This is not the first time I've shared watermelon popsicles with you. But my 3-year-old is obsessed with watermelon, and my 9-month-old is a teething monster, so I've been making them on regular rotation. And this time I made them extra cute with a green smoothie "rind", so of course I had to take pictures.
We have had a very gloomy summer so far in the Pacific Northwest, so I myself haven't really been in the popsicle mood. I don't know if it's the clouds or the super early wake-ups (like, I'm talking 4:45 am), but I've been more in the mood for comfort food (give me all the mac and cheese) and cappuccinos than frozen pops.
I'm sharing these from the archives with the hopes that somewhere out there there's someone sweltering under a hot sun with their bare feet in the grass and kids running through a sprinkler experiencing actual summer.
Because watermelon popsicles are actually the most refreshing of popsicles. Icy and sweet and like an upgraded version of the slice you used to hold over the edge of your mom's deck, seeing how far you could spit the seeds and accidentally swallowing several.
The "seeds" are mini chocolate chips, which charm the kids and adults alike. For the "rind", I used a basic green smoothie of two parts frozen banana to one part spinach topped up with some milk and drank what we didn't use for the popsicles. But you could use this recipe if you like, or your own favourite.
In the summer, I make a big batch of simple syrup and keep it in a jar in the fridge for cocktails, popsicles, iced coffee etc.
- Prep Time
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- handful of mini chocolate chips
- your favourite green smoothie (or the one linked above)
For simple syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- To make the simple syrup, combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Transfer syrup to a container and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
- Combine watermelon chunks and 2 tbsp simple syrup in blender container; process on high speed until well blended, about 30 seconds. Taste and add more syrup if desired.
- Divide watermelon puree among popsicle molds, leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top. Add a few chocolate chips, then freeze for an of hour or so, until surface is starting to freeze. Top up molds with green smoothie and insert popsicle sticks. Run molds under hot tap water to loosen popsicles before serving.