Spicy/Salty/Sweet Watermelon Popsicles

Spicy/Salty/Sweet Watermelon Popsicles

Have you ever tried putting salt or chili powder on watermelon? Apparently it's a thing and when I found out about this interesting combo I was so intrigued. I've always been a huge fan of the salty-sweet flavor duo (hello salted caramel and sea salt dusted chocolate chip cookies!) but have never thought to try it with fruit. So I mulled over this a few weeks thinking about how I might incorporate it into a recipe. 

 

 

While browsing the ethnic food isle at my local grocery store I came upon Tajin seasoning and had a light bulb moment. Tajin is a Mexican seasoning made with chili peppers, lime, and salt, which is basically the most magical combination. Having tried chili covered Mexican lollipops before, I knew the combination of Tajin and sweet watermelon would be amazing, and to be honest it is probably not an original idea. With increasing temperatures and a craving for a cool sweet treat, popsicles just seemed like the right vehicle to marry these ingredients. Put down the ice cream and make way for these delicious spicy/salty/sweet watermelon popsicles. 

 

Recipe

Yields six popsicles

  • ~2 cups watermelon
  • Juice of one lime
  • Tajin to taste
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Cut a watermelon in half* and scoop out around two cups of watermelon into a blender (this is about one baby watermelon worth). If your watermelon has seeds, don't worry because they will get blended up and you won't even notice them. If you like extra heat, feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper into the mix at this point. We'll add the Tajin later, but it's not very spicy. 

*Tip: To prevent your watermelon from rolling around when scooping, cut a small piece off either end before cutting in half so it can sit on a flat surface.
2. Juice one lime into the blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and pop into the freezer until solid, around 3.5 hours. I used this mold because it's BPA free and dishwasher safe. The mixture will naturally separate slightly during the freezing process so it will be lighter on the ends. 
4. When you're ready to eat, run each popsicle mold under warm water for a few seconds until the popsicle easily comes out of the mold. 
5. Sprinkle Tajin on one or both sides of the popsicle and enjoy!
Pro tip: If you have leftover mixture, blend it with some tequila and ice and pour into a Tajin rimmed glass for a blended watermelon margarita. 

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