Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles

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Cucumber Watermelon reminds me of being a tween. Except we didn’t call it tween back then. It was just the super awkward time between 7th grade and high school. In 8th grade, I really wanted to wear deodorant because it meant you were one step closer to being grown. Well, that and sports bras, Doc Martens, liquid eyeliner, and bangs with too much hairspray. I think my first dip into the deodorant world was with the zesty Cucumber Watermelon Teen Spirit variety. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I mean, who doesn’t want their pits to smell like Watermelon Jolly Rancher mixed with the synthetic smell of chemical cucumber?  Cucumber watermelon was ALLLLLLL the rage back then but the thought of eating those two things at the SAME TIME was…blasphemy. At least in my tween head.

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And this is that very flavor in popsicle form. Thankfully we’ve grown out of that not eating Cucumber & Watermelon TOGETHER phase. Now, we’re grown and there’s no crying to Boys II Men (most of the time) and no trying to force these legs into wearing boxers as shorts during volleyball practice! Hallelujah. Cucumber watermelon might be the scent of my 8th grade innocence…without the peer pressure & hormonal drama.

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Also I can now dip a popsicle in a cup of vodka or gin if I’m having a rough day cuz I’M GROWN.

 

And we’re off!  Not pictured…lime. I didn’t realize it needed some until the end!

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Cucumber and simple syrup goes right into the blender. BLEND.

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Transfer to a measuring cup.

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Chop the watermelon. You’re lucky I didn’t eat all of this watermelon. You would have no recipe.

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Watermelon gets blended. Then it goes into the cucumber! Sure you could mix it all at once, but then you wouldn’t see a pretty color separation. RIGHT?!

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And because I don’t have the time to pluck out watermelon seeds…one by one…we strain!

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A squeeze of fresh lime boosts up the flavor.

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Now we pour it into our popsicle molds!

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FREEZE. Baby. FREEZE.

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At first I was gonna just show you this shot.

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But then I was like….. THEY NEED TO SEE MY REALITY. My reality is kinda cute.

This is why boys are always sticky.

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Smells like Cucumber Watermelon…

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Teen Spirit. Except totally natural. And if you take a bite of it you won’t die and there isn’t a Nirvana song named after it.

Things just got weird(er).

 

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles

makes about 10 pops

recipe adapted from People’s Pops Cookbook

  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup
  • 1 small watermelon (about 1 lb.) peeled & chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Puree the cucumber with the simple syrup in a blender and/or food processor. Transfer the puree to a bowl with a measuring pitcher with a pouring spout.

Puree the watermelon and transfer into the measuring pitcher with the pureed cucumber. Add lime juice and stir. Strain mixture into a bowl to remove solids. Transfer mixture back into the measuring pitcher.

Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving a bit of room at the top for the mixture to expand. Freeze for an hour. Insert sticks and continue to freeze for another 4-5 hours. Unmold and transfer to plastic bags for storage or serve at once.

 

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  • Jenna
    July 24, 2013

    These look amazing! I have a totally unproven theory that there is nobody on earth who dislikes cucumber OR watermelon: everyone I know who dislikes cucumber always seems to hate the watermelon too (or vice versa). Luckily, I love both of them, so will be making these as soon as I can!

  • These sounds sooo good! And I love the way that the shadows in the first picture make it looks like the popsicles are floating above the table! (Or is that just me?)

  • July 24, 2013

    Yumm!!! watermelon anything has got to be so good!!

  • July 24, 2013

    I’m glad to hear the cucumber armpit and boxer short trend swept our entire nation and wasn’t just a Minnesota thing. Do kids these days still get into cuke-pits? Did I just say “kids these days”? Thanks for the morning laugh!

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      The kids these days!!! Ooof. The boys with their spray on AXE “body spray” Don’t get me started…

  • July 24, 2013

    Haha! Boy do I remember that deodorant and is it possible that I can almost smell it now? These pops with a gin dunk just shows how much life has gotten better since those tween years. For real!

  • Jenna
    July 24, 2013

    Where did you get those ice pop molds?
    thanks
    looks so good!
    Jenna

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      I bought them off amazon! There’s a link above in the Step-by-Step process :)

  • MaryBeth
    July 24, 2013

    Watermelon cucumber scent gives me instant flash backs to jumping on my friends trampoline in my folded over waistband Joe Boxer days. Also has me wondering, for a girl that was obsessed with the latest boxer trend how could my hair have been so frizzy and bad?! haha!

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      I unfortunately couldn’t partake in the folded over waistband debacle. They made the boxers EXTRA tight on these legs and then the boxer whole was just…SPLIT OPEN.

      • Beth
        July 24, 2013

        This made me laugh out loud!

  • kayla
    July 24, 2013

    I love hearing about your teen spirit, boxer short wearing middle school days.. so funny! And the pops sound so refreshing :)

  • Seren
    July 24, 2013

    The last line of this post made me laugh out loud in the library… woops :P

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

  • July 24, 2013

    Any weekend plans? Sure, making these pops!

  • July 24, 2013

    Holy shizz…you just described my 8th grade year to a tee. The line about boxer shorts at VB practice, made my jaw drop!

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      We were awesome! At least I think we were….

  • Lisa
    July 24, 2013

    I love your new photographic style in this post. Those popsicles look like 3D jumping off my screen! I wish…

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      Thanks!!! I’m trying something new. I’m glad you like it!!! :)

  • Love those pop molds…can you share where they are from?

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      Thanks! I got them on Amazon. There’s a link above in the Step-by-Step process :)

  • July 24, 2013

    Those sound so rad. Dipped in a little gin? Even better! Your photos look great too – I like your usual dark/moodier photos too, but the stark white of these really makes everything pop.

    Truth talk: I love my Zoku for the instant gratification aspect, but longboard-style pops are just so much cuter.

  • July 24, 2013

    First – great looking photos – this is must have – Check
    Second – great recipe – Check
    Third – ice creams!
    Thanks for that.

  • July 24, 2013

    OMG, Tracy. I used to smell like a teenage nightmare. Cucumber Melon + Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar + Amber Romance + Strawberries and Champagne + GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE. All at the SAME TIME. Nightmare. Like a traveling bath and body works sampler. Yikes. Why did we need to smell like food?!?

  • fusilliamy
    July 24, 2013

    I LOOOOOVE the white background with the watermelon colored pops and their shadows. I need some grown up pop molds. I might feel silly dipping my rocket pops into gin (not really).

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      someone told me that they’ve been making cocktails with Otter Pops this summer. I kind of love that.

  • July 24, 2013

    lady, these are so going on my popsicle list (cause I totally have one)! I love that you dipped them in gin…the TRUE fun dip.

  • Court
    July 24, 2013

    I love watermelon and cucumber, this looks right up my alley. I’m wondering if one could possibly put the gin in before freezing??

    • Tracy
      July 24, 2013

      you definitely can. the only thing about boozy pops…is that you can’t put TOO much booze in or else they don’t freeze.

  • July 24, 2013

    You dip that pop, gurl.

  • Stacey
    July 24, 2013

    Thanks to you, tonight I’m going to have champagne and a multi-vitamin for dinner and justify it by yelling “I’M GROWN!”.

  • July 24, 2013

    I read your post with a little smirk as I too recalled those “tween” days which I define as the phase when my nose was too big for my face. The watermelon cucumber makes me think of Jolly Ranchers- another childhood-tween-adult love. But you really had me at VODKA. Cheers.

  • July 24, 2013

    Mmmmm this looks awesome. I love the addition of lime!

  • July 24, 2013

    I don’t know why but the thought of cucumber juice gives me the heeby jeebies. I have had it before and it was nice but the thought… I need to get over it and make ice cubes of this (cos I still hadn’t gotten me a popsicle mould yet).

  • michellec
    July 24, 2013

    Your pics are beautiful with the white background!!! Your photography is always gorgeous, but this is a new, different look!

  • July 25, 2013

    Those look amazing. There is something so refreshing about the combination cucumber and watermelon. I just got back from the beach and had a cucumber watermelon gazpacho topped with crabmeat!

  • July 25, 2013

    I know that exact smell your talking about! That “melon” smell that they didn’t just have for deodorant, but for facial and body cleansers too!

    Maybe I got some better ones, but it always smell fresh and like water to me (good water, not “blerg” water)

    I’d love to try the two now in popsicle form though. It just sounds refreshing :D

  • July 27, 2013

    Did Nirvana do any songs about popsicles? I think they really missed the boat on that one. I also love the idea of a popsicle as a booze stir stick. That’s why you’re a genius.

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