Homemade Dip Dab – A Fizzy Sherbet Recipe

This homemade Dip Dab recipe (with a lot less junk!) will put a smile on your children’s faces… when they stop wincing from the fizz, that is!

My kids love Fizzy Sherbet! This homemade Dip Dab recipe will put a smile on their little faces. It's vegan, 'free from' and so tasty! We went for strawberry flavour, but you could use any freeze dried fruit you like. Oh, and there are only 4 ingredients! Recipe by 'Le Coin de Mel'

Do you know any children who are not fans of sherbet? Although I would not normally go near it, my children all love the packets of sour powder that come with a lollipop. It got me thinking about the Science behind it. What on earth would be in there that would cause the fizz on their tongues whilst still being edible?

I looked into it and here is what I explained to the children. Please, please do not hesitate to correct me if I have it all wrong!

Why is sherbet fizzy?

If you mix bicarbonate soda and citric acid together, they create a gas when they come in contact with saliva. That is what causes of lots tiny bubbles to tickle your tongue. Citric acid and bicarbonate soda are really sour, so sugar adds sweetness to make the sherbet palatable (well, I said “taste nice” to the children).

I love experimenting with food, having a bit of fun and showing the children that what we buy in the shops can be made at home too! Getting some inspiration from recipes that were out there and reducing the ingredients to a minimum, I put this little homemade strawberry sherbet together and I hope you like it as much as we do!

It is vegan, free from most allergens that spring to mind and it is also quite yummy, if I might say so myself.

Here is what my four little taste testers thought:
Wriggly (2 years old): “Ik picy!” (It’s spicy)
Jumpy (3 years old): “It’s too fizzy”
Beanie (6 years old): “It’s nicer than Dip Dab but it’s so fizzy, Mummy!”
Crevette (8 years old): “It’s hard to describe. Best sherbet ever! Much nicer than Dip Dab!”

My kids love Fizzy Sherbet! This homemade Dip Dab recipe will put a smile on their little faces. It's vegan, 'free from' and so tasty! We went for strawberry flavour, but you could use any freeze dried fruit you like. Oh, and there are only 4 ingredients! Recipe by 'Le Coin de Mel'

At home, I either give the children half a teaspoon of sherbet in a pinch bowl and they use a clean finger to eat it, or I give them a small sachet of the homemade Dip Dab with a lollipop. To draw scared faces on your lollipops, simply you a black permanent marker.

My kids love Fizzy Sherbet! This homemade Dip Dab recipe will put a smile on their little faces. It's vegan, 'free from' and so tasty! We went for strawberry flavour, but you could use any freeze dried fruit you like. Oh, and there are only 4 ingredients! Recipe by 'Le Coin de Mel'

We have put some in little bags to hand out with a lolly for an allergy safe Halloween!

My kids love Fizzy Sherbet! This homemade Dip Dab recipe will put a smile on their little faces. It's vegan, 'free from' and so tasty! We went for strawberry flavour, but you could use any freeze dried fruit you like. Oh, and there are only 4 ingredients! Recipe by 'Le Coin de Mel'

My kids love Fizzy Sherbet! This homemade Dip Dab recipe will put a smile on their little faces. It's vegan, 'free from' and so tasty! We went for strawberry flavour, but you could use any freeze dried fruit you like. Oh, and there are only 4 ingredients! Recipe by 'Le Coin de Mel'
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Fizzy Sherbet Recipe - Homemade Dip Dab

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar 220 g
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid
  • 4 tablespoons freeze dried strawberries

Instructions

  1. Simply blend all ingredients together until you obtain a fine powder.
  2. The sherbet will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

You probably have sugar at home. All other ingredients can be found on Amazon: Biona Organic Fruit LolliesBicarbonate SodaCitric Acid and  Freeze Dried Strawberries.

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  1. Kate - gluten free alchemist says:

    Great idea Mel. Love the addition of the freeze dried strawberries. I use a lot of freeze dried fruit and have done for years…… it’s so versatile isn’t it?
    Sadly Miss GF has never been a fizz-liker. She hates fizzy sweets and she hates fizzy drinks too! I should be grateful really….. But these look really cute…. maybe I could find a child who does like the fizzy stuff! Did you put the faces on the lollies yourself? If so…. how??

    • Thanks Kate. Ha ha, I didn’t even think of explaining about the little faces. I just drew them using a black Sharpie pen. I’ll add that to the post actually! x

  2. heatherchubb says:

    I love the look of these Halloween treats. They look really fun 🙂

  3. Aw these are amazing and lovely to see the kids more too x

  4. I love sherbet & so do the Peachicks, definitley going to have to give this a go!

  5. Sarah Irving | Susty Meals says:

    Ah the memories of Dip Dab! I love the idea of making it at home rather than buying it, much more fun and helps the kids learn a bit of food science too. Great idea!

    • It does! My little ones really got interested in the Science behind it and I learnt a thing or two myself as I was doing my research.

Thanks for taking the time to write a little message. Comments always make me smile! x Mel