We all have childhood memories: memories that can be brought back unexpectedly by the simplest things: a picture, a smell, a song, a word. When we realize we can’t go back to these simpler times, sometimes we want to re-create them.
That doesn’t always work though. Have you ever gone back to a restaurant that you’ve dreamed about re-visiting after you ate an ever-so-memorable meal there, only to be disappointed at the reality? Or for you movie lovers, watched a movie that you used to love, only to find out it wasn’t as funny as you remembered?
I have. It’s depressing.
Sometimes it makes me scared to re-create things, or to return to certain places. Should I just keep my happy memory safe and sound? Or should I take the chance and see if it brings joy into my much older adult life?
My husband was obsessed with this seafood soup that he had last year in Venice. Once I realized we were returning to Venice this year, I knew he had to go back and enjoy it again. After hours of searching, I found our credit card bill from last year with the name of the restaurant, found it’s location, and back we went this year. I was so worried it wasn’t going to live up to his expectations.
It did. Or at least I think it did. I don’t think he would have the heart to sadden me by saying it didn’t. He ate in almost silence, slurping up the beautiful Venetian seafood that he enjoyed, probably wondering if THIS was the last time he would do so.
That doesn’t always happen. I’ve gone home to Toronto and visited many a restaurant that we used to, only to find that it just wasn’t like I remembered. Maybe it was the same, maybe it was ME that changed. Whatever the case, it wasn’t the same.
When I was dripping in 85% humidity the other day I thought of creamsicles. They were my popsicle of choice during my childhood. I’ve always loved orange anything (hence the name of my blog). Once I remembered them, I chastised myself for not thinking of them earlier! What is wrong with me?! I’ve been making ice-cream for years now and I didn’t think of creamsicles?
Shame on me.
Then I wondered …. will it taste the same, or will I ruin my childhood memory of my favorite summer-time treat?
I was willing to take the risk.
I’m glad I did.
This recipe is super easy and while it does not look like the bright orange creamsicle of my childhood, it could, but I decided to leave out the orange food coloring. It certainly doesn’t look like it, but it tastes like it, maybe even better.
I’m glad I took the risk. Try it, you’ll be glad too.
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2-3 oranges, peeled, make sure there are no seeds
- 4 TAB sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add oranges, orange juice, and sugar to a blender. Liquefy for about 30 seconds. Add vanilla and whipping cream and process for a minute. You want the mixture to be thick but not stiff. If it’s still runny, process for another minute. (I have a semi-broken, one-speed only blender at ultra-high speed so I only had to do this once). Spoon the mixture into your popsicle molds. Put in freezer. After about an hour, insert popsicle sticks, the mixture should now be solid enough so the sticks won’t move around. Freeze 4-6 hours or overnight.
Makes 8 creamsicles
*I used 3 large oranges when I made it as the more orange flavor I could get, the better. If you use smaller oranges like mandarins, use 6.