Watermelon Popsicles recipe are so easy to make and a refreshing treat for the summer. Summer is in full swing and watermelons are everywhere. This is the best time to make this thirst quenching treat while in season. It is fresh, sweet and healthy instead of having a cold sugary soda. Another best thing, it is so dirt cheap right now.
During summer, we spend a lot of time outdoors with family and friends. July 4th is around the corner and if you are planning to invite people over for barbecue, make watermelon popsicles that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Speaking of adults, adding vodka or tequila is more appreciated. Just remember to color code these snacks so you know which is non-alcohol. Keep the kids busy sucking on this delicious treat so you can relax and enjoy the afternoon yourself.
Growing up, my mom made an array of fruit popsicles. We were not allowed to buy from street vendors due to food preparation. Tropical fruits are the best. They are sweet and juicy. My mom made papaya, melon, avocado, mango, guyabano (soursop) and watermelon popsicles. In the Philippines, they are called ice candy. These fruits are very sweet that no sugar was added when she made it. After a long day at school, the first thing we grabbed out of the fridge was either ice cream or ice candy (popsicle).
I don’t buy frozen fruits, as they are not as ripe and sweet as fresh ones. When it is sweet, you don’t need to add sugar. Buying fresh fruit and freezing it yourself is better. So before the season ends, if they are on sale and sweet, I cut them into chunks. They are divided into portions in zip lock or food saver bags and froze. So when I have a craving and they are not in season, I can make it anytime.
When making watermelon juice, I also make a dozen of watermelon popsicles. After blending the juice, I add whatever other ingredients I want with my popsicles.
Tips When Buying Watermelon
There are many varieties of watermelon (pakwan) in the Philippines with bright red or yellow flesh. One thing I always see Filipinos do when buying watermelon is tapping it. When I was young, I can never tell from the sound what a good watermelon is. It never resonated with me until I was older. For one, I was never a big fan of watermelon when I was younger. I preferred avocado, melon, mango and guyabano. But now, I can have it all day long. Watermelon juice for breakfast, watermelon salad for lunch, popsicle for an afternoon snack and a watermelon vodka or tequila with my dinner.
Here’s what to look for when buying watermelon
- Look for a firm and deep dark green skin.
- Watermelon sits on the ground while growing. If you look at the stem where the watermelon was attached, if brown it is fully ripe. If not, let it sit for a couple of days in your kitchen counter to ripen.
- When tapping the watermelon, if you hear a hollow sound that bounces that is a good watermelon but you might have to wait a couple of days before cutting it. Watermelon with a dull sound is over ripe and not good since it is not as juicy anymore.
Did You Know What Other Parts of Watermelon Can Be Eaten?
- Seeds – In the Philippines , watermelon seeds are dried like pumpkin seeds called Butong Pakwan.
- Rind – My mom used to make candy called “kundol” with the watermelon rind.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
- Watermelon helps hydrate you especially on a hot summer day as it is 92% water and 8% sugar.
- It is low in calories.
- Watermelon is high in Vitamin C and lycopene. Also, it has other nutrients that can be beneficial to our health. Lycopene is also found in tomatoes and I’ve read years ago that it lowers risk of certain cancers like prostate cancer. So, I kept telling my brother to keep eating lots of tomatoes. Anyway, both vitamin C and lycopene can help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation and muscle soreness.
For detailed information, please read Healthline’s 9 Health Benefits of Watermelon.
How to Make this Easy Watermelon Popsicles Recipe
- 4 to 5 cups of watermelon chunks or cubes
- 1 small lime
- Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup to taste (optional) only if watermelon is not too sweet.
Cut watermelon into cubes.
Add lime juice.
Depending on your taste, if you want it sweeter add agave nectar or simple syrup.
Blend until pureed.
Pour in mold. Stir once in a while before pouring.
Place in the freezer and in 2 to 3 hours you can enjoy this refreshing, delicious treat. Enjoy!
1. You can add vodka or tequila in your popsicle or you can make your drink and dip the popsicle to cool your drink. There you go the alcohol version that will keep the party going!
2. Adding 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt is also good.