Say hello to these easy and delicious watermelon popsicles! They are the perfect treat for those hot summer days.
These watermelon popsicles are made with just 4 natural and simple ingredients, so it’s healthy and a great way to stay hydrated. It only takes 10 minutes to prep, the rest is just freezing time.
Make a big batch to enjoy these thirst quenchers all summer long!
This year, summer has been blazing hot. It’s insane. So…watermelon popsicles to the rescue!
These watermelon popsicles will quench your thirst in no time! They are a truly refreshing summer treat, which is perfect.
This recipe is very simple. It only uses 4 simple natural ingredients, and it’s naturally sweetened. It takes only 10 minutes of active prep time, and the rest is waiting for these treats to freeze.
Really, anything with watermelon is perfect for this hot weather. Try this vibrant Watermelon Slushie or this refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad with Blueberries. As a huge fan of watermelon, I must say these are mandatory for summer!
Why I love making watermelon popsicles at home:
- Healthy and refreshing: Perfect to quench your thirst, and made with fresh, natural, and simple ingredients.
- An easy recipe: It takes about 10 minutes of active prep time. The rest is just waiting for them to freeze. Super easy.
- Kids will LOVE these treats. They are super fun to eat!
- Make a big batch and enjoy them all summer long! They last a good 2-3 months in the freezer.
A Healthy Summer Treat
Whenever I buy popsicles at the grocery store, I can’t help but wonder what added preservatives they come with…ingredients you can’t even pronounce! That’s why I like making popsicles at home.
These watermelon popsicles are made with fresh watermelon, fresh strawberries, freshly squeezed lime juice, and honey. All natural and healthy ingredients.
Because it takes so little effort to make, we make a big batch and keep them in the freezer to enjoy all summer long!
How to Pick a Good Watermelon
- Find one that feels heavy for its size.
- Look for one that has a yellow spot, which means it’s been sitting on the ground, ripening until sweet. The rest of the watermelon should look green-ish.
- Tap it a few times – if it sounds “hollow” (like, it “echoes”), it’s ripe and juicy.
The great thing about these watermelon popsicles is that you only need a few easy-to-find ingredients. As always, ingredient quantities and details can be found in the recipe card down below, but here are a few ingredient notes:
- Watermelon: Make sure you pick a good, sweet watermelon per the tips above. Dice it before blending.
- Strawberries: Fresh or frozen, preferably fresh. They add body and texture to these watermelon popsicles.
- Fresh lime juice: Freshly squeezed. Adds a nice, refreshing flavor.
- Honey: For extra sweetness, to taste.
Making these treats couldn’t be any easier! Below is a step-by-step tutorial.
Step 1 | Blend
In a blender, combine the diced watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and honey. Blend for a few seconds until evenly combined, scraping the sides of the blender if needed. Adjust sweetness to taste.
Step 2 | Assemble into the popsicle molds
Pour the filling into the popsicle molds, leaving about ⅓ inch at the top since it will expand in the freezer. Place the lid and sticks to assemble.
Step 3 | Freeze
Freeze for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight, until they have fully solidified. They will last in the freezer for 2-3 months.
How to Easily Release Popsicles from Molds
Run warm water on a popsicle mold for just a few seconds to loosen it up a little bit. Then, pull the stick (wiggling it a bit) to release the popsicle from the mold. It should come off easily.
Recommended Popsicle Molds
Choose the popsicle molds that you like based on shape or material. I like ones that feel sturdy and that come with built-in lids and sticks.
Here are a few of my recommendations:
- What I use: Zoku Pop Molds. They are sturdy, easy to use, and BPA-free.
- Classic-shaped molds with built-in sticks
- Fun shapes: These dinosaur-shaped popsicle molds are so fun!
- If you prefer to use your own wooden sticks for a more classic look, I’d recommend these cute classic popsicle molds.
- Stainless steel popsicle molds. Not my first choice, but if you’re looking for stainless steel ones, these are great.
Watermelon Popsicle Variations
- Add creaminess with some coconut milk
- Make the green, white, and red layers with blended kiwi, Greek yogurt, and the watermelon popsicle filling. Freeze for about 15-20 minutes before adding the next layers.
- Mix the layers: Try a combination of these Mango Popsicles filling and watermelon popsicles filling. Freeze for about 15-20 minutes before adding the next layers.
- Use freshly squeezed orange juice instead of lime juice for this recipe. Orange and watermelon? Sounds pretty good!
More fun summer treats:
They need to freeze for at least 4-6 hours to fully solidify, but preferably overnight.
They will last for about 2-3 months.
It all depends on the shape or material you want to use. I have the Zoku pop molds, but I also like these classic popsicle molds. For more details, see my “Recommended Popsicle Molds” section above.
Run the popsicle mold, one at a time, with warm water for a few seconds. This will loosen it up a bit. Then, gently pull the popsicle out. It should come right off.
This post was updated in July 2023 to include additional information and recipe tips.
Tips for Success
- Pick a ripe and sweet watermelon: Look for a watermelon that feels heavy for its size, and that has a yellow spot, which means it’s been sitting on the ground, ripening until sweet. Tap it a few times, and if it sounds “hollow,” it’s juicy.
- Use seedless watermelons to make it easier to prep.
- Remember to leave about ⅓ inch at the top, as the popsicles will expand in the freezer.
- If you don’t have a blender, a food processor will work too. Just make sure it doesn’t smell garlicky.
- Be patient. I know, it’s hard to resist, but give them at least 4 to 6 hours in the freezer, or preferably overnight.
- To release the popsicles, run it under lukewarm water for a few seconds so it loosens up.
Watermelon Popsicles (4 Ingredients)
- 4 cups diced seedless watermelon - rind removed
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries - stems removed and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice - or to taste
- 2 tablespoons honey - or to taste
- Make sure you have popsicle molds ready. This recipe makes enough for 6 standard popsicles.
- In a blender, blend the watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and honey until smooth and fully incorporated, scraping the sides of the blender if needed. If desired, add more lime juice or honey to taste.
- Evenly pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and assemble, leaving about ⅓ inch gap at the top to allow for expansion. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours or preferably overnight. Tip: For ease, use a measuring cup with a spout or a small pitcher to pour the mixture.
- To release, run each popsicle under warm water for a few seconds to loosen it up, and then pull until released.
- Pick a ripe and sweet watermelon: Look for a heavy watermelon that has a yellow spot, which means it’s been sitting on the ground, ripening until sweet. Tap it a few times – if it sounds “hollow,” it’s juicy.
- How long to freeze for: At least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
- How long will they last? About 2-3 months in the freezer.
- Strawberries add body and texture to these popsicles, which I really like. But if desired, you can omit them and just add more watermelon to the blender.
- Strawberries: Fresh or frozen work fine. If desired, omit the strawberries.
- Honey: Maple syrup, simple sugar syrup.