Melon popsicles with blue berries
These melon popsicles really do scream summer. The combination with the blue berries not only makes them look good but is delicious too!
Melon popsicles with blue berries and vanille yogurt
In the Netherlands we have a fairly weird name for a popsicle as we like to call it water ice cream (waterijsje). And let’s face it; water is certainly not what is in these little beauties. Fruit yes, and a little bit of vanilla yogurt too but certainly no water.
I added just a tiny bit of sugar into it, just to enhance the natural fruit flavors. It’s essential to taste how much sugar you need as it really depends on the type of fruit you’re adding and it depends on the sweetness of that fruit.
Sweet honey melon
We had a truckload of melon lying around that needed to be eaten. They were on sale the week before, two for the price of one, so it would have been silly to just get the one right? And that meant I actually took four. Both water melon and honey melon was on sale… Half of it was used in delicious salads but the other half was waiting until the cats decided to play football with it and we could not have that..
Belinda would be coming over to taste an ice cream this morning, after I had made her jealous with strawberry ice cream I made last week or two weeks ago. So it was time for another good one. And the watermelon, which was my initial pick was already a bit overripe. Which is always a shame as the taste goes downhill from there. Anyone got any tips to use leftover too ripe watermelon? Juice? Adding it to something maybe?
I still had blue berries in the freezer (always a good idea to freeze some of your leftover fruits. Comes in handy quite a lot!) and making a good mixture out of that was done in a minute really. Leave the blueberries to thaw a bit though before adding to the blender as otherwise you’ll get pieces of ice in your mixture instead of the puree you want. The blueberry mix was a tiny bit too thick to pour into the Zoku so I have to think how to solve that for next time.. However the taste was totally delicious so go and make some!
Making the melon popsicles
To start with you make a puree of the melon (removing the seeds first of course) and add a bit of yogurt. I only added about 4 tablespoons to give the mix a slightly more creamy end result. If you use the zoku you can skip the next step.
If you’re using a regular popsicle mold you first add the melon mixture and freeze it for a few hours before adding the blue berry mix. As for what type of mold to use: I like the silicon ones as it makes it so much easier to remove the popsicles from the molds once frozen.
I’ve had my share of failed popsicles simply because I wasn’t patient enough to wait until I could pull them out. Ever been left with a stick in your hands and no popsicle attached? The silicon ones prevent that from happening.
In total you will need at least four hours for the melon popsicles to be fully frozen but I like to be on the safe side and add a bit more time.
It is of course very easy to create different flavors with the popsicles. You can use different kinds of melons which will already give a totally different melon popsicle.
Make sure to taste your mixture as the flavor will be slightly different when it’s frozen. If something tastes sweet, it will be slightly less sweet once frozen. Having said that; the honey melon is pretty sweet on it’s own so you probably will not need to add much sugar. To prevent getting sugar crystals in your popsicle use icing sugar to mix in.
Melon popsicles with blue berries
- 1 Zoku popsicle maker
- 250 gr blue berries
- 1 honey melon
- 3 tbsp icing sugar or to taste
- 1 juice of 1 lime
- 1 Juice of 1 lemon
- 4 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
- Cut the melon and remove the seeds before cutting the meat away from the shell and put it in the blender. Add the lemon and lime juice and a little bit of sugar. Don’t add too much sugar straight away. You can always ad more later if you want.
- Turn in the blender until everything is nice and smooth and taste if you like the sweetness, Add a bit of lemon or lime if it needs some extra acidity and some extra sugar if not sweet enough
- Put in the fridge until ready to use.
- Add the blueberries together with the vanilla quark or yoghurt till a smooth mixture and again taste if it needs anything. Also check if the mixture is thin enough to pour into the popsicle maker
- If you have a zoku take out of the freezer, put the stick in it and pour one layer at the time alternating between honeymelon and blueberry mix. Wait 7 minutes and than remove the popsicles,
- If you have a regular popsicle form, first add one layer, let it freeze and than pour in the other layer or just do it all in one go. It will be good no matter what.
- This quantity makes way too much anyway, so you can have the rest for a smoothie!
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.