If you love limes and popsicles, you will love these easy homemade lime popsicles. Made with 3 simple ingredients, these cool icy treats are absolutely refreshing on a hot day!
I for one, love all things citrusy. So these lime popsicles are my favorite.
Making these lime popsicles is super duper easy! How can it not be, when all you need is fresh limes, sugar and water, right?
Plus, there are no complicated methods involved. You squeeze fresh lime juice, add it to homemade sugar syrup, pour them into popsicle molds, freeze them overnight, and you have perfectly refreshing homemade lime popsicles to enjoy!
How to Make Lime Popsicles
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Drinking water
- Popsicle mold
Making the popsicles
Start by preparing your popsicle molds. The one I used is a 4 cavity mold to make 4 popsicles.
- Measure drinking water into a small pot.
- Add sugar to it. Heat up the solution over low heat. The intention of the heat is to dissolve the sugar.
- Keep stirring the solution until the sugar is all dissolved. Turn off the heat and leave the solution aside to cool down.
- Cut the limes into halves. Squeeze out the juice and strain it into a measuring cup. Straining is important as you do not want any seeds in your frozen treats. Add the measured lime juice into the sugar syrup. Mix well.
- Taste some to see if it is to your liking. Adjust by adding more water if it is too concentrated or add more juice or sugar as you wish. Pour the lime solution into the prepared molds equally.
- Cover the mold and insert the sticks. Freeze the popsicles for at least 5 to 8 hours.
- To release the popsicles from the mold, dip the mold in a dish filled with water for a minute or two to loosen the popsicles in the mold.
- Pull the popsicles upward from the mold to release them.
- Serve immediately.
Can you adjust the amount of lime juice and sugar in the popsicles?
- Yes, you certainly can.
- While making these lime treats is as simple as mixing the lime juice, sugar, and water together, the taste of the final product can vary significantly depending on how concentrated the lime juice and sugar are in them.
- Too much lime juice will turn the treats sour, and too much sugar will overpower the lime taste. Therefore, finding the right balance is the key to make perfectly sweet and tangy lime popsicles.
- Generally, frozen treats become less intense after freezing, so it is always better to prepare them in a more concentrated form. Hence, the amount of lime juice and sugar I use to make these treats is slightly higher than that I would use to make a simple lime juice drink.
- If you prefer a more subtle lime flavor or prefer your popsicles to be much less sweet, you can always adjust these accordingly.
What is the best way to squeeze lime juice?
- Limes have rather thick skin, similar to lemons and oranges. While you can squeeze them by hand, it is always easier to use a juicer.
- An important trick in squeezing lime juice is to roll the fruits on the counter with your hands, and in doing that, applying pressure on them. This helps soften the fruits and helps in juicing them.
- To juice the fruits, cut them into halves.
- Place them in a juicer and press to remove the juice.
Can you use bottled lime juice?
- I used fresh lime juice in my popsicles. If you cannot find fresh fruits, you can use bottled lime juice.
- Since the concentration of bottled lime juice can vary, it is best that you follow the direction on the bottle in mixing your lime solution.
Why do you need to heat up the water when making the popsicles?
- The only reason I heat up the water is to dissolve the sugar quicker. You have a choice to not heat up the water, but that means you would probably have to stir the sugar and water for a longer time to get the sugar all well dissolved.
How long should the popsicles be frozen before they set and are ready to be eaten?
- These cold treats are best eaten when they are fully frozen. That should take any time between 5 to 8 hours, depending on the size of your molds and the temperature of your freezer. I always leave mine overnight.
How long can these popsicles last?
- I am not exactly sure how long these lime popsicles can last in the freezer, because mine always gets eaten within a few days.
- Having said that, given that these are made without any preservatives, I would not keep them for more than one month. They may last more than that, but I have never tried keeping them for so long before.
Can you use key lime instead of lime?
- Yes you certainly can.
- Lime and key lime are different variants of the lime family. Limes are larger, with much thicker skin. Key limes, are round, much smaller, and with thin skin. Key limes are green when unripe and turn yellow as they ripen.
How to unmold the popsicles?
- Once fully frozen, you will notice that the popsicles are not easy to be released off their molds.
- Depending on the type of mold you use, the most effective way to unmold them would be to dip the molds into a bowl of water for about 1 to 2 minutes. That helps to loosen the popsicles and all you need to do is simply pull them upwards from their molds to remove them.
- When dipping the molds in water, take note to ensure the water does not touch the popsicles inside.
- Once you have all your popsicles out of the mold, you can place them in plastic bags and return them to the freezer. The next time to want to eat them, you would not have to go through the unmolding process again.
Lime Popsicles Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my lime popsicles recipe.
- 250 ml water (drinking water)
- 100 g sugar
- 3 tablespoon lime juice (approximately 3 limes)
- Prepare popsicle mold.
- Measure water into a small pot.
- Add sugar and turn on the heat to low.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved, keep the heat low.
- Once the sugar is all dissolved, turn off the heat and let the sugar solution cool down completely.
- Cut the limes into half and squeeze the juice out.
- Strain the juice and add it into the sugar syrup solution. Mix well.
- Pour the solution into the prepared molds. Cover and insert the popsicle sticks.
- Freeze for approximately 5 to 8 hours until the popsicles are completely frozen.
- To unmold, dip the mold into a dish filled with water. Let it rest in the water for about 1 minute before removing the popsicles and serving them.
And that's that.
Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Lemon Pound Cake
- Lemon Curd Cheesecake
- How to Make Lemon Curd
- Pineapple Lychee Jelly
- Pineapple Nata Jelly
- Orange Popsicles - Refreshing Homemade Treats
- Lime Pound Cake with Easy Lime Glaze