Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon Pops: Just Make Them Already!

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Photo: Kate Gavlick

Cool, refreshing, and oh so sweet, these watermelon pops are the healthiest (and cutest) treats to bring to all your summer soirées.

Bonus, these pops are customizable and so fun to make at a summer party. Sprinkles and cacao nib toppings, anyone?

Refreshing and sweet watermelon is a delicious alternative to traditional sugary treats. Instead of sugar, artificial colors, and flavorings, these pops are made with slices of juicy watermelon and minimally sweetened dark chocolate.

Along with being a picnic staple, watermelon is a healthy seasonal treat. Although most of the fruit is actually water, (hello, hydration!) watermelon also contains vitamins A and C as well as important antioxidants like lycopene. Lycopene exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to lower the risk of certain types of cancers.

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Watermelon Pops Ingredients

These watermelon pops are made with two primary ingredients, plus toppings for a crunchy or sweet garnish.

I love making a watermelon pops bar with watermelon slices all ready to go, plus bowls of toppings. It’s a fun way for kids or adults to create their own delicious watermelon pops and choose the toppings or flavors they prefer.

Some party-approved toppings include chopped almonds, pistachios, or peanuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, peanut or almond butter, dark chocolate chips, goji berries, yogurt, berries, and cinnamon.

Making these watermelon pops couldn’t be easier. Simply cut a watermelon into quarter slices, cut smalls hole for the popsicle sticks, and drizzle with melted chocolate. I prefer to use dark chocolate, of at least 80 percent cacao or higher (it has serious anti-aging and antioxidant effects) or unsweetened chocolate.

Get creative with your watermelon pops and enjoy this sweet, healthy snack. Happy summer!

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These watermelon popsicles are too sweet not to eat up right away, but they can keep in the refrigerator for up to three days after making.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Slice watermelon into quarters.
  2. Using a small knife, carefully make a small circle in the rind of the middle of each watermelon quarter.
  3. Stick a popsicle stick or half a cut straw into the rind and push into the flesh to secure.
  4. Drizzle pops with melted chocolate and top with garnishes.
  5. Enjoy!

Kate Gavlick is a nutritionist with a masters degree in nutrition. Hailing from Portland Oregon, and has a passion... More about Kate Gavlick

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