Refreshing Orange Ice Recipe
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Refreshing Orange Ice Recipe

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This sherbet has been part of my family's Thanksgiving tradition for three generations. We eat it along with the rest of the meal...the tangy, creamy flavor complements the turkey and all the trimmings.—Carol Lydon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 124 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (27g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in orange juice concentrate, lemon juice and remaining water. Transfer to a freezer-proof bowl. Cover and freeze until firm.
  2. Remove from the freezer. Beat until blended. Beat in cream. Cover and return to freezer. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Refreshing Orange Ice in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p146

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Our family has a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tradition that is very similar; we just don't use the half & half. This sounds yummy too!"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"This tasted good but it took a long time to freeze. It took me two days before I could eat it! I had to freeze it then thaw it then freeze it again."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"Wow! This was a hit! I made this for a church youth rally of about 400 people. Everyone was asking for the recipe. When I made it, I did not wait until the mixture was fully frozen before adding the half and half. I just waited until it was cooled enough not to curdle the cream. I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and poured a touch of 7-up over it. Delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day! Looks like this will be a YouthStock tradition!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"Couldn't resist. A secret in our kitchens....for a easy vanilla sauce...simply let a rich full bodied ice cream melt! Simply do the same as the picture displayed with this recipe...the only difference - have the bottom covered with the secret vanilla sauce!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"ehlm, You could add vanilla ice cream into the recipe but it would change the consistency of it. Being a retired chef, might I recommend that you take a mini scoop and make ice cream balls - place on a cookie sheet and freeze a few days in advance of your bunco group for ease. When frozen, simply move to a storage container or large ziploc. Artfully arrange mediums balls of orange ice with the smaller ice cream balls with a slight drizzle of dark chocolate sauce in clear/footed glasses for eye appeal as well!"

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