Watermelon and Strawberry Popsicles

Have I told y’all about my garden? It is doing pretty well if I do say so myself it is doing pretty well this year. Much better than last year at least. So far my biggest battle was an early heat spell. My garden didn’t care for the 100 degree temps, even the hot peppers. My pepper plants were always the first plants to wilt. I think the only thing that went unfazed by the high temps were my watermelon’s. Heck, my watermelons have pretty much taken over the front half of my garden. They are looking beautiful and we have about 10 watermelons growing at the moment and they are getting big!


With 10 watermelon’s coming I am left wondering, what we are going to do with all of that watermelon? There is always Watermelon Sorbet and Watermelon Margaritas, but i’ve wondered what else I could make. That is when I remembered a recipe I made last summer that my kiddos loved, Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles.

Watermelon and Strawberry PopsiclesI made them again with a watermelon I picked up at the store and they were still winners among my kids. Even my strawberry hating oldest son wanted more. Just don’t tell him they have strawberries in them…shhhh! He loves strawberry flavor but is adamantly against the sight of real strawberries, go figure!
Want another plus with these popsicles? You know exactly what is in them and you can pronounce everything! These have 4 super simple ingredients, watermelon, strawberries lemon juice and sugar. Yes, it is easy to buy real fruit juice pops at the grocery store but they have added ingredients you don’t need like, carob bean gum, guar gum, citric acid, artificial or natural colorings and flavorings and ascorbic acid. I really don’t get the added coloring because I know my pops turned out a beautiful color without any extra help. I guess that can go in the pile of things that make you go hmmm.

My melons need to get growing because I can’t wait to make these popsicles again with the melons from my garden! I can only imagine how much better they will taste. They will make this perfect summertime  treat even better.

How will you be eating watermelon this summer?

Watermelon and Strawberry Popsicles
  • 2½ cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  1. Place the watermelon, lemon juice, sugar, and strawberries into a blender or food processor, and blend on High speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds, and insert sticks or handles. Freeze until firm, several hours or overnight.

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Strawberry Peach Sorbet

It is officially summer, woohoo! I love the warm weather even the 90 degree days. Those extra hot days just mean it is time for frozen treats. My family is all about frozen treats. We each have our favorites. The top of my list is sorbet. I happily will pick sorbet over ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ice cream but I will choose sorbet first any day especially when it is homemade.

Sorbet is simple, it is fruit and simple syrup that is frozen. Using all the wonderful in season fruits and berries is in my opinion one of the best parts of making homemade sorbet. My newest favorite flavor has been Strawberry Peach. I used some beautiful local strawberries that I had picked and froze for later from my favorite produce stand, Gillis Hill Road Produce. Then I found some early season peaches. Peaches aren’t just for Georgia, we have local peaches here in North Carolina too and they are wonderful! Mix the two together with some simple syrup and you have something special. I had to fight my husband just to get some it was so good and he isn’t a huge fan of peaches.

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Strawberry Peach Sorbet | Country Girl Gourmet



Strawberry Peach Sorbet
  • ½-1 cup white sugar (based on your fruit’s sweetness)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups strawberries (hulled)
  • 1 cup peaches (peeled, pitted and sliced)
  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cooled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Blend strawberries and peaches in a blender or food processor until pureed. Stir pureed fruit mixture into sugar mixture.
  3. Pour mixture into a large resealable plastic freezer bag. Seal, and freeze for 45 minutes to an hour. Move the contents around in the bag every 15 minutes while freezing. OR.... Transfer fruit mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Transfer sorbet to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal. For best results, sorbet should ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight