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Cantaloupe Popsicles - a Healthy Seasonal Recipe

Updated on August 5, 2012

Everybody loves a good popsicle on a warm day, and the weather is just starting to heat up as summer approaches. There are plenty of ice-cold treats to turn to, but how about sneaking in some daily fruit while you’re satisfying that sweet tooth? Cantaloupe popsicles are a deliciously simple treat that will help the whole family make the right nutritional choice.

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This melon is full of nutritional benefits. According to the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board, one cantaloupe popsicle contains a full daily recommended allowance of vitamins A and C, as well as a good dose of dietary fiber and folic acid. And although cantaloupe season doesn’t fully kick off until summer, I’m already finding some delicious and juicy samples in my local grocery stores.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cantaloupe
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Popsicle mold or plastic cups
  • Optional variation: Orange Juice
  • Optional variation: Carrot Juice

Get Started

1) Slice up the melon and remove of the rind.

2) Place the flesh of the melon in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and liquefied.

3) Pour in to popsicle mold, or any plastic container you have on hand. I used plastic cups, and filled with about 1 cup of the fruit blend.

Setting the Stick

4) You can either wait until the popsicle is partly frozen to push in the popsicle stick, or you can use plastic wrap to do so straight away. Simply cover the top of the container with plastic wrap and stick the popsicle stick through, as pictured.

5) Now allow to freeze for at least three hours, and there you have it! Easy and delicious natural fruit popsicles.

Pick a Good One

How to pick out a nice ripe cantaloupe? Give it a rap with your knuckles – it should sound hollow. Also compare the weight of the fruit – the heavier the better. Just make sure it isn’t developing soft spots, as this indicates that it’s overly ripe.

Variations

You can come up with endless version of this simple recipe. I tried mixing in 1 part carrot juice for a veggie fix, while in another variation I added orange juice for a nice citrus tang.

Pictured, front to back: Cantaloupe-Orange, Cantaloupe, Cantaloupe-Carrot
Pictured, front to back: Cantaloupe-Orange, Cantaloupe, Cantaloupe-Carrot

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 popsicle
Calories 60
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© By: Allison A. Green, All Rights Reserved

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      Good Skin Care 5 years ago

      I've never eaten a cantaloupe popsicle before but I think I might have to try this. This will make for a great summertime treat.

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      SouthernHoney 5 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      Hi Good Skin Care,

      It’s definitely a unique flavor for popsicles, but I really love cantaloupe so it tastes amazing to me :). I bet watermelon would be pretty tasty too.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Ohhh, very good idea! Thanks...this should be something we'll love this summer. Voted up and useful.

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      SouthernHoney 5 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      Thanks kittythedreamer, I hope you enjoy them!

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      This sounds good. Kind of like eating frozen grapes or blueberries, except on a stick. I have a recipe for a mean watermelon sorbet that I make in the summer. Only trouble is that it takes lots of sugar. I've tried it sugarless, but it was hard as a rock. My recipe can be made with cantaloupe, too, but I didn't like it. I think the cantaloupe is incompatible with sugar. But your whole idea was a healthy snack, and here I am talking sugar.

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      SouthernHoney 5 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      Hahaha ... I understand completely MizBejabbers, adding a little sugar really can make the difference. And I'm glad you brought up frozen grapes, I had completely forgotten about that snack. The nice thing about freezing cantaloupe in this recipe is the meatiness of the melon - it prevents it from freezing like a solid icecube. I'm curious to try watermelon, though it may be a bit too liquid.

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      EducationUSA 4 years ago

      I love this idea! We make cantaloupe green smoothies and this would be a wonderful addition to our melon feasts (we grow a lot of melons in the summer lol). Thanks for the great idea!

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      SouthernHoney 4 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      EducationUSA,

      I love cantaloupe in smoothies! I'm kind of a melon fiend. I envy that you have fresh melons every year - perhaps I should grow my own. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      What a great idea! I would have never thought of using melon. Nice photos as well.

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