Tiger Tail Frozen Yogurt

Tiger Tail was my favorite ice cream flavor as a child, which was very unusual for me since I love chocolate so much! Here is a frozen yogurt version - my adult interpretation of a childhood favorite.

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Tiger Tail Frozen Yogurt

  • Prep Time: 20 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Servings:
    Makes 1 pint


  • zest of 1 orange finely grated (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • pinch salt
  • 3 drops red food color
  • 4 drops yellow food color
Licorice Caramel
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • teaspoons anise extract
  • 3 drops blue food color
  • 3 drops red food color
  • 3 drops green food color


  1. Combine the orange zest and cream cheese in a bowl. Add the sugar and beat well. Add the yogurt, orange juice and salt and whisk to combine and break up any lumps. Add the food color to color the base a nice orange. Chill well.
  2. Make the licorice caramel. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Heat over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and starts to bubble. Do not stir the sugar as it melts and bubbles, but swirl it gently in the pan instead. Just as the sugar starts to turn slightly tan in color, add the heavy cream and anise extract. The mixture will seize up, but it will melt down again. Now stir the caramel together and add the butter. Stir in the food color to turn the caramel black. Remove from the heat and chill to room temperature.
  3. Churn half of this frozen yogurt base at a time according to your ice cream maker instructions. When the frozen yogurt has set, transfer it to a wide container. Drizzle streaks of the licorice caramel over the top and then freeze while you churn the second half of the frozen yogurt base. Add the second batch of frozen yogurt on top of the first frozen batch and let it solidify fully in the freezer. When it’s time to serve, scoop the frozen yogurt perpendicular to the streaks of caramel so you can see the tiger tail design.
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  1. 5 stars
    My son and I tried this ice cream and it’s AMAZING!!! Couldn’t believe that we actually pulled off the licorice caramel. Thoroughly thrilled with this recipe. Thanks Merideth!

    1. Hi Kathy. If you don’t like black licorice flavor just omit the anise extract from the recipe.

  2. this is my fave as a kid too, and completely forgot about it since I have never seen it since moving to the states over 35 years ago, but had it on my visit home last year…oh I want to try this..but wish we could just get it here. Hugs, Di

    1. Hi Gail, I’m very biased in this regard since I have a Blue Jean Chef® Thermo-Electric Ice Cream maker that will be available soon. I like a thermo-electric ice cream maker because it doesn’t have a tub that requires freezing (which takes time and space in the freezer), but it is more expensive than the frozen canister, manual churning types of machines. If you’re looking for the least expensive way to make ice cream at home, that is what I would suggest.

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