Dessert Recipes, Spring and Summer

Homemade Orange Sherbet Push Up Pops

Make orange sherbet push up pops at home. This yummy, refreshing frozen treat only requires three ingredients!

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Push Up Pops. Who remembers them?

Those frozen neon orange treats in cylindrical form. As a kid, I can remember reaching deep into a cold freezer chest in the corner of a dimly lit convenience store. The hum of the motor loud in my ears. The blast of cold air feels refreshing on a humid Mississippi summer’s day. My arm emerges with a white cardboard tube covered in a kaleidoscope of dots in the primary colors.

If the store’s freezer was worth a flip, sometimes the pop would be so frozen solid you’d have to mash the plastic stick against a counter or a door frame to get the sherbert up past the cardboard carton. Widespread slurping immediately followed. The more you slurped the tangy, creamy treat, the soggier the cardboard wrapper became. But at this point, who cared?

In my teenage years, the Flintstone’s took over the enterprise. And then, just like my childhood, Push Up Pops vanished. Occasionally, I am able to locate the Scooby-Doo variety in my local grocery store. But even then, it’s hit or miss.

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Fed up with the unreliable supply of one of my favorite summertime treats, I decided to make my own push up pops. I found these reusable plastic push up pop containers.

How to Make Orange Sherbet Push Up Pops

The actual sherbet recipe only contains three ingredients! Why have I not done this sooner?!? Once I mixed all the ingredients together, I poured the mixture into my ice cream maker. While the sherbet is still soft, carefully spoon them into the plastic pop molds. I found it helpful to keep a butter knife on hand to help remove any trapped air bubbles and level off the top. Then I positioned them upright in my upright freezer (I stuck the stick in between the spaces of my wire shelves in my upright freezer) for several hours to harden.

I was pleasantly surprised by the results. You can adjust the orange soda/pineapple juice ratio to give the pops more orange flavor. But overall, they tasted just like the treat I remember from growing up. Big Brother is my harshest recipe critic (Is it a phase? Good grief, I hope so), but even he couldn’t resist.

Make homemade orange sherbet push up pops right at home. This yummy, refreshing frozen treat only requires three ingredients!

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Orange Sherbet Push Up Pops

Make orange sherbet push up pops at home. This yummy, refreshing frozen treat only requires three ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pineapple juice chilled
  • 1 2-liter bottle orange soft drink, chilled
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Pour ingredients into the bowl of an ice cream mixer (I had to work in batches. I couldn't fit the entire bowl into my ice cream maker. Store the remainder in the fridge for the next batch). Process sherbet according to manufacturers directions.
  • While the sherbert is still soft. carefully pour it into plastic molds. Freeze upright for several hours until hard.

9 Comments

  1. How many people have an ice cream maker. ???????

    • Probably more than you think. At least in the South. Check Bed, Bath and Beyond.

    • Jessica Davis

      If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can use a metal bowl and instead of sweetened condensed milk use heavy whipping cream add the remaining ingredients cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 5 hours.

  2. Could you use orange juice? If you just mix the ingredients and pour straight into pop molds, would you have to use the ice cream maker?

  3. I know this is an old post but do you remember where you got your push pop molds from and did the leak at the bottom when you made them?

    • Hi! I bought them from Amazon. Midway through the post I include a link to the exact molds I used. I have used them several times since and have never had them leak from the bottom.

  4. 5 stars
    I love push ups

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