Fresh Squeezed Citrus Popsicles (all natural, sugar free)

Healthy Fruit Pops made with a single ingredient - fresh squeezed citrus juice!

Last year I never got around to buying a popsicle mold and it was an endless source of frustration for me.  First it was my friend Heather at Girlichef, she declared it was the Summer of the Popsicle.  Then another friend, Donna, at The Slow Roasted Italian, posted a slew of tempting treats.  Everywhere I turned there was another colorful creative pop post and without a mold I was powerless to join in the fun.  I was feeling pretty crabby by the end of the summer, and I vowed to get an early start this year, so here I am, better late than never.  For the test batch in my new popsicle mold I’m going with the most basic of basics— fresh juice.

Citrus pops like these are the kind we had in our freezer when I was growing up.  But all I ever had was plain lemon and orange.  So before citrus season is officially over I wanted to capture the colors and flavors of some of the more unusual varieties that we won’t see for much longer in the stores…Cara Cara, blood orange, Meyer lemon, Pomelo…I figure if I make and store away a bunch of these popsicles I’ll be able to revisit these wonderful fruits long after they’ve disappeared from the shelves.  And where else could I get a pomelo pop?

Sometimes I’ll make something just to gawk at it.  In this case I wanted to see the subtle variations of citrus-y hues all together.  I got a very satisfying array from the palest yellow to a deep orange, with pinks and salmons in between.  The icy yellow-green lime was the outlier.

It can he tricky finding a good popsicle mold.  In my local stores all I could find were rocket ships, or ones with clunky plastic handles.  I like this one because it’s sturdy and has the classic shape.  I recommend getting one early in the season because, if you’re reading this post, you most likely read other blogs, and I’m telling you you’re going to be sorely tempted with incredible popsicles throughout the spring and, summer.  I know, I’ve been there.  If you have kids at home, it’s a must.  If you like frozen cocktails, ditto.

I used a little simple syrup in the case of the very sour lemon and lime, but otherwise I left the juice alone to capture the essence of the fresh fruit flavor.  My mold makes 10 popsicles so I made ten different varieties: Cara Cara orange, juice orange, blood orange, sour orange, tangerine, Meyer lemon, regular lemon, lime, Ruby Red grapefruit, and pomelo. In the weeks to come I’ll experiment with added flavors, spirits, etc, but it’s nice to know that plain juice makes an incredible tasting pop.

I liked them all, and if I have to choose, the Ruby Red grapefruit and the tangerine might be my favorites.  But the lime was intense and wonderful, the Cara Cara orange was subtle and sweet, there wasn’t a dud in the bunch.  Just as the colors were each a little different from the next, the flavors were too.  Yes you could just pour ready made orange juice into these molds and make popsicles, but you’d get a flat, boring pop.  These tasted like a fresh pieces of fruit.

The only learning curve with this was making sure not to fill the molds right to the tippy top, so the popsicles have a little room to expand as they freeze and so you can remove the lid easily.

A quick dip in hot water and the popsicles slide right out.  Definitely not rocket science.  Photographing them before they start to melt is a challenge, but most of you won’t have that issue.   Package them in zip lock baggies or wrap in waxed paper to store.

I know I don’t need to tell you how much fun this can be.  And the variations are literally mind boggling.  Just have a look at my Pinterest popsicle board if you doubt it…

Citrus Juice Popsicles
citrus fruit of your choice

  • Juice your fruit. You can either strain out the pulp, or leave it in, but be sure to remove any seeds.   If the juice is sweet, no need for added sweetener, just pour into the mold.  Leave a little room at the top for expansion.
  • If the juice is sour, add a little simple syrup.  Taste as you go, and then fill your mold.
  • Fit the top on your mold and insert popsicle sticks.  Freeze until solid, abou 8 hours, or overnight.
  • To un-mold your pops, first remove the lid.  Fill your sink with hot water, and briefly dip the mold into the water, just up to, but not past, the top lip.
  • Slide each pop out and serve immediately or wrap in plastic or waxed paper and put back in the freezer.

for the simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

  • Put the sugar and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 3-4 minutes and then turn off the heat and let it cool.  Store any leftover simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, at 1/4 cup capacity, there isn’t much you could put in one of these popsicle molds that would make it that unhealthy.  So I say, let’s have fun and enjoy them.  I’ll be back with more, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

All Natural Citrus Juice Popsicles

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    Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles
    May 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I need some of those fruit in my freezer right now :) Delish!
    You definitely should submit them to a food fight feature for next month! Bring any pops and ice cream you have! Submit it here: http://willcookforsmiles.com/2013/05/food-fight-party-submit-your-ice-cream-and-fruit-pops.html

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Pretty pops, love the shades of citrus!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I bought a mold at the end of last summer…I know what’s going in there first! What a beautiful array of citrus pops! They look so refreshing, Sue!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Your popsicles look wonderful! I can’t wait for warm weather here so I can start making some too. I just added a bunch of popsicle ideas to one of my Pinterest boards last week and now I’m following yours :)

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    Donna Elick
    April 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Lovely post Sue! Thanks for the shout out. It certainly was the summer of the popsicle and I am anxious to get back to it!

    I can’t wait to see your creations. Off to check out your pinterest board…

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    grace
    April 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    no other blogger in my scope has such colorful fare–i love your work, sue! :)

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    bellini
    April 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I have been searching for a popsicle hold lately. I like the classic shape here. Reviews said the cover was difficult to remove, How do you find it?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      The cover stuck once when I filled one of the pops too full. As long as you leave like, 1/4 inch at the top for the ice to expand, the top comes right off.

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    These look fabulous! I bought a nice mold at the end of the summer last year and like you, didn’t get to try it out. You have reminded me about it and I can’t wait to have fun this summer, thanks Sue!

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    shannon weber
    April 19, 2013 at 12:57 am

    does the phrase “added to cart” mean anything to you? good. :) i dislike sucky popsicle molds, because what’s the point? last year? unprepared. this year, thanks to you, i’m ready.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I used to make pops for my kids with store bought orange juice and 99 cent store molds, and, like you said, what’s the point? But ‘gourmet’ popsicles are so fun!

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    Christina Conte
    April 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I was wondering how on earth you got all those beautiful shots without them melting!!? You never cease to amaze me. Where did you find the popsicle container/maker? I love the old fashioned shape.

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      Mary Younkin
      April 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I was just about to ask the same question! LOVE that mold.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Follow the link where I say “I like this one” and it leads to my favorite one at Amazon. Also in the sidebar widget.
      As for melting, they were melting! I like making the pops, but the photographing was stressful!

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      Christina Conte
      April 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Guess what? I ordered them right away, and with Two Day Prime at Amazon, I am armed and ready to make popsicles! I’d rather call them ice lollies though! :) Thanks, Sue!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    April 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Yay! I feel the Return of the Summer of the Popsicle coming up! I will take one of each, please. I think that is my favorite mold, as well. So glad you won’t be left grumpy this year. ;)

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    Tricia Buice
    April 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Sorry – one more thing – since you’re working on new recipes can you make some with plain Greek Yogurt for me? Yum – like a creamsicle?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Definitely I want to try that, I feel like the whole blog could be hijacked by popsicles this season, there are too many great ideas.

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    Tricia Buice
    April 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I was thinking the same thing too – they look so cold and delicious! Yum Sue – I’m with you – everywhere I turned there were pops and everywhere I looked, I couldn’t find molds. Have fun!

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