As the temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, there's nothing quite like a refreshing frozen treat to cool you down. And what could be more refreshing than watermelon popsicles?
These popsicles are easy to make, require just a few ingredients, and are a healthier alternative to store-bought ice cream and popsicles. Not to mention, they're absolutely delicious! These are definitely making a regular appearance in my summer treat rotation.
These watermelon popsicles are the perfect way to beat the summer heat. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can make your own popsicles at home and enjoy them whenever you want. What’s not to love?
Making Watermelon Popsicles
First, start by selecting a ripe watermelon. Look for a watermelon that feels heavy for its size, has a uniform shape, and has a creamy yellow spot on the bottom (this indicates that it's ripe). Then, cut the watermelon into small cubes and remove any seeds.
Next, add the watermelon cubes to a blender or food processor along with a bit of apple juice, and blend until smooth. You can also add a little bit of agave syrup or honey if you want the popsicles to be sweeter. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze the popsicles for at least 4 hours, or until they're completely frozen.
When it comes time to enjoy your watermelon popsicles, simply remove them from the molds and serve. The popsicles should be bright pink and bursting with flavor. And the best part? They’re ice cold and bursting with flavor!
Tips & Variations
For an even more refreshing twist, add a squeeze of lime juice to the watermelon and apple juice mixture before freezing.
Mix up the fruits.
If you're feeling adventurous, try adding other fruits to the popsicle mixture. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries would all pair well with watermelon. Uses this as a base recipe and experiment with your faves!
Make it even prettier.
Want to make your popsicles look even more appealing? Add a few small pieces of chopped fruit and chopped fresh mint to each popsicle mold before pouring in the watermelon mixture.
No popsicle molds?
If you don't have popsicle molds, you can use small paper cups and wooden sticks in a pinch. But if you plan on making popsicles at least a few times each summer, it’s worth it to grab an inexpensive popsicle mold – I like this one.
Make creamy popsicles.
If you want your popsicles to be a bit creamier, try adding a splash of coconut milk or yogurt to the watermelon mixture before blending.
Make a watermelon slushie!
If you're just too impatient to wait for popsicles to freeze, this recipe also make a great slushie. Just blend the watermelon mixture with some ice cubes and serve it!
Make boozy popsicles.
And finally, if you want to turn these popsicles into a boozy treat for a summer party, add a splash of vodka or tequila to the watermelon mixture before freezing (just remember to keep them out of reach of the kids!).
More Tasty Treats
If you love these watermelon popsicles, don’t miss these other delicious summer treats:
- Strawberry Mojito Popsicles
- Peaches and Cream Popsicles
- Chocolate Fudge Popsicles
- Ginger Peach Popsicles
- 5 cups watermelon seeded and cubed
- ½ cup apple juice
- Honey or agave syrup optional for sweeter popsicles
- Add watermelon and apple juice to a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours
- Run hot water over the mold to release the popsicles