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Island Way Sorbets in Natural Fruit Shells

May 21, 2008
What it is: Sorbet in a real fruit shell in Apple, Coconut, Pineapple, Piña-Colada, Passion, Lemon and Orange
How it comes: 4, 6, 10 or 12 count variety pack
Where it is: In supermarket freezers, at wholesale clubs and online at islandwayproducts.com
Who it's for: Anyone who's looking a simple yet spectacular dinner party dessert
Suggested retail price: $7.99 to 12.99
Nutrition notes: Ranges in fat from 0.5 grams in the orange to 9 grams in the coconut
Category: Fabulous Food: Tasty tidbits

Bonnie: What a buzz! Last year at my annual trek to the Food Marketing Institute convention, where I learn what will be new on your grocer’s shelves, everyone was talking about Island Way’s delicious sorbets in fruit shells.

Island Way is a small company — especially compared to the other exhibitors such as Kraft, Campbell, and Nestlé — offering low-fat frozen treats in actual fruit shells; you nibble coconut sorbet from a half coconut shell, pineapple sorbet from a pineapple and even apple sorbet from a real apple. For the latter, you actually can eat the apple “container.”

The cook in me always has to try making everything. Once is usually enough for me to understand how things are made, so I truly appreciate good pre-made products. That was the case with filo dough, puff pastry, Bavarian pretzels and, of course, sorbet-filled fruit shells beginning with whole fruit. Each isn’t particularly difficult, but is too time-consuming for my current lifestyle. Each, though, did have spectacular-tasting results.

But I have to share that Island Way Sorbets are as good as homemade. I’ve served these at many a dinner party with each and every guest devouring every spoonful. With the holiday weekend approaching, I’d suggest stocking up on these treats. Just go to islandwaysorbet.com and click on “find us” to find a retailer near you. These goodies also are available outside the U.S. Do check it out.

Bryan: We all have our own focus groups. Since beginning to write Bite of the Best, I have taken the opportunity to share many of my ‘Bites’ with my work colleagues. I keep a list on the break room fridge of BOTB tester products. Almonds, Craisins, Boca brats and more; our office kitchen now has a great selection of fun foods to enjoy on a momentary timeout. All that I ask in return for the continued sumptuous banquet is honest feedback from my testers. Though everyone offers me his or her own little pearls of wisdom about what I should or should not blog about, one of the most interesting things I have taken away from the experiment is “how quickly does it disappear?”

I know a product is good when I bring it in the morning and it’s gone that same afternoon. More amazingly, I know a product is great when it’s gone by noon and by 1 p.m. I’ve received three emails asking; “Can you bring more of that?” and “Where can I buy that myself?”

I know a product is truly special when I bring more of it in the next day and later find the package pillaged with the remnants hidden cleverly throughout the freezer in an attempt to hoard. This, my friends, was the reaction to Island Way Sorbets. I’ve got to say that these frozen treats really have a “wow” factor. Sorbet served in hollowed fruit is not your everyday freezer aisle purchase: passion fruit ices served in a passion fruit, lemon ices in a lemon, piña colada served in a pineapple, apple dishes you can eat when you’re done! The whole thing feels a bit Willy Wonka meets the ice cream man to me, and I like it…. Can I get some schnozzberry ices with that?

Island Way is a bit of a creamier sorbet than I’m used to, but the lusciousness really balances the strong natural fruit flavors (especially with the acidic lemon). Serve these sorbets at your next BBQ and experience a very interesting discussion piece. Just don’t be surprised if you find a sorbet-filled apple a month later, hidden amongst the frozen peas.

Eric: These little pieces of dessert heaven are far from the “island way;” in fact they represent what many islands should adopt as an offering to their natives – a delicious frozen treat made from fresh fruit and served organically.

The first time I was witness (and tester) to this dessert was at a dinner party at my mother’s house. She unveiled it as a potential bite to an unknowing crowd of students and pensioners. Needless to say, the reaction from everyone was more shock than dismay, and before I knew it, I was scraping the inside of a lemon battling for one last bite.

There is something so unique about the texture, taste and quality of the sorbet that most people (and the majority of the testers) might perceive it as being an “unhealthy” treat; luckily for dessert gluttons such as me, it’s not. I wouldn’t recommend going overboard and creating your own tutti-frutti flavor in just one sitting, but the lowfat appeal of this dessert, combined with its flavor, can be seen as an attraction for any age group.

25 Comments on “Island Way Sorbets in Natural Fruit Shells”

  1. Dirk Says:

    Happy 1 year Birthday Bite of the Best….you know in cyber years that is actually 3 years.

  2. kim Says:

    Looking for a wholesale supplier of sorbet fruit shells in southern California. Need avaliability of product and price list.

    Is this product carried at Costco?

    Thanks!
    Kim

  3. AmyM Says:

    Hi Bonnie, In reading your review of the Campbells Butternut Squash Soup, I was interested to see you mention The Ridge Top Club. My parents were charter members, and I believe my mother was a member until about 6-7 years ago. She has since passed away, but was big into Tennis there. I’m sure you either knew her or some of her tennis buddies, though I’m sure they were probably quite a bit older than you. Anyway, it’s a small world, and just wanted to touch base with you about it. I do love this website. I saw it in this month’s Connecticut Magazine, and just had to check it out. I’m glad I did. Thank you

  4. Al Says:

    Hello Kim,

    These tasty treats can be bough through Costco wholesale or via the local distributor. A list of all distribution locations and contacts are availible online through http://www.islandwaysorbet.com

    Kind Regards,

    Al

  5. Jenna Says:

    Yum!

  6. Jen Walsh Says:

    These are amazing! I was so happy to find these at Costco by surprise. I was searching for a frozen treat and immediately recognized the Island Way packages from a past bite. I normally don’t buy “costco-sized” packages of food unless its a product I’ve already tried, but this was an excpetion since every product reccomended on this blog is fabulous. So far, the coconut sorbet is my favorite – tastes like ice cream.

  7. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Thanks Jen! for those kind words. We love finding Bites of the Best to share. Consider serving Island Way to company — as they’re always impressed – not only with how it tastes, but how it looks.

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  9. Monica Wagner Says:

    Hello Bonnie! I loved reading your review of this fabulous product! We are in the early stages of expanding this dessert line and I was wondering if you would mind if I quoted you on our website! I absolutely love your site, and I would love to share your expert opinion with our clientel! This would of course in turn, share your website with those who view ours! Check out our website, and let me know what you think! Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks for giving our product such a great review! It surely is “a vacation in every bite”!!

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  11. CHITO-IL Mulino Miami Says:

    I need to know your retailer in Miami Florida , we are an Italian restaurant and wants to taste your Fruit Shells.
    My phone number is 786 715 2435.

    THANKS !

    CHITO
    Manager , Back of the House
    IL Mulino Nyc
    Miami

  12. Wendy Says:

    The sorbet was out of this world. It may seem expensive, but it is worth every penny.

  13. Nikki Maxwell Says:

    At the end of a hard summer, my family is enjoying yet another box of “Vacation in every bite.” We might have not been able to afford to travel much this summer, but we can enjoy a treat in the comfort of our own home.
    They feel like a substantive treat in an othewise sressful world. Thanks for making this summer a little brighter for me and my family! Next year I hope Smart and Final orders a bigger batch cause they ran out in the middle of summer. Luckily, Costco saved the day.

  14. Janalee Says:

    A W E S O M E this is the best way to describe it. It’s like heaven in your mouth.

  15. Mama Nik Says:

    I had the delicious pleasure of trying the Island Way Sorbet at a church pot luck luncheon. I saved a wrapper so I wouldn’t forget the name and where I could purchase them. They taste great and are such fun to serve anytime.

  16. Linda Starkey Says:

    Island Way Sorbet, SO GOOD. Got hooked when the ladie at Costco was passing out samples..The natural taste is devine heaven. Now we allways have a box in the freezer . Thank you for the tropical vacation.

  17. suzyq Says:

    Just picked this up at Costco because they had a coupon. What took me so long to buy this is what I have been asking myself. Tastes rich and divine but when I read the label it says only 51 calories. How can that be? As a dessert junkie this will be at the top of my list. Great for impressing at dinner parties, too.

  18. Leena Says:

    LOVE these!

  19. Myriam Says:

    OMG, these were awesome. The presentation is fabulous and the calorie and fat content for someone who is always on a diet such as I, makes every spoon tastes even better than the previous. The authenticity of the taste and quality of the product is just out of this world. Great job Island Way!!!

  20. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com Says:

    Carol P contacted us to find out whether this sorbet was Kosher and dairy free. We learned the following from the company: “Unfortunately the sorbets are not registered kosher nor are they dairy free. Each sorbet contains a small amount of dairy for texture.”

  21. Joyce Deel Says:

    Where can I buy this wonderful sorbet…in Roanoke, VA? We used to buy it at Sam’s Club.

  22. Jim Nicholas Says:

    Thank you for your interest in our unique product. You can find our product at Costco Wholesale throughout North America. We are carried seasonally in certain regions of the country but we are carried all year in the Southeast and the Northeast. The closest Costco to Roanoke is actually in Greensboro, NC. Thanks again for your business.

  23. Terri Frazier Says:

    Just had the coconut! Loved it and the reuseable shell!

  24. Lee Says:

    Island Way sorbets are delicious aren’t they?
    I too saved those coconut shells and used them to serve Haagen-Dazs gelato topped with diced marinated fruit.

  25. Kevin Says:

    I have visited Toronto canada, Loved your product.

    Do you sell Island Way Sorbet in England.

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