The Zoku Popsicle Maker Returns: Orange Creamsicle

When I boughtlast 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
Slightly adapted from The Endless Meal
Makes 6 Zoku 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.

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  1. Mary says:

    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 says:

      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.

  2. Sydney says:

    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)

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