I wanted to call these creamsicles… Why, I don’t know. They are pale orange and the yogurt makes them kind of creamy. Have I ever had a creamsicle? No… I had no idea what they were. My husband promptly described the joys of creamsicles from his youth, alas these are not them. Maybe I’ll give it a try in the future- minus the artificial orange color.
Side note: The words Creamsicle and Popsicle are both copyrighted-please note The Well Floured Kitchen will not be calling any recipes by those names.
But these pops are refreshing, quick and super healthy. All thanks to my ZOKU. Do you Zoku? (sorry, couldn’t resist). Of course, these can be made in any pop mold. They are basically a frozen smoothie.
But before I share the recipe, I must digress down the path of Orange Juice. We don’t drink juice around here, but until about a year ago I did allow orange juice purchased from the refrigerated section. You know the containers that say “100% Pure Juice”. Certainly that was a reasonable juice compromise? I mean you can’t expect a mama to fresh squeeze a thousand oranges each morning.
It turns out there is a lot of unlabeled ingredients in those juice cartons. The fresh squeezed orange juice has the oxygen removed from it, to increase the shelf life. This process destroys the flavor of the orange juice, so when it is time to sell the juice, the companies add back in something called a “flavor pack” to give the juice the consistent taste the consumer wants. What is in those flavor packs? No one really knows, as that is trade secret. They avoid the labeling requirements because the added flavors are derived from orange peel. How they chemically manipulate the naturally derived flavors is not important to the FDA.
As I ponder, it makes sense, the orange juice does taste exactly the same no matter what time of year. I never considered how…
Sadly, the news broke all over the place with articles like “The Secret Ingredient in Your Orange Juice”, and “Orange Juice’s Secret”. Alissa Hamilton even wrote a whole book; Squeezed. Prefer video? she explains more in this interview. Oh dear, sometimes I wish I was a little less informed….
Happily, there are a few brands not using the flavor packs, such as 365 and Uncle Matt’s. Be forewarned, they are pricey, and therefore a treat around here. Literally cheers go up when the Jug is spotted (unless I accidentally buy extra pulp..sorry!)
And of course you can squeeze your own oranges. You only need 3/4 cup for these pops, so I promise it won’t take all day!
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