Dreyer’s Berry Rainbow Sherbet

Okay, we have Dreyer's Berry Rainbow Sherbet.

Our Berry Rainbow Sherbet combines the tangy fruit taste of blackberry, raspberry and orange sherbets to create a delicious, refreshing treat.

Orange is a berry?

Comments (22)
  1. Jimbo says:

    Your are assuming that Berry Rainbow Sherbet means that ALL the ingredients are berries.

  2. name says:

    According to wikipedia, an orange “is a modified berry called a hesperidium”

    [Live by Wikipedia, die by Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, blackberries and raspberries are not berries; they are “aggregate fruits”. -Raymond]
  3. Karellen says:

    Perhaps the packaging should contain the following disclaimer –

    Nitpickers corner: Only the majority of fruits may be berries.


  4. xix says:

    Further, I think orange may be the easiest/cheapest to produce.  I dislike it, but at my local grocery store you can only obtain "rainbow" (which includes rather a lot of orange), or just "orange" sorbet.  Regardless of it’s berry-status, it doesn’t surprise me that it is in there.

  5. Michael says:

    <blockquote>Orange is a berry?</blockquote>

    According to Wikipedia, yes.

  6. Richard says:

    The orange is a rainbow, the other fruits are berries.

    [You know, that explanation is so crazy it might work. -Raymond]
  7. Andrew says:

    I decided to see what a dictionary says an orange is. Merriam-Webster says it is a berry:

    "1 a: a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish-orange rind and a sweet edible pulp"

    I admit, I was surprised. I guess I don’t know what a berry is. Here’s what it is:

    "1 a: a pulpy and usually edible fruit (as a strawberry, raspberry, or checkerberry) of small size irrespective of its structure b: a simple fruit (as a grape, blueberry, tomato, or cucumber)"

    A cucumber is berry too? You learn something new every day…



  8. MS says:

    "Live by Wikipedia, die by Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, blackberries and raspberries are not berries; they are ‘aggregate fruits’."

    They are for now, but who knows what some wiki nerd will do.  Perhaps tomorrow they’ll be "conglomerate fruits" or some sort of fish.

  9. Miles Archer says:

    Orange is to Berry as Pluto is to Planet.

  10. jim d says:

    To be fair,  milk, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup are also not berries,  yet they are the first three ingredients in this stuff.

    But why do we care?  Aren’t we all pretty much in agreement that all sherbet tastes like garbage, and if we’re arguing about truth in advertising we should more focused on the fact that they exclude any mention of how awful it is?

  11. Bryan says:

    When did 3 things become a rainbow?

  12. ArC says:

    Straight out of the most recent episode of "Pushing Daisies", where the piemaker star character said he’d lied about his four-berry pie; he’d had to substitute oranges.

  13. Will Hughes says:

    "When did 3 things become a rainbow?"

    Since the primary colours were invented (Red, Green, Blue – etc.)

  14. Marketing wouldn’t sign off on plain old "rainbow sherbet".  

    If they sold it at Starbucks instead of in the supermarket, it would’ve been "Dreyer’s Fair Trade Shade-Grown Berry Rainbow Sherbettato".

  15. "When did 3 things become a rainbow?"

    Sunlight, rain, vision…

  16. Cheong says:

    [quote user="Richard"]

    The orange is a rainbow, the other fruits are berries.


    You know, it make some sense that since "orange"(as in color) is an ingredient of rainbow (as it looks), you can say that orange (let’s leave it ambiguous) is part of rainbow. :P

  17. will says:

    If you think that is bad look at the various fruit drinks.  

    Was looking at Wild Dragonfruit drink, according to the front it contained real dragonfruit juice.  Looking at items it contained it said less then 10% was fruit juice; it also listed a bunch of other fruits one of the last was dragonfruit.  So you were probably getting less then 1% dragonfruit.

    The company that is really bad at this is Ocean Spray go grab one of thier mixtures and the main item advertised will be one of the last items.  They use apple juice or cheap grape juice as the main fruit.

  18. God says:

    Pluto is a planet.

    Oranges are fruit.

    You cannot redefine your variables while the world is running.

  19. Cheong says:

    To God: Perhaps you could?

    Pluto is a dog (as in Disney Animation).

    Orange is a kind of color.

    You just need some explicit override declaration. ;)

  20. GreaseMonkey says:

    To quote my physics teacher: "Of course, if you ask an employee of the Resene paint company, he’ll tell you that the rainbow has 750 colours."

    I know that a tomato is a berry, but oranges just seem so unlikely.

    Although according to Wikipedia’s "Berry" article:

    "The fruit of citrus, such as the orange, kumquat and lemon, is a modified berry called a hesperidium."

    A *modified* berry.

  21. RF says:

    >> A *modified* berry.

    It being a modified berry doesn’t entail it not being a berry. A modified X is usually still an X. For instance, nobody says a modified car isn’t a car, although you could modify a car into a van, in which case it wouldn’t still be a car.

    [If you advertise “berry pie” and serve somebody an orange pie, and you respond to the customer’s complaint by saying, “An orange is technically a berry,” I don’t think you’d get many people to take your side. Food labels are not botanical classifications. Tomatoes are considered vegetables even though they are botanically fruits. -Raymond]
  22. David Walker says:

    Andrew:  Wikipedia says an orange is a berry, yet a berry is a fruit "of a small size".  I don’t consider an orange to be a small size, as far as fruits go… so the berry definition is not quite right.

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