With summer in full blaze, we’re cooling off with these pucker-licious Cherry Limeade Popsicles made with fresh cherries and homemade limeade.It’s popsicle season! Yay! I don’t know which I’m more excited about: the hot, sunny days or the sticky little hands that can run and play outside. Either way, I’m celebrating! What better way to do that than to make a batch of sweet, puckery, Cherry Limeade popsicles? One of my local grocery stores had a special on cherries and limes this week… 99 cents a pound for cherries and 59 cents a pound for limes. At those prices it was a no-brainer, we had to get some and make a yummy treat. With the hot summer weather we’ve been having in Provo, it got up to 96 degrees today, cherry limeade popsicles were it. We could all enjoy this frozen sweet treat, even dad (aka Ryan), who can sometimes be a little picky. Haha. We made our limeade in a BlendTec blender. Best blender ever! Using a blender to mix the limeade really makes it quick and easy to make. We put all the ingredients for the limeade in the blender and gave it a swirl until the sugar dissolved. Next, we used a cherry pitter, like this one, to pit our cherries. Once the cherries were pitted we cut them in small chunks (half or quarters). We used two different kinds of molds, one that made popsicles with a stick (link here) and bags like an otter pop (link here). Clearly, they both tasted the same because they were made with the same recipe but for some reason my kids they having two “different” shapes means we made two different kinds of popsicles. Either way, it made them really excited and happy. Clearly, you can see, in my house different is good when it comes to frozen treats. There are a couple reasons why I like using otter pop bags over the traditional popsicle mold. First, they can be less messy when kids are enjoying them. Don’t get me wrong, all popsicles can turn into a mess but the popsicles in a bag rather than on a stick don’t drip as much because the juice is a bag. Second, you can make as many as you’d like all at once. When using the traditional popsicle mold with sticks you can only make as many popsicles as you have molds and sticks. On more plug for these otter pop bags, we like to make otter pops out of 100% juice. That way I don’t feel guilty letting my little ladies enjoy them for breakfast, snack or have 2 instead of 1. They’re happy, I’m happy. Win, win! We made these otter pop holders (below) in early May for May the 4th (“May the ‘Force’ be with you”) Starwars day. After the limeade and cherries were ready, we divided the cherry pieces equally into each mold then filled them with the limeade mixture. The juice turned that beautiful pink immediately as juice from the fresh cherries mixed with the limeade. We put the sticks in and sealed the popsicle bags and stuck them in the freezer until they were solid. We waited until the next day to enjoy them. That was it. They were really easy and so refreshing! Perfect for these hot summer days, and nights! Not a fan of popsicles? No worries! Grab a glass and enjoy this Cherry Limeade on the rocks!
What’s your favorite popsicles flavor?
Here’s the printable recipe:
- 1/2 lb limes, peeled (remove all peel and white), 3-4 small limes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups ice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 lb cherries, pitted, just over 1 cup
- popsicle mold and sticks or popsicle mold bags
- In a blender, add limes (remove peel), water, ice, and sugar. Blend until sugar is dissolved. 30-60 seconds.
- Cut fresh cherries in half or quarters.
- Evenly divide cherry pieces into popsicle molds (10-2.5 oz or 6-4 oz popsicles). Carefully pour limeade mixture into each mold until almost full. Leave a little room-as it freezes it will expand just a little.
- Freeze until solid or overnight.