Frozen Watermelon and The Easiest Popsicle Ever
Super simple, super delicious! Frozen Watermelon is the perfect refreshing healthy summer treat. Find out how to freeze it into cubes for chilling drinks, to make 1-ingredient watermelon popsicles and more.
It’s J’s (and the county’s) last day of school today. Watermelon is in season. It’s HOT outside.
I guess summer’s here. I should be happier about it but, alas, summer in Florida is not exactly the heavenly experience that it is on the rest of the continent. Not at all! Which is why I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to beat the heat this year and I’ve come up with a doozy.
It’s not often that we parents find a food that:
a) is healthy;
b) our kids LOVE;
c) is ridiculously easy to make.
Well, we’ve found one! Frozen Watermelon.
It’s slurpable and full of summer fun for the kids. And, since it’s low calorie and refreshingly not too sweet, mom can join in every time.
I routinely cut watermelon into 1 inch cubes and put it into a large freezer bag and into the freezer. Give it a shake (or a gentle whack on the counter) ever hour so that it doesn’t clump together. These cubes are great to give the kids to suck on. But they (and I!) also like to put them in a glass and top with cold water. The water ends up slightly watermelon flavored and is very cold.
To make Watermelon Popsicles: Cut watermelon into slices, trim off the rind, insert stick, freeze. No sugar or anything else added (except the popsicle stick, of course).
I hesitate to actually give a recipe since that’s all there is to it. But in case you want really explicit instructions, the recipe is below.
And do check out my other frozen watermelon recipes. These ones are not kid-friendly but are just as refreshing:
- half of a seedless watermelon
- popsicle sticks
- From your watermelon, cut off one half moon of a slice about ¾ inch thick. Trim off the rind, poke off any pale seeds that are showing and then cut the sliceinto 3-4 triangles.
- Lay one triangle of watermelon on a cookie sheet. Slide a popsicle stick in at least halfway (I slide mine into the curved edge where the rind used to be but it doesn't really matter where you stick it as long as it goes at least halfway in and is completely surrounded by watermelon).
- Repeat with remaining watermelon until you have as many popsicles as you'd like (note that they can't be touching while they freeze or they become hard to break apart. So only make as many as you have space for on cookie sheets in your freezer).
- Spread the slices out on the cookie sheet so that they're not touching. Freeze on the cookie sheet for 3-4 hours, until frozen through. Eat or wrap watermelon popsicles individually in plastic wrap and return them to the freezer where they'll keep for 5-7 days.