Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 mins
Buying a watermelon so often leads to leftover melon. Here’s a delicious way to make use of this largesse. Buy 5-oz (150 g) paper “bath cups”—they make great moulds for ice pops, as the paper just peels away. Gelatin helps keep drips at bay and also adds to smoothness. From LCBO Food & Drink Magazine. Time to prepare does not include time to freeze. Watermelon is thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is found growing wild, because it reaches maximum genetic diversity there, resulting in sweet, bland and bitter forms.
- 1 tablespoon gelatin (1/4 oz or 7 g packet)
- 1⁄4 cup boiling water
- 1⁄2 seedless watermelon
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Sprinkle gelatin over boiling water and immediately stir until dissolved, about a minute.
- Use an ice cream scoop to remove red watermelon flesh; measure out 4 cups and add any juice left in scooped watermelon half.
- Whirl watermelon with sugar and lemon juice in blender then strain, reserving juice.
- Thoroughly stir in dissolved gelatin. (There should be about 4 cups) Measure into cups or moulds and insert sticks or plastic spoons.
- Freeze several hours until frozen.
- Store sealed in freezer-weight plastic bag for up to 2 weeks.
I made a just a 1/4 batch using 1 cup of cubed seedless watermelon. Since the batch was small, I used my emulsion blender to mix the watermelon, sugar, and lemon juice in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. I then added the gelatin mixture and continued to blend and poured the mixture into the molds to freeze. Superb flavor and will definitely make again!