My friend Acacia showed me this oh-so-simple sweet treat and I cannot thank her enough. I have the tendency to over-indulge on ice cream or frozen yogurt or even a popsicle, but this is a guiltless refresher. Trust me, it is delicious and you should try it.
I have been using mini seedless watermelons all summer, but this heat wave called for a full size melon. I use half of a watermelon at a time, wrap the unused half in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator.
Slice your watermelon into triangle wedges by taking the half of the watermelon, cutting it in half again, cut that quarter into slices and either cut them right down the middle, or lay the slices flat and cut into thirds.
If you have never cut a watermelon before don't worry, it is easier than it looks. Just make sure your knife is sharp, a dull knife is so dangerous. Since watermelons are round you can make sure your knife won't slip off when cutting by inserting the point of your knife first, then sliding the whole blade in.
Put your watermelon into a bowl or place them on a plate. Try not to stack the slices right on top of each other or they may be hard to pull apart.
If you want to get fancy, you can put a popsicle stick into the rind before freezing so they look like little popsicles, but it is totally not necessary because the rind is the perfect handle.
Place watermelon in the freezer and check back in an hour or so, depending on how thick your slices are. When the watermelon slices show a light dusting of ice on them they will be the perfect frozen treat that is ready to eat.
Frozen Watermelon is great no matter how solid it is, but the more freeze time you give it the less it will be like a popsicle, the more it will be like an ice-cube. If you check on them and they are too frozen for you, that is OK, just pull the slices out and let them thaw for a couple minutes. They will be ready in no time.
All Natural Watermelon Popsicles
- Mini seedless watermelon or half of a full size seedless watermelon.
- Cut watermelon into triangles ( Optional: Make a small slice in the rind to insert a popsicle stick).
- Place slices into an open bowl, plate or plastic cutting board and put in freezer.
- Check back in an hour (Time depending on thickness of slices) for a fine dusting of ice.