Once the weather starts to get warmer, one of our favorite things to do is eat popsicles out on the front porch after dinner. Now, don’t get me wrong, a good ole Bomb Pop or classic cherry-grape-orange twin pops definitely do the trick, and we get those at the store sometimes too, but why even pay the $3 when you can so easily make your own popsicles with stuff you already have in your fridge and pantry?!
When I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen for these Key Lime Pie Pops, I knew we had to try them this summer. Key Lime Pie is one of our favorite desserts, and in popsicle form?? Sounded amazing. So on Saturday, after we got home from soccer, as I was thinking of a special treat that the kids could have in the afternoon, and these came to mind. We actually had everything on hand that we needed, and I whipped them up for us to enjoy after dinner.
I was a bit nervous, thinking that the kids may think they were too tart, or would be disappointed that they are not your traditional icy, artificial-sugar loaded popsicles, but as you can tell from the pics below, they LOVED them!
They are delicious, SO easy, and kid-approved! And if you’re a Key Lime Pie fan, they are a MUST TRY!
Key Lime Pie Pops (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)
3-4 large regular limes (or 6-7 key limes)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half and half (I used whole milk which was totally fine, but I would imagine that half and half or straight cream would make these so velvety and smooth!)
1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed (we didn’t have any graham crackers on hand, so I skipped them. Still delicious!)
-Zest your limes until you have about 2 tablespoons of zest, then juice them until you have about 3/4 c lime juice. Add zest and juice to a medium bowl.
-Add sweetened condensed milk and half and half (or milk, in my case) to zest/juice. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
-Pour into popsicle molds (or your favorite small cups) and freeze until hard (about 5 hours). Also- if you use cups, let your pops freeze for about an hour, and then insert popsicle sticks into the cups.
-Remove from molds, and roll pops in crushed graham crackers (I’m sure this is totally amazing, but they are still amazing without the cracker crumbs!)
AND ENJOY! We will certainly be adding these to our popsicle repertoire for the summertime. Hope you’ll try them too!