No other food evokes such vivid memories and childhood nostalgia like that of popsicles—our favorite summertime treat. Watermelon is already satisfying as a standalone snack, but when frozen and put on a stick, it tastes even better. We couldn't think of a better way to survive the dog days of summer without refreshing watermelon, so we doubled its cool-down power by freezing it. Instead of heading to the frozen foods aisle to buy those sticky-sweet ice pops, you can make your own hand-held, fruity treat to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. When store-bought simply won't do, you'll be grateful for this recipe, which uses fresh and unexpected ingredients to really amp up the sweet and salty flavor. Light, bright, and sweet, these make-ahead watermelon pops come together in just five minutes, after chilling overnight, of course. First, combine watermelon juice with lime juice and simple syrup. If you don't have any limes in the fridge, lemons make for a flavorful and citrusy substitute. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least four hours, until completely frozen. That's it, just five minutes of prep time. And the weather isn't the only thing to bring the heat here, as we've created a dipping sauce made of sugar, salt, and chili powder for a little extra kick. If you prefer a more grown-up version to this classic, try infusing these pops with alcohol to make a boozy frozen dessert. Vodka and rum are your best bets to complement the sweet flavor of watermelon. Lastly, to unmold pops without messing up their shape, fill a pan or container with warm (not hot) water that's as tall as your mold. Quickly dip the mold into the pan until the pops loosen. This watermelon popsicle recipe is just what delicious summers are made of.

Southern Living


Credit: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe Summary test

15 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 15 mins
Serves 12


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Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour into 12 (3-ounce) plastic pop molds. Insert plastic or wooden pop sticks, and freeze until completely frozen, 4 hours or overnight.

  • Stir together sugar, salt, and chile powder in a small bowl; serve with Watermelon-Lime Pops for dipping.