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 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 - You Only Need 3!
Lime Juice - ½ cup (121g) - Always use freshly squeezed limes to balance 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
Step One: 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.
Step Two: Blend - Place the limes in sugar in a bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Add the water and whisk again to combine.
Step Three: Mold and Freeze - Pour the mixture into your mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
Step Four: Unmold - Run warm to hot water over the mold to unmold the popsicles for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.
Watch How to Make Lemon Popsicles (Same Steps)
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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.
|DIY||Use paper cups, plastic wrap, and popsicle sticks to create your own molds home.|
|Ice Cube Tray||Use an ice cube tray to make smaller, bite-sized popsicles. You can use toothpicks for a stick.|
|Metal||A reusable metal popsicle mold that can be filled with your favorite ingredients.|
|Silicone||A flexible silicone mold that makes it easy to remove popsicles.|
|Zoku Quick Pop Maker||Quick pop maker freezes popsicles in as little as 7 minutes, with reusable molds for easy use and cleanup.|
Remember to buy the popsicle sticks.
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.
|Boozy||Swap ¼ cup of water with your favorite booze for a boozy twist.|
|Coconut||Mix in coconut milk or flakes for a tropical twist.|
|Food Coloring||For a darker green, add a couple of drops of food coloring.|
|Ginger||Add fresh ginger for a spicy and tangy flavor.|
|Honeydew||Add fresh honeydew chunks for a sweet and refreshing flavor.|
|Kiwi||Add fresh kiwi slices for a tangy and tropical flavor.|
|Mango||Add fresh mango chunks for a sweet and tropical flavor.|
|Mint||Mix in fresh mint leaves for a cool and refreshing taste.|
|Passionfruit||Add passionfruit juice or puree for a tart and fruity flavor.|
|Pineapple||Add fresh pineapple chunks to the popsicle mixture for a tropical twist.|
|Tamarind||Mix in some tamarind paste or juice for a unique and tangy taste.|
|Tajin||Add spice to your limesicle by dipping it in tajin seasoning|
|Watermelon||Add fresh watermelon chunks for a refreshing flavor.|
|Yogurt||Mix the water with 1 cup of non-dairy yogurt or regular yogurt for a creamy popsicle.|
Expert Tips and Tricks
Add texture and variety: Add texture and variety by incorporating fresh fruit chunks. Berries taste great, as well as 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.
Popsicles generally will freeze in four hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them or store them to enjoy later.
Yes, homemade popsicles are healthy because they are made with fresh fruit and no preservatives.
Yes, absolutely. Canned, powdered, or frozen concentrated limeade is also a refreshing popsicle.
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.
- Popsicle mold
- 6 - 8 Popsicle sticks
- ½ cup (121g) fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup (50g) sugar
- 1 and ½ cup (355ml) cold water
- 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 (121g) fresh lime juice, ¼ cup (50g) sugar
- 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.
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