Orange Push-Ups

Dairy and Egg-Free Orange Push-Up Recipe |

Wow. Record heat! To tweak a phrase from the mayor of Chicago, never let a good weather pattern go to waste…and this scorcher was the perfect opportunity to buy a new gadget and recreate one of my childhood favorites.  I love orange sherbet push-ups.  My grandmother used to buy them from the Schwan’s man, along with Drumsticks and we’d have them while watching Hee-Haw, Carol Burnett, Beverly Hillbillies or Lawrence Welk.

A few years ago, I made a serious effort at building a cardboard tube and plunger for homemade push-ups. The results were predictably disastrous and I gave up. Then a few days ago, I decided to Google again…just in case I wasn’t the only one 2 years ago wanting to do this and some capitalist genius picked up the ball and ran with it. Yeah capitalism! Apparently, since my time of push-up defeat, push-ups have become the new cake pop and plastic push-up containers are both ubiquitous and cheap.  I scored a dozen for $15 on Amazon, with lids and all. Happy summer, stay cool!

Orange Push-Ups
  • 3 cups Silk soy creamer (about 1½ pints)
  • 20 regular marshmallows
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • 2 T. oil ( I used avocado, canola or soy would be fine)
  • Orange food coloring (optional, but live a little)
  1. Put the marshmallows in a big microwave safe bowl (I have an 8 cup Pyrex bowl that is perfect for this)
  2. Heat for 1-2 minutes, until soft and puffy.
  3. Whisk the soft marshmallows with ½ cup soy creamer until smooth. You may have to return the mixture to the microwave for another minute or so to get the marshmallows to fully melt into the creamer.
  4. Add the remaining 2½ cups of creamer, orange juice concentrate & oil. Add a little orange food coloring if it needs to be jazzed up.
  5. Cool the mixture down in the freezer or refrigerator before pouring into an ice cream maker to freeze. I have a Cuisinart that is wonderful.
  6. Spoon into push-up containers and freeze. Makes 12.


  1. Elisabeth says

    Interesting!!! I wonder if So Delicious Coconut Creamer would work to make this soy–free…?

  2. Elizabeth Patter says

    There you go again posting recipes that make me order more kitchen gadgets on Amazon! I just can’t help myself. 😉

    • Meg says

      I’m very good at that, and happy to share my gadget addiction! The worst part is that I actually do the math…and determine how much I’d spend on the regular food version if I didn’t have allergic kids, or in cases where an allergy-free version is available, I factor in the cost of that…and then I justify my purchase in my own mind! So in this case, a box of Schwan’s orange push-ups costs the same as buying a dozen push-up containers! Must buy!

  3. laura says

    just a heads up for those who care, regular marshmellos aren’t vegan. you can find good substitutes but they don’t melt quite the same.

    • Meg says

      This is correct Laura. Some of my recipes are accidentally vegan, but none of my ice cream recipes are!

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  5. angela says

    It actually makes me sad enough to well my eyes with tears, when I think about Schwan, I was a baby when my mom first started ordering food from them. The rasberry pushups were absolutely the most refreshing snack, paired with a glass of ice cold water. There icecream in the push ups were delicious, and wholesome. They earned their reputation, but given enough time and they sold out. Check the ingredients of the pushems there like four different kinds of sugars. Besides corn syrup folliwed by high fructose. Why? I thought they would always remain valued merchants, perhaps theyre expensive but the foid was really worth it. Good size portions, good quality food, but how much of that is even true anymore. Heres the deal, im not really sure WHY you need oil to make pushups but at least offer people an alternative that isnt damaging to their health. EXCUSE ME ANYONE INTERESTED IN MAKING THIS PLEASE DO NOT EVER USE CANOLA OIL IT IS VERY HARMFUL, AND SOY IS A TERRIBLE CHOICE AS WELL. Soy has estrogen, so unless your hormones are in optimum health and you dont plan on sharing this with any males especially developing boys, then go ahead with soy. Healthy and more appetizing choices would be GRAPESEED OIL (Dont confuse with Rapeseed that stuff is like poison) anyway COCONUT OIL, &THE BEST OF THEM ALL JOJOBA OIL which is soooo good for you, and since its really a wax in oil form, it is subject to a different reaction to ones body which flushes it out. It wont stick to you, or cause weight gain, its a beautiful thing. So there you have it, hope you guys read this and benefit from actual healthier decisions.


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