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Limber de Coco – Puerto Rican Coconut Ice

February 23, 2017 (Last Updated: July 16, 2017)

This post is going to show you how to make Limber de Coco – a flavorful Puerto Rican coconut ice which makes a perfect refresher for a hot summer day! It takes only 10 minutes of your precious time while the end result is AMAZING!

Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

Last summer, when we were at Ikea filling our cart up with tons of useless stuff, my wife suggested, or should I say insisted, to buy a colorful ice pop mold. “Because we need it”, she said. Yeah, like all other things collecting dust in our drawers. Oh, well. Women. Now imagine for a second that you are a Sherlock and answer a question for me. A very very tough one. Did my wife use that mold? Don’t rush to answer. Give it a good thinking. NOT EVEN ONCE.

Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

When this happens, I try to use a thing myself. To at least justify a purchase, you know. And it doesn’t even matter that it’s February now and piles of snow outside. I bumped into this mold yesterday so I had to react somehow. I had to tell my wife something to make her feel guilty, ha! That’s my job as a husband. The same way as her job is to criticize me when I’m driving even though she has no driver license. It kinda works for us. So I said… “OK, if you don’t use this ice pop mold, I will. I am making a goddamn ice pop tomorrow.” Like the expression we have here says: “A man said – a man did”.

I started looking for a recipe right away. Not for a simple one from Pinterest, though. I hoped to find an interesting international recipe to kill two birds (or maybe even three) with one stone: to make my wife feel uncomfortable for her unnecessary purchases, to savor a good ice pop, and, finally, to publish it on the blog. And I made it! Oh, and for the record, it’s my first homemade ice pop ever.

Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

Ladies and gentlemen, Limber de Coco. Limber is a Puerto Rican version of ice pops and it comes in dozens of different flavors. Any fruit juice can be used to make this Caribbean treat. Coco stands for coconut. I’ve chosen this version because it’s one of the most popular ones in Puerto Rico + it’s something different. Everyone tried frozen fruit juice at least once in their life while not everyone tried frozen coconut milk, right?

Looking for more ways to quench your thirst? Check out more refreshing drinks from other countries!

I actually had to make Limber de Coco twice. The first time I added no sugar (the majority of online recipes don’t include it) and I didn’t like the result. I am not sure if a traditional version has sugar in it or not (if somebody from Puerto Rico will be reading this post please let me know in a comments section below) but I kinda want this ice pop to be sweeter. The easiest way is to taste the mixture before freezing it. If you feel that it lacks sweetness, add some sugar or any other sweetener, if not, leave as it is.

Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

What can I say? Limber de Coco is divine. You can feel the taste of coconut really well and it’s super delicious. I even forgot that it’s winter outside and stuffed 3 ice pops into my face in a row. My wife also loved these and said that ice pop mold was a good purchase after all, ha! I am not mad, though, at all. Such small things as an ice pop mold are not worth arguing with your loved one. Plus, without it, maybe, I would have never tried this Puerto Rican creation. The ice pop mold is money well spent after all, huh?

I can’t wait until summer to freshen myself up with these coconut flavored beauties. Do try them, guys, and come back to thank me later! Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

Learn how to make Limber de Coco - a flavorful Caribbean coconut ice native to Puerto Rico. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day! | cookingtheglobe.com

Limber de Coco (Puerto Rican Coconut Ice) Recipe

Limber de Coco is a Puerto Rican version of coconut flavored shaved ice. A perfect refresher for a hot summer day!
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 3 fl oz ice pop molds
Calories: 235kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe


  • 1 can (12 oz or 360ml) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (13.5 oz or 400ml) coconut milk
  • 1 can (15 oz or 450ml) coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar , or to taste (optional)


  • Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds or disposable cups and place in a freezer. Let sit for at least 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.6g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 22.9g | Cholesterol: 8.9mg | Sodium: 39.1mg | Sugar: 3.1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg
Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Nutrition Facts
Limber de Coco (Puerto Rican Coconut Ice) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 206
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.9g35%
Cholesterol 8.9mg3%
Sodium 39.1mg2%
Carbohydrates 6.6g2%
Sugar 3.1g3%
Protein 4.2g8%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply Brandi Crawford February 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Yum! The weather is starting to warm up. These sound perfect!5 stars

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

      I can almost feel the spring air… Can’t wait!

  • Reply Maria @closetohome February 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    What a unique frozen treat. My kids would love this

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

      I am pretty sure they will. Plus, it’s a natural product which is always nice!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic & Zest February 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    First – I have those same ice cream pop molds! Second – coconut is my absolute go-to flavor and I could eat these all summer long!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Ha ha, the world is so small! I am sucker for coconut too, Lisa!

  • Reply Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy February 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    This comes right in time for the changing of the seasons! Before long it’ll be summer and this is going up to the top of my summer list!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

      I am glad you loved these, Tina!

  • Reply Luci's Morsels February 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    These look delicious and refreshing! Yum!5 stars

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

      They really are, Luci 😉

  • Reply Solimar Colon March 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Hi, im from Puerto Rico and the limber de coco recipe have sugar and its the first time that i see the limber in a Popsicle.. we use disposable cups! I have to try your recipe, look really nice 😉5 stars

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

      So you add sugar after all! Well, that makes sense because Limber de Coco taste much better with some sugar in them. Yes, I know that you make them in disposable cups but I wanted to make pics nicer so I used ice pop molds, ha! 🙂

    • Reply Liz Martinez July 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, I put a cup of white sugar.

  • Reply Ivette Figueroa May 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    As a Puerto Rican, I am going to say, YES you add sugar and taste it before freezing, if it’s too sweet that’s good, bc when the limber freezes it looses some of the sugar…I agree with the other response, I have only seen them done in 5-7 ounce disposable cups, but this idea looks good, I will give it a try. Keep enjoying them.5 stars

    • Reply Igor May 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Ivette! Yes, I noticed that they lose some sugar during the freezing process 😉

  • Reply Michelle Gonzalez September 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I was taught by my abuelita (nanny) and my great-titi’s (aunt’s) for sweetening we add sweetened condensed milk. As someone else said in their post…the sugar does dissipate alot when freezing. The beauty of this is that it’s gets a little creamy. Limber de Coco, for me , represents Summer’s spent in Puerto Rico running across the street to Don Carlos’ little tiendita (store) that he had turned his marquesina into to make a little extra money. I hope this helps. 😉5 stars

    • Reply Igor September 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Sweetened condensed milk sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

      • Reply Vanessa August 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm

        I’ll have to try your recipe sounds delicious. But yeah we always used one can of condensed milk, minus the coconut cream. Disposable cups are a bonus for large gatherings. You can always freeze a little , then push popsicle sticks in the mixture , and freeze u til it’s completely solid. You have a popsicle to go. Our neighborhood always sold them that way. Then they had the red, blue, purple ones you name it. That was done with liquid flavor syrup. Thanks for sharing😊5 stars

        • Reply Igor August 29, 2018 at 9:43 am

          Sounds awesome, Vanessa! What a great idea to make these multi colored 🙂

  • Reply Sheilla January 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Yes! In Puerto Rico we add sugar. At home, we like to add some cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes for texture.5 stars

    • Reply Igor August 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Love the idea to add coconut flakes! Thank you for the comment, Sheilla!

  • Reply Karmajaimariee EspinoNytmier January 30, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Mommi always would make limber in the ice cube tray and molds or in the to go containers as well as the ice popsicle trey my favorite is the oval shaped ones that are like the perfect tube like shape. She never really added sugar though just sweetened coconut milk and the coconut shavings which are sweet enough to taste so it replaced the sugar most people think to add. Limber de piña coco is also really good too. All that is though is piña coloda limber and you can add chopped cherries or not with coconut shavings she would make them with either pure coconut and coconut cream and pineapple juice from the dole can and even blend the chunks in the blender because I love pineapple and sometimes for a more citrus kind of taste shed use the Tropicana orange juice with pineapple already in it and in the summer shed make limber de Limon / lemon ice cream with coconut which is also so good and refreshing shed put a hint of mint and it would be so good she said she came up with it all on her own one day when her and my dad were bored in the kitchen he was a chef so he taught my mom to cook and she began to tinker around a ton when shed get bored of basic recipes.

    • Reply Igor August 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you for such a detailed response! From what I understood, the majority still add some sweetness, either with sugar or with sweetened condensed milk or with sweetened coconut milk, etc. It makes sense 🙂
      Your mommi’s variations with pineapple and orange juices sound so on point. I have to try them someday. Yum!

  • Reply Liz Martinez July 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I do not use condensed milk, so I put a cup of sugar. When my country relatives from the island made Limbers,they never use condensed milk. I talking about the real mountain people when they made Limbers with white sugar.

    • Reply Igor August 1, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Thank you for the information, Liz! Good to know!

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