5 Creamsicle Recipes to Get You Through the August Heat

Vanilla-and-Cider Panna Cottas with Spiced-Ginger Cookies
Photo: © John Kernick

Is there anything that pulls at those nostalgia strings more than a Creamsicle? The orange-and-vanilla combination is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, and the classic popsicles are an ideal way to beat the heat. So we've pulled together five recipes that echo the flavors of this summertime favorite with a little flair.

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Tangelo Creamsicles

Tangelo Creamsicles

Chef Suzanne Goin's refreshing take on a creamsicle is as easy as 1-2-eat. It's kind of like a root beer float but with citrus juice as the liquid. All you need is a cup, a spoon, vanilla ice cream, and tangelo juice—but orange juice works just as well.

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Vanilla Old-Fashioned

Vanilla Old-Fashioned

This one is for those who'd like their Creamsicle in liquid form. Muddled vanilla bean and orange zest are reminiscent of the classic childhood flavors, but then there's the addition of bourbon to make this drink adults-only.

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Vanilla-Orange Flan

Vanilla-Orange Flan

Chef Jose Garces' vanilla-orange flan isn't a Creamsicle per se, but the flavors are all there, with the addition of salt, basil, and Cointreau.

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Buttermilk Creamsicle Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Creamsicle Panna Cotta
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This isn't your typical panna cotta. Orange zest and orange juice are combined with bay leaves and peppercorns to create a spicy citrus flavor that works so well with the creamy buttermilk gel.

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Vanilla-and-Cider Panna Cottas with Spiced Ginger Cookies

Vanilla-and-Cider Panna Cottas with Spiced-Ginger Cookies
© John Kernick

Although this dessert doesn't have the orange-and-cream flavor profile, chef Shawn McClain likens the panna cotta to a Creamsicle because it combines tangy notes with creamy ones.

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