Yes summer is slowly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we should say goodbye to this bikini-wearing, sunshine-filled season. And nothing is more refreshing to me on a hot summer’s day than fresh cut watermelon
, especially at cookouts. It’s healthy, delicious and ridiculously low in calories, so why not freeze it up and put it on a stick
POP of Color
I didn’t use any fancy expensive popsicle makers either, just paper cups, wooden sticks and went to town. Your kids will absolutely love making these and you’ll love eating them! I used lime sherbet for the rind of the watermelon and mini chocolate chips for the “seeds”. This will probably be the easiest thing you’ll make all summer and at less than 100 calories per pop, go ahead and indulge! This is the perfect snack to have ready in your freezer to grab when you want something sweet, but don’t want to kill yourself with calories. Oh and feel free to go crazy and add a shot or two of vodka (yes we said it!) to make these pops really fun, I’m sure your friends will thank you.
Recipe for Watermelon Pops
5 cups seedless watermelon pulp
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 pint lime sherbet, softened
Puree watermelon and sugar in batches in your blender or food processor until smooth and strain into a medium bowl. Cover and freeze until puree is slightly slushy, but not quite solid, about 2 to 3 hours. Remove from freezer, stir well and add in chocolate chips. Place twelve 5-ounce disposable cups in a shallow baking pan and spoon watermelon puree into cups, leaving about a 1/2 inch left from the rim. Place pan in freezer for 2 hours, or until puree is solid, but not rock hard. Allow lime sherbet to soften a bit, then spread over top of each portion of watermelon puree so that it comes up to the edge of the cup. Smooth sherbet with the back of a spoon and cover each cup with plastic wrap. Cut a small slit in the center of each cup and insert a popsicle stick into each pop so that it almost reaches the bottom of the cups. Freeze overnight (or until solid) and can be frozen for up to two days. Allow pops to sit at room temperature for about a minute, then gently pull out from the cups.
Serve and enjoy!
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