Orange Blossom + Basil Push Up Popsicles
Hey ‘90s kids. Remember these Flintstones Push Pops?! I have fond memories of pulling these out of the freezer on sweltering days at my grandparent’s house. Nothing was quite as thrilling as peeling back the little paper wrapper, pushing off the plastic top and sliding that creamsicle-like center up just enough for it to peek over its cardboard shroud before devouring it, neon orange dribbling down my swimsuit. They were heaven on a hot day. I thought it would be so fun to recreate them, with a little update and a twist of course.
These are still very much reminiscent of a creamsicle but with the added botanical note of orange blossom and fragrant basil. They are light and creamy and totally refreshing! And they come together in about 10 minutes (minus freezing time, of course) so they’re a breeze to make too. And while the push pops are so fun, you can also totally make these and just use regular popsicle molds or even Dixie cups if you want! Enjoy!
Orange Blossom + Basil Push UP Popsicles
makes 12 push pops
2 c whole milk greek yogurt (not low or no fat)
1 c sweetened condensed milk
3 whole oranges, peeled and cut into segments
zest of 3 oranges
2 t orange blossom water
1 T vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/4 c fresh basil, roughly chopped
orange slices, for garnish (optional)
If using the push pop molds like I did, you’ll need something for them to freeze upright in and stay stabilized until frozen. I just used an empty box up-side down and punched holes in it. Then I placed the push pop molds in the holes, making sure the base of the mold was flush with the box (the stick of the pop will be inside the box through the hole). Set aside. You can also totally use whatever popsicle mold you’d like.
In a high-powered blender, blend the orange segments until liquefied. Transfer to a large bowl along with the sweetened condensed milk, yogurt, orange zest, orange blossom water, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add in the basil and and stir to combine. Transfer to a measuring cup or pitcher with a spout (your blender works great for this too!). Pour into popsicle molds and top with orange slices, if you’d like. Pop the lids on and freeze overnight.