If it’s summer, that means there’s watermelon. It’s one of the few foods that I have to consume as soon as the seedless melon hits the shelves. Yes, I do the seedless, it’s worth the extra ten cents per pound. Keep reading and you’ll understand the necessity as well as the preference.
In my quest to eat healthier, I prefer homemade popsicles to store bought. Each year, I experiment more with flavor combinations. It would appear I have started a collection of popsicle molds; I’m up to four now. So far this year, it’s been relatively simple creations. I’ve taken frozen mixed berries, blended them smooth. Sometimes, I will add a bit of pomegranate juice to thin out the berries for pouring. The mixed berries offer a nice, sweet flavor and tend to be a bit more cost efficient than buying several quantities of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries all at the same time.
I have also blended up watermelon and added bits of fresh strawberries to the mold. So a nice refreshing taste with a hint of strawberry here and there. It’s a great way to use up some of that large watermelon you had every intention of eating, but half of it is still in the fridge.
This past weekend, I stopped by my local produce stand and they had yellow watermelon. How I have not heard of this previously, is beyond me. However, I had to try it. It looks just like regular watermelon, only yellow. I personally think, it’s a bit sweeter than its red counterpart.
Last night, I chose to make my first layered popsicle. The bottom of the mold was mixed berries and the top was yellow watermelon. When unmolding, the watermelon would become the bottom and the berries would be the top. I need to play around with this more, but they turned out really well and were super yummy.On the days it’s too hot to cook and you can’t imagine eating, I have no issues with eating a few popsicles to hold me over until it cools off a bit to think about making food. After all, it’s 100% fruit and it’s good for you! I am still thinking up new creations to add to my popsicle recipe list. I’m working on how to incorporate yogurt for an ever more satisfying, and filling popsicle.
Do you make homemade popsicles? What are some of the ingredients you like to use?