With just 3 ingredients, these Watermelon Popsicles are an easy treat to help you cool down on a hot summer day! Perfect for pool parties and kid-approved!
Easy Watermelon Popsicles
Lazy days by the pool with homemade popsicles is where it’s at! While I love any kind, my favorite ones for hot summer afternoons are popsicles made with fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t turn down a chocolate popsicle, but these watermelon popsicles? The PERFECT treat for any afternoon.
These popsicles are light and refreshing to cool you down without being overly sweet or heavy. Plus they’re made with just 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time! You can also easily adjust the recipe by adding in a bit of liquor for some enticing adults-only popsicles.
What You’ll Need
There’s only 3 ingredients in these easy homemade popsicles!
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Seedless watermelon – I cut it into 1-inch chunks for easy blending.
- Lemon-lime soda – You can also substitute white grape juice for kids or alcohol for some boozy adult popsicles.
- Sugar or Honey – Since the natural sweetness of watermelon can vary so much, we add in a bit of sugar or honey. Just a little can make all the difference in the overall taste.
How to Make Watermelon Popsicles
Making these homemade watermelon popsicles could not be easier! You can have these ready to pop into the freezer in just 5 minutes. Here’s a brief summary (scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Blend ingredients. Blend on high until smooth. Taste the mixture as you go, and add more sugar if needed.
- Transfer to popsicle molds. Freeze for an hour. Then remove from freezer to add the popsicle sticks and return to freezer until set.
- Enjoy! After 4 hours or so, remove the popsicles from the molds and enjoy!
Tips for Success
Is this your first time making homemade popsicles? Keep these tips for success in mind!
- Start with less sugar and add more. If you’re not sure how sweet you want your popsicles, add a smaller amount of sugar (or honey), taste test after blending, and add more as desired. Keep in mind that watermelons vary in sweetness, so I recommend taste testing each time you make these.
- Choose the best popsicle mold for you. Molds vary greatly in size and capacity, from ones with built-in sticks to molds that require a stick to be added. Read reviews to see which one will best suit your needs. This recipe was made with these molds. Also, be aware that depending on the size of your molds you may end up with more or fewer popsicles than the recipe describes.
- How to make popsicles without a mold. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can get paper cups and pour the mixture into those on a flat baking sheet for stability and do it just like the recipe states, where you place the sticks in after an hour. Once they are frozen, you can peel away the paper cups.
This basic recipe is just the beginning! Here are a few of my favorite variations of these watermelon popsicles.
- Kid popsicles. To keep it kid-friendly without the soda, replace the lemon-lime soda with white grape juice.
- Boozy popsicles. For boozy popsicles, replace the lemon-lime soda with 3/4 cup regular vodka or watermelon vodka and 1/4 cup club soda.
- Mojito popsicles. For a Mojito flavored popsicle, replace the lemon-lime soda with 1/2 cup white rum
and 1/4 cup club soda. Add 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon mint extract.
How to Store & Make Ahead
You can keep your homemade popsicles in the mold for a few days, which is perfect if you’re enjoying them as a regular summer treat. If you won’t be eating them all in a few days, it’s better to remove them from the mold and transfer them to reusable plastic freezer bags, or a plastic container. You can freeze them in multiple layers, but be sure to put parchment paper between each layer. These popsicles will stay fresh for a few weeks in the freezer.
If you have difficulty removing the popsicles from the mold, dip the mold in warm (not hot) water for about 15 seconds until they loosen from the edges.
More Homemade Popsicle Recipes:
- Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
- Root Beer Float Popsicles
- Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles
- Strawberry Jam Yogurt Popsicles
- 5 cups seedless watermelon , cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup lemon-lime soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
- Place the watermelon chunks into your blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute. (Taste the mixture and add more sugar or honey if you want it sweeter.)
- Pour the watermelon juice mixture evenly into your popsicle molds; place the lid on.
- Transfer to the freezer for 1 hour.
- Insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and place them back in the freezer for another 3 to 4 hours until they are completely set.
- Remove the popsicles from the molds and enjoy. (If not serving right away, wrap each popsicle with plastic wrap and store in a freezer safe plastic bag.)
- NOTE: See notes in full article how to make these if you don't own popsicle molds.
- FLAVOR VARIATIONS:No Soda. To keep it kid-friendly without the soda, replace the lemon-lime soda with white grape juice.Boozy popsicles. For boozy popsicles, replace the lemon-lime soda with 3/4 cup chilled regular vodka or watermelon vodka and 1/4 cup club soda.Mojito popsicles. For a Mojito flavored popsicle, replace the lemon-lime soda with 1/2 cup white rum and 1/4 cup club soda. Add 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon mint extract.