Pick up nearly any box of ice pops in the supermarket and you’ll find more ingredients on the label than in your favorite face cream. That’s not right, people! There’s no reason frozen treats need be much more than fruit, juice, and perhaps a small dose of honey or plain old-fashioned sugar (unsweetened lime pops might not go over too well without a little sweetening). The good news is, making your own is so easy. I recently experimented with watermelon pops that had just one ingredient: watermelon, a fruit rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and the antioxidant lycopene. Plus, with its high water content, watermelon is great for hydrating on hot summer days.

Here’s how:

Chop enough seedless watermelon to measure about 3 cups. Put it in a blender and mix until smooth. If your machine is being stubborn for the lack of liquid, add ¼ cup of water or apple juice to the bottom of the blender before you give it a whirl. If your watermelon isn’t especially sweet, add a few teaspoons of agave or honey to the mix. Pour into pop molds and freeze.

Makes 6 pops.

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  1. Bliss
    07.29.2011 at 7:24 AM #

    just bought a baby watermelon! It’s not seedless, but we’ll manage. Thank you.

    • katiemorford
      07.29.2011 at 8:03 AM #

      Little fingers are perfect tools for unearthing seeds from a watermelon!

  2. Pam
    07.29.2011 at 9:55 AM #

    Yum! I made strawberry/raspberry/cherry ice pops (with a bit of simple syrup) last week that have been a big hit here. It was a great use for fruit that softened a big faster than we were eating it.

  3. Jennifer
    08.01.2011 at 7:25 AM #

    We tried the cherry-vanilla popsicle recipe from the Times Magazine a couple of weeks ago. Pitting the cherries was a great kid job and the popsicles were yummy. We’ll be trying watermelon pops this week!

    • katiemorford
      08.01.2011 at 10:26 AM #

      Yes….all pitting, stemming and peeling jobs are perfect for the kids….and then less of a chore for mom!

  4. Meggin
    08.16.2011 at 8:18 PM #

    Can I use the same technique for other fruits like strawberries and blueberries as they are my son’s favorite fruit?

    • katiemorford
      08.17.2011 at 7:23 AM #

      Hi Meggin

      I think popsicles would work with both types of berries. However, the watermelon recipe may not work. Watermelon is inherently very sweet and very watery. The other berries may require some sweetening and additional liquid. Here is a recipe I found from Alison Brickel, who is known for pretty reliable recipe. I think I’ll try them myself. As for blueberries, I suggest doing a little poking on the web and see what comes up. One thing I like to do is combine fruit and or juice with vanilla yogurt and freeze those to make creamy yogurt pops. Let me know how it goes.

  5. 08.22.2011 at 7:55 AM #

    Yum! We tried this and got was it a hit. I also tried strawberries but blended them with a bit of coconut water.

    • katiemorford
      08.22.2011 at 8:05 AM #

      I love the idea of using coconut water. That, along with the watermelon makes a potassium powerhouse. Thanks for sharing.

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