Mixed Berry Sherbet is creamy, sweet, and filled with fresh berries. It's the perfect cold treat for summer. All you'll need is a blender!
This mixed berry sherbet is just the treat you need for summer. Made with real berries, this sherbet is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and most importantly - fresh flavor!
All you'll need for this recipe is a can of sweetened condensed milk, frozen berries (or your favorite frozen fruit), and a blender.
Serve this mixed berry sherbet as a sweet after-dinner dessert, or to cure your sweet tooth cravings during the hot summer months. You may also want to try a batch of homemade no churn ice cream!
Ingredients and substitutions
Sweetened condensed milk is cow's milk that has been cooked down to remove the water. It also contains added sugar and has a very thick consistency. It cannot be substituted with evaporated milk, which contains no sugar at all and has a very thin consistency.
There are several ways to substitute sweetened condensed milk with other types of milk (if you are lactose intolerant, for example). This article is helpful in explaining how to make your own homemade sweetened condensed milk, plus dairy-free variations: Mashable: Here's What You Can Substitute For Condensed Milk
Sweetened condensed milk can also be substituted with cream of coconut (not coconut cream, which is unsweetened). Cream of coconut is a thick, sweetened liquid that is often used in mixed drink recipes. Here is an example: Publix: Goya Coco Cream of Coconut. Keep in mind, this will add coconut flavor to your sherbet.
Frozen mixed berries can also be substituted with your favorite frozen fruits. Try using strawberries, mangoes, or pineapple instead.
Can I use fresh fruit?
Have fresh fruit on hand that you'd like to use instead? You'll need frozen fruit for this recipe, but any fresh fruits can easily be frozen for a few hours before preparing your sherbet.
Simply lay your clean fruit (with stems or greens removed) on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and freeze for up to four hours.
Then, pour your frozen fruit into a freezer bag until ready to use.
Blending your sherbet
You don't need a fancy or expensive blender to whip up some sherbet of your own. You don't want to overwork your blender, so I suggest adding all of your sweetened condensed milk and a portion (about ¼) of the frozen berries.
Once blended, continue adding berries until it's completely incorporated and smooth.
Freezing your sherbet
Fresh out of the blender, your sherbet will have the consistency of a soft-serve ice cream. Feel free to enjoy as is, but it will melt quickly.
If you can wait a few hours, your sherbet will have a frozen and scoopable consistency that's perfect for ice cream cones or a sundae.
Pour your sherbet into a freezer safe container that seals tightly. Freezer for up to 4-5 hours, or until your desired consistency.
Mixed Berry Sherbet
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 16 ounces mixed berries, frozen
- In a blender, add sweetened condensed milk. Add ¼ of berries and blend until smooth. Repeat until all berries have been incorporated.
- Pour into a container, seal, and freeze for 4-5 hours or until frozen. Serve and enjoy.
- Fresh out of the blender, your sherbet will have the consistency of a soft-serve ice cream. It will melt quickly!
- Mixed berries can be substituted other frozen fruit like mangoes, strawberries, or pineapple.
- Your sherbet will keep for 2 to 3 months when stored in a tightly sealed container in the freezer.
- Sweetened condensed milk can be substituted with a homemade sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut (not coconut cream, they are different), or any sweetened condensed milk substitute made with other types of milk.
Can you use fresh berries?
Hi Cheri, there is a section in the post that talks about fresh fruits - I recommend using frozen fruits only for best consistency. If you have fresh fruit on hand, I recommend freezing it for a few hours before preparing the recipe.
Any thoughts to making this sugar free?
I'm not very familiar with using sugar substitutes, but there are recipes for sugar-free sweetened condensed milk you could try substituting. The sugar helps keep the sherbet soft and scoopable when frozen, so if it's made sugar-free it will probably freeze solid.
Could you use a food processor?
Yes, a food processor would work!
Do you use the whole can of condensed milk??
Yes, you'll need one 14-ounce can for this recipe.
Is the 16oz of mixed fruit in cups?
Hi Tiffany, the 16 ounces is in weight. I used a 16 ounce bag of frozen mixed berries.