Looking to make your own fruit ice? Try these orange popsicles. They are fresh, sweet and tangy and make perfect frozen treats on a hot summer day.
This orange popsicle recipe is the second popsicle recipe on my blog. My first one is lime popsicles, made with fresh limes. You can check it out here.
These orange popsicles are pretty much the same as the lime popsicles, in that I used fresh orange fruit juice to make these just like how I used fresh lime juice for the lime popsicles.
And the other ingredients are just sugar, water, and a bit of lemon juice. That’s all you need to make these refreshing orange popsicles.
Plus, these frozen treats are super easy to make too. You squeeze the oranges, add the juice to homemade sugar syrup, add a little lemon juice, pour them into popsicle molds and freeze them overnight for perfectly refreshing homemade orange popsicles!
Easy isn’t it?
How to Make Orange Popsicles
- Fresh orange juice (from approximately 3 oranges)
- Fresh lemon juice
Making the orange popsicles
Prepare your popsicle molds. I used a 4 cavity flat mold.
- Start by measuring water into a small pot.
- Add the sugar and turn on the heat to a low flame.
- Stir until the sugar is all dissolved. Turn off the heat as soon as sugar is dissolved and leave the sugar syrup aside to cool down.
- In the meantime, prepare the fruits. Cut the oranges and lemon into half and juice the fruits separately. Strain them to remove any seeds and pulp.
- Measure the orange juice and add it to the cooled sugar syrup.
- Next, measure and add the lemon juice. Stir to combine.
Pouring into molds
- Taste the lemon-orange solution to see if the taste is right for you. Add more juice or sugar to suit your taste.
- Once the tasting is done, pour the solution equally into the prepared molds.
- Cover the top.
- Insert the sticks. Freeze the popsicles for 5 to 8 hours until they are completely frozen.
- To release the orange popsicles from the mold, dip the mold in a dish filled with water. Let it sit for about one or two minutes.
- Pull the popsicles upward from the mold to release them. Serve immediately.
Can you adjust the amount of orange and lemon juice and sugar in the popsicles?
- Yes, you certainly can.
- While making these orange treats is as simple as mixing the orange and lemon juice, sugar, and water together, the taste of the final product can vary significantly depending on how sweet or sour the oranges are.
- Generally, frozen treats become less intense after freezing, so it is always better to prepare them in a more intense flavour.
- The taste of oranges is generally good when consumed as juice. When frozen, however, the flavor of the juice tends to lessen. Hence, the inclusion of lemon and sugar in the popsicles.
- You can adjust the amount of orange and lemon juice and even the sugar to suit your taste. You can start with the measurement in my recipe below and then adjust it to suit your liking.
Can you make the popsicles with just fresh orange juice?
- Yes, you can.
- You can make orange popsicles with only freshly squeezed orange juice. However, do take note that frozen juices tend to be less intense in flavor.
- The lemon in this recipe is added to enhance the taste of the popsicles. It adds extra tanginess to the popsicles and that really improves the taste of the orange popsicles.
What is the best way to juice oranges and lemons?
- Oranges and lemons are pretty straight forward to juice. All you need to do is cut them into half and squeeze the juice out by hand, or a juicer.
Can you use concentrated orange juice to make these popsicles?
- I used freshly squeezed orange juice to make my popsicles. If you cannot find fresh fruits, you can use bottled orange juice.
- If you do use the bottled version, it is best that you follow the direction on the bottle in mixing your orange solution. The concentration of bottled orange juice can vary, hence it is best to refer to the instructions on the bottle itself.
Why do you need to heat up the water when making the popsicles?
- I use drinking water to make these popsicles. You should too.
- The only reason I heat up the water is to dissolve the sugar quicker. You have a choice to not use any heat, 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 you freeze the popsicles before they are set and ready to be served?
- 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 you keep these orange popsicles?
- I am not exactly sure how long these orange 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 lime or key lime juice instead of lemon juice?
- Yes, you certainly can. Use the same amount of lime juice or key lime juice as the lemon.
- 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 thinner skin.
How to unmold the orange popsicles?
- Unmolding these orange treats once they are fully frozen is not easy. You will find that they are stuck to the 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, if you are not serving them immediately, you can place the extras 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.
Orange Popsicles Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my orange popsicles recipe.
- 225 ml orange juice (approximately 3 oranges)
- 60 ml water (drinking water)
- 50 g sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Prepare popsicle mold.
- Measure water into a small pot.
- Add sugar and turn on the heat to low.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved, keeping the heat low.
- Once the sugar is all dissolved, turn off the heat and let the sugar solution cool down completely.
- Cut the oranges into half and squeeze the juice out. Do the same for the lemon juice.
- Strain the orange juice and add it to the sugar syrup solution.
- Strain and add the lemon juice. 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 my super easy, super yummy fresh orange fruit popsicles recipe for you!
Here are my other treats you might want to check out:
- Orange Layer Cake with Orange Buttercream and Candied Peels
- Lime Pound Cake with Easy Lime Glaze
- Coffee Jelly – An Easy Homemade Coffee Dessert
- Pineapple Lychee Jelly
- Pineapple Nata Jelly