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Friday, July 2, 2010

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

* Photo and recipe from Eating Out Loud

Ok, pretty obvious I'm on a watermelon kick lately. For those who are wondering, yes, I guess it is a bit of an addiction...but what a yummy and harmless addiction it is!

During the hot, sticky months of summer, few things are as refreshing as a romp through the sprinkler followed by a nice, cool, popsicle treat. But who needs all the artificial coloring and high fructose corn syrup? As with our fruit juices, the pops in this household must be made from ingredients I can first of all pronounce and second of all feel good about. That's why we tend to take a "make our own" approach whenever possible. Granted, the following recipe contains a fair amount of sugar, but at least I can control the type of sugar included in these yummy nummy treats (I made them using raw turbinado sugar instead of refined white sugar).

Watermelon-Mint Ice Pops
4 cups cubed watermelon
1/3 cup sugar (I used raw turbinado sugar)
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
juice of 1 lime

Begin by removing the watermelon rind and slicing your watermelon into small cubes. It’s easiest if you use a seedless watermelon but if you buy one with seeds you’ll need to seed the watermelon before you puree it. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree. A stick blender makes quick work of the job *wink*. Pour the mix into your molds and freeze...easy peasy! (Note: I deviated a little from the original recipe - above - by warming the watermelon puree and turbinado sugar slightly to allow the sugar to melt fully. I then followed by pulsing in the juice of 1 lime and mint leaves with my stick blender).

When you remove them from the freezer, run the molds under warm water for a few seconds. This will loosen the pops so they will slip out easily. Make a super cute dessert display at your next backyard barbecue by popping the "sticks" into a carved melon bowl or over sized melon wedge *smile*.

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