So simple…. and so delicious!
You guys. Seriously. These ice pops……
Ok, so it’s summer in the American Midwest. If you aren’t familiar with Midwest, let me clue you in. It’s hot. I mean, HOT. Now, I know we’ve got nothing on Arizona or New Mexico in the heat department, but they cannot compete with us on humidity. This makes heat a whole different animal. In Phoenix, for example, 82 degrees is 82 degrees. This is not the case in Indiana. This afternoon, it was 82 degrees with a heat index of 102. This is not OK. Stepping out the front door feel like walking face-first into a warm sponge.
And do you know what my kids want to do? They want to ride bikes. They want to go to the playground. They want to go for a walk to the local pet store (or “pep store,” as Lennox calls it). I mean, haven’t they heard of YouTube and air conditioning? Jeez….
Anyway, they go outside play hard. Soon after, they come in soaked in sweat and begging for a popsicle. So wondered…. we all like pineapple. We all like watermelon. How would that work?
That’s it. Literally pineapple and watermelon. That’s it. No added sugar, no It almost feels weird calling this a “recipe” since it only has 2 ingredients. (Well, three if you add an optional pinch of salt – I feel like it really brings out the flavors well.) A recipe this simple absolutely lives or dies by the quality of the ingredients. I wouldn’t use the pre-cut stuff you can get from the grocery story, and for the love of Spider-man, do NOT use canned pineapple! That just… just no.
This is super simple. Just take equal parts diced watermelon and diced pineapple. Blitz it up in a blender or food processor until smooth and completely integrated. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into another bowl (or a large measuring cup with a pour spout – this makes it much easier to pour later). Pour it into ice pop molds and freeze overnight.
Fresh watermelon. Fresh pineapple. I’m not real big on most fruits, but these are some of my favorites, and they taste amazing when put together! The bright flavor of the pineapple and the sweetness of the watermelon complement each other beautifully. Just please, please, please use fresh pineapple. If you use canned, you will taste the final product and question my sanity when I say it tastes good. But I promise you that if you use fresh pineapple, these Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops will be the best refreshment after playing hard outside all day!
Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops
- 2 cups diced seedless watermelon
- 2 cups diced pineapple
- Pinch of salt (optional but recommended)
- Put watermelon and pineapple in a blender or food processor (in smaller batches if it doesn’t all fit).
- Blend fruit until completely liquidized and completely integrated.
- Strain into a separate bowl.
- Pour juice into an ice pop mold and freeze over night.