Fresh watermelon juice is sweetened every so slightly, studded with mini chocolate chip “seeds” and then frozen into Watermelon Sorbetto Popsicles – a refreshing, healthy summer treat.
Summer is officially here. For the past few days, we’ve had more days where we’re playing in an inflatable pool, in the sprinkler, or chasing each other with water guns than we’ve had going on our daily walks and bike rides. I love summer, but I love summer when I can be laying by a pool or the beach, not when we’re still largely stuck at home.
But we’re making do. The kids are early risers, so we’re still trying to walk/bike the neighborhood or hit up a local state park for some very shady hiking trails before the heat of the day kicks in. But on those days when it’s water play? I stake out my spot in the shade while they play and try to keep us all hydrated.
I guzzle water all day, but the kids? Not so much. I have an awful lot of popsicles on hand, breaking them out almost every hour, on the hour in an attempt to keep them hydrated. While store-bought popsicles tend to be easier, I have taken to making a stash of homemade popsicles because I know what’s in them and can control the added sugar. Or make sure there’s good-for-you fruits, vegetables, dairy, or added protein in them.
These Watermelon Sorbetto Popsicles were my latest homemade popsicle (previous popsicles include Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles, which are packed with protein and blueberries, and Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles, a my favorite) and the kids went crazy for them. The mini chocolate “seeds” are the cutest (although hard to see in the photos) and totally fooled the kiddos. The popsicles are light and refreshing, with just a bit of added sugar. It was hard to keep the kids away from these, but honestly, I didn’t really try!
Next time, I might even add a little mint to the blender when I make the watermelon juice. Yum!
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Watermelon Sorbetto Popsicles
Fresh watermelon juice is sweetened every so slightly, studded with mini chocolate chip "seeds" and then frozen into Watermelon Sorbetto Popsicles - a refreshing, healthy summer treat.
- 3 c. watermelon juice divided (from about 3 lbs. watermelon)
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbs. semisweet mini chocolate chips
In a small pot, heat 1/2 c. of watermelon juice, sugar, and salt. Heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl containing the remaining watermelon juice. Stir in lime juice.
Allow to cool until room temperature.
Pour into popsicle molds and add a few mini chocolate chips to each popsicle, before putting in the stick.
Freeze for at least 6 hours, until very firm.
- To make fresh watermelon juice, remove rind and cube watermelon. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Do not strain.
- This recipe makes about 3 cups of sorbetto, enough for 6 1/2-cup popsicles (using a mold similar to what I've linked above) or 12 1/4-cup popsicles (which is what you see in my photos). Nutrition was calculated assuming 1/4-cup popsicles.
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, p. 112.