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Vanilla Ice Cream Makeover: Sorbet and Strawberries

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Vanilla Ice Cream Makeover: Sorbet and Strawberries

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  • Author: Carrie Pacini
  • Category: Desserts


Try this vanilla ice cream makeover by adding sorbet and fresh strawberries to the mix.

I’ve seen fun ice cream creations all over Italy. At the cafes you will find ice cream and sorbet layered in pretty glasses with all sorts of toppings including fresh fruit. It’s different than just grabbing a gelato. The idea is to build layers of flavor and texture with pops of greatness.

After walking around for hours in the heat we would pop in a cafe, grab an outside table and order a few of these creamy creations.

I like the contrast of ice cream paired with sorbet. It’s a fun way to layer your dessert and add a punch of color.

Travel Tip: Ordering ice cream at a cafe is helpful for a few reasons. A mid afternoon treat sitting down at a table with water is a great way to recharge and refresh. BUT the most important reason is you have access to clean bathrooms which is so helpful on a day of sightseeing.



2 pints strawberries halved
1 lemon juiced
2 teaspoons sugar
1 container of strawberry sorbet
1 container of vanilla ice cream
Fresh mint for garnish
Cute cookies (I used hearts)


1. In a bowl, combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes to macerate.
2. Next gather your glasses or bowls. I like to use glassware instead of bowls for a fun look.
3. Start with a few scoops of the sorbet then add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
4. Add the strawberries on top or to the side and drizzle some of the strawberry juice mixture on top of the vanilla ice cream.
5. Garnish with a cookies + the mint.

Now sit back and enjoy your Vanilla Ice Cream Makeover!

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    August 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, I love this! Makeover is the perfect description – so pretty! And I have a punnet of strawberries sitting in my fridge I was wondering what to do with so the timing of finding this is perfect!

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