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Earl Grey tea is flavored with the peel of bergamot, a small citrus fruit grown in Italy. Bergamot flesh is very acidic, but the peel is prized for its fragrant oil. The tea adds a hint of citrus and tannins to make this cool chocolate sorbet even more refreshing.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003


Recipe Summary

4 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add tea bags and remove from the heat. Cover the pan and steep for 15 minutes.

  • Remove the tea bags and discard. Place the pan over medium-high heat and slowly add cocoa, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.

  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add chocolate and stir until completely melted and smooth. Pass through a strainer into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.

  • Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. (Alternatively, freeze in a shallow metal pan until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth.) The sorbet should be thick and icy after processing. If you prefer it firmer, place in the freezer for 30 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: The sorbet will keep, in an airtight container, in the freezer for up to 2 days. If it becomes too firm, let soften in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.

Equipment: Ice cream maker or food processor

Tip: If you are not fond of Earl Grey tea, use 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest instead.

Ingredient note: Dutch-process cocoa is treated with alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. This process produces cocoa that is darker and has a mellower chocolate flavor than regular cocoa. Some brands to look for: Droste, Schokinag, Bensdorp, Pernigotti (www.kingarthurflour.com; www.penzeys.com; www.worldpantry.com).

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup
172 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 36.2g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 27.2g; fat 2.8g; saturated fat 0.8g; calcium 0.3mg; iron 4.8mg; potassium 27.2mg; sodium 0.3mg.

2 "other" carbohydrates, 1/2 fat