Homemade Orange Ice Lollies

First and foremost, there’s nothing quite like a homemade orange ice lolly (or popsicle) on a hot summer day. Undoubtedly, this refreshing treat is perfect for cooling down! In addition to being very tasty, our homemade orange ice lollies are:

  • Bursting with citrus flavors
  • Easy to make with just a few ingredients
  • Vegetarian and vegan-friendly
  • Alcohol-free and suitable for all ages
  • A refreshing and healthier alternative compared to store-bought popsicles

We make orange ice lollies with fresh orange juice, sugar, and lemon juice. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a batch of delicious orange popsicles to enjoy this summer.

Similarly, if you’re looking for more refreshing summer treats, be sure to check out our easy lemonade recipe.

What are orange popsicles made of?

Our Orange popsicles are made using freshly squeezed orange juice, sugar, water, and fresh lemon juice to add a touch of tartness. Moreover, the great thing about this recipe is that all ingredients are easily available.

Ingredients for orange ice lollies

Here’s what you’ll need to make 10 popsicles:

  • 600ml freshly squeezed orange juice (8-9 oranges)
  • 125g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 100 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons worth)

Equipment needed to make orange ice lollies

Before you begin making your homemade orange ice lollies, it’s essential to gather the necessary equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Citrus juicer (manual or electric)
  • A sieve
  • Small saucepan
  • Large bowl or pitcher
  • Mixing spoon or whisk
  • Popsicle moulds (or small paper cups as an alternative)
  • Popsicle sticks (or wooden sticks)
  • Kitchen foil (if you don’t have moulds)

Once you’ve gathered the equipment, you’re ready to make orange ice lollies!

How to make orange popsicles

Follow these simple steps to create your own delicious and refreshing homemade orange ice lollies:

Make a Syrup

Firstly, make a simple syrup which will sweeten the ice lollies. To do this, pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan. Secondly, place the saucepan on medium heat and stir occasionally until the sugar fully dissolves. This should take around 2-3 minutes. Thirdly, once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool.

Juice the oranges and the lemons

Next, you’ll need to juice the oranges and lemons using your juicer. Once you’ve juiced the fruits, strain the juice through a sieve to remove any pulp to give the lollies a lovely smooth texture.

Combine the syrup and the juice

In a large bowl or pitcher, mix the cooled syrup with the orange and lemon juices. Stir well with a large spoon or whisk to ensure the syrup is evenly distributed throughout the juice – this will give your ice lollies consistent flavor throughout.

Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds

Now it’s time to carefully pour the orange juice mixture into your popsicle moulds, leaving a little space at the top to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. Lastly, insert the popsicle sticks into the center of each mould.

Alternatively, use paper cups and wooden sticks if you don’t have popsicle moulds. Place foil over the cups, carefully make a slit in the center of the foil with a knife and place the sticks through – the foil will hold the sticks in place.

Freeze the Lollies

Place the moulds in the freezer for at least 4-6 hours, or until the ice lollies are solid. For the best results, it’s a good idea to freeze the lollies overnight, this will ensure they’re completely set.

Unmould and Enjoy

When you’re ready to taste your homemade orange ice lollies, remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for a minute or two. As a result, they will be easier to unmould.

You can also place your moulds in warm water for 1-2 minutes to make them easier to remove. Lastly, gently pull on the sticks to release the ice lollies, and enjoy your refreshing treat straight away!

How long do orange ice lollies last in the freezer?

Homemade orange ice lollies can last in the freezer for many months. For the best results, wrap each ice lolly individually in plastic wrap before storing them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags – doing this will prevent them from becoming overly icy.

Can I make sugar-free orange ice lollies?

Yes, you can make sugar-free orange ice lollies by substituting the sugar with a natural sweetener of your choice. Similarly, using a natural sweetener like honey or agave instead of sugar is a great way to make ice lollies without refined sugar. Keep in mind that the texture and taste may differ slightly when using alternative sweeteners.

Can I use store-bought orange juice for this recipe?

Yes, you can use store-bought orange juice as a substitute but we prefer using freshly squeezed orange juice because we think it has a better flavor. If you choose to use store-bought juice, we suggest using juice without any added sugars or preservatives for a healthier option.

Can I add other fruits to the orange ice lollies?

Yes, you can add other fruits to create new flavor combinations. You can add strawberries, pineapple, mango, or even a mix of berries. Just mix in the fruit with the juices and syrup mixture.

For more delicious treats, check out our other recipes like our mango and coconut donuts recipe

Three orange ice lollies resting on some ice.

Orange Ice Lollies

These refreshing orange ice lollies are a perfect summer treat and super easy to make – perfect for cooling down in the heat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course sweet
Cuisine global
Servings 10 lollies

Equipment

  • 1 citrus juicer
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 bowl or pitcher
  • 1 mixing spoon or whisk
  • 1 set of popsicle moulds or paper cups if you don't have moulds
  • 10 popsicle sticks or wooden sticks as an alternative
  • 1 kitchen foil if you don't have moulds

Ingredients
  

  • 600 ml freshly squeezed orange juice 8-9 oranges worth
  • 125 g sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 100 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 lemons worth

Instructions
 

  • Make a syrup. Add the sugar and water to a pan. Place on a medium heat until the sugar dissolves and set aside to cool
  • Juice the oranges and the lemons. Strain the juice to remove the zest and pulp
  • Combine the syrup and the juice. Mix well with a large spoon or whisk
  • Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and insert the sticks
  • If you're using paper cups, pour the mixture into cups, and cover the top of the cups with foil. Make a slit in the centre of the foil with a sharp knife and insert the sticks through the gap
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours or until solid.
  • When ready, unmould the popsicles and enjoy them straight away!
Keyword ice lolly, popsicle, refreshing, summer, sweet

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