Chocolate Sorbet

Chocolate Sorbet has all the creaminess of rich, chocolaty goodness of chocolate ice-cream. This is a great way to enjoy chocolate when you’re watching calories or when you just want guilt-free indulgence.

Scoops of chocolate sorbet in a sundae glass. The creamy dark chocolate sorbet is garnished with a single strawberry.

A few months ago I bought a Cuisinart Gelateria. It’s a fancy ice-cream maker that has a larger capacity than my other ice-cream maker. It came with a recipe booklet full of great recipes. One of those recipes is this chocolate sorbet.

I was initially planning on making a chocolate granita for this post. Granitas are frozen ices that are similar to snow cones in texture (a bit finer grained) but the flavoring is in the frozen base.

You make a granita by making a sorbet base, freezing it and stirring it repeatedly (about every 30 minutes) during the freezing process. For those of you who don’t have an ice-cream maker, this is a way to make home made ices without a machine.

Scoops of creamy dark Chocolate sorbet in a sundae glass garnished with a single strawberry.  A bowl of fresh strawberries is in the background to the left.

Lent is coming and Orthodox Christians typically give up dairy as part of their Lenten observance. This Chocolate Sorbet recipe has no dairy so it’s perfect for Lent or if you are lactose intolerant. Adding the chocolate chips to the base gives it just enough fat to be creamy like ice-cream without adding any dairy.

The original recipe made too much for the ice-cream maker so I’ve cut it in half.

You can easily change this chocolate sorbet up by adding special ingredients like dark coffee, orange juice, cherry juice, grand marnier, or chopped fruits. If you want to add flavorings, reduce the water by ½ cup.

A close up view of a scoop of chocolate sorbet in a sundae glass. The dark chocolate sorbet is garnished with a single strawberry.

Follow all the steps and add ½ cup of the flavor of your choice just before you refrigerate the base. I used Santa Barbara Chocolate dark chocolate instead of the chocolate chips.

This Chocolate Sorbet is amazing with strawberries or raspberries. Or, just savor the creamy chocolate all by itself.

Yield: 1 quart

Chocolate Sorbet

A close up view of a scoop of chocolate sorbet in a sundae glass. The dark chocolate sorbet is garnished with a single strawberry.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (about ⅓ cup)
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan until sugar dissolves.
  2. Gradually mix sugar solution into cocoa using a whisk.
  3. While the mixture is still hot, add the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes before mixing with a whisk.
  4. Chill 2 hours or overnight and then freeze in an ice-cream freezer according to the manufacturer's directions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary needs.

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