Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite things about visiting my grandparents’ house was the ice cream truck they had in their neighborhood. The Good Humor truck just didn’t make it out to my neck of the woods.

To this day—in my thirties—people have seen me fly out the door at the sound of that magical, tinkling music. Just ask The Angry Chef about how I squeak over my shoulder, “Quickly! We need a handful of change!” (Check to find ice cream trucks in your area.)

One of my favorite frozen treats of all time is the Creamsicle. Mmmm, talk about summer. (Can you tell that I’ve officially had it with all the snow that’s still kicking around Boston?)

This frozen yogurt has all those same Creamsicle-y flavors that I love. It’s creamy, sweet, and just a little bit tart. It’s lighter than regular ice cream, and almost borders on a sherbert for consistency.

It gets a double shot of orange flavor from orange juice and Triple Sec. It’s rich and creamy and has a wonderful tang from whole milk, plain yogurt. A little gelatin adds body and contributes to the smooth texture—and helps it set up.

Best of all? It’s really easy to make.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt: The basic technique

This is really simple. Make the orange syrup. Let it cool. Mix in the yogurt, then process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze it overnight to let it firm up completely.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt: A note on equipment

You’ll need an ice cream maker to make this properly. I have a fairly basic Cuisinart ice cream maker that I just love.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

If you’re in the market for one, the white version of my machine is actually on sale (as of this posting) at Amazon for $39.95�that’s more than 50% off its $90 list price. I’ve had mine for a few years and can’t say enough about it. It’s easy to use and gets the job done.

How to make Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt without an ice cream maker

Can you still make this if you don’t have an ice cream maker? Sure thing. The consistency just won’t be as smooth, so it would be more of a frozen yogurt granita kind of thing.

Instead of adding the orange/yogurt mixture to an ice cream maker, put it in a shallow dish in the freezer. Stir it every half hour or so, breaking up the ice crystals that form, until it’s completely frozen. It will be coarser in texture, but will still be super yummy.

OK. On to the frozen yogurt!

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbls. honey
1 1/2 cups plain, unflavored yogurt
1 Tbls. triple sec or other orange liqueur

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt: Make the orange syrup

Put the gelatin in a medium saucepan.

Add the orange juice to the pot.

When you pour it in, the gelatin may clump up a little. That’s just fine. Give it a brisk whisking. Let the orange juice and gelatin sit like this for about 5 minutes.

After about 5 minutes, add the sugar to the pot.

Then add the honey. (It’s just a little bit and it’s in there for flavor, not necessarily to add more sweetness.) Whisk to combine.

Set the pot on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil, whisking occasionally. Basically, you’re doing this to be sure the sugar is completely melted.

Let the mixture boil for a minute or two. Then turn the heat off and remove the pot from the stove. Cool the mixture to room temperature, then stick it in the fridge to chill it completely.

At this point, if you give the syrup a taste, it will be *very* sweet. That’s just fine. The flavors balance out when you add the yogurt later on.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt: Add the yogurt, process & freeze

When your orange syrup is totally cold, take it out of the fridge. Add the yogurt to it.

Whisk to combine.

Whisk in the Triple Sec.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For my Cuisinart model, this means freezing it in the machine for about 25-30 minutes.

When you’re done, your frozen yogurt will still be fairly slushy in consistency.

Transfer your frozen yogurt to a freezer-safe container.

Smooth the surface down so it’s relatively flat.

Press a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface.

Then wrap the container tightly again.

Pop the container into the freezer. Freeze overnight to firm the frozen yogurt up completely.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt: Serve & enjoy!

After your frozen yogurt has been in the freezer for a while, it should be nice and solid.

But not so solid that it’s impossible to scoop.

Scoop into big bowls and enjoy!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. Hi Jessie- I prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream. We have experimented ourselves.Love strawberry and next is blueberry.We always have plan yogurt in the frig,we use it for so many things.Frozen yogurts and milkshakes are a must in the bunny house.
  2. I have the same ice cream maker and it is the love of my life. I cannot say enough good and happy things about it. I'm not usually a big fan of frozen yoghurt, but I think that I would love this. Will try it immediately. I think I will replace the Triple Sec with a huge shot of Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
    • Wheeee! Oh, I'm glad you love yours, too. I'm with you...I normally prefer ice cream over frozen yogurt any day, but this stuff is just so yummy. :D Let me know if you like it! +Jessie
    • Not to encourage you, should! Hehehe. Seriously, I held out for a while before I got mine, and now I'm so happy every time I drag it out. One tip--if you have the room for it, keep the canister in the freezer all the time. (You have to freeze them for like 12 hours before you can make ice cream.) That way it's always ready to go whenever the mood strikes. +Jessie
  3. That sounds so good, I haven't had a creamsicle in forever! We didn't have an ice cream truck in our neighborhood either. In fact, I didn't have an ice cream from a truck till I was 18. I was such a deprived child... heh. j/k.
    • Hehe...yeah, I really do get ridiculously excited whenever I see an ice cream truck. I imagine that at this point in my life, that'll prolly never really go away. :D +Jessie
  4. The honey and triple sec sound wonderful in this! I've been playing with different frozen yogurt recipes lately but haven't yet done one that calls for gelatin. I'll be giving it a try.
    • Oh oh! Let me know how it stacks up with other recipes you've tried? I've made tons of ice cream before, but not nearly as much frozen yogurt. +Jessie
  5. I do not own an icecream maker; however, I made this on Saturday using homemade yogurt and just froze it as popsicles. It is SO wonderful. Thank you.
  6. Oh my this looks absolutely to die for! When I was kid I was obsessed with orange creamsicles. Now that I am an adult my obsession has turned to froyo so....a combo of both is HEAVEN! I knew there was a God! haha! And I saw a good point on one of the comments about using it in a drink--I am definitely going to try this as a cocktail component too! :) P.S. If there are any avid froyo lovers like me on the East Coast--a NEW shop is opening soon called CUPS frozen yogurt and they are giving away FREE yogurt from I think 1PM-10PM on Grand Opening day! Don't quote me on this though-- I just stumbled upon it at But I'll be there fore sure! :)
  7. Just found your awesome recipe after Christmas, and gave it a whirl to go with my triple-ginger cookies. I left out the gelatin (just a personal preference), but oh goodness...It's so good!! It set off the ginger perfectly! In fact, I think I'm going to go scoop up a bowl right now. :)