Creamy coconut. Tart lime. AND easy enough to make with the kids at home. Coconut Lime Popsicles are just what summer ordered.
Growing up as an immigrant kid, summertime meant two things: TV and popsicles.
My brother and I watched an obscene amount of TV in the summer. We watched all the reruns: Little House on the Prairie, Dukes of Hazard, Brady Bunch. We watched all the real-life shows, too: The Price is Right, Judge Judy, Bob Ross. Then we took a break when the soaps came on and started again at 3, when it was time for cartoons.
In my parents’ defense, they were busy hustling and putting food on the table. Television was a great babysitter. TV entertained us and kept us quiet. TV made sure we didn’t burn down the house or worse, get hurt playing outside. Letting us watch an absurd amount of TV in the summertime was a small sacrifice compared to everything else they did.
My brother and I also ate an obscene amount of popsicles in the summer. I’m not talking about the organic, natural, fruit juice kind. I’m talking about the corn syrup ones laden with food dye and all kinds of multi-syllabic chemicals. They came in clear plastic bags of 40 and my Halmoni would buy bags and bags of them. Whenever we got hungry, we’d go into the freezer and eat one. Or two. Or three.
For me, summertime still means popsicles. Only now, I like to make homemade popsicles with my girls. Yes, I’ve become that mom. (Insert eye roll here). But these are so good, I’m sure you’ll forgive me.
And simple. That’s the key to making homemade popsicles. You need a recipe that’s easy enough to make. Multiple times. With kids.
If you have a sweet tooth, Coconut Lime Popsicles may not be your thing. My preference is for slightly sweetened desserts, not tooth-achingly sugary. (A lifetime of eating fresh fruit for dessert will do that to you.) If you enjoy just a hint of sweetness in your dessert though — well, this may become your new favorite summer treat, too.
Enjoy the fleeting days of summer with the charm of homemade popsicles. Happy summer, friends!
- 1 400ml/13.5oz can coconut milk (full fat, canned, not the boxed kind)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 limes
- pinch salt
Pour coconut milk into large measuring cup (at least 4 cups). Whisk until smooth, making sure to break up any clumps of coconut creme.
Zest and juice the limes and add to the coconut milk. Add sugar, shredded coconut, and pinch of salt. Whisk again until sugar is dissolved.
Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze 8 hours or until firm. Right before serving, run popsicle mold under hot water for 1-2 minutes. Unmold and serve immediately.