Creamy Lemon Popsicles

July 15, 2010 by Ali

When life gives you extra lemons . . . well of course, you make lemon popsicles!!!

I’ve long been a fan of frozen lemon treats. From those uber-sweet “Lemon Chill” tubs they used to sell at outdoor events, to my favorite lemon sorbet in Kansas City…there’s always been something about that fresh, tangy lemon flavor that always calls my name.

So when I had a few extra lemons on hand recently, decided to pull out my super-cool new popsicle mold and make my own lemon treats! I ended up deciding to try a recipe I had bookmarked awhile back that called for using buttermilk instead of milk or cream. And while I was definitely a little skeptical about the tartness of the buttermilk, they actually ended up being delightful! It paired up great with the lemon, and actually ended up tasting very fresh and light.

So even if you don’t have popsicle molds, grab some Dixie cups and give these a try. Perfect for summertime! :)

Creamy Lemon Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 4-6 popsicles


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


Whisk sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Whisk in buttermilk.

Divide mixture among popsicle molds. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days.

Recipe adapted from Whipped

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Ali’s Tip:

If you don’t have any popsicle molds, no worries! Just grab some Dixie cups or ice cube trays, stick in some popsicle sticks (or little lollipop sticks for the ice cube trays), and you’re good to go! :)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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29 thoughts on “Creamy Lemon Popsicles

  1. Co-worker Kim called my attention to your recipe for creamy lemon popsicles. Lemon is among my favorite flavors. Thanks, Ali. — Joe Wiercinski

    - Joe Wiercinski

  2. These are delicious!

    - Michelle

  3. trying these w a little fresh ginger now..thanks for sharing!!!

    - thelibrarian

  4. i don’t have any ice molds dixie cups or popsicle molds…. way do i use?

    - catinaruth

  5. Love the use of buttermilk instead of the usual dairy ingredients to make these creamy. Sounds like a perfect balance for a sweet, refreshing treat. Trying these out today!

    - Taylor from Homemade Hints

  6. Will make the ice cream today! Sounds delicious!

    - patjila

  7. I love making homemade popsicles, and these look awesome! I am definitely trying these this weekend! Thanks!

    - Mary

  8. We’ve been looking for creative popsicles – especially lemon flavored! – and I am super excited to try this one! :) I’ll let you know on FB how it turns out :)

    - Paula at Dishing The Divine

  9. I just finished putting all the ingredients together and into the molds and oh my goodness, I can’t wait for these to freeze up! I was licking the bowl, the stuff was so good. I altered the recipe a little bit: instead of buttermilk I used 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1 cup regular milk, but I’m sure the overall effect is pretty much the same. This recipe is awesome!

    - Rachel

  10. Thank you Bonnie!!

    - Carolyn

  11. Oh, yum! These are so fun. Who knows what’s in those store-bought popsicles… That’s why I love making homemade. The ingredients are all-natural and the taste is second to none!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  12. Thank you for this recipe! My mom recently found out that she is a diabetic and she loves lemon! I doubled the recipe, using Equal instead of sugar. I don’t have molds, so I used Dixie cups (double recipe fills 8 of the 3-oz bathroom cups). Today is supposed to be another 90+ day in Indiana. Won’t mom be surprised when I show up at her house with these refreshing treats! Of course, she’ll only get 7 of them because I had to “taste test” one!!!!! Delicious!!

    - Cindy

    • I like to avoid sugar, and was just thinking you might be able to do without sweetener completely if you use less lemon juice and add a little plain greek yogurt to it, actually, to take away a little of the tartness. Buttermilk has a nice flavor of its own, and lemon doesn’t need to overpower it. Anyway, you’d be surprised how many things taste just fine without sweetener.

      - carolita

  13. I made them & am eating one right now! DELICIOUS! Next time I will probably blend and strain the mixture though because I dislike the zest getting in the way with the smooth texture…\


    - Ashley

  14. You made me remember my favorite ballpark vendor of all time – the Lemon Chill guy. He was big and sweaty and went through his sections yelling, “Ice cold Lemon Chill – Ice cold icy ice!” One night he got one section chanting “Ice cold Lemon Chill” alternating with the next section over chanting, “Ice cold icy ice!” And we found ourselves on the JumboTron! That stuff was delicious, and your popsicles look wonderful, too.

    - Betsy

  15. Hey Melanie!

    Would love to hear what you think! That combo was what initially intrigued me to make these too… :)


    - ali

  16. And Carl — I’d be honored. Thanks for asking! :)

    - ali

  17. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! I’m intrigued by the buttermilk/lemon combo but I’m a huge fan of popsicles and can’t wait to try these!

    - Melanie

    • Bonnie and Carolyn,

      Yes!! I think this is it! I no longer have the box the popsicle molds came in, but this looks like it. :) I love-love-love the classic shape, and wooden popsicle sticks. The only tip I’ll give is to be sure that you place the popsicle sticks in as vertically as possible. Otherwise if they freeze crooked, it can be a little tricky to pull off the metal top.

      Good luck!!


      - ali

  18. Ali! What a fantastic idea using dixie cups to make these! They look absolutely delish! Would love to feature them on my site with full links and credits back to you if you are keen! Please let me know! All the best.

    - Cari

  19. Sounds perfect for this hot weather!

    carolyn, try ebay……there are TONS of popsicle molds you can get.

    - Erica

  20. where did you get your popsicle mold?! I’ve been trying to find that very mold and have looked everywhere and to no avail!

    - Carolyn