Nigerian Dessert: Zobo Popsicles Your Kids Will Absolutely Love

Nigerian Dessert: Zobo Popsicles Your Kids Will Absolutely Love

Before now, dessert in Nigerian cuisine has always featured foreign recipes such as cakes, tarts, puddings and creams. But thanks to the creativity of our contemporary Nigerian chefs, the story has changed. The choices of Nigerian dessert have expanded to include several dessert dishes made from local Nigerian fruits and foods. The result is a dish that is a fusion of tasty indigenous foods, creativity and foreign ideas, just like our Zobo popsicles. If you or your kids have a sweet tooth, this is a treat you will enjoy.

Want to learn how to make this Nigerian dessert? We have got you covered. Find the recipe for Zobo popsicles below.

But first, a little background information about zobo.

Nigerian dessert zobo popsicle

Zobo in Hausa refers to the Caribbean Sorrel, the edible petals of the Hibiscus plant called Roselle. The Hibiscus plant has high nutritional value and contains a large amount of Vitamin C which helps to treat colds, coughs, fevers and infections. Furthermore, it also contains antioxidants and about 15 to 30% of organic acids which aid in the prevention of cancer as it strengthens the immune system. This is what makes the hibiscus drink so popular, not only in northern Nigeria but in Africa as a whole. Even though Nigerian desserts are not very common, more chefs are becoming creative with our indigenous foods. Your family will enjoy Zobo popsicles after a warm afternoon outdoors, or as a picnic treat.

Also, it is believed that Zobo as a drink is a menstruation stimulant, easing the flow of menstruation. It also gets rid of menstrual pain in the woman.

Zobo Popsicles are a delicious and fun Nigerian dessert!


Preparation time 20 minutes

Cook time 13 hours

Total time 13 hours 20 minutes


  • 1½ cup of Zobo leaves
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon juice(optional)
  • Orange pulp
  • Sliced kiwi or Pineapple
  • Rum(optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil, then wash and add Zobo leaves to the water and steep for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Pour the Zobo juice through a sieve and Put the juice back into the pot and on to the heat. Add the sugar and on medium heat; while stirring occasionally, bring it to a slight boil until the mix starts showing visible thicker bubbles. Remove the syrup from the heat' let it cool a little; then add the vanilla and lemon juice if using and set aside for other uses.
  3. Put the fruits into the molds; then pour the juice into popsicle moulds. Cover and freeze overnight.
  4. To remove the popsicles from the molds, simple pull them out or run them through a little warm water; then gently pull.


SOURCE: Nigerian Lazy Chef

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