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Watermelon ice

June 26, 2011

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Is there anything better on a hot summer day than a big, juicy slice of watermelon? Maybe! I whipped up some watermelon ice the other day, and we had some for a snack today. It was like all the delicious juiciness of watermelon, but in snow-cone form! The kids loved this shaved ice treat, and the grown-ups thought it would be even better with a little vodka!

This is a great way to use up leftover watermelon, too, since it’s pretty forgiving. If the melon is a little softer than you prefer for munching on, make it into ice and you’ll never be able to tell. Here’s how:

Add 5 cups of seeded, diced watermelon into a blender. I bought seedless watermelon, and the little white seeds just disappeared in the blender, so don’t worry about taking them out! You could add other fruit if you’d like. Strawberries or blackberries would be yummy!

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flavored gelatin powder. I used a melon-flavored gelatin, with hints of watermelon, cantaloupe and muskmelon. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over the mixture and stir until dissolved.

Pour the mixture into the blender and blend until completely combined. It will be pretty much liquefied. Pour into a container that has a lid. I used a large plastic container, but a metal pie pan with a lid would work fine. Freeze overnight or until solid. Use a spoon to scrape across the surface, and serve the shavings in a bowl, or for even more fun, pick up some snow-cone cups!

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