Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Seminole Pride Noble Juice. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is the time of year for stifling heat and humidity, daily afternoon thunderstorms, summer vacations, and frozen treats. There is nothing better than a light, refreshing,frozen treat on an especially hot summer day. Summer also used to mark a passing of time from one school year to the next. It was a time for family vacations and long hours spent by the pool. When summer time rolls around each year, I find myself daydreaming about all of the things that I would love to do during the summer vacation that I don’t really get anymore.
One of the things that I absolutely miss about summer is the three month break from school and all of the responsibility that went along with it. Summer used to be the time of year dedicated to having fun. There were no books to study or tests to take. Any reading that I did was for the pure enjoyment of it. Summer also meant a chance to travel to some new and interesting place with my family or going to a summer camp with my friends. Growing up, my family took some pretty epic vacations during the summer. One year, we went out west and spent two weeks crammed into a minivan driving from Missouri to Montana and back again. I am pretty sure that I had never seen a cow made out of butter or a 1000 lb. pig before that trip in my life. By the end of it, I am pretty sure that I wanted to throttle my sisters but it was such an amazing experience.
When we weren’t traveling, my sisters and I could be found doing the usual summer activities from swimming at the local pool, reading countless books at the library, or chasing down the ice cream truck. Well … maybe we didn’t actually chase down the ice cream truck but we did eat our fair share of frozen treats. We did grow up in Florida after all and the summers down here can be brutal and very long. We devoured popsicles, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. One of my favorite types of popsicle is the creamsicle. I think I get that from my dad. He could devour a whole box of those delicious creamy treats after working in the yard in no time at all. The creamsicle is light, refreshing, and is usually made with a citrus juice that gives it just enough tangy citrus flavor to make it perfect for summer.
When I had the opportunity to try a different type of citrus juice then what I am used to, I knew that I wanted to make a frozen treat with it for summer. My first attempt at making a popsicle failed miserably. I didn’t offset the tangy citrus flavor with any sweetness and there just wasn’t enough fat content in the milk I used to give it the creamy flavor I was looking for. I was trying figure out how to fix those popsicles when I realized that I really needed to make a creamsicle instead. I really wanted to create a light, refreshing, tangy treat that brought back memories of summers that seems forever ago. That was when the idea for the Tangerine Creamsicle was born.
These delicious treats are super easy to make and can be customized however you like. Trust me when I say that you NEED to try them with the tangerine juice first before you are any changes. To start, you only need four ingredients.
- Heavy cream
- Granulated sugar (I like to use organic Florida cane sugar. It is less processed than traditional white sugar, which works very well with what Pete and I are trying to do with our diets.)
- Vanilla extract, and
- Tangerine juice (Seminole Pride Noble Juice is having an amazing BOGO special this month if you sign up for their newsletter. Click here to find out more.)
Once you have your ingredients, than it is time to mix them together. For this process, you really want to add them one at a time. This will help with blended everything together and making sure that cream becomes light and fluffy. I used my stand mixer with the whip attachment and it took me less than 5 minutes. If you don’t have a stand mixer, than I would really recommend using a hand mixer. If you don’t have either, than a large mixing bowl and whisk will work just fine. The trick to this step is to make sure that the cream is whipped (or whisked) into shape without becoming whipped cream. This will make the cream super light and will really give the creamsicle the refreshing texture that you are looking for.
With all of the ingredients blended together, it is time to pour the mixture into your pop molds. When I first came up with this recipe, my regular pop molds just didn’t seem appropriate. I wanted something that would give the Tangerine Creamsicles an almost vintage feel, which is when I found these push pop molds. You don’t have to use them BUT I highly recommend them because they are fun and who doesn’t love a push pop. If you do use regular pop molds, then you don’t want to whip the mixture too much or else they may break in half. With the mixture in your pop molds, the waiting game begins. Let them freeze overnight or at least 12 hours so that they can completely set up. Then it is time to enjoy these delicious, light, refreshing, frozen treats.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 cup tangerine juice
- Pour heavy cream into a large bowl. Gradually whisk in sugar, vanilla extract, and tangerine juice until blended and soft peaks begin to form.
- Pour mixture into pop molds. Place in freezer overnight (at least 12 hours).
- Once the pops are completely frozen, remove from the freezer and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Seminole Pride Noble Juices. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.