Friday, June 14, 2013

tastes like summer

there are some things awaken our senses to summer. for me, it's the smell of sunscreen, the sound of the ice cream truck and the taste of watermelon. with summer officially arriving next week, what better way to welcome the season than with watermelon popsicles? they're ridiculously delicious, dead simple and they taste like summer.

my mum's go-to warm-weather dessert was always homemade popsicles. my family's favourites were classic 80s flavours like limeade, orange juice, or raspberry yogurt. this christmas, i was given a zoku, which freezes popsicles in under 10 minutes. this could be the nostalgia talking, but it's truly magical and it has resuscitated my love for healthy, homemade popsicles.

i've made these for the past two weeks. it's probably time to try a new flavour [roasted banana? mexican chocolate? cantaloupe agave? pineapple sriracha?] but i thought i'd share this one first.

watermelon, mint & lime popsicles
  • 1/2 a small seedless watermelon or about 3 cups, chopped
  • 1/2 a lime, squeezed
  • 2-3 stems of mint leaves, torn up
  • 1/3 cup water

place watermelon, lime, mint and water into a blender. blend until frothy [but don't overblend]! pour into popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy. 

this recipe yielded 4 popsicles in my zoku, and i had just enough left over for a glass of watermelon juice -- just toss in a few ice cubes, re-blend and drink [or freeze lightly, stirring occasionally, for a summertime slushie]. you can use a good old fashioned popsicle mold as well; you'll just have to wait a little longer for your pops!

adults only...
these popsicles would be extra delicious with a splash of tequila if you're so inclined.

one more thing...
you'll want to make more of these because they're just that good, so buy extra ingredients :-)

food for thought...
our children will never experience the joy [and pain] of spitting watermelon seeds at their friends like we used to; they'll only know seedless watermelons. which, let's be honest, are not as good.

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