These easy tangelo creamsicles are a sweet, tangy, fun twist on the classic orange creamsicle that will take you back to your childhood.
What is a creamsicle?
A creamsicle is technically a popsicle with an ice cream core. It can be any mix of sweet and creamy flavors. Although you can make a true creamsicle with something like a Zoku pop maker many recipes, including mine simplify things by mixing the flavors together.
What is a tangelo
Tangelos are a type of citrus hybrid. In Australia, tangelos are usually a cross between mandarins and grapefruit and are sold as the Minneola variety. In other parts of the world, they can be a cross between a mandarin and a pomelo. They are sweet like a mandarin but tangier than an orange due to the grapefruit. They have a distinctive knob-like shape at one end that gives them an almost pear-like appearance.
What is greek yogurt?
The creaminess in this recipe is provided by greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is traditionally yogurt that has been strained to remove some of the liquid or whey, resulting in a thicker, creamier yogurt with the same distinctive taste. It is sometimes called Greek-style yogurt and in modern times can be produced in a variety of ways.
Tangelos - available from some supermarkets and fruit and veg stores. If you can't get tangelos you can substitute equal amounts of mandarin and grapefruit juice. These also work well with freshly squeezed orange juice as classic orange creamsicles.
Greek yogurt - full-fat works best for this. Also sold as Greek-style yogurt. You could use regular natural yogurt but the popsicles won't be as creamy.
Vanilla essence - you can use vanilla essence or extract for this recipe in the same amount. I don't recommend using vanilla beans for this recipe, it's expensive and probably not worth the extra cost.
Castor sugar - regular white sugar. You could also use raw sugar if it's all you have, but I don't recommend using other sugars such as powdered sugar or brown sugar.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Cut the tangelos in half and squeeze out the juice. It's easiest to do this with a citrus juicer. Strain the jug and add to a jug or deep-sided bowl you can use an immersion blender in.
Add the greek yogurt and vanilla and blend well. Taste the mix. If it's too sour add a little sugar. I added one tablespoon (15 grams) of sugar which was enough to take off the sour edge but still leave a wonderful tang. My youngest loved them, but my eldest wanted it sweeter, so adjust as needed for your family.
Hot tip: make sure there is room in your freezer for your popsicle moulds before filling them and transferring them to the freezer, or there will be tears!
🥣 How to serve the creamsicles
Carefully remove from molds and enjoy!
💭 How to store the creamsicles
If you have any creamsicles that don't get gobbled up immediately you can store these in an airtight container lined with parchment paper in the freezer for up to a month. After this, the flavor may start to dull.
Looking for more yummy desert recipes?
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- Popsicle molds and sticks
- immersion blender or food processor
- 1 & ¾ cups (450mls) tangelo juice *approximately 4 tangelos
- ½ cup and 2 tablespoons (150ml) full fat greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon (15gms) granulated sugar *optional, adjust to your taste
- Cut tangelos in half and squeeze juice. Strain into a deep bowl you can use an immersion blender in or food processor.
- Add vanilla essence and greek yogurt and blend well.
- Taste the mix and add sugar as needed. Blend well.
- Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze until set, ideally overnight
- Remove from molds and enjoy!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.