Frozen cherry limeade pops are a fresh, tangy summer treat for adults and kids alike!
We've had one heck of a hot summer so far here in Philly! As much as I would love to enjoy a scoop or two (or three or four .... ) of ice cream every day, that would pack on the pounds, so I love to sit back with a refreshing frozen fruit pop instead.
Our local grocery store has a couple of different varieties, which can get tiresome day after day. That's why I started experimenting with flavor combinations that you can't typically find in a store.
Cherry limeade has been a popular drink at Sonic restaurants for many years, and it makes a nice change from lemonade during hot summers. These frozen pops start with homemade limeade, which is made much the same way as lemonade.
The limeade is combined with pureed cherries, then poured into popsicle molds. Popsicle molds are quite handy to have around, whether you want to recreate the fudge pops of your childhood, or create your own flavor combinations for fruit popsicles.
These are so easy to make. The only cooking involved is heating the sugar and water to make a syrup. The recipe uses sweet cherries, so only a little sugar is needed to balance the tartness of the limes.
The popsicles can be stored in the mold in the freezer, or they can be transferred to a freezer-strength ziptop bags, each individually wrapped in wax paper so that they don't stick together.
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For the limeade
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 1/2 cups water
For the cherry pops
- 1 1/3 cup sweet cherries, pitted
- Place the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir and bring to a strong simmer. Cook for about a minute, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
- Once cool, add the 2 1/2 cups water and the lime juice. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator.
- Place the cherries in a blender. Add 2 cups of the homemade limeade to the blender, and puree on high for at least 1 minutes, until the cherries are fully pureed.
- Divide the mixture into the wells of a popsicle mold. Freeze for one hour.
- Insert wooden treat sticks into each popsicle, and freeze until solid, about 3 more hours.
- To unmold, run room temperature water over the mold for a few seconds, and gently wiggle the popsicle out of the mold.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: frozen pop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Sodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 7g