Monday, April 16, 2012

Orange Creamsicles

I've had this recipe in the box for years.  It is super simple and admirably suited to the Zoku Quick Pop Maker which gives a perfectly creamy store bought result.  (Creamsicles were a childhood favorite of mine.)  Now you can of course use a regular ice pop mold or even Dixie cups, but they will have a slightly icy texture.  I've done both and the girls had no complaints about the Dixie cup version.  The trick is to get them frozen as quickly as possible, which is what the Zoku excels at and why store bought ice pops have that smooth quality.  Years ago when I did a fill in QA job at an ice cream and novelty plant, I got to see the process.  Those things are frozen solid in less than 45 seconds.  Now unless you care to buy some liquid nitrogen (which would be dangerous) or play around with dry ice, the closest you can get to that speed at home is 7-10 minutes in the Zoku.  It might be possible to get a creamier result in a dixie cup if you ran the mixture through an ice cream freezer until it was soft serve consistency before freezing the pops.  That's what I would try if I didn't have the quick pop maker.  But as I've said before, it's one of the best inventions ever and I would buy it again in a heartbeat.  The only downside is that this recipe makes way more than it can handle.  (It can easily do two-three batches back to back; more than that and they start getting soft and taking too long.)  Fortunately the mix keeps in the fridge for a couple days as you make the pops and I had no problem using it up while it was still good.  I am seriously considering getting some extras sticks (Zoku Set of 6 Sticks and Drip Guards) for the pop maker though...  ☺

Orange Creamsicles
from Eagle Brand

 3 cups orange juice
1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
¼ cup lemon juice

An ice pop mold or dixie cups and wooden sticks.

Stir, pour, freeze.  Pretty easy.  Stir together the ingredients in a 4 cup measure with a pour spout.  Pour into the ice pop mold or Dixie cup.  If using the cups, cover with foil and poke the stick or a plastic spoon through the foil and place in the coldest part of your freezer to set up.  Freeze for 10 minutes in the Zoku or overnight in a standard mold or Dixie cups.  Unmold or tear off paper and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. This is what I need right now in this hot and humid weather. So cool......


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