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.
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 flavor is uncomplicated.
Another bonus, 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 - What you Need
Lime Juice - ½ cup (121g) - Always use freshly squeezed limes to balance out the flavor. I stand firm on this point. Bottled lime juice is not the same.
Sweetener - ¼ cup (50g) - 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 - 1 and ½ cups (355ml) - Use either tap or bottled water.
Instructions - Step by Step
Prepare the Limes
Cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice. Always use fresh limes. Bottled lime juice does not taste the same.
Place the limes in sugar in a bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Add the water and whisk again to combine.
Mold and Freeze
Pour the mixture into your mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
To unmold the popsicles, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.
Watch How to Make Lemon Popsicles (Same Steps)
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Substitutions and Variations
Flavor Variations - If you would like to add complexity to the flavor profile, here are some recommendations.
- Coconut - Swap out regular water with coconut water to enjoy this perfect match.
- Tajin seasoning - Add some spice to your limesicle by dipping it in tajin seasoning.
Creamsicle With Yogurt - For a creamy popsicle replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy yogurt or regular yogurt when mixing.
Creamy With Milk - For a mildly creamy popsicle, replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy milk or regular milk when mixing
Additional Fruit - For an additional layer of flavor, substitute another fruit at a 1:1 ratio. Fruits that also taste great with lime include kiwi, banana, and even papayas.
Boozy - Like a jello shot recipe, replace a portion of the water with tequila. I would limit the amount of vodka to ¼ cup.
Food Coloring - If you prefer a darker green popsicle, add two green gel food coloring drops when mixing all ingredients.
Line an airtight storage container with wax or parchment paper. Lay the popsicles on top of the paper. Continue to add paper before each layer. Popsicles can be stored for up to one month.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Unmolding - Frozen popsicles tend to become stuck within the mold. Run the mold under warm to hot water for 30 seconds if this happens. 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.
Color - For a pop of color, add 3 -4 drops of green gel food coloring.
Popsicles generally will freeze in four hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them now or store them to enjoy them later.
Yes, homemade popsicles are very healthy because they are made with fresh fruit and no preservatives.
Yes, absolutely. Canned, powdered, or frozen concentrated limeade is also a refreshing popsicle.
- ½ cup fresh lime juice (121g)
- ¼ cup sugar (50g)
- 1 and ½ cup cold water (355ml)
- 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.½ cup fresh lime juice (121g), ¼ cup sugar (50g)
- 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.