DIY Watermelon Ice Cream Pops
Make 4 ice cream pops
At a glance, these treats look like your classic watermelon on a stick. But — surprise! — they’re actually made with watermelon rind, raspberry sorbet, and chocolate chips. Here, stylist extraordinaire Alana Jones-Mann gives us the scoop on how to prepare these party-worthy pops.
14 ounces raspberry sorbet
2 tablespoons heavy cream
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Before you begin, line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Place your sorbet on the counter to defrost.
Step 1: Slice a watermelon using a serrated knife, making straight, 1-inch wide cuts. Remove the flesh from the center of 1 of your watermelon slices, making sure not to remove any off the rind. Place the remaining watermelon in the fridge to enjoy later.
Step 2: Using a flathead screwdriver or sharp tool, make small cuts (for your popsicle sticks) into the rind. You want to make 4 small holes equal distant apart and each halfway up the rind. Insert a popsicle stick through each hole.
Step 3: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Place the round watermelon rind with popsicle sticks in the center. Make sure your rind sits level on the baking sheet. If not, level the rind using your serrated knife.
Step 4: Mix together the sorbet with the cream, either in a mixer or by hand with a whisk. Once mixed, fold in a small handful of mini chocolate chips.
Step 5: Fill the center of your rind with your sorbet mixture until it is level with the top of the rind. You will have a bit of the mixture leftover – do not throw that out. Set leftover mixture aside.
Step 6: Sprinkle a few additional chocolate chips atop your sorbet mixture (your watermelon seeds!). If your sorbet is leaking out from the sides (as it may), use a bowl or plate to rest on the rind and weigh it down. Place in the freezer for 2 hours.
[Note: The sorbet mixture may sink a bit as it freezes. After 30 minutes in the freezer, check on your frozen treat. If it has sunk below the rind, add your remaining sorbet mixture until it’s level with the rind and sprinkle with a few additional chocolate chips.]
Step 7: Once the mixture is frozen and is firm to the touch, remove from the freezer. Use a serrated knife to make 2 diagonal cuts, creating 4 triangle slices. Serve on a plate or keep in a covered, wax-lined surface in the freezer so you can grab a watermelon ice cream pop whenever you please!
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