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Watch: How to Actually Pronounce ‘Sherbet’ Correctly

You’ve been doing this wrong your whole life

Welcome to Snack Break, an Eater video series that delivers fast facts about the foods we all love, in one minute or less. These bite-sized stories are ideal dinner party anecdotes, and they’re educational to boot. Next up: A quick look at sherbet, which we’re willing to bet you’re pronouncing incorrectly. How did that extra “R” end up in the dish’s popular pronunciation, “sherbert”? Looks like there’s an old-school song to blame.

Want to learn more? Distinguish your sherbets from your sorbets and spumoni with this comprehensive ice cream glossary; discover a whole century’s worth of classic American desserts; and unravel a different kind of (flavor) mystery with a look at how a certain Dum Dums flavor gets made.

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