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!).
Hex colour reference: #f780a1
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.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 15 March 2016