Lemon popsicle

Lemon popsicle

10 min
This simple recipe combines the sharp flavour of fresh lemons with the sweetness of condensed milk and a whisper of vanilla. The rich texture of whipped cream meets tangy skyr to make each bite smooth and indulgent. These lemon popsicles are the ideal treat for any time of the day, offering a burst of citrus that everyone will love.


  • Mix the lemon-flavoured drink, lemon zest, condensed milk, and vanilla in a bowl.
  • Whip the cream to a light foam and fold the skyr into it.
  • Fold the lemon mixture together with the skyr-whipped cream.
  • Pour the mixture into silicone moulds, insert sticks and place them in the freezer until the next day.

Decorate the popsicles with a little melted white chocolate and freeze-dried berries.

Questions about lemon popsicles

Have questions about creating these zesty treats? You're in the right place. Below, we've gathered common questions to help you master your popsicle-making skills, from selecting the best lemon juice to tips for storage and adding exciting flavours.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed lemon juice?
While bottled lemon juice works as a substitute in these popsicles, fresh lemon juice is the better choice for a brighter taste. It pairs well with the rich flavours of condensed milk and skyr. If you use bottled juice, its tartness might call for more sweetener, so be sure to taste the popsicle mixture before freezing.
What can I add to my lemon popsicles for extra flavour or fun?
For popsicles with a burst of flavour and a fun twist, add ripe berries, thin lemon slices, or fresh mint leaves to your mixture. These fresh ingredients enhance the taste and look of your popsicles. Stir them into the popsicle liquid before you freeze it to create a unique and refreshing summer treat.
How do I prevent the popsicle sticks from becoming crooked while freezing?
To keep popsicle sticks straight, insert them after the popsicles have chilled for about an hour and started to set. This helps the sticks stay upright. If you're not using traditional moulds and opted for paper cups instead, wait until the mixture is thick enough to support the sticks before you add them. Once the mixture is slushy, gently place the sticks in and let them freeze completely.


Arla® Skyr
110 ml
Whipping cream
250 ml
Condensed milk
150 ml
50 ml
Lemon zest
1 tbsp
Vanilla paste / seeds
½ tsp

Master the art of creamy lemon popsicles

To achieve an extra creamy texture in your lemon popsicles, ensure you whip the cream to soft peaks, creating a light and airy base. Incorporate the skyr carefully by folding it into the whipped cream, preserving its fluffiness. Using high-quality ingredients, like fresh lemon zest and pure vanilla, will also enhance the overall smoothness. As an extra step, consider chilling the lemon mixture before combining it with the whipped cream to ensure an even consistency. Finally, pour the mixture slowly into silicone moulds to avoid air bubbles, resulting in a perfectly creamy popsicle.

Proper freezing techniques

Start by placing your popsicles in the freezer's coldest part for a brief time. This quick chill sets the outer layer and starts the process for a smooth, creamy centre. After roughly an hour, move the popsicles to a slightly warmer area of the freezer where the mixture will freeze slower.

This two-step method prevents the formation of large, crunchy ice crystals that can ruin the popsicle's texture. Instead, tiny ice crystals are formed, resulting in a much smoother feel. This technique, common among professional ice cream makers, works just as well at home.

Additionally, allowing the popsicles to freeze overnight, undisturbed, will make sure they set completely, giving you the perfect consistency. When ready to serve, you'll have lemon popsicles that are the perfect treat—full of zest and incredibly smooth.

Choose fresh ingredients for maximum flavour

To ensure your lemon popsicles burst with maximum flavour, select fresh, ripe and juicy lemons. Look for lemons with a bright, glossy yellow peel that feels firm and heavy for its size. Avoid dull or wrinkled skins, which may indicate age or dehydration.

A fresh lemon should also emit a vibrant citrus scent when scratched gently to release its oils. Additionally, check for a slightly resilient skin that isn't too thin or papery. These signs collectively ensure you're selecting lemons that are juicy, flavourful, and ideal for making these lemon popsicles.

Ingredient synergy for flavour excellence

An unforgettable lemon popsicle starts with a smart mix of ingredients. Freshly grated lemon zest brings a sharp, lively flavour that defines this icy delight. Condensed milk offers rich sweetness, balancing the lemon's tartness. Vanilla, in paste form or as seeds from a bean, adds a delicate scent and depth to the taste.

Texture matters as much as flavour. Whipped cream adds fluffiness and a luxurious feel, while skyr, a thick dairy product like yoghurt, brings creaminess and a mild tang. Together, they create a smooth texture that contrasts nicely with the lemon's acidity.

This balance of zesty, sweet, and creamy is what makes these popsicles special. Each ingredient is chosen for its quality and for how well it works with the others, creating a harmonious and indulgent treat.

Complementary pairings and serving suggestions

These lemon popsicles shine on their own or paired with various other snacks. A berry salad is a colourful choice that not only echoes the lemon's zest, but adds fudgy brownies and a crunchy pistachio crust to the mix. Or, pair the popsicles with baked goods like carrot cake muffins or slices of date cake for a mix of citrus and sweetness.

These popsicles also work well as a palate cleanser. Serve them between courses to refresh taste buds, especially with seafood or grilled dishes.

Creative toppings and garnishes

Presenting your homemade lemon popsicles with care can turn them from simple treats into a remarkable sensory experience. A popsicle adorned with thought becomes a feast for the eyes and promises a superior taste.

Our recipe recommends a drizzle of white chocolate and freeze-dried berries. An elegant sprinkling of freshly grated lemon zest adds a zing of citrus scent and creates a striking colour contrast against the creamy popsicles.

To serve, place the popsicles on a bed of crushed ice. This keeps them chilled and mimics a luxurious dessert presentation. Decorate with thin lemon slices for a decorative touch that also signals the popsicle's main flavour. These details will catch your guests' attention and set the stage for a refreshing and indulgent treat.

Adjusting sweetness

When preparing lemon popsicles, it's important to balance sweetness to achieve the perfect flavour profile. This can be done by varying the amount of condensed milk used. If you prefer a sweeter popsicle, increase the quantity of condensed milk slightly. Conversely, if you prefer a tangier, more citrus-forward taste, reduce the amount of condensed milk.

Taste the mixture as you combine the ingredients to ensure it meets your preference. Remember, the sweetness of lemons can vary, so tasting and adjusting accordingly ensures your popsicles are just right for your palate.

Storage tips

To keep your homemade lemon popsicles fresh, let them warm up slightly at room temperature just after taking them out of the freezer. This will help you remove them from their moulds more easily. Then, place the popsicles in a plastic bag designed for freezing.

If you've prepared more than one batch, consider placing a sheet of parchment paper between each popsicle when you store them in an airtight container. This stops them from sticking together. When stored in the freezer this way, your lemon popsicles will stay fresh for up to two weeks, ensuring they're always ready for a refreshing treat.

Vary the texture of your lemon popsicles

To add an extra dimension to your lemon popsicles, consider varying their texture. One way to achieve this is by adjusting the whipping of the cream. For a lighter, fluffier texture, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. If you prefer a denser, creamier texture, whip the cream to stiff peaks before folding in the skyr and lemon mixture.

Another option is to experiment with the skyr itself – using a thicker or thinner skyr will alter the final texture of your popsicles.

You can also incorporate different add-ins like finely chopped fruits, nuts or cookies for a contrasting crunch. For inspiration, head on over to our collection of top five cookie recipes. By varying the texture of your lemon popsicles, you can create a dessert that not only delights with its citrusy flavour but also intrigues with its diverse mouthfeel, ensuring each bite is a delightful experience.