Today, I bring you this marvelous, no-churn creamsicle ice cream recipe. For fans of dreamsicles and any orange and vanilla combination, this one’s for you.

I truly love making no-churn ice cream these days, and this one is a real winner. I hope you give it a try and that you love it!

You may also want to give my chocolate caramel ice cream and peppermint ice cream a try. For ease of browsing, you can find all my ice cream recipes in one place. Thanks for stopping by! Now let’s get into this ice cream.

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A dish of creamsicle ice cream with container and scoop in the background.

I tried it! It worked great! It tastes delicious. My family loves it. I used heavy cream, evaporated milk, 1/4 cup organic cane sugar, orange juice concentrate, vanilla extract, and salt. I chose to whisk it. I over did it a little, but it came out great. Thank you for the recipe.

Pinner Jessica

Creamsicle Ice Cream, At a Glance

✅Skill Level: Beginner
✅Skills: Whipping Cream, Controlling Mouthfeel
✅Type: No-Churn Ice Cream
✅Number of Ingredients: 6
✅Prep Time: 20 minutes
✅Freezer Time: 6 hours
✅Yield: 2 quarts or 6-8 servings

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Why Make This Ice Cream?

In a word (or 3 words): Orange. Juice. Concentrate.

This is the magic ingredient that provides concentrated orange flavor but not a lot of extra liquid.

And that means creamy, not icy, ice cream.

Other recipes call for orange juice, but all that does is add a ton of water and just a touch of orange flavor.

If you want full-on orange flavor that cuts through the cream, the concentrate is the way to go.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Perfect No-Churn Ice Cream

Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share with you some things I’ve learned from making many different flavors of no churn ice cream.

  1. Chill your sweetened condensed milk in the fridge overnight. Having the cream and the sweetened condensed milk at the same temperature makes for a more stable foam when you whip it.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and the heavy cream to your mixing bowl at the same time. Whipping to stiff peaks and then folding in the sweetened condensed milk takes extra time and is not necessary. The cream will whip just fine with the condensed milk in it.
  3. Whip just until the mixture is about the texture of melted ice cream. The cream should just barely mound up in the bowl before sinking back in and the whisk should leave tracks in the cream. Whipping any more than that means that your no churn ice cream won’t melt the same way traditionally churned ice cream melts. Personally, I like a little pool of melted ice cream at the bottom of my bowl!
  4. Stir mix-ins (if any) in by hand. Your ice cream base will be thick enough to suspend anything you want to mix in, and you don’t need to use the mixer. Just fold in whatever you’re mixing in–candy pieces, crumbled cookies, etc–evenly by hand and then pour into your container.

Do I Need a Stand Mixer for This?

No, you don’t. I use mine because it makes short work of the mixing, but I have also used a hand mixer. It works out just fine.

Be aware that the mixing will take more time than it will if you use a stand mixer. Keep an eye on the texture and all will be well!

Making This Creamsicle Ice Cream Step by Step

A round metal container of dreamsicle ice cream.

This is a pretty easy ice cream to make. As you can see, it’s a swirled ice cream. For no churn, this means that I:

  • mixed together a base
  • removed a portion of that base and added additional ingredients to it
  • swirled the two ice cream bases together in the container

Ingredients

If you don’t need any more convincing, feel free to head straight down to the recipe card.

It’s a short list! Here we go:

Collage of ingredients for making orange vanilla ice cream.
  • heavy cream: no substitutes here. This provides the fat and the body for the ice cream
  • sweetened condensed milk: a reader substituted evaporated milk and sugar for the sweetened condensed milk, and she said it worked really well. I have not tried it, but this is definitely an option if you don’t have sweetened consdensed milk on hand
  • orange juice concentrate: provides a ton of orange flavor with minimal additional water, so it’s perfect for this ice cream. DO NOT substitute regular orange juice
  • salt: brings out all the flavors and counteracts any bitterness you might pick up from the concentrated OJ
  • vanilla: since creamsicle is vanilla plus orange, the vanilla rounds out the flavor profile. You could potentially leave it out, but I love the creaminess and floral notes vanilla brings
  • orange food coloring (optional): not strictly necessary, but using some orange food coloring will make it look more like store-bought creamsicle ice cream

Method

As most no-churn recipes are, this one is pretty easy to make. There are just a couple of extra steps you need to take to make the swirl.

  1. Whip together the heavy cream, most of the sweetened condensed milk, a little orange juice concentrate, salt and vanilla until the consistency of melted ice cream.
  2. Remove about half of the mixture to another bowl.
  3. Whisk in additional orange juice concentrate and orange food coloring (if desired) into that portion.
  4. Alternate adding the two bases to your container.
  5. Swirl together with a knife.
  6. Freeze at least 6 hours. Overnight is even better.

Leaving Out Some Sweetened Condensed Milk

The only difference between making a regular no-churn ice cream and this version is that I didn’t use a whole can of sweetened condensed milk.

Why? OJ concentrate contains a lot of sugar, and adding more sugar to an already sweet base could potentially affect how firmly the ice cream sets up in the freezer.

Or worse yet, it might not freeze all the way at all.

So, to compensate, leave out a little of the sweetened condensed milk, replacing it with a portion of orange juice concentrate to keep the sugar more or less in balance.

Why Use Orange Juice Concentrate?

Creamsicle ice cream close up in metal container.

The main issue is water content, but there’s another issue to consider as well.

Orange juice concentrate, by its nature, has much less water than “whole” orange juice and more intense orange flavor.

Using whole orange juice wouldn’t provide enough orange flavor alone, so you’d have to amp that up by using some extract, orange oil, or maybe adding a bunch of orange zest.

Using those additional flavorings isn’t the end of the world, but the more vital issue is the water content. Whole orange juice is mostly water, and adding a lot of water to a creamy ice cream base would result in too hard a set and an icy mouthfeel. And we don’t want that. We want creamy.

Serving Suggestions

Bowl of dreamsicle ice cream.

Obviously, this ice cream is wonderful on its own in a bowl or nestled into a waffle cone.

But up the orange-vanilla ante by serving it with some of my blood orange caramel sauce poured over it. You won’t be sorry!

Plop a scoop or two on top of a whipped cream pound cake. Perfect birthday party fare!

Your no churn Creamsicle Ice cream recipe is fantastic!  I made it this weekend.
Thanks for great instructions!

Reader Dorsie

Questions?

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If your question is more pressing, please feel free to email me. I should be back in touch ASAP, as long as I’m not asleep.

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Bowl of dreamsicle ice cream.

No Churn Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe

Jennifer Field
This creamsicle ice cream is an orange and vanilla lover's dreamsicle come true! No churn ice cream is so easy to make, you can have this in your freezer in about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Course Ice Cream Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts
Calories 244 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pint 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1 can minus 3 level Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk cold
  • 5.5 oz orange juice concentrate divided use
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • 2-3 drops orange food coloring optional

Instructions
 

  • Place the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, 2 oz of the orange juice concentrate, salt, and vanilla in the bowl of your stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer).
  • Save the rest of the sweetened condensed milk for another use (it’s good in coffee!)
  • Whip until the mixture is nice and thick but nowhere near even soft peaks. Whisk should leave tracks in your cream, and the cream should mound just a little in the bowl before sinking back in somewhat. See Video for texture if you’re unsure.
  • Pour 10 oz of your mixture into another bowl.
  • To that bowl, add 3.5 oz orange juice concentrate and a couple of drops of orange food coloring. Whisk to combine evenly.
  • Alternate pouring the main base and the orange base into your container. Swirl the two together a bit with a knife, making sure to leave plenty of white and orange streaks.
  • Freeze at least 6 hours and preferably overnight.
  • Store in a sealed container. You can press plastic wrap down onto the surface of the ice cream to prevent any off flavors from your freezer.

Did You Make Any Changes?

Video

Notes

How Long Does It Last?

Enjoy your ice cream within 2 weeks of making. It might keep longer, but the flavor will be best within the first couple of weeks.

Chocolate Chip Variation

Melt 3 oz dark chocolate or chocolate chips in the microwave. Spread very thinly onto a non-stick foil-lined pan, and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Once the chocolate has set, crumple up the foil to break the sheet of chocolate into small pieces. Pour half into the vanilla base and half into the orange base.
Stir each gently and then combine the two mixtures in your freezer container. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 28.3gProtein: 4.4gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 8.2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 101mgSugar: 26.1g
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8 Comments

  1. Where did you get the metal container that’s in the picture of your ice cream? I would LOVE to have a few just for the no-churn ice creams.

    1. Hi, Connie! That container is an 8″ x 3″ round cake pan. It’s Wilton brand, although you can also find them made by Fat Daddio. No lid, but I always press plastic wrap onto the surface of the ice cream, and that seems to provide plenty of protection against frost and odd flavors.

      1. Thank you for the quick reply! Believe it or not, I just recently “discovered” no-churn ice cream. At 56 y/o I figured I had seen or heard of pretty much everything lol. After trying your orange creamsicle recipe (it only lasted two days) I’m making a banana split no-churn ice cream. I made the “base” using ripe bananas with chopped maraschino cherries mixed in. I then swirled in cool whip, Hershey’s chocolate and homemade strawberry ‘syrup’. It is in the freezer waiting to be devoured.
        I’m so glad that I found your website and can’t wait to try your other recipes.

  2. Well, since you overcame your fear of John, perhaps there’s hope that one day you’ll develop a fondness for carrots….

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