Watermelon Clone-sicles

There is a fair bit of head-scratching, hemming and hawing, as baffled faces scour the bulging bushels of watermelons nearly spilling onto the market sidewalk, for a good find. The elderly couple, sprightly and sharp, engages in a low-voiced deliberation over the merits of bottle-green specimens, over their streaked counterparts. Shrewdly assessing her choice is the svelte lady in the Juicy Couture sweatsuit, slapping her open palm against its dusty rind, headphones shifted to listen closely for telling thumps. The efficient shopper with a meticulous list flashing on her phone seems surely to know her game, as she asserts that a splintered stem is evidence of a fresh off-the-farm pick, and that pale, sun-kissed patches validate time spent sweetening naturally, on the vine. The Tadka girls, observant and mindful, swing by with tall Frappes in hand, on their weekly grocery run. After careful consideration, they bag a bonny, well-proportioned pick, and haul it to the hybrid parked within earshot. Later that morning, this prized acquisition cedes to the assault of a mighty Wüsthof with a soft groan, revealing insides that are cool and slushy, ripe and rosy. As the slices are lined up, posing with poise in their tri-colored splendor — red, white and green — a keen surveying is taking place, for the fun knockoff that is on the cards. Moments hence, the juicy chunks are fleshed out and fussed over, layered and molded into icy treats, to cool off the riotous bunch that can barely wait for the holidays to roll in..

Featured in Yummly’s The Coolest Watermelon Recipes You’ve Ever Seen

Watermelon Clone-sicles

(Makes 4-6, depending on the size of the molds)

2 Cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed

1-2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, adjust as per the sweetness of the fruit

Pinch of salt

1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips (for the seeds)

¼ Cup Vanilla ice-cream (for the white layer)

1 Kiwi or ¼ cup green melon like honeydew (for the green layer)

Freeze the cubed watermelon on a tray for 30 minutes. Blend the chunks with the sugar and salt until slushy. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and pour into popsicle molds or small paper cups, leaving about half an inch of space empty at the top. Insert a popsicle stick into each mould.  Freeze until set. Meanwhile, soften the vanilla ice cream. Spoon about a tablespoon of the ice cream on the frozen watermelon layer to form the white rind layer, leaving space for the green to come. Return to the freezer to set up. Top with a thin layer of mashed and de-seeded kiwi or puréed honeydew to represent the skin of the watermelon and freeze until it is hard. To unmold, dip the pops briefly in warm water.

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59 Responses to Watermelon Clone-sicles

  1. Tina says:

    LOVE IT!

    This looks like a delicious Summer Recipe! We are hosting “FUN SUMMER RECIPES” at our Linky Party THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! We’d love for you to come by and link up! (Thanks a million) :-)

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-weeks-cravings-linky-party-32-fun.html

  2. Thanks for coming back and linking to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS, next Monday is Father’s Day Favorite Recipes, hope to see you linking up again!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/search/label/THIS%20WEEKS%20CRAVINGS

  3. RedChillies says:

    Tadka girls :-) I love this kid friendly idea. The idea of adding chocolate chip to clone a watermelon seed is very clever!

  4. Jay says:

    wow…thanks for this awesome entry…love ur gorgeous clicks..:)
    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  5. Those are too cute! What kid wouldn’t love those? I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)
    Katie

  6. Mama J says:

    I make watermelon pops all the time but never thought to add the chips. Adorable!

  7. PJ says:

    That’s so innovative. Would love to try it for my Lil one :).Thanks for sending it across to the event…

  8. angie says:

    so cute and yummy love them come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  9. Miz Helen says:

    What a beautiful cool refreshing treat. This would be a delightful summertime treat to serve for a special party or just a special treat for me, like right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Kim McCallie says:

    Oh, I love these! They’re so clever and I know they would be cool and refreshing for the summer! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-8.html

  11. Megan says:

    What a great idea, I can’t wait to try these; they look perfectly refreshing for the hot weather we’ve been having.

  12. Alyssa says:

    Hi!
    I would love for you to come and link up at A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where this week is a sweet theme: Random! Yep, Whatever sweety deliciousness you made this week, you can post!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/06/themed-bakers-sunday-9.html
    Alyssa

  13. emily says:

    LOVE the idea!!! I saw you on melt in your mouth Monday… Wanted to invite you to come on over to my tasty Tuesday link party! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/authentic-fried-rice-tasty-tuesday-link.html

  14. Love this idea! These are so fun! We have a Zoku popsicle maker and this will be a fun summer activity to make with my kids!

  15. Jerri says:

    What a neat idea! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week. Come grab my featured button if you’d like one!

  16. What a brilliant idea! Fun, healthy and so pretty!

  17. Ashton says:

    What a fun post :) You’re a talented writer! And I’d love for you to link up to my Sweet Treats Party this weekend. Hope to see you there!
    Ashton
    http://www.somethingswanky.com

  18. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations you are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. You are welcome to stop by and pick up your Red Plate if you like.
    Miz Helen

  19. Maureen says:

    Fantastic summer treat for kids of all ages. I don’t think you can outgrow your love of “clone”sicles. I can’t wait for summer to arrive down under so I can try it with in season watermelon. I love the seeds!

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  21. Ishay says:

    Incredibly clever. Found this on tastespotting- just had to visit. Making me miss summer now- love watermelon. It’s raining icy cold buckets in Cape Town

  22. Indu says:

    Thanks for submitting to the Food For Little Champs event. It looks really good.

  23. Umm Mymoonah says:

    My my… looks just like a watermelon sliced and made into ice, fabulous. Thank you for linking with Any One can Cook :)

  24. This looks amazing! You are very creative and talented. My kids would love this. Bookmarked!

  25. Anamika says:

    They look just perfect…How did u manage to prevent them from melting, while u clicked??

    • Tadka Pasta says:

      Thanks, Anamika! It’s tough to photograph frozen goodies, right? The bed of ice helped and we kept a few in the freezer for a quick swap with the ones in the limelight :)

  26. SpicieFoodie says:

    Lovely post to go with a great recipe. Thanks for having participated in June’s YBR:)

  27. Nice write-up and a winning recipe! the clonesicles look perfect!

  28. These are absolutely the cutest popsicles I have ever seen.

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