The addition of lemon juice and lemon zest makes these strawberry popsicles so light and refreshing!
Hot days require cool treats.
Are you too cheap to turn on the air-conditioner? Same here. I hate seeing my electricity bill skyrocket during the summer.
Instead, I try to combat the heat with lots and lots of frozen treats!
How to Make Homemade Strawberry Popsicles
Keep cool with these frozen strawberry goodies!
This recipe only requires three ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and lemon.
Use of lemon juice and lemon zest helps to enhance the flavor of the strawberries. The acidity adds a pop of bright fresh notes.
It is best to use super ripe fresh strawberries. That way, you don’t have to add too much sugar.
I highly recommend this popsicle mold. (It’s the one photographed above.) It is easy to fill and easy to clean.
These stainless steel molds are also great. However, you need to purchase two sets to make a dozen popsicles.
For a super versatile mold, I recommend these flexible silicone ice cream bar molds. I use this mold for these ruby chocolate strawberry swirl ice cream bars and these raspberry mango coconut pops.
More summer frozen treats featuring fresh fruits
I’ve also noticed a recent trend with fancy artisanal frozen pops with interesting flavor combinations and unique fruits. Regardless of whether it’s a trend or not, popsicles are a mainstay that will be forever ingrained with hot summer days.
Take advantage of summer’s bounty. Use fresh fruits to make healthier-ish frozen treats.
For healthier options I suggest: kiwi coconut chia popsicles, blackberry swirl pineapple popsicles, and cherry pineapple popsicles.
For a more indulgent, boozy treat try these: strawberry jalapeno margarita pops, passion fruit rose pops, or raspberry peach sangria popsicles!
- food processor or high speed blender
- popsicle molds
- 2 pints fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 pounds), hulled and sliced
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar (or more/less depending on sweetness of strawberries)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- finely grated zest from half a lemon
- sliced kiwi
- carrot-orange juice
- In a bowl, combine sliced strawberries and sugar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow strawberries to expel juice.
- In a food processor (or blender), combine strawberry-sugar mixture, lemon juice and lemon zest. Process until smooth.
- Pour strawberry puree into molds with wooden sticks and place in freezer.
- Freeze for at least 3 hours until popsicle is solid. To remove popsicles from mold, submerge mold into room temperature or slightly warm water for a couple of minutes. Remove from water and pull popsicles out.
- * If using kiwis, place a couple of sliced kiwis up against the inside of the mold. The kiwi should adhere to the sides. Then pour strawberry puree and freeze.
- * If adding carrot-orange juice, add after filling mold halfway with strawberry puree. Then freeze as normal.
Reader Questions and Reviews
These look so delicious, and easy to make! I have one question. In step one, where you say to leave the strawberries until the have expelled juice, do you mean for one to discard the juice, or blend all of it together?
Combine the strawberries with the sugar and wait for strawberries to juice. Then blend everything together.
It’s too beautiful to bite into..
Its too tasty not to!
Summer just got a whole lot better! I can’t wait to try these. I’m tempted to even splurge on a juicer – the carrot orange part looks so good. Thanks!
Thanks, Karen! Packaged juices work great too. I really like Naked Juice’s products because they are just as fresh as juicing it yourself!
I’ve never seen these trays for making popsicles, where can i get them?
I love these popsicles molds! I bought them from Amazon- here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-423-Ice-Pop-Maker/dp/B0002IBJOG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1371693592&sr=8-2&keywords=popsicle+molds
I’m certainly going to make this. Another question that I really hope you can answer, where did you get the plate with the little hearts, it’s such cute..
Aren’t they the cutest?! I wish I had bought more. I got them at a store called Daiso. Its a Japanese $1 store and I think they have a handful of locations scattered throughout California.
This recipe looks amazing! Would you mind if we use this recipe for our local newspaper in Long Island NY, for our feature on “DIY Popsicles”? Of course you would be credited!
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