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Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles: Refreshing and Minty

Let’s have a frank talk about popsicles. From the day school lets out until the day it starts again, most kids would be perfectly happy to eat nothing but popsicles. And you’d like for your kid to get at least a small portion of his or her popsicle fix without a ton of sugar or junk. That’s where these understated cucumber and watermelon popsicles come in. They have a lot of natural sweetness, and refreshing mint and cucumber flavor. In fact, they’re so good, you may decide to keep this stash all to yourself.

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles
makes approximately six 5 oz. popsicles

1/2 cup fresh mint, leaves and stems
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup water
3 cups watermelon, seeds removed and cubed
1 cucumber, peeled and rough chopped
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest

Bring the water to boil, add the sugar, and remove from heat. Add the mint leaves and stems, and press into the water. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Remove mint, being sure to squeeze out any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, puree the watermelon and cucumber separately. Add 2/3 of the simple syrup and 3 tablespoons lime juice to the watermelon mixture, and 1/3 of the syrup, lime zest, and 1 tablespoon of lime juice to the cucumber mixture.

Pour the cucumber mixture into popsicle molds, or paper Dixie cups. Allow the mixture to freeze for 30 minutes, and then pour in the watermelon mixture. After 30 minutes, add the popsicle sticks. Freeze ice pops overnight for best curing.

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