Watermelon is one of those great summer fruits that works perfectly in both sweet and savory dishes. Tossed with some mint and feta, it makes a bang up salad; it's also great sprinkled with a bit of salt or chile for a hot 'n sweet snack. And it's this versatility that makes these Watermelon & Parsley Pops from People's Pops such a great combination of summery flavors.
Unlike mint, a crossover herb in the world of desserts, parsley isn't often seen worked into sweets—but these pops have us thinking that it should be worked into more fruity concoctions. We're even speculating that cilantro would pair with cool watermelon popsicles quite nicely.
Reprinted with permission from People's Pops by David Carrell, Joel Horowitz and Nathalie Jordi. Copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.
- Yield:makes 10 pops
- Active time: 10 minutes
- Total time:10 minutes plus 4 to 5 hours freezing time
- 1 2/3 pounds whole watermelon (about 1/2 of a bowling ball–sized watermelon)
- 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) simple syrup (recipe follows), or more if needed
- 20 leaves fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Simple Syrup
- 2/3 cup (5 ounces) organic cane sugar
- 2/3 cup (5 fluid ounces) water
For the Simple Syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is transparent. Turn off the heat and let cool. Add any spices before the mixture starts to simmer; add any herbs only after you’ve turned off the heat. Store plain and infused syrups in sealed containers in the fridge.
For the pops: Peel and coarsely chop the watermelon. You should have about a quart of watermelon pieces. Purée the watermelon, leaving chunks if you like, as long as they’re small enough to pour into the molds. You should have about 21/4 cups (18 fl oz) of purée.
Transfer the puréed watermelon to a bowl or measuring pitcher with a pouring spout. Mix the simple syrup into the puréed watermelon until it tastes quite sweet. Chop the parsley very finely and add it to the mixture.
Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving a little bit of room at the top for the mixture to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Unmold and transfer to plastic bags for storage or serve at once.