Mama’s Trashy-Good Orange Crush Sherbet

Desserts, Ice Cream, Mad Men, Originals / Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Parchment paper. Ramekins. Candy thermometers. These are tools for when it’s less than 100 degrees F outside.

But when you make that first trip to the mailbox that leaves you sweating like a whore in church, it’s time to downshift into Summer Mode and survive on foods that require as little effort as possible. Leftover peach cobbler for breakfast. Tomato sandwiches. Big salads. Vegetable plates. Pimento cheese. BLTs. And a batch of Mama’s Trashy-Good Orange Crush Sherbet.

My mom has been making this sherbet since the beginning of time. When Adam and Eve were booted from the Garden of Eden, my mom handed them each a cone of orange sherbet and told them to stay out of the tall grass or they’d get chiggers. I can’t imagine a summer without a bowl. Sure, you could make an orange sherbet with actual fruit juices, but something about the trashy triumvirate of Orange Crush soda, sweetened condensed milk and canned crushed pineapple makes me giddy. Stir them together, pour them directly into your ice cream maker, and you get an orange sherbet that tastes like a Creamsicle on crack.

So sweet. So cold. So, so wrong.

Mama’s Trashy-Good Orange Crush Sherbet

From Rebecca Crump (

This recipe is sized for a 1-1/2-quart ice cream maker. If you have a larger machine, double the ingredients. Feel free to substitute other fruit-flavored sodas and/or canned or fresh fruit.

Makes 8 servings

  • 3 12-ounce cans (or half of a 2-liter bottle) of Orange Crush
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  1. Combine Orange Crush, sweetened condensed milk and pineapple in a bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker’s freezer container.
  3. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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26 thoughts on “Mama’s Trashy-Good Orange Crush Sherbet

  1. I just got entirely too excited about this. Brilliant! They make like 20398423 flavors of Crush now apparently, I wonder if you could mix it up?

  2. Mommow and I would like to announce that the "sweating in church…" was not part of any family story handed down through the ages.

  3. can we be friends? your wording for this recipe have me convinced that i need an ice cream maker asap so that i can make this creamsicle on crack!

      1. yep. made it.
        you need to rename this "heals a broken heart" trashy orange sherbet.
        because really, it does. at least it takes it to a dull ache.

  4. Haha. "Sweating like a whore in church." See, THAT'S why this is one of my favorite blogs. :) And, yes, this recipe looks oh so wrong. I might just have to make it…

  5. holy crap, if my triplets weren't still making me scream at them at 9:30pm, i'd be making this now. that sounds too good to be legal.

  6. It's pure FATE that I just bought a brand spankin' new ice cream maker not long ago. <3 Yes, oh yes…the trashy sherbet will be mine!!

  7. Hi, Rebecca. I hadn't come across "sweating like a whore in church" in decades. How could I have forgotten it?!? Somehow, I can't think of any other food site which would have such a memorable turn-of-phrase, along with Orange Crush, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed pineapple.

    Thanks for making me laugh,


  8. I have been refusing to buy an ice cream maker .. I am a faraid of the damage i could do with one. However, I sooo want to try this. :0 I also love your story with it. Great job!

  9. Whoa – that does sound amazingly good. I just had a Stewart's Orange n' Cream soda for the first time in years. I bet it'd be good with that too. They were my fave when I was younger – now I only drink them now and then.

    Looks refreshing!

  10. This is absolutely Southern-iced-tea sweet – so sweet it makes your teeth hurt! I make ice cream twice a week (Gin and Tonic Sorbet is always…always…in the freezer) and the kids often don't like my Ginger/Chocolate or Basil/Strawberry pairings. Well, I didn't get any complaints with this one. They love it. It's good as a slushy with a little vodka for a more grown-up version, too. Love to read your blog and have made several things…all very good. Thanks.

  11. I'm sure glad I found your blog Rebecca : ) the "Sweating like a Whore in church" phrase it's hilarious, I have never heard that before….loved it : )
    I have to try this recipe, orange-cream is my flavor of choice in ice-cream, popsicle or gelato, I remember my dad would take me and my sister to a small family owned italian restaurant (i'm from venezuela, and we have a big italian community in my home town) for spaghetti Bolognese and gelato, and my ice cream cone was always a scoop of orange gelato with a scoop of vanilla…absolutely delicious! the flavors where so intense, so I'm definitely going to try to make your recipe: )

    Thanks again

  12. This is wonderful!! I saw the recipe last week…told my sister about it…she owns the ice cream freezer….and it was sooooo good. We doubled the batch. Kids and adults all thought it was soooooo good. We are already thinking of other flavors to make. When I was a kid a local ice cream place sold grape pineapple ice cream….that is the next flavor on my list.
    Thank you for the great recipe :)

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