The Zoku Popsicle Maker Returns: Orange Creamsicle


When I bought the Zoku last year, the two popsicles I knew I wanted to make were Nutella fudgesicles and orange creamsicles (did you call them 50-50 bars when you were a kid? I did). I figured out the Nutella fudgesicles right quick, but the orange creamsicle eluded me. I kept seeing it exactly as I remembered it — a cream center with an orange outside. Last summer, I even made Lemon Buttermilk Zoku pops using David Lebovitz’s recipe, but never stopped to think, “Hey, why don’t you just swap out the lemon for orange?” DUH!!

Well, it’s been a long, popsicle-less winter, but last week I threw the Zoku back into the freezer. Never mind that April showers are lingering into May. You can’t let a little rain deter you from enjoying ice cream. And then, as luck would have it, this Creamsicle recipe from the Endless Meal popped up Tastespotting.

The two recipes basically take the same approach – mix a simple syrup with citrus juice, add buttermilk, and in this case, orange extract. I’ve adapted Kristen’s recipe from the Endless Meal, cutting back on the simple syrup just a bit, and scaled it down to make 6 Zoku pops.

Depending on how much juice your orange gives up, you may come up a bit short. Bottom line is, to make 6 pops, you need 1 1/2 c. of liquid

Orange Creamsicle Zoku Pops

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Serves: 6 pops


  • 1/3 c. simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water, dissolved in a pan over medium heat)
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and zested (~1/4 c. orange juice)
  • 7 oz. low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 t. orange extract



In a sauce pan over medium-low heat, mix together the simple syrup, orange juice, zest and extract. Bring just to a simmer and then turn off the heat. Let sit until completely cooled.


In a 2 c. Pyrex measuring cup, stir together the syrup/juice solution and the buttermilk. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.


Pour 2 oz. into each Zoku slot and let chill 9 minutes, per Zoku instructions.


Slightly adapted from The Endless Meal

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  • Mary
    October 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I live in Brazil and we don’t have buttermilk here. Is there a substitute I can use? Or a way to make buttermilk? Thanks in advance!

    • Michelle
      October 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Mary – There are two things you can try — either a tangy plain yogurt thinned with a little bit of milk, or you can make sour milk by mixing 1 c. of milk w/ 1 T. lemon juice. It won’t be quite as thick, even if you use full-fat milk, but hopefully that helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sydney
    July 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I tried these, They we’re super good! Instead of buttermilk I added 5 Oz of regular milk, and 2 Oz of Vanilla Soy Milk. And took a tsp of sugar out of the syrup, and 3 tsp of water. (So it’s ticker)

  • LP @dishclips
    May 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    A cool take on my childhood favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  • Diana @ Mood Your Food
    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

    yumm these must taste like childhood and summer time! I’ve been going back and forth for a long time about buying the Zoku.

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