Paletas de Limón

Mexicans can never have enough limes. We put them in everything, so it’s no surprise that this flavor of paleta is one of the top three sellers everywhere.

For this recipe, try to use the smaller limes, similar to Key limes, as they’re a little more tart. That said, these ice pops will be delicious with any lime juice so long as it’s freshly squeezed.

Fany Gerson
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Paletas de Limón Recipe

From the book Paletas by Fany Gerson with minor modifications by Marcelino and Reesey Raygoza


  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 (1-inch) strips of lime zest
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8-10 small limes)


1. Combine the water, lime zest, and sugar in a small nonreactive saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Cut and juice the limes then set aside. Add the lime juice through a fine-mesh sieve, then stir. Remove lime zest.

2. If using conventional molds, divide the mixture among the molds, snap on the lid or cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until solid, about 5 hours. If using glasses or other unconventional molds, freeze until the pops are beginning to set (1½ to 2 hours), then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. If using an instant ice-pop maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

From the book Paletas by Fany Gerson

Metal Lime Squeezer

They will squeeze the most juice without adding seeds and pulp. Made of a sturdy metal.

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