Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

Homemade orange creamsicle ice cream, the perfect blend of vanilla and orange in every bite.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe from

Sometimes I really just want to show you picture of a recipe and say: make this. Would you be upset if I did that? You’d have to fully trust me that it’s a must make recipe. Worth any and all effort to please your taste-buds, belly and anyone else you’d be feeding.

This is one of those recipes. It’s worth absolutely ever second of effort.

I just want you to make it. And love it. Because I am certain you’ll love it.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe from

You know those orange creamsicle pops? Creamy vanilla ice cream, coated in a layer or bright orange sherbet? They’re ridiculously tasty and disappear too fast. This ice cream is just like that only better. I wanted to recreate it but in a better way. I didn’t want creamy smooth vanilla ice cream paired with hard sherbet. Store bought wouldn’t be a big deal because they are frozen at a lower temperature so they are softer in your own fridge. But when you make sherbet at home it’s a lot harder and takes longer than custard based ice cream to soften. Basically a recipe for disaster if you ask me. And every recipe I came across for orange ice cream or sherbet didn’t call for eggs, which meant a harder ice cream (or sherbet). I knew I wanted it to have eggs and be a creamy delicious orange ice cream paired next to a creamy amazing vanilla ice cream – thus creating the most amazing homemade orange creamsicle ice cream recipe… ever. Yes, ever.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe from

Chocolate sprinkles are necessary. And a cone wouldn’t hurt either, but a glass or bowl is acceptable too.

I love ice cream any way you want to serve it to me. But sprinkles or chocolate sauce for this ice cream would just send it over the top. It has to be chocolate though. No rainbow sprinkles.

A bit of warning that this recipe does take more than the average ice cream recipe to make, but again… it’s completely worth it. A second freezer bowl is very helpful, but not necessary. Freeze half and continue with the rest when your bowl is frozen again.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe from

More ice cream recipes to try:
Roasted strawberry ice cream
Buttermilk strawberry ice cream
Chocolate chip coffee ice cream
York peppermint patty ice cream
Cherry chocolate chunk ice cream
Raspberry sherbet
Cookies and cream ice cream

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

Homemade orange creamsicle ice cream, the perfect blend of vanilla and orange in every bite.
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2 C heavy cream divided
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract optional


  • To a large saucepan add milk, sugar, 1 and 1/2 cups heavy cream and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is steaming.
  • In a small bowl, whisk yolks, continue to whisk while slowly drizzling warm milk mixture into bowl. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Continue cooking over medium-low heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
  • Add remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream and vanilla to one medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup orange juice, zest and optional orange extract to a second medium bowl. Pour 1 and 1/2 cup warm milk mixture into each medium bowl, containing heavy cream and orange juice. Cool over an ice bath, stirring occasionally. Transfer vanilla mixture to one container, cover and chill. Transfer orange mixture to a second container, cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.
  • When liquid is sufficiently chilled, remove one container and churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Place in a freezer safe container for 45-60 minutes to harden slightly. Spread ice cream in one half of an 8x4-inch loaf pan. Place in the freezer. Repeat method with remaining liquid and a fully frozen ice cream bowl. Freeze mixture 45-60 minutes prior to filling the second half of your loaf pan. *Alternately if you have two freezer bowls, churned ice cream can be frozen at the same time then divided into the loaf pan and frozen together instead of in two batches. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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93 Responses to “Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

    No rainbow sprinkles allowed? {{gasp}}

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

      It HAS to be chocolate with this ice cream. No ifs ands or buts ;)

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    Tracey — June 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Orange creamsicles are one of my favorite summer treats, I can’t believe I’ve never thought to turn them into an ice cream flavor. This is genius, I’m so excited to try it!!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

      It’s ridiculously tasty and way better than the creamsicle pops!

  3. #
    Tracy @ Peanut Butter and Onion — June 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Wow… this is awesome. I just bought an ice cream maker and everywhere I turn are great recipes

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

      You’re going to truly love having it!

  4. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 17, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Pretty! Love the orange specks from the zest! I bet it was delish!

  5. #
    Tieghan — June 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Sounds amazing!! Your photos are so great and orange creamsicle, really?!? What and awesome flavor for ice creeam!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Tieghan!

  6. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Creamsicles are the bomb, and this ice cream looks sooooooo GOOD! I love the chocolate sprinkles!!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

      They’re a total must topping ;)

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

    We had a mango sorbet from Trader Joe’s this weekend that was so perfect I kept thinking about making a creamsicle thing with it by adding vanilla. I might have to attempt this with a mango version now!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

      That sounds really good! You have to make it now.

  8. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I don’t need convincing- I LOVE creamsicle anything!! This ice cream looks so dreamy and creamy and perfect. And yes- you can just say “Make this- it is delicious.” It’s all I want to say sometimes :)

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

      At least I’m not alone in that. Sometimes it really is all I want to say!

  9. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Gimme this right now!! I need a way to cool off already! It’s only 7:30 in the morning but almost 80 degrees :/

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Oh yuck! I hope you have some cool plans then :)

  10. #
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — June 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    You won me over by adding the chocolate sprinkles…what a fabulous combo!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Becca! :)

  11. #
    carrian — June 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    creamsicles were my absolute fave growing up. I tried to buy them for the kiddos the other day and they wanted the plain, cherry, rootbeer, banana etc. WHat????

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

      OMG Your kids need an intervention ;)

  12. #
    Kerry — June 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    That looks absolutely delicious! Orange Creamsicles are my favorite dessert! I am pinning this so I can make very soon!

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

  13. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I haven’t had an orange creamsicle pop since last summer! I need to fix that. I would love this ice cream, Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

      You absolutely need to fix that ;)

  14. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — June 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This looks so creamy and delicious! I so need an ice cream maker.

  15. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Creamsicles were my number one favorite treat on a stick as a kid. Seriously, I am jonsing for one of these right now!

  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I made no-cook, no ice cream maker ice cream last week. And then I made more. And more. We have a problem over here b/c we love it too much :) Yours is stunning! The most popular recipe on my ENTIRE blog in all of 2012…my Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. You will do very well with this recipe I bet!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      That sounds truly fantastic! I’m definitely adding it to our summer list :)

  17. #
    cquek — June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    goodness that is my favourite

  18. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — June 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

    This looks amazing! My kids have been begging me to make this type of ice cream! Guess I need to now!

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      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm


  19. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I think it’s totally acceptable just to say “make this”. I want to do that all the time.

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I swear one of these days I will :)

  20. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This sounds absolutely dreamy!

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Laurie!

  21. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Um, this is flipping fantastic!! Pass me a big ol’ spoon!

  22. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I could sooo go for this creamy, citrusy gorgeousness on a hot summer night! This looks outrageous, Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks so much :)

  23. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    You said I have to make this right? Yeah… I thought so. I’ll get on that like NOW!

  24. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    These ice cream sounds so creamy and refreshing. I don’t care how long it takes, I want a huge bowl of it.

    • #
      Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      That’s the spirit! :)

  25. #
    Nessa — June 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Yum! Creamsicles are the best!

  26. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I love, love, love the chocolate sprinkles on there…this makes me feel all 70’s and a little girl again…super love!

  27. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — June 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    um, yes. i will be making this! adding it to my summer ice cream list, now!

  28. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Chocolate sprinkles on orange ice cream? IDK about this but I’ll try it.

  29. #
    Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie — June 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Creamsicle ice cream?!! This sounds amazing!

  30. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    This is the most perfect summer treat. I am in love with orange creamsicle flavors and must try this immediately!

  31. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Yum! Orange creamsicle is just the best!

  32. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    i’m obsessed with orange sherbert (YES, don’t we say it the same way?! please tell me you say sherbert – i swear we had this convo) and i love that i can make it at home!! yum yum!

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      Rachel — June 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Totally “sherbert” :)

  33. #
    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I love orange creamsicles, this is making me very sad that I do not own an ice cream maker yet. I never thought of adding chocolate sprinkles to orange ice cream, but I love it!

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      Rachel — June 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

      You should splurge and get one! They’re a lot of fun.

  34. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — June 18, 2013 at 3:41 am

    My English husband didn’t know about creamsicles. Then we gave him orange soda with whipped cream vodka. Now he wants creamsicles all the time. Thanks for going to all the effort to find a solution to the texture problem. I wonder if gelato might be an option. I haven’t researched it, just thinking out loud. You rock.

  35. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — June 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I’ve always had such a fondness for Orange Creamsicles!!! Your ice cream looks delicious – love the touch of chocolate sprinkles!!!

  36. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I loooovvve creamsicle ice cream bars. This looks absolutely, positively delicious…..must make it asap!!

  37. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Haha, sometimes I totally just want to say, “make this. It’s freaking delicious”! This looks so good. I used to love the orange creamsicle popsicles!

  38. #
    Paula — June 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    One of my favourite ice-cream flavours! It’s just so refreshing. I imagine home-made tastes so much better than store bought too.

  39. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Your ice cream is calling my name. It looks so incredible!!

  40. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Girl, this ice cream looks truly incredible.

  41. #
    Angie — June 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    What a beautiful ice cream, and my favorite flavor!

  42. #
    Jaclyn — June 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    These looks incredibly amazing! I love anything orange creamsicle. Very pretty pictures Rachel!

  43. #
    Noreen — June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Rachel, I’ve got company for dinner tonight so hope you can answer this right away, please! I’ve got both liquids, cream and juice, chilling in ice baths now. I’m confused about separating the mixtures and freezing separately. I have one freezer bowl. Can’t I mix two chilled liquids together and freeze in the ice cream maker half at a time? Thanks so much

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      Rachel — June 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      The mixtures need to be chilled completely before churning. I typically chill overnight, but 4 hours minimum is recommended. If you only have one freezer bowl you’ll need to churn them separately. Churn one, partially freeze in a container and then transfer to one side of a new freezer safe container. Repeat the process with the remaining liquid when your bowl is frozen and ready to churn again. Then freeze until solid.

  44. #
    Eat Good 4 Life — June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This looks superb. Orange flavored ice cream. Never thought of making some but now I will :-)

  45. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — June 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Definitely chocolate sprinkles. Orange creamsicle with chocolate: absolutely!

  46. #
    Noreen — June 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for your reply in time! It came out perfectly, and I’ve made it two more times. Tastes even better than when I was a kid. So many friends and family have said it’s their favorite. I made a chocolate too to serve with it. Chocolate and orange, ridiculous!

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      Rachel — June 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for coming back to share :) Have a fantastic weekend!

  47. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Orange creamsicle brings me back to my childhood summers :) it looks so delicious, I can’t wait to make it!

  48. #
    Wendy — July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Every year I make homemade ice cream for the Fourth of July for a backyard full of people. This year, I made grape ice cream; last year – maple. A friend begged me to find a recipe for orange creamsicle ice cream for next year, and your recipe came up. My question: Your recipe says it serves 4 – 6, so for about 50 people..? I used two gallon-sized ice cream makers for the grape ice cream this year, (but that recipe was Way simpler than this one). Am I taking on a HUGE task if I quadruple this… twice?? It nearly knocks me out every year as it is, and I’ve been doing this since 1980 – the year I got the electric Proctor-Silex ice cream maker I still use!

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      Rachel — July 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Given that you’ve increased to mass quantities successfully before, it sounds like you’d be totally capable of making this one happen on a bigger scale! Remember this recipe is technically made from one normal batch and then split. I don’t know what kind of storage you have for your ice cream (if its a massive tub or something else) but to keep things simple I’d recommend maybe having a tub of the vanilla and a separate tub of the orange. Of course if you’re up for the challenge of making a huge amount and having them in the same bin, go for it! I figure if you can make life easier though, why not right? :) Then you’d just scoop a little orange and a little vanilla for everyone to create the creamsicle blend. I hope that makes sense. You’ll have to let me know how it turns out for you! :)

  49. #
    jake — July 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    smh omg this is the shizz rach keep it comeing :9

  50. #
    sam — August 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Hello Rachel,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Just some questions. Can I not churn the ingredients in both bowls at the same time and then simply freeze. Just confused as to why I would be having to churn twice and freeze separately.



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      Rachel — August 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      It is churned and partially frozen separately so that it may be layered next to each other and then completely frozen. This will give the creamsicle look and taste, part vanilla and part orange. Churning together would not be appropriate for this recipe.

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