Limber de Leche, otherwise known as Limber de Crema, is a Puerto Rican frozen treat the whole family will fall in love with! A refreshing delightful icy treat.
From the time I could walk, my mother was feeding me limbers, of this I’m sure!
I remember being a little girl sitting on top of the kitchen counter watching my aunt make a batch of limbers and being so anxious for them to be done!
I just couldn’t wait!
This frozen delight was by far one of my favorite sweets to have as a little girl and still today I just absolutely love them!
What is Limber de Leche or Limber de Crema?
This frozen treat is known by several names. Limber de Leche (Milk Limber), Limber de Crema (Cream Limber) and Limber de Tres Leches (Limber of Three Milks).
It is sort of a popsicle without the stick, a popsicle in a cup!
It is made of evaporated milk, condensed milk, regular milk, sugar, and cinnamon.
You place all the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth and pour the mix into plastic cups, and freeze.
It is one of the easiest Puerto Rican treats you can make!
Delicious, refreshing, and highly addictive!
The taste kind of reminds me of our traditional Christmas drink, Coquito, minus the coconut milk plus, limber is frozen.
So if you love having coquito at Christmas time, you will love limber!
Plus you don’t have to wait till Christmas to have it!
When are Limbers Enjoyed?
Limber is enjoyed any time of the year, especially in the hot summer months when something refreshing and cool is called for.
They’re super easy to make so they make a quick yummy treat for the kids and adults alike. Limbers are perfect for the whole family!
They’re also perfect as a refreshing dessert.
Different Flavors of Limber
Although this is my favorite limber flavor, there are dozens and dozens of other flavors!
Below are just a few of the most common flavors and varieties.
- Limber de Mantecado (Ice Cream Limber)
- Limber de Coco (Coconut Limber)
- Limber de Tamarindo (Tamarind Limber)
- Limber de Cherry (Cherry Limber)
- Limber de Uva (Grape Limber)
- Limber de Cheesecake (Cheesecake Limber)
- Limber de Pistachio (Pistachio Limber)
- Limber de Bizcocho (Cake Limber)
- Limber de Mango (Mango Limber)
If you love mangos, try this recipe from the Hispanic Food Network.
Why the Name Limber?
It is said that this delicious treat was named after the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh after landing on the island in 1928.
After being given this frozen treat to quench his thirst, he fell in love with it so much, in his honor, it was decided to name it after him. Hence, the name “limber” when pronounced phonetically in Spanish.
How Do You Eat Limbers?
In order to enjoy this icy treat, you must squeeze the cup from the bottom, lifting the icy up so that you can suck on it.
Some people prefer to squeeze it from the cup, flip it over and then reinsert into the cup so that it is easier to get around the treat.
Ingredients You Will Need
- evaporated milk
- condensed milk
- ground cinnamon (optional if you do not like cinnamon)
- plastic cups
How to Make Limber de Leche
- Gather all the ingredients you will need and have the cans of milk open ready to pour into blender.
Note: If you do not have a blender, you can place all the ingredients inside a bowl and mix using a whisk.
- Pour the evaporated milk into the blender.
- Pour the condensed milk followed by the water.
- Add the sugar.
- Add the ground cinnamon.
Tip: If you do not like cinnamon, you can exclude from the recipe.
- Blend everything together until well blended.
- Add the mixture to plastic cups.
- Top the cups with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Place in the freezer for 6-8 hours to freeze or leave overnight.
- Place limbers on a small tray if you like so they are easier to move into the freezer without spilling.
Note: If you do not like cinnamon, you can exclude it from the recipe.
Can I Use Different Milk to Make Limber de Leche?
Although you must use evaporated milk and condensed milk to make Limber de Leche Limber de Crema), 2% or 1% to substitute for the whole milk.
In fact, I always use 2% milk.
Can I Use Different Containers to Make Limbers?
Although limbers are traditionally served and frozen in 5oz, 7oz, or 9oz plastic cups, they are also sometimes poured and frozen in ice cube trays, which is also a lot of fun to have!
Once the limbers are frozen, crack a few cubes into a cup and enjoy!
You can also use plastic tumblers, plastic dessert cups or silicone muffin cups.
The key here is to be able to squeeze and push the limber somewhat out of the container to be enjoyed.
Limber de Leche
- 5 plastic cups 5oz, 7oz or 9oz
- 1 can evaporated milk 12 ounces
- 1 can condensed milk 14 ounces
- 1 cup milk whole, 2% or 1% milk
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional) plus more for topping
- Pour the evaporated milk, condensed milk, milk, water, sugar, and ground cinnamon into a blender.*If you do not have a blender, you can use a mixing bowl and a hand whisk to mix.
- Blend all the contents for a few seconds until smooth.
- Pour mixture into cups and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.
- Place limbers in the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Once limbers are fully frozen, enjoy!