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Watermelon Ice Recipe

Updated on March 29, 2016
Watermelon ice (watermelon granita) ready to eat on a hot summer day
Watermelon ice (watermelon granita) ready to eat on a hot summer day | Source

On a hot, sticky summer day, what could be more refreshing than cool, juicy watermelon? Watermelon ice, that's what! You can start this easy recipe (also called watermelon granita) just before lunch and have it ready for an afternoon snack by the pool. This is also a great recipe to make with your kids; as long as you supervise the use of the blender, they can do the rest.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Watermelon Ice

Ingredients

  • 4 c watermelon, fresh
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 c sugar
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First, scoop four cups of juicy watermelon.Put the watermelon in a 9"x13" disposable pan.Blend it up . . .. . . a little at a time.Stir in the lemon juice and sugar.
First, scoop four cups of juicy watermelon.
First, scoop four cups of juicy watermelon. | Source
Put the watermelon in a 9"x13" disposable pan.
Put the watermelon in a 9"x13" disposable pan. | Source
Blend it up . . .
Blend it up . . . | Source
. . . a little at a time.
. . . a little at a time. | Source
Stir in the lemon juice and sugar.
Stir in the lemon juice and sugar. | Source
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After an hour, some of the watermelon is still liquid, and some is slushy.After two hours, you can scrape the watermelon ice (granita) to make it fluffy and break up large chunks.Scrape it again an hour later or just before serving.
After an hour, some of the watermelon is still liquid, and some is slushy.
After an hour, some of the watermelon is still liquid, and some is slushy. | Source
After two hours, you can scrape the watermelon ice (granita) to make it fluffy and break up large chunks.
After two hours, you can scrape the watermelon ice (granita) to make it fluffy and break up large chunks. | Source
Scrape it again an hour later or just before serving.
Scrape it again an hour later or just before serving. | Source

Instructions

  1. Cut a fresh watermelon in half. Scoop out 4 cups with a large spoon or measuring cup, and put it into a 9"x13" disposable aluminum pan. Note: Check your freezer to make sure the pan will fit before you fill it!
  2. Pick out the seeds and dispose of them. (Even seedless watermelons will have some small, pale seeds that you don't want to find in your ices.)
  3. Puree the watermelon in your blender, a little at a time. Pulse it so you don't make it too liquidy. (It should still have some texture.)
  4. Add sugar and lemon juice to the last batch in the blender. Return the watermelon puree to the pan and gently stir it to distribute the lemon juice and sugar evenly.
  5. Place the pan into the freezer, uncovered, for one hour. (If your disposable pan is too floppy, rest it on a cookie sheet or cutting board for transport.)
  6. After an hour, take the pan out and gently scrape the slushy ice with a fork to break up any large chunks. Be careful; don't poke any holes in the pan with your fork or the watermelon juice will drip out in your freezer and make a mess. Return the pan to the freezer for another hour.
  7. Take the pan out and scrape it again. This time it will be fully frozen. Drag your fork along the surface at first and then deeper to fluff up the ice and keep it from freezing solid. Return the watermelon ice to the freezer one last time, for another hour.
  8. Just before serving, scrape the ice with a fork again. If it has frozen too hard, let it sit for a few minutes before scraping. Serve in martini glasses for an elegant dessert or in paper cups for a cool, kid-friendly treat. Enjoy!
Kuhn Rikon Melon Knife Colori, 11-Inch
Kuhn Rikon Melon Knife Colori, 11-Inch

Use a special watermelon knife for easy cutting.

 

Watermelon Ice Serving Suggestions

Watermelon ice or granita has a sweet, mild flavor that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal or snack.

  • Use as a palate cleanser during a multi-course meal. Serve a small scoop in a martini glass between strongly-flavored courses.
  • Serve alongside a gooey, oven-fresh brownie for dessert. The crisp coolness will balance the warm fudginess beautifully!
  • Give your kids a paper cup full of watermelon ice to enjoy out on the lawn on a hot day. The amount of sugar in a small serving is similar to an ice pop, but this is all natural and includes Vitamins A and C.
  • Serve with cut-up fruits as part of a brunch buffet.
  • Make an elegant accompaniment to a glass of watermelon juice at a poolside party.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 of recipe
Calories 72
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 17 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
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.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Ohhh, it's so good, Raggededge; I don't even LIKE watermelon, and I couldn't get enough!

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      Bev 5 years ago from Wales

      My mouth is watering already - a great idea for summer kid-treats!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the words of approval, GoodLady! It goes great after a meal of chicken or even burgers made outside on the grill when it's too hot for indoor cooking.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      So refreshing and we have wonderful watermelons nearby. I'm going to make this fantastic watermelon ice next time we have a barbeque because it's just so fresh to look at (as well as to taste) - and it's just pure goodness.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      That's right, Natasha -- no slushy machine needed!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love how this doesn't require any special equipment! Ok, so a blender, but frozen desserts usually call for ice cream freezers and other things I don't have. Thanks for this awesome-sounding recipe!