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Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Today is the day for hearts and love and lots of Hallmark happiness, which, luckily for my husband, I have never gotten swept up in.  I’m a practical girl.  AKA cheap.  Tight with my money.  Thrifty.  No need to spend hundreds on roses that will be dead within 48 hours, or mediocre chocolate.  I’ll tell you what I do love on Valentine’s Day or any other day though.  A new toy for my kitchen 🙂 , and that’s just what I got this year!

I’ve wanted an ice cream maker forever.  I’ve had this vision that I would create healthier ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, you name it, and post them on my blog all year long.  Mind you I can’t possibly eat all of these frozen treats.  I just want to experiment and let you try them.  It’s kind of how I love to cook for other people, but when I’m alone I’m fine with a bowl of cereal.

So I finally got my ice cream maker!  And to celebrate its arrival, I made the most amazing Valentine’s Day treat for you.  I was going for something sexy and decadent, since it is Valentine’s Day after all,  but also heart healthy, since  February is American Heart Month, and this recipe is just perfect.


Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet|Craving Something Healthy


Lots of heart healthy antioxidants here, with loads of berries, and just a touch of red wine and dark chocolate.



Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet|Craving Something Healthy


Who needs roses?

Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Yield: 4 servings

Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup Merlot
  • 1 pound frozen mixed berries
  • 2 oz good dark chocolate (chopped fine)


Place sugar, corn syrup, water and wine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add berries, and stir to break up. Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes until berries are soft and mostly broken down.

Remove from heat, and let cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill. Berry mixture can also be made the night before and chilled overnight.

Transfer the berry mixture to the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes until thickened and mostly frozen. Add chopped chocolate and mix for another minute to distribute well.

Freeze sorbet in a freezer safe container, for at least 2 hours or until solid.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 56g
Protein 1g 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?  Wait.  Never mind. I don’t want to know 😉

Eat well!

12 Responses to “Merlot Berry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet”

  1. Amy Ritterbusch says:

    This sounds delicious. I’ve made dark chocolate sorbet before, but will have to try this next time. Have you ever experimented with a coffee and dark chocolate sorbet. I have been meaning to try that.

    • Anne says:

      No, but that sounds amazing! I just got my ice cream maker, so I’ll be doing lots of flavor experiments in the coming months 🙂

  2. I’ve had champagne sorbet, which I absolutely love. Merlot sorbet also sounds petty tasty, especially with all the berries. And did you make those cute cookies too? I’d love to get a cookie cutter like that. So cute!

    • Anne says:

      I loved the merlot with the berries, and champagne sorbet sounds divine too! Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cookies, but they’re still good 🙂 They’re with the Italian imported cookies at the grocery store – Batticuori Mulino Bianco from Barilla. Super cute!

  3. Amanda Finks says:

    Merlot, chocolate, and sorbet?!! Three of my favorite things! Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Sara Haas says:

    Yay! I love that you got an ice cream maker! I’d rather have kitchen tools too Anne! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Anne says:

      The funny thing is – I rarely eat ice cream but I really love that ice cream makes! Happy Valentine’s Day to you Sara!

  5. Hmmmm, boozy sorbet- sounds good to me!

  6. katie says:

    This look incredible! What a great Valentine’s Day treat!

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