Orange Push-Ups

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 $12 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.

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11 Responses to Orange Push-Ups

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

    • 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!

  2. 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.

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