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Watermelon Granita and Homemade Popsicles

It’s been so hot lately, I haven’t been baking much (as you probably have noticed), my family still loves to have a treat though. Since cupcakes weren’t in order for the day, and our Summer Lime Pie was gone, I decided to give this Watermelon Granita a try.

Even though the name sounds really fancy, it is actually just fruit juice and simple syrup (sugar and water).  I love having fresh fruit, but it seems like when I buy a Watermelon much of it goes to waste. They are usually pretty big, even for our family. I’m not a Watermelon lover, I know…the shame of it…but Doug and the boys all love it. So this cool dessert was a perfect way to use some of the watermelon so it didn’t go to waste.

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Refreshing Watermelon Granita from HoosierHomemade.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 6 cups cubed watermelon

Instructions

    Picture Instructions
  1. Blend watermelon in blender until smooth
  2. Place a strainer over a large bowl and using the back of a spoon, push juice through the strainer
  3. Juice before it’s strained
  4. After it’s strained, it almost looks like jello
  5. Freeze for 1 hour
  6. Stir with a fork
  7. Step-by-Step Instructions
  8. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil.
  9. Cook and stir until all the sugar is dissolved, set aside.
  10. In a blender, process watermelon, about 2 cups at a time, until smooth.
  11. Strain and discard pulp (see pictures below)
  12. Add sugar mixture to watermelon and pour into a 8 inch square dish.
  13. Cool to room temperature.
  14. Freeze for 1 hour, stir with fork, return to freezer for 3-4 hours longer or until completely frozen.
  15. With a large spoon, scrape Watermelon Granita and place in serving glass. Garnish with fresh fruit, lemon or lime if desired.
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We had enough juice left to make some Homemade Popsicles too. Nick and his girlfriend bought these plastic molds at Michael’s for only $1.

The boys have also been making Pink Lemonade Pops. Those were especially yummy!

So…which would you like to try, the Watermelon Granita or the Homemade Popsicles?

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Comments

  1. Megan says:

    ill take both!! We love home made popcicles… I might have to give the granita a try since watermelon is so plentiful these days. :)
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  2. Susie's Homemade says:

    It looks so refreshing!

  3. Krystal says:

    How funny! I actually just bought the ingredients to make the watermelon granita this week. :) It looks so wonderful for a hot day and I LOVE watermelon.

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I’m totally stealing this watermelon popsicle idea. Don’t worry I will let everyone know where I got the recipe ;)

  5. We never eat the whole watermelon. This is a great way of using it all, and can be saved for another day.
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  6. That does look so refreshing, Liz. :-) I’m a watermelon lover, so I know I’d be thrilled to enjoy the granita or the popsicles. So pretty, too!

    Shirley
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  7. April Harris says:

    The watermelon granita please! I literally just didn’t buy a watermelon yesterday because there are only two of us home at the moment and I didn’t think we’d finish it – but with that recipe we could! Thanks for sharing it.

  8. This is perfect timing for me, because I have half a watermelon in my fridge right now and I was worried we couldn’t eat it fast enough. Thanks!
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  9. Both look really good and I could use one right now ;) It isn’t even 9 a.m. and it is almost 90 degrees.
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  10. Melinda says:

    My kids have been living on Popsicles! I’d love to try making them with watermelon!
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  11. Looks yummy. Haven’t made popsicles in quite awhile.

  12. My kiddos and I just happen to have gotten a super red, juicy watermelon from Fresh Market yesterday…. this is the PERFECT recipe for us! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
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  13. Looks like we are both on the same page with all that extra watermelon! Your pops and granita look great. So much cheaper & fresher than the store bought pops. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

  14. Tiffany says:

    We love watermelon. I buy the biggest I can find and it’s gone in a day or two. Crazy. Love the sound of this recipe!
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