Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Strawberry Orange Creamsicles on a Chilly Rainy Day...

We woke up Monday morning to a rainy, cold day in the 40s, this coming after weeks of beautiful weather, and a Saturday in the 80s.  I wanted nothing more than to fall back asleep with Jamie, warm and cozy in bed, listen to the rain outside and feel the cool breeze drifting through the open window while I was snuggled under the comforting weight of my white down comforter...

But until we win the lottery, we both have to work, so no lying about in bed on a Monday.  The weather stayed drizzly, chilly and overcast most of the day, and so I made creamsicles.

It may seem strange, making a frozen treat on a cold day, but these creamsicles were so lovely that they cheered me right up.

Growing up in South Carolina, popsicles were such a welcome treat during the humid summers.  We played outside in our backyard, climbing on the trees that my dad chopped down for firewood for the next winter, roller skating on the rough cement patio behind the house, turning a rickety wooden trailer parked on the side of the house into our "fort", complete with a bucket of water and a cup tied to a string for our "water well", and running all over the woods across the street, pretending to search for hidden treasure using maps we'd drawn of the trees and marshy areas.

Inexpensive ice pops stocked our freezer, and after hours of play, my brother and sister and I would grab two or three each, eating one right after the next until our lips and tongues were bright purple, green, orange or red, and the corners of our mouths raw from the edges of the plastic sleeves.

Then there were the boxes of fruit flavored popsicles on wooden popsicle sticks; my favorite flavors were grape and banana, so I ate those first, then orange, and lastly, cherry.  If we were lucky, we'd get a fudgesicle now and then, too.

And while plain orange popsicles were never a favorite of mine, I loved creamsicles.  Half ice cream, half orange sherbet, they were the perfect combination of fruitiness and creaminess.  I found something similar in China that I was addicted to in the hot summers, a slim popsicle with an icy orange shell filled with creamy vanilla ice cream.

With just four ingredients - strawberries, oranges, orange juice and cream - these refreshing and pretty creamsicles are the perfect cold treat, whether it's hot and sunny or rainy and gray out.  And too tempting to eat just one.

Strawberry Orange Creamsicles
printable recipe

  • 12 popsicle molds
  • 12 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) mandarin orange slices in juice, drained
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup cream or half 'n' half
Place the strawberry and orange slices in the popsicle molds.  In a glass measuring cup with a pourable spout, combine the orange juice and cream.  If you like, you can add a little powdered sugar, but I thought the orange juice was sweet enough without any added sugar.  Pour the juice mixture into the popsicle molds.  Insert a popsicle stick into each; freeze until firm, about 2-3 hours.  Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to loosen the popsicles before eating.

Yields 12 servings

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen


  1. These are just too pretty to eat but I'll bet they're fabulous!

  2. I had totally forgotten about how the ice pops sleeves cut the edges of my mouth until you mentioned it. Wow, what a memory that brought back! My favorite from the ice cream man was sky blue popsicles. I don't remember what flavor they were, just the name. So whimsical.

    Dreamsicles are definitely high on my list now though (along with Push-ups). These look perfect. I love the fresh fruit additions.

  3. I like that name, too. Maybe they were blue raspberry? Oh, I loved the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street! :)

  4. These are really pretty and sound completely delicious. I always loved a good orange creamsicle and with the strawberries this is perfect!

  5. Popsicles ( and pickles, and chips, and cheesecake, and a handsome man in tight jeans) are weakness. Never was a huge fan of creamcicles as a kid, but have grown to love them as an adult. Adding the strawberries I bet makes them extra yummy. I made a grapefruit and tarragon Popsicle a couple of weeks ago, just to try something different with flavors I love. Need to get my popcicle mojo in gear before summer starts. Thanks for some inspiration.

    Take care

  6. This looks soooo so good and awesome!

  7. These look as stunning as they do delicious!

  8. These are so pretty with the fruits showing through. Unfortunately I think this weekend is supposed to be a repeat of Monday :(

  9. Erin, today has already started out chilly, and I don't think it's supposed to get above the 50s today. :(

  10. Saw you on Heidi's Featured Five and thought I'd come check out your site. I subscribed to your blog and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

  11. Connie, I love your idea of the fresh herbs with grapefruit - sounds amazing!

  12. Yum! Can you use fresh oranges? We try to avoid canned foods.

  13. Yes, I think fresh oranges would work well, too!

  14. so pretty. I'm going to try these, thanks for the inspiration!!


  15. These looked so yummy I had to share it on my linky list on my blog post
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  16. hi! i'm lactose intolerant, is there an alternative for this? thanks! xx

  17. Although I've never used soy milk, or any of the other dairy-free milk substitutes, you could try it, although of course it would affect the taste. Coconut milk might be a nice alternative, and the flavor of the coconut would go nicely with the oranges and strawberries.

  18. Where did you get your Popsicle molds and sticks from?

  19. I got my popsicle molds at the grocery store (King Soopers), and the sticks at Hobby Lobby.

  20. I love the whole fruit popped into your creamsicles! They look so yummy! I'd like to include your creamsicles in a popsicle roundup I'm preparing for my website, One Creative Mommy. Would that be okay? (It will go live on Monday.)


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