Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

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Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

We are huge watermelon lovers in my family with the exception of my daughter. She says she doesn’t like the texture. Because I can’t stand for anyone to not be able to enjoy one of my favorite summer foods, and because my daughter is now vegetarian AND gluten-free and I’m seriously worried she’s going to starve to death, I started brainstorming ways to serve watermelon that she might find appealing.

And I thought……popsicles! No one can object to the texture of a popsicle.

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But one problem. I didn’t have a popsicle mold. And yes I know you can make them in Dixie Cups and use those wooden popsicle sticks. But I’ve tried finding those popsicle sticks for a school project and they are impossible to find without going to a craft store.

Not to mention I had a 14-year-old watermelon hater to impress with these popsicles.

So I stopped in Sur La Table when I was at the mall a few weeks ago certain that I would find a shelf full of wonderful popsicle molds. Maybe even a really cool vintage-looking one.

Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

I basically had 2 choices. Space ship shaped popsicles? Uh, no.

Or the   Zoku Quick Pop Maker which was a little more than I wanted to spend.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker
After about a 5 minute internal debate- “I’m not sure these are the ones I want.” “But it will waste a lot of time and energy to continue the search at who knows how many more stores.” “How in the world does this thing freeze popsicles in 7-9 minutes?”

Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

I broke down. I got the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I passed on an extra box of sticks. The Pop Maker came with 6. I would feel less guilty if I made myself make do with just the 6 after spending more than I had anticipated. Or maybe it was stupid to not be able to use it to the fullest extent possible? Maybe I needed those extra sticks?  Way too much internal debate. Always a sign that a vacation is needed.

I came home with the Pop Maker and set about creating a delicious watermelon concoction to fill it with.

But wait. I had to freeze the Pop Maker for 24 hours.

Next day I blended up some deliciously juicy watermelon, a little sugar, a touch of fresh lime juice, and some mint. And I decided I would put a few fresh blueberries in the molds too. With the 4th of July right around the corner I couldn’t resist the patriotic qualities of a watermelon and blueberry combination.

By this point I was a little anxious to get this thing going. In my haste, I made a mistake which knocked my popsicle yield from 6 down to 5. Ok, maybe I should have gotten the extra box of sticks. I started pouring the mixture in the mold and I completely miscalculated how fast it would fill and didn’t realize that a funnel would be handy, and I overflowed the first mold.

Turns out the Zoku Pop Maker doesn’t freeze in 7-9 minutes, it freezes instantaneously. There was no way I could get rid of the extra popsicle mixture that went past the fill line and extended over the top of the mold and there was no way to get this popsicle out without completely melting it.

Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

Not willing to accept defeat,  I grabbed a funnel and ever so slowly filled the next two molds (did I mention it only makes 3 at a time?), stopping every inch or so to add a few blueberries. And into the freezer they went. When I got them out about 10 minutes later with the “super tool” as they call it, popsicles 2 and 3 came out easily and were perfectly frozen. Popsicle 1 as I said before, was a lost cause.

But I quickly refilled the 2 empty molds and 8 minutes later I had 2 more popsicles. Nearly instant gratification!

After a rocky start, I was becoming quite smitten with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. The popsicles were fabulously frozen in just minutes and the watermelon, mint, blueberry combination was a winner.

My daughter? She refused to try one.

Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries
 
Popsicles made with watermelon, fresh blueberries, and a touch of mint make a cool, sweet treat on a summer day.
Recipe type: Popsicles
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 6 heaping cups diced seedless watermelon (or remove the seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree watermelon along with sugar, lime juice, and salt until smooth.
  2. Add mint and blend briefly to finely mince the mint and get it mixed in.
  3. Pour puree into popsicle molds. (You should be able to make at least 10, but it will depend on the size of your molds.)
  4. Freeze until hard.

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30 thoughts on “Watermelon-Mint Popsicles with Blueberries

  1. These look so good!!! I’ve wanted to try that Zoku maker…so crazy how fast it can make popsicles. I can’t believe your daughter wouldn’t try these. My husband won’t eat watermelon either, because it’s “too watery.” haha.

    1. The Zoku maker is unbelievable. I won’t have the patience to wait for popsicles made the old-fashioned way 🙂
      I can’t believe there are people in this world who don’t like watermelon. Crazy! I could live off of it.

  2. I bought a package of popsicle sticks at Walmart for only .88 cents i the craft department. . Look there or craft stores.

  3. Aaw, too funny, can’t believe she wouldn’t try one after all your hard work. We love watermelon and these popsicles would be a huge hit at our house. I love that you added the fresh blueberries in here – it makes these look like a real watermelon with seeds 🙂 Such a fun and great idea – pinning 🙂

  4. They look great Christin, I can’t believe your daughter refused to try one! I can’t keep watermelon in the house it gets eaten so quickly. I always but 3-4 a week. Got 2 from Walmart last Sunday, cut both of them open and they were pinkish green, made me mad. After paying $5.99 each, I got in the car and took them back and they gave me my money back! 🙂 Went to Publix and got 2 more and they were delicious!

  5. hahaha I can’t believe she refused to try one!! After all that : )

    I’ll take a few of these in her place … I can never get enough watermelon!

  6. Christin – your daughter has some incredible willpower! I am not a huge watermelon lover myself, usually when I get watermelon, my daughter is the one who eats it all, but I would have broken down and eaten ALL these! These look so good! Now you are a popsicle pro! 🙂

  7. These sounds so fresh and yummy! I love the blueberries in them because they look like watermelon seeds 😉 And yeah, I clicked the link to see how much the popsicle maker cost…. yikes! You better start making lots of pops to get your money’s worth!! 🙂

  8. I’m a huge watermelon lover (seriously, what southerner isn’t?). I buy one almost every week. I haven’t made popsicles since I was a kid and I know they’re all the rage now. Gotta try your version. They look delicious and your photos are spectacular!

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