Frugal Foodie Mama: Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats

Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.
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Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.

It is safe to say that my family and I do quite a bit of entertaining during the holiday season. Whether it is a cookie baking get-together, a little informal shindig with friends, or a full blown Christmas dinner, our home is always full and busy each weekend of December. No matter the reason or theme of the holiday get-together, one thing is definitely guaranteed- everyone will get thirsty at some point. That is why I made it a point to head to my local Walmart early on in December and stock up on some of everyone's favorites in 2 liters and 0.5 liter 6packs - A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, Sun Drop®, RC Cola®, & Squirt®.

One of my favorite festive flavor combinations for the holidays is cranberry and orange, so I decided to whip up an easy and creamy float perfect for the holidays using the Sunkist®. I mean, who doesn't love an ice cream float? ;) I used fresh cranberries and oranges in a simple, no churn ice cream recipe to create these delicious & refreshing Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats...

Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.
Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4+ hours freezing time
Ingredients (Serves 8-10)
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Zest & juice for half of a fresh orange
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz whipped topping, thawed
  • Sunkist® beverage (I used 1 16.9 oz bottle per 2 servings.)
  • Fresh cranberries for garnishing, optional
Instructions
In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange zest & juice. Heat over medium heat stirring often until the cranberries pop and the mixture begins to thicken slightly, about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, add in the milk, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 5-6 minutes. Now add in the cooled cranberry-orange mixture and beat until well combined. Fold in the thawed whipped topping. Transfer to a freezer safe container and place in the freezer. Mix with a rubber spatula after 1 hour of freezing, and then again once each hour for the next 2 hours. Freeze for at least 4 hours & up to overnight.

To prepare the floats
Allow the ice cream to sit out at room temperature at least 15-20 minutes before scooping. Homemade ice cream freezes harder than store bought ice creams.
Add a large scoop of the cranberry orange ice cream to a glass. Pour in enough of the Sunkist® to fill the glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries and pop in a festive straw.
Enjoy!
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I just love that Walmart is helping me to save even more by stocking up on my holiday entertaining drink essentials. Throughout the month of December when you buy any ten 2-liters or any five 0.5 liter 6packs of A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, Sun Drop®, RC Cola®, & Squirt®, you can receive a $5 VUDU credit. Redeeming is easy, peasy- just purchase your favorite beverages (listed above) at Walmart, snap a photo of your receipt with your cell phone, create an account, and submit online. Within 48 hours, you will receive a $5 VUDU movie credit & will be one step closer to enjoying a relaxing movie night at home with family or friends! :)
Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.

Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.

These Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats make for very easy holiday entertaining. Just whip up the ice cream the night before & set out at room temperature 15-20 minutes before you are ready to serve up these floats. Drop a large scoop or two of the ice cream in a glass, pour in the Sunkist® to fill the glass, and drop in a few fresh cranberries on top for a pretty & festive presentation. Voila! 
Fresh cranberries & oranges give a classic ice cream treat a festive holiday twist in these Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Floats.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AMP Agency. The opinions and text are all mine.