When it comes to the ultimate summer fruit my mind always jumps to watermelon. When ripe it’s incredibly fresh and tasty which is exactly what I need during a warm summer day. Now it’s not always convenient to have a watermelon laying around, especially if you can’t eat the whole thing once it’s perfectly ripe. So why not turn them into ice pops? It’s the perfect snack or dessert that you can eat while you’re on the move plus, they look absolutely stunning and won’t leave anyone guessing as to what kind of pops they are.
There are many ways to enjoy watermelon, you can have the fruit as it is, chilled and sliced, you can have it as sorbet or you can enjoy it as ice pop.
I can’t really decide what my favourite is because they all are so delicious. There is one thing that does make these ice pops stand out and it’s the fact that they look like sliced up water melon.
This little trick is easily achieved with the help of blended up kiwis and coconut milk. The intense red in the actual watermelon part is achieved by adding red fruit. You can choose anything from strawberries to cherries or even raspberries. The fruits will not only add great nutritional value but they will also make the ice-pops very popular with kids or anyone who likes a whimsical touch.
I tend to make these in larger batches and actually store them in the freezer. Any ice pop is actually easily stored, you just need to pop them out of their mould, wrap them in waxpaper and put them in a freezer friendly container. There is nothing more comforting during summer than knowing you have a nice little collection of various ice pops. If you are a fan of making your own then have a look at my coconut and mango ice pops and the deliciously sweet grape and kiwi ice pops.
- 250g (1/2 lb) strawberries
- 250g (1/2 lb) watermelon
- 5 green kiwis
- 200 ml (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) coconut milk
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- Blend the strawberries and watermelon and strain the juice through a mesh sieve to discard the seeds. Set juice aside.
- Peel and blend the kiwis and strain the juice through a mesh sieve to discard the seeds. Set juice aside.
- Mix the coconut milk with the vanilla essence in a small bowl.
- To get those clear lines start by pouring the strawberry and melon juice into the ice pop mold, add the ice pop sticks and freeze them.
- Add the coconut cream and vanilla mixture in a thin layer and freeze again. Repeat the same with the kiwi puree and freeze until solid.