liking.  But in the US, sherbert is a type of frozen dessert so presumably this colour is much more apt there.

The shade first appeared in Crayola boxes in 1997, waiting for a name in the True Blues Hero Competition.  The winning hero name for this one was Frank Brink, and when it got a permanent name in 1998, it was called Brink Pink.  This name lasted until 2005 when it was renamed pink sherbert.


aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 15 March 2016


11 thoughts on “Pink Sherbert

  1. They’ve taken out the liquorice! That was the best bit! I remember trying to pile as much sherbet as possible onto the liquorice stick! Happy days! 🙂


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