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Creamy Lemon Popsicles

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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! :)


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Creamy Lemon Popsicles

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 245 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 popsicles 1x


A cool, delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of year! You will love this quick, healthy creamy lemon popsicles recipe!


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


  1. Whisk sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Whisk in buttermilk.
  2. Divide mixture among popsicle molds. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days.


Recipe adapted from Whipped


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! :)

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39 comments on “Creamy Lemon Popsicles”

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

  2. Sounds perfect for this hot weather!

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

  3. 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.

  4. for the popsicle mold. Are these the same you are using?

    • 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!!


    • If you get some binder clips and clip them to the popsicle stick that will help them sit upright and not get crooked.

  5. 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!

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

  7. Hey Melanie!

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


  8. 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.

  9. 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…\


  10. 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!!

    • 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.

  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!

  12. Thank you Bonnie!!

  13. 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!

  14. 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 :)

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

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

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. These are delicious!

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

  22. Good site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find excellent
    writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you!

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  23. These are delicious.

  24. Hi I’m a 10 year old who loves to bake treats, for the lemon peel do you mean lemon zest?

  25. For the lemon peel do you mean lemon zest?

  26. I have made these many times and they are delicious!! My husband loves them, especially in our very hot southern summer.