Iced Melon Fruit Pops
Melons of all kinds are at their peak this time of year, bursting with sweet flavor. They’re also available at rock bottom prices at farmer’s markets and grocery stores alike. Today’s post shows you how to save some of the melon harvest by turning it into healthy ice pops that kids and adults alike will love.
This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a formula. The amounts you use will depend on what you have on hand and your personal tastes. For the pops in the photo I used 3 layers — watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. You can make yours using less or more varieties than this. For aesthetics and flavor variety, I separated the 3 into distinct layers, but you could also choose to mix everything together, pour into molds, and freeze for a mixed melon ice pop.
To Make Pops:
Puree peeled seeded melon in a food processor or blender. Stir in about 2 teaspoons lemon juice per cup or so of pureed melon, or add lemon juice to taste. Add sugar or agave syrup to taste if melon isn’t sweet enough (you usually won’t need to add any sweetener).
Pour pureed fruit mixture into ice pop molds and freeze. If making a layered pop, as in the photo, add first layer and freeze until set, about an hour. Pour in second layer and freeze until barely set. Insert sticks and continue to freeze until hard. Pour in 3rd layer and freeze. To unmold run for a second or two under running water and remove plastic mold.
Alternately, freeze pops in paper cups (start inserting stick when the first layer is starting to set, in this case). When ready to unmold, simply peel away the stick.
Give your pops a gourmet flavor with these optional add-ins:
- Minced fresh mint — perks up melon flavors for a refreshing snack.
- Cayenne pepper — melon and hot chile is a popular Latin American snack and this flavor combination works equally well in frozen pops.
- Ground cardamom — gives the pops an exotic spicy undertone.
Flavor tends to dull when frozen, so the more intensely flavored your pop in its raw state, the better. The lemon juice really helps bring out the melon’s delicate flavor.