Saturday, September 18, 2010

Whimsical watermelon pops

If, like me, you are starting to pull your cable-knit sweaters out of storage, and wearing thick socks to bed, you must also be feeling winter is just around the corner. I know, I know, summer isn't officially over. Yet the imminent chill of winter is palpable.
I am dog-earing pumpkin recipes, and reaching more often for brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, the flavours of fall and winter.
But if you want one last taste of summer, you can fool your tastebuds with Kraft Kitchens' watermelon pops.
I'm not going to lie to you. I made these more than a month ago for my son's birthday after seeing them on the Kraft Kitchens' website. And I probably woudn't make them in this current climate. But I figured I should blog about them before summer really ended.

I was hesitant about this recipe after reading reviews in which commenters said they looked better than they tasted, but I forged ahead anyway. And am I ever glad I did. My son's birthday felt like the hottest, most humid day of the summer, and these were the perfect way to cool down.
Not only were they tasty and refreshing, but utterly darling.

Substitutions:
I had planned to use mini chocolate chips rather than regular chocolate chips as some of the reviewers complained about the chocolate chips distributing evenly through the strawberry layer of Jell-O, but I forgot why I had purchased the mini chips and used them before I made these watermelon pops. Instead, I let the strawberry Jell-O layer freeze for longer than the recipe called for, and when I plopped the chips inside, I gave them a quick stir. That seemed to address the problem just fine.

Would I make these again?
I think these are going to be a birthday tradition at our house.

Grade:
Five stars out of five. These aren't going to win you any French pastry awards, but they are unique, refreshing, and just adorable in presentation.

1 comment:

Brenda said...

Mary, they are adorable! So many of your recipes make me wish I had small children to cook and bake for again, although I don't think my grown up kids would have any problem eating these, lol.