Popsicles are the perfect summer snack. And you know how much I love summer and snacks…so it was definitely meant to be when I stumbled on this book at the library. This book is so fun. It’s filled with wonderful recipes!
Since I don’t eat sugar or care for store-bought popsicles, I’ve been wanting to make my own for quite some time. My plan is to adjust the amount of sugar to fit our lifestyle. Most of the time, the fruit alone is sweet enough for me. Plus, I’d much rather serve my family recipes with fresh ingredients than something that I don’t know what’s it’s made of.
My first batch of homemade popsicles was Watermelon & Cucumber. Oh my….they were delicious! They had such a refreshing taste. All the kids loved them!
Watermelon & Cucumber Popsicles
1 small cucumber, peeled
1 pound 2 ounces whole watermelon, cut up (about 1/3 of a small watermelon)
2/3 to 3/4 cup syrup* (see below)
Puree the cucumber in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl or pitcher. Lightly puree the watermelon, leaving chunks if you like (but the chunks should be small enough to fit inside your mold.) You should have about 1 1/2 cups of watermelon puree. Add watermelon to cucumber puree. Add syrup to taste, depending on how sweet you want the popsicles. (I used 2/3 cup.) Pour into molds. Freeze 4-5 hours.
Serve. (If you normally sprinkle sea-salt on your watermelon, sprinkle salt on your popsicle. We did and loved it!)
Heat 2/3 cup sugar and 2/3 cup water in saucepan until warm. You can add syrup to popsicle mixture when it’s cool or warm. If you have leftover, store in refrigerator, until the next batch.
To remove the popsicles from the mold, dip the bottom of the mold in warm water or gently run warm water over the bottom of the molds.
I found my popsicle molds from World Market. They sell them individually at the store, not sure why they only sell the set online. The quality is fantastic and you get to add your own sticks, which I love. It also has a lid to hold the sticks in place.
**When you taste the mixture before you freeze it, you will want it to taste slightly too sweet. The sweetness will lesson once the popsicles freeze.
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