Orange Ice Cream

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orange ice cream

You’re probably thinking “what”? But yeah, I said orange ice cream made from green oranges. Re-greened oranges that is. I’ve always wanted to make ice cream from fresh oranges, but honestly the fruit has to be good and sweet or you’ll end up with just so-so ice cream, instead of creamy deliciousness.

Now let me explain why I would make ice cream from oranges that are still green. You probably think that because the skin of an orange still has some green on it that they haven’t ripened all the way. Well, that’s what I thought too until I heard about re-greening.

I found out that Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather. Sunkist’s Chef Robert Danhi explains in this video –>> Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video why a Valencia orange sometimes “re-greens” while still hanging on the tree.  When they ripen on the tree, the oranges turn a bright orange, but warm temperatures can make the orange’s skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree. his can cause the orange color to look partly green.

I picked up a bag of Sunkist Valencia Oranges to experiment with.

As you can see, even though many of the oranges in this bag are partially green on the outside, the inside is still ripe, delicious and very orange! Hence, green is good! You learn a new thing everyday my mother always said. :)

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So in order to use some of these delicious beauties, I decided to churn up some simple orange ice cream. This turned out very yummy and full of orange flavor. I plan to make it again, only next time I will boil the freshly squeeze orange juice first, creating my own form of concentrate. My ice cream didn’t bind together as well as I would have liked and I think that was because of the water content in the juice. Reducing the juice would solve that issue and provide some fabulous concentrated orange flavor!


A few things to keep in mind about oranges:

1) You can squeeze fresh Valencia oranges and refrigerate the juice overnight. Cover it tightly place it into the refrigerator. You won’t lose any of that amazing fresh squeezed flavor or Vitamin C!

2) Use fresh orange juice in your breakfast smoothies for a power packed nutritional addition. Place 1/2 cup of juice and 1/2 cup of diced orange pieces into a blender. Add a peeled banana, some frozen berries and 1/2 cup of yogurt. Yum!

3) Cut fresh Valencia oranges into “smiles” for your kids. First cut the fruit in half crosswise; then cut 3 or 4 wedges from each half.

4) If you don’t have an orange peeler, don’t worry! Peeling a Valencia orange is easy. Simply trim a thin slice from each end of the fruit, then set orange on one end. Cut away strips of peel from top to bottom, until all peel is removed.

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Now on to the ice cream! You will also find some additional Sunkist citrus recipes here

Fresh Squeezed Orange Ice Cream

printable version

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice (about 4-5 medium Sunkist oranges)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange extract
2 drops each of yellow and red food coloring


Combine the sweetened condensed milk and the orange juice in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat for about ten minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Whisk together the milk, cream, vanilla, orange extract and food colorings.


Gently whisk both the orange juice mixture and the milk mixtures together. Pour the combined mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled.


Process the chilled mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove mixture to a covered freezer container and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours but overnight is best.


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  1. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says

    Oh my goodness, this sounds absolutely delicious! I've always loved orange sherbet so I know I'd love this orange ice cream. Great one, Amanda!

  2. Ann says

    Looks delicious – I never knew that about Valencia oranges, but I never steered away from them because they always seemed to have a bit of green…

  3. Corina says

    I keep seeing recipes for ice cream using condensed milk. As I'm quite new to ice-cream making I'm going to try and experiment with it in my next batch.

  4. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy says

    I was just thinking about orange ice cream yesterday! It sounds so good!


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