These melon popsicles are delectable and refreshingly cool. Delicately flavored with rose water, this recipe results in the most incredible, soft, creamy, frozen bite of melons! Whether you want to combat the heat or looking for something refreshing with an exotic twist, these melon popsicles are sure to satisfy!!
MELON POPSICLES WITH ROSE WATER
Melons are one of my favorite fruits. Come summer, I look forward to stocking up with these nature’s refreshing coolers. They are wonderful eaten as it is. But imagine having these cool fruits on a popsicle. It is amazing!
There was a recipe I used to make using melons with milk and I loved that flavor combination. So I decided to try that combo for popsicles. And Voila! I had the most incredible, soft and creamy treats.
Now add some rose water to that, and it takes it to another level. When you use just a little bit of rose water in this recipe, it somehow accentuates the melon flavor. And if you use an ample amount of the rose water, you can get a taste of the rose flavor but it pairs beautifully with the melons.
HEALTH BENEFITS – HONEYDEW AND CANTALOUPE POPSICLES
Both cantaloupe and honeydew melons are fruits that are low in calories, have a high content of water and provide dietary fiber. They help promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract. Also, they are good fruits to snack on for weight management.
Due to the water and electrolyte content, melons are great for hydration. The dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C content of cantaloupe and honeydew melons make these fruits pretty heart healthy too.
Cantaloupe is a great source of flavonoid antioxidants such as cucurbitans and caretonoids. This melon is especially rich in vitamin C and vitamin A – One cup of the diced melon can meet a day’s needs for these nutrients!
Along with its rich content of beta carotene, cantaloupe is also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin; all of which support eye health and are considered to be protective against age-related macular degeneration. The antioxidant and ant-inflammatory potential of this melon make it a great choice for cancer prevention and boosting immune health.
Finally, honeydew melons are also a good source of certain B vitamins.
PREPARATION TIPS FOR MELON POPSICLES WITH YOGURT OR CREAM
The most important characteristic to focus on when making these homemade popsicles are the ice crystals. Typically, store bought popsicles have a softer bite due to a quick and powerful freezing process that prevents the formation of larger ice crystals.
Home freezers are not that powerful. So, to overcome the large ice crystal formation and to obtain a softer bite for the popsicles, there are several options: use of thickeners, quick freeze popsicle molds, use of sugar syrup and other additives.
What I experimented with here was a technique using frozen fruit and imparting some creaminess with the addition of yogurt or cream. So I diced the melons into small pieces and froze them in a single layer on a sheet tray.
Then I combined the frozen fruit with either yogurt or cream, some honey and processed it all in a high speed blender to get a mixture that was thick and not runny. So it is thick enough to pour it into the popsicle molds in alternating melon layers without any intermingling. If the melons are used fresh, the mixture will be runny and it would not be possible to layer them without any mixing.
When the thick popsicle mixture is placed back in the freezer it requires relatively less time to become fully frozen, since we are starting with a mixture that is super chilled and semi-firm. Be sure to dice the melons into small pieces so that they blend quickly.
Make sure to choose thick Greek style yogurt that is not “tart”. When using cream, the taste is more milky and it is so yummy!! I also experimented adding some frozen banana to the mixture. When you use about 1/4th cup frozen banana per 1 cup of frozen melon it adds to the sweetness of the final mixture, and so you may need to lower the amount of honey used. However, you may be able to detect a mild taste of bananas.
Melon Popsicles with Rose Water
- Dice the cantaloupe and honeydew melon into small pieces.
- Spread the melon pieces in a single layer on a parchment paper lined sheet tray and freeze it.
- Transfer the frozen cantaloupe to a high speed blender. Add half the yogurt (or cream), honey and rose water and blend it. Stop and stir as needed.
- Adjust honey as per the sweetness of the melons.
- The well blended popsicle mixture will be smooth, thick and very chilled.
- Divide half of the cantaloupe popsicle mixture in 6 popsicle molds. Place the popsicle molds and the remaining cantaloupe mixture in the freezer, while you work with the honeydew melon in the next step.
- Place the frozen diced honeydew melon in a high speed blender. Add the remaining yogurt (or cream), honey and rose water and blend it. Stop and stir as needed.
- Divide half of the honeydew melon popsicle mixture in 6 popsicle molds over the cantaloupe layer.
- Place the remaining honeydew mixture in the freezer, while you work with the cantaloupe mixture in the next step.
- Layer remainder of the cantaloupe mixture in the 6 popsicle molds. Repeat the same with a final layer of honeydew melon mixture.
- Place the popsicle molds in the freezer and allow the popsicles to freeze overnight.