Watermelon Popsicles


This special treat is fun to make and even better to eat on a hot summer day! The mini chocolate chips mimic the watermelon's seeds, and a topping of lime sherbet imitates the rind.


5 cups seedless watermelon chunks (1 small red or yellow seedless watermelon)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 cups lime sherbet


Place the watermelon and sugar in a food processor or blender, and purée until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a covered container and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and stir with a wooden spoon; at this stage the mixture should be slushy, not frozen. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Place 12 3-ounce paper cups on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the watermelon mixture among the cups, leaving a one-inch space at the top (rim) of the cups. Freeze the cups until the watermelon mixture is solid, about 2 hours.

Top each of the watermelon cups with the lime sherbet, smoothing the sherbet level with the top of the cups. Insert a wooden popsicle stick in the center of each cup, pushing it down three-quarters of the way into the cup. Freeze the popsicles until they're rock hard, then cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

To serve, let the cups sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 minutes, then carefully peel off the paper cups.


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