Giada De Laurentiis Spiked Watermelon Lollipops are an easy-to-make summer treat
Popsicles aren’t just for kids. Giada De Laurentiis has a watered version for adults which is the perfect treat for the last few weeks of summer. Make a batch and keep them in the freezer with the Food Network star’s kid-friendly Lady Bug Pops.
The spicy watermelon pops from the chef trained by Le Cordon Bleu are easy to prepare. The recipe (find detailed instructions here) asks for watermelon, watermelon flavored vodka (De Laurentiis recommends Smirnoff Twist of Watermelon), sugar and fresh mint.
As for special materials, these pops require molds and wooden pop sticks.
Do you have all the ingredients and special tools? Here’s how to make the Spiked Watermelon Pops. Cube the watermelon. Chop the mint on a cutting board or use De Laurentiis’ favorite kitchen tool, the kitchen scissors. Put everything in a blender and pour the mixture into the molds.
Finish with the wooden pop sticks and put the filled molds in the freezer for 10 hours or preferably overnight. That’s it. They really are that easy to do.
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They might be pretty straightforward to make, but De Laurentiis has a few tips for making spiked watermelon pops. She shared some on Giada at home and his blog Giadzy.
Tip # 1, they can be prepared well in advance. “Remember, the earlier you make them the better,” De Laurentiis said on his cooking show. In this way, “it is easier to transport them”.
According to the Food Network star, the prepping aspect of the “Quick and Easy Popsicle Recipe” is part of what makes them so great.
“Best of all, you can make them in early summer and keep them handy in the freezer for a fun ‘cocktail’ with the company – or when you just need to cool off!” De Laurentiis wrote on Giadzy.
When it comes to wooden pop sticks, De Laurentiis had a few tips. If hard to find, wooden coffee stirrers are a great substitute. As for putting the wooden sticks inside the molds, push them to the bottom.
“You have to go all the way because half of the mold is the actual liquid and the other half is mousse,” De Laurentiis said on Giada at home. “So if you stick it only halfway, once it freezes, it will come out right away.”
Finally, the cookbook author shared that these can easily be adapted for children by swapping vodka and using orange juice.
What critics have to say about Giada De Laurentiis’ Spiked Watermelon Pops
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At the time of posting, this De Laurentiis recipe has been reviewed 9 times on the Food Network website. It averages 4.5 stars. The most common response from people who have tried pops at home is to go easy with fresh mint.
“They tasted like mint popsicles flavored with a bit of watermelon,” one reviewer noted, saying they would be sure to cut down on the mint next time around.
Another reviewer used half the amount of mint the recipe calls for with good results.
“I could taste the mint, but not to the point of overpowering the watermelon. At 1/4 cup, it just improved the flavor of the watermelon, ”they said. “These popsicles also contain the right amount of watermelon vodka. If I hadn’t known it was in there, I wouldn’t have been able to taste it.