Watermelon Popsicles, made with 100% fruit, are a delicious treat to help you cool down over the summer months.
Summer is upon us and there is nothing like enjoying popsicles and ice-creams on a blistering hot day. Unfortunately, a lot of store-bought popsicles contain quite a bit of added sugar, artificial flavours and colour. This isn't something we want to be giving our kids all summer long.
Making your own popsicles allows you to take control of what goes into them. These Watermelon Popsicles are made with only watermelon and kiwi. You can be happy knowing you are giving your little ones a refreshing and delicious treat that is also packed full of goodness.
As the watermelon is the hero of this popsicle it is important you pick a good one. The watermelon you choose will make all the difference to the recipe.
- Picking a good one will result in a delicious sweet and flavourful popsicle.
- Choosing a bad one will result in a tasteless, bland popsicle.
I have detailed in my Watermelon Feta Salad recipe post what to look for when picking a watermelon. In summary, you want to find a heavy, dark, dull watermelon with a nice creamy/golden field spot.
I haven't added any sweetener to the recipe and if you pick a good watermelon there shouldn't be any need to. Taste the pureed mixture and decide for yourself if you will need to add a little sweetener (such as honey or maple syrup).
I added a kiwi layer to this recipe so that the popsicle resembles a sliced watermelon. The kiwi top is optional, it is a neat effect but can be omitted if you're short on time. It is important not to overblend the kiwi puree as the seeds break down and it can taste quite bitter.
How to Make Watermelon Popsicles - Freezing
Regardless of the type of mould you use, the basic process remains the same.
- Once your watermelon is pureed, use a jug with a spout to carefully fill your moulds,
- Leave enough room to add a kiwi layer (optional) and around ½ cm / ¼ inch of extra room at the top to allow the popsicles to expand as they freeze.
- Freeze the pops until partially frozen (around 30mins), slide a stick gently into the centre of the pop (it should stand on its own), and return to the freezer.
- Freeze for a further 30 mins (or more if not solid) and top with the pureed kiwi.
- Freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
How to Unmold the Popsicles
Run the moulds under warm water for around ten seconds. Slowly, and carefully, remove each popsicle from the mould. If the popsicle still doesn't remove easily then run it under the warm water again, checking every couple of seconds.
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- 500g (around half a large) Watermelon PeeledCubed
- 4 Kiwi
- Add watermelon to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed. *SEE NOTE 1
- Use a jug with a spout to carefully fill your molds with the watermelon puree. Leave enough room to add a kiwi layer and around ½ cm / ¼ inch of extra room at the top to allow the popsicles to expand as they freeze.
- Freeze until partially frozen (around 30mins), slide a stick gently into the centre of the pop (it should stand on its own without falling over), and return to the freezer and freeze for a further 30 mins.
- Add peeled kiwi to a blender/food processor and blend until pureed. *SEE NOTE 1
- Top the frozen watermelon layer with the kiwi. Return to the freezer and freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
- Taste the puree to see if it needs any added sweetener. I don't find that it needs any extra sweetness but you may wish to add a little honey or maple syrup. I sometimes add a little freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice to make the flavours pop.