Lime Popsicles – Only 3 Ingredients!

Move over store-bought popsicles; I have the real thing! Homemade lime popsicles, sometimes called limeade popsicles, are all-natural and made with only three ingredients. This recipe is straightforward and completed in five minutes + six hours of freezing time.

Hand holding up two popsicles.

My favorite thing about popsicles is how easy they are to make! I have made popsicles in many different flavors, including strawberry and lemon. They are so much better than any popsicle you buy at the store. The taste is uncomplicated.

Another bonus is homemade popsicles do not have chemicals, preservatives, and corn syrup—a clean and straightforward frozen treat. This recipe includes how to make cream and creamy lime versions.

Ingredients

Lime Juice – Always use freshly squeezed limes to balance the flavor. I stand firm on this point. Bottled lime juice is not the same.

Sweetener – I like to sweeten up my popsicles and add sugar. That is a personal preference, and you can adjust the sweetener based on your preferences. Just about any sweetener will taste great. Suggestions include agave (vegan), maple syrup (vegan), sugar (some are vegan), and honey.

Water – Use either tap or bottled water.

Ingredients used in making the recipe.

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Molds

Growing up, we always used dixie cups to make popsicles. Since then, the options and availability of popsicle molds have evolved. While I still love the Dixie cups for nostalgia, there is a mold to suit every taste and preference nowadays. Here are a few ideas for popsicle molds.

Popsicle MoldDescription
DIYUse paper cups, plastic wrap, and popsicle sticks to create your own molds home.
Ice Cube TrayUse an ice cube tray to make smaller, bite-sized popsicles. You can use toothpicks for a stick.
MetalA reusable metal popsicle mold that can be filled with your favorite ingredients.
SiliconeA flexible silicone mold that makes it easy to remove popsicles.
Zoku Quick Pop MakerQuick pop maker freezes popsicles in as little as 7 minutes, with reusable molds for easy use and cleanup.

Substitutions and Variations

Mixing up your limeade popsicle has many ways, from booze to spice to complementing fruits. Here are a few suggestions to create a twist on the lime flavor.

VariationDescription
BoozySwap 1/4 cup of water with your favorite booze for a boozy twist.
CoconutMix in coconut milk or flakes for a tropical twist.
GingerAdd fresh ginger for a spicy and tangy flavor.
KiwiAdd fresh kiwi slices for a tangy and tropical flavor.
MangoAdd fresh mango chunks for a sweet and tropical flavor.
MintMix in fresh mint leaves for a cool and refreshing taste.
TajinAdd spice to your limesicle by dipping it in tajin seasoning
YogurtMix the water with 1 cup of non-dairy or regular yogurt for a creamy popsicle.
Adding green food coloring.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Add texture and variety: Add texture and variety by incorporating fresh fruit chunks. Berries taste great, as do mango and pineapple.
  • Boost the Color – For a pop of color, add 3 -4 drops of yellow gel food coloring.
  • Popsicle mold: Invest in a quality mold to make uniform and easy-to-handle popsicles. Silicone molds are a great option as they are easy to use and clean.
  • Run the mold under warm water: To remove the popsicles from the mold, run it under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them up.
  • Unmolding Popsicles – Frozen popsicles tend to become stuck within the mold. If this happens, run the mold under warm water for 30 seconds. After that, gently pull the popsicle from the mold. If the popsicle does not release, repeat in 15-second increments until it frees. Use caution not to get water in the mold.

Hand holding up a dark green popscile

FAQs

How long do popsicles take to freeze?

Popsicles generally will freeze in four hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them or store them to enjoy later.

Can I use store-bought limeade?

Yes, absolutely. Canned, powdered, or frozen concentrated limeade is also a refreshing popsicle.

How do I store the popsicles?

Line an airtight storage container with parchment or wax paper. Neatly line the container with a row of popsicles. Lay another piece of parchment or wax paper on top, repeating in layers until the container is full. Store in the freezer for up to three months.

A hand two popsicles.

Lime Popsicles

Move over store-bought popsicles; I have the real thing! Homemade lime popsicles are all-natural popsicles made with only three ingredients. This recipe is straightforward and completed in five minutes + six hours of freezing time.
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Course: Frozen, Treat
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 6 Popsicles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • Popsicle mold
  • 6 – 8 Popsicle sticks

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (121g) fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 and ½ cup (355ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Limes: Cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice. Always use fresh limes. Bottled lime juice does not taste the same.
  • Mix: Place the lime juice in sugar in a bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Add the water and whisk again to combine.
  • Mold: Pour the mixture into your mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
  • Unmold: To unmold the popsicles, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.

Notes

Limes – Always use fresh limes.  Bottled lime juice does not taste the same (or right).
Storing – Line an airtight storage container with parchment or wax paper. Neatly line the container with a row of popsicles. Lay another piece of parchment or wax paper and repeat in layers until the container is full. Store in the freezer for up to three months.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lime Popsicles
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
35
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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