OK, “ice cream” is obvious, but the word “yogurt” was created by a misunderstanding. Get the scoop

Double or single scoop? Cone or cup? However you take it, all frozen desserts have one thing in common. Nothing tastes better on a summer afternoon than an ice-cold, sweet treat. 

Frozen yogurt is fairly new to the world of sweets. It was introduced in the 1970s under the name Frogurt, and in the 1980s sales skyrocketed.

The word yogurt, however, dates back to 1625. It is a mispronunciation of the Turkish word yogurt, in which the “g” is pronounced with a soft sound. The root yog means to “to condense.”

(While we’re thinking about food, what is soft about a soft drink? And what does soda have to do with sodium? You can find the answers here.)

Sherbet, which comes from the Turkish word serbet and the Persian and Arabic word sharbat, contains water, sugar, flavorings, and cream. It is sometimes also flavored with wine or liquor.

In Turkey, serbet is believed to be medicinal. Pharmacists and doctors of the Ottoman Palace supervised the serbet spices and fruit that were grown in the palace garden. It is still served following circumcision and childbirth. This traditional cold drink is made with rose hips, cornelian cherries, rose, or licorice and a variety of spices.

In the United Kingdom, sherbet is a fruit-flavored fizzy powder added to beverages. The word is also used in the UK (and Australia) as slang for an alcoholic drink. For example: “Meet me at the pub for a few sherbets.”

Frozen desserts are served all over the world. Ais kacang, which is made from shaved ice, syrup, and boiled red beans and topped with evaporated milk, is served in Malaysia and Singapore. The Filipino dessert halo-halo is also made with shaved ice, milk, and boiled sweet beans. Kulfi is served in South Asia and gelato is served in Italy.

(Do you know the mystery of the source of the word “coffee?” Read about the continent-spanning saga, here.)

What’s your favorite melt-in-your-mouth treat? And how do you think it got its name?


Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) June 1, 2001 Byline: Kathleen Sweeney Staff writer SANTA CLARITA – Paying a traffic fine or signing up for traffic school was just made a little easier.

The Los Angeles Superior Court has expanded its telephone interactive system to include Santa Clarita, allowing those who are issued citations to bypass long lines at the courthouse and pay over the phone.

“Instead of coming into the courthouse to do basic things, they can do all that now through the payment system,” said Bernadette Duncan, Los Angeles Superior Court traffic administrator. “You can do it from your home rather than standing in line.” Anyone issued a traffic citation assigned to Santa Clarita can call the courthouse to pay the fine, sign up for traffic school or speak with an operator about a lost ticket, trial request, a court appearance or general information. The program was also expanded to include Beverly Hills, Culver City, East Los Angeles, Malibu and Santa Monica. go to website superior court traffic

Not including the expanded cities, the system is processing about 18,000 calls a month, Duncan said. But because most of the calls are handled by the automated system, there isn’t a long waiting period to speak to an operator. see here superior court traffic

Automated traffic ticket processing is available in English and Spanish from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Operators are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the courthouse at (213) 742-6648.

Tickets can also be processed by accessing the courthouse’s Web site at www.lasuperiorcourt.org.


  1. Ben -  January 24, 2011 - 11:53 am

    actually, the Filipino “halo-halo” is a treat with a variety of ingredients apart from shaved ice, milk and boiled sweet beans. it usually has sliced boiled bananas, boiled sweet potatoes, pearls(a treat locally called sago and is different from the birthstone), melon shreds, jackfruit bits and leche flan(a treat made out of eggs similar to custard only yummier). all the ingredients are mixed at settled at the bottom of a tall glass or bowl topped by the shaved ice and milk. the reason it is called halo-halo is because the term means “a mixture of many different things”.

  2. Pastry Queen -  October 25, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Ever since I was a little girl, my grand-parents would reward me with halo-halo. It is one of my favorite deserts, but the only place where I can find it is Hawaii, which my family and I visits every few years.

  3. c hloe -  August 19, 2010 - 2:51 am

    I didn’t get it..the title says it’s about yogurt and you said so little about it..think you have to change the title..Halo-halo, on the other hand, is not only limited to boiled red beans..one can as many fruits.. actually whatever you feel like eating with shaved ice and milk..

  4. Samantha -  August 11, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    I live in Singapore. I think you’re referring to Ice Kachang. I have never seen Malaysians or Singapore calling the dessert ‘Ais Kachang’. Of course, it contains far more ingredients that you have stated.

  5. joanne -  August 8, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    as far as i kno, sherbet is that fizzy powder stuff that you get in a big long skinny tube – any link?

  6. Polite -  August 8, 2010 - 7:30 pm

    I live in Australia (west coast) and have heard sherbets used as slang for alcohol, only from my much older relatives though.

  7. Mr Sherbet -  August 8, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    For those of you who are australians and have never heard of having a few sherbets i dont know where abouts you come from in australia but QLD we have sherbets all the time

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  9. crystal clear -  August 8, 2010 - 7:42 am

    The word “sherbet” sounds vaguely familiar as a word for alcohol, I”m sure I’ve heard it at some point in my childhood in the 70′s and 80′s in Australia. I think it’s one of those Bob Hawke era phrases that is fairly typical of Australian humour of the time (in fact.. I think it might have even been uttered by Strop on the Paul Hogan Show, or the man himself) and it would have something to do with the fizz going up your nose, much like the fizzy “candy” powder that I grew up on loving as well. That’s my flimsy attempt at an educated guess.. it could also be a hangover from the northern English that meanders through Australian colloquialisms depending on who your distant relatives were.

    As for sherbet being an ice delicacy, cebu.. I’ve only ever heard that referred to as sorbet.

  10. SamD -  August 8, 2010 - 4:18 am

    I’ve lived in Australia for nearly 30 years and have NEVER heard someone say “Meet me at the pub for a few sherbets.”. I even went and checked ABC Australia’s slang wordmap (http://www.abc.net.au/wordmap/) to see if it was a regional thing and it came up with no hits. You are aware that the UK and Australia are different places right? Different hemispheres, separated by lots of wet, salty, water-like stuff. Just because we are part of the British Commonwealth doesn’t mean we use the same slang.

  11. Judy -  August 7, 2010 - 8:25 pm

    Well, I’ve lived in Australia all my life and I have heard of beers being referred to as “sherbets”!!!!

  12. elfonmyshoulder -  August 7, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    Sherbet was used to be served after circumcision and childbirth according to the article. I take that that was for cerebration. It just occurred to me if there had been any treat for eunuch.

  13. J -  August 7, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    My Dad (Aus) has always said “a few sherbies” when referring to drinks. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard anyone else use the expression.

    My question is, why is it “shaved” and not “shaven” ice?

  14. ndiddy -  August 7, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    sharbat actually means liquor in arabic doesn’t it? in my language sharab means liquor

  15. annie -  August 7, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    I am british and have often heard the word sherbet substituted for beer etc, particularly in the north e.g. Newcastle

  16. mike -  August 7, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    I love frozen custard. It has a great texture. What about Water Ice, a Philly favorite?

  17. Dave Ryan -  August 7, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    A frozen peanut butter cup beats it all! :-)

  18. seductor -  August 7, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    In some regions of the spanish language the word “Sorbete” refers to ice cream.

  19. cebu -  August 7, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Or..Sherbet (Turkish: Şerbet; Arabic: Sharbat:شربات; Persian/Urdu: شربت Sharbat) is a traditional cold drink prepared with rose hips, cornelian cherries, rose or licorice and a variety of spices.

  20. cebu -  August 7, 2010 - 11:44 am


    Please check the dictionary and don’t show your ignorance: Sherbet – A frozen dessert made with fruit juice or another flavoring, a sweetener (usually sugar), and beaten egg whites, which prevent the formation of large ice crystals.

  21. JfromI -  August 7, 2010 - 10:49 am

    My favorite “melt-in-your-mouth treat” would have to be cheese. Never mind the dessert, just give me cheese, cheese, cheese! Different kinds from all over the world. Spicy, soft, hard, stinky, four years old, ten years old, yellow, white, orange. Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Edam, Havarti, fresh mozzarella, as long as it’s cheese! I think I would choose cheese over sweets any day. Does anyone else on here love cheese?

  22. Mike Polinske -  August 7, 2010 - 9:15 am

    What about another frozen treat, frozen custard?

  23. kade -  August 7, 2010 - 8:33 am

    i love frozen yogurt

  24. kade -  August 7, 2010 - 8:32 am


  25. Herbert -  August 7, 2010 - 7:15 am

    I’ve lived in the UK all of my life, and I’ve never heard anyone refer to a drink as a ‘Sherbet’.
    I might try and start a trend though, just to make this article fully accurate.

  26. Cinn -  August 7, 2010 - 6:32 am

    I’m with you on this one, John. I’m in the UK and I’ve never heard of the term ‘sherbet’ being in reference to alcohol.

  27. nomagicpractice -  August 7, 2010 - 4:43 am

    According to a weatherman on the broadcasting, today is a day beginning of autumn on calendar. After sunset, breeze are a bit cooler and refreshing to be outside the house, but during the midday it was still hot and consumed my energy up although I was taking a nap almost all afternoon. I know I need to lose more than extra pounds but I definitely needed something cool and sweet. I usually have vanilla icecream over chocolate but I had chocolate today. It suited my palate fine. My favorite ice cream was Ben and Jerry’s caramel vanilla walnuts, it has been more than a decade I had it last time. It is not available here.
    sometimes remember its taste.

  28. Sandy -  August 7, 2010 - 4:36 am

    Wow! I agree with you, John – I lived in Australia for my whole life. Now I’m forty-something (not telling you my age!) but I haven’t heard the word “sherbet” anytime in my life!

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  30. roj -  August 7, 2010 - 12:59 am

    Wow! did not know this yet. It’s an Ice cold treat huh? Well halo-halo in the Philippines is not only limited to those ingredients. I think you still have a lot to know on what you’re saying here.

  31. roj -  August 7, 2010 - 12:57 am

    wow, did not know this yet. It’s an Ice cold treat huh? well halo-halo in the Philippines is not only limited to those ingredients. I think you still have a lot to know about what you’re saying here.

  32. Alan Turner -  August 6, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    Never heard ‘sherbet; used in the UK either, they go for a pint or a jar also.

  33. John -  August 6, 2010 - 11:38 pm

    I lived in Australia for several years, and I never heard anyone say “Sherbet.” All I ever heard about beer was “pints,” “tinnies,” and “stubbies,” which the former two were either glasses or cups, and the latter a bottle. Who did you get your info from for this article? Maybe it’s regional? But I don’t think so.

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  36. cami -  August 6, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    my favorite would have to be a flintstones push up pop! but that name is kind of obvious.

  37. cannon smith -  August 6, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    I cannot get enough of the hot word.


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