Limbers A cool Puerto Rican treat

Growing up in a predominately Puerto Rican neighborhood in Connecticut, the kids on my block looked forward to the summer months and one special treat from two of our neighbors named Doña Guillermina and Doña Minga (both have passed).  The tasty treats I am talking about are called Limbers.  Here is a little history of how the limber got its name. Thanks to my friend Zuleyka (@dr_zu) for the information.

A neighborhood treat

It was kind of a quiet battle between the ladies regarding who made the best limbers. If you could not find your favorite flavor ready at Doña Guillermina’s house, you could go to Doña Minga’s house. Some of the flavors sold were Cherry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, Tamarind, and Coco. I remember the regular flavors at Doña Guillermina’s were 25cents while the Coco was 35cents. Yes the coconut flavor was more expensive because there were more steps to making this delectable treat. Since their passing, Don Ignacio who was Doña Guillermina’s husband still makes these treats for the kids in the neighborhood. He should be starting production any day now.

 Make it as natural as possible

If you want a healthy treat that is not filled with lots of sugar, your best bet is to get the fresh fruit and make the juice from scratch. I did this with Tamarind pods. (I used to be able to pick them from a tree across the street from my old house) I soaked the pods in water overnight. Once the pulp falls of the pit, strain the tamarind flavored water, add brown sugar to the water, pour into plastic cups or  ice trays, and freeze overnight.

Tamarind Pods

You can also buy frozen juice like the Suiza brand in Puerto Rico or Goya in the states that you can add water and pour them into re-usable trays or pop holders for a treat on hot days.

I found this neat little holder to make five limbers that is eco-friendly because it can be re-used over and over again.

Reusable Limber Tray

What flavor limber do you like best?

I asked my friends on Facebook what their favorite limbers were (mine was Coco) and here is what they said:

Lizvette: Coco Mines too, now I want a limber..LOL

Zuleyka: Limon. Se me olvido mi amor por el de piña pero con pedazos de la fruta adentro…Ay que rico!

Hector: Coconut from East Main St. Bridgeport

Nancy : Tamarindo y Como dice la Gran Diva leche de carnation!

Frankie: Tamarindo

Chenille Cherry or Parcha

Antonia: Parcha y Coco

Carmen: I like leche de carnation con canela y azucar

Rick: Coco or Tamarindo

Have you ever tried this tasty treat while visiting Puerto Rico? What is your favorite flavor?



Lucy is Co-founder of CIMA IT Solutions Corp. , an IT Consulting & Social Marketing Firm, which helps small-to-medium sized organizations in implementing adequate business processes to meet their IT and Social Marketing business goals.

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  • Cjldicksons

    loved the limbers my mom made…..coco with a tad of canela!!!

  • Verofel18

    Nacho (Ignacio) started making them about 2 months ago and 
    Vaughn (my som) has had one almost everyday this summer!  

    • Anonymous

      Please take a picture of him when he is handing out limbers so I could include it in my post. I would love to include it. Thanks sis!

  • Adaandeve

    My abuela’s recipe included Carnation Evaporated Milk mixed with Condensed Milk. 

    • Anonymous

      That was a favorite amongst two of my friends. I think I might have had it before but not quite sure. Sounds really sweet. Thanks for the comment.

  • Anonymous

    My neighbor Doña Guillermina made really good ones. I do miss her tasty treats. Thanks for commenting!

  • Mariannemcd

    Yes we have eaten them in Puerto Rico.  While we were in the western part of the island we’d see lines outside little shacks and people walking out with something edible. Soon we were lining up.  We liked coco, limon, and maze.  I’m searching for a recipe with corn now.

    • Anonymous

      If you find a recipe with corn let us know! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Joselassalle

    The best limbers are at “El Coqui Tipico” (at Barrio Calero, Hwy 459, just after the Cemetery) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

    • Lucy

      We were up that way last Sunday. Too bad we didn’t know this information but thanks for reading the post and commenting. We will have to keep it in mind for our next trip up that way! 

  • George ‘Urban Jibaro’ Torres

    I love Limbers… still make them on a regular even though I am far away from my isla. Thanks!

    • Lucy

      Thanks for stopping by George! We just bought a juicer so I am tempted to juice local fruits like papaya, parchas, guanabana, and anything else we can grab that is in season. We are definately looking forward to Mango season to make limbers de mango! Since it is the holiday season make a Grown-up Limber using Coquito with Spirits!

  • Jessicananderson

    Leche and Tamrindo

    • Lucy

      Jessica, the Leche and Tamarindo go together as a mix or are separate? I am going to guess that leche is leche carnation milk? Let us know the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Diana

    I like to know the story of how the limber got its name but the page is not available. Can somebody tell me?

    • lucymfel

      From what I researched and was told it was named after Charles Lindbergh. Here is a video of a man who says that his family member invented the limber named who was named Tomas Davila. Here is a video of his parents explaining how this happened.

    • lucymfel

      Thanks for pointing out that the link was no longer usable. I will update it so other’s can see more information. 

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  • gespin3549

    That’s me interviewing my mom for the story, before she aged and began to forget everything. Lucky I got this beforehand!!

    • Lucilla

      Thanks so much for capturing this history!