5/12/2009

"W" is for Wiggly Watermelon

Does this look like real watermelon to you? My kids were fooled at a distance and upon investigation were delighted to munch on this fun treat!
The weather is getting warmer and gorgeous watermelons were on sale last week! So, I decided to do double duty--cut out and eat the melon then use the rind for this fun and refreshing treat! You can use sugar-free jello to make it healthier. I'm planning on taking this to summer parties so I can enjoy a fun dessert without the guilt.:)
Wiggly Watermelon
Ingredients:
Watermelon rind
4 large boxes red jell-o (6 oz., we used cherry)
5 cups water (DO NOT follow the water instructions on the jell-o box, your "watermelon" will not hold its shape)
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

note: this recipe is for ONE half of a large watermelon. If you want to use both halves, double the jell-o and water.

Directions:
Cut melon in half and scoop out fruit with a melon baller or spoon. Make sure to get all the way down to the green rind. Stand the melon on its end. You may have to shave a little bit off the bottom to get it to stand upright, just don't cut all the way through and make a hole in the rind.:)

Boil water, add jello, and mix well. Pour into prepared melon rind.
Place in the refrigerator. When mixture is firm but not completely set, push mini-chocolate chips into the jell-o with a chopstick. Let set completely in the fridge.

When ready to serve, slice with a sharp knife and enjoy!

42 comments:

hot garlic said...

Hey Mandy. I just clicked over from the Chiquita guy's email. Great blog! So much good information and your video on freezer meals was so cute! Just wanted to say great job.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Meghan said...

This is similar to something I made on a much smaller scale using hallowed out limes (it's actually what finally got me to start my blog!) I like how you've used a watermelon! Mini chocolate chips are a good idea for the seeds too!

Becky said...

My girls would love this I'm going to have to try this!

3lilangels said...

This is just perfect for the heatwave we've been having here. Great idea as usual. Two thumbs up!

The Cookie Girl said...

Very fun! I like this idea

Michelle said...

they look great! Good job.

Chrissy said...

These look like so much fun and are perfect for summer! I've linked to you here: http://www.onecraftyplace.com/2009/05/14/watermelon-jigglers/ Thanks!

Dayna said...

Found you from one crafty place. Hoe cute are these slice? Love this!

Kathryn said...

How creative! I am sure this is a hit with kids. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Katrina said...

Awesome!

carma said...

that is so cool! Stopping by SITS to say "hi" :-)

Annie's mom said...

You could use pomegranate seeds instead of chocolate chips if you had a sugar free need. (which I hope I never have!)

Anticiplate said...

Cool! I bet your KIDS LOVED THIS!

cookies and cups said...

This is too cute!! I love it! Great idea.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

OMG, that is the cutest thing I have seen all week!

:)

Sallie My Sister's Kitchen said...

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Valerie said...

That is great!!! I have to try that. I've never had chocolate and jello together. Could be interesting. :)

Jennifer said...

I made this for a girl scout picnic today and everyone loved it! Thanks for the recipe. I also made another tonight to take to a picnic tomorrow.

Lilly said...

Hello stranger, now that is an idea I am going to copy - very clever and looks so good.

WishTrish said...

That is the cutest thing EVER! I just love it! I can't wait to make this for FHE tomorrow night!

Little Ol' Liz said...

Hey - just found you via One Pretty Thing - congrats on being featured!

Here's and old school-no guilt tip: Use apple juice in place of water and plain ol' Knox gelatine instead of the sugared stuff. You color compensate by adding a few drops of food coloring and some of those concentraited flavor oils (in the cake dec section of Walmart).

You could really have a ball with the kids and surprise them with red colored watermelon that tastes like coconut, or pineapple, or lemon!

Not just a Mommy! said...

I heart this recipe!!! Can't wait to try it out, thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

How clever...I love it :)

Debbie said...

That is so cute. I've seen them in magazines but never made them.
Dropped by from SITS.

Stacey Gray said...

I love this idea. I made it yesterday and my daughter was very excited about it. Some info about it that I would pass on though:
-I used a really small watermelon after my husband suggested it, and I'm glad that I did because it makes a TON of Jello. (Mine required only 2 boxes of Jello-so if you use all four, I hope that you are headed to a party!)
-For an adult the chocolate chips do taste kind of weird in the Jello-I like the other girls' idea of using pomegranate seeds.
Thanks so much for all of the ideas! I LOVE your blog!

Nancy said...

I'm always on the lookout for dog treats ~ these look great!

Nancy said...

Oh good grief, I commented under the wrong post ~ I'm sorry!!!!

CoveredInCrafts said...

That is awesome!

gahome2mom said...

Cool! We are eating seedless watermelon today. Yum!

Amy said...

I love this idea! We used your recipe and made some the other day. I hope you don't mind if I link to your blog. I peeked through your blog and love it.

mamacowx6 said...

This is Brilliant! I can't wait to make this for our next picnic.

UPrinting said...

How cool is that?! That's a very creative work. Now I want some watermelons too... and some jelly. LOL

pigpigscorner said...

THat's a really cool idea!

choccycake said...

That looks great - have seen it done with oranges before too!

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

Insane cute factor!

A girlfriend of mine is teaching our toddlers the letters. I'm SO making these for "W" day..

Just...wow..

Amanda said...

Hey mandy :) Can I get your permission to reprint this on FamilyCorner.com? I'm putting together July's issue right now and would love to include these! Let me know ;)

Alisa-Foodista said...

This is so cute! Angie from BarretBakes posted this and I just had to stop by to say how much I love this. I love love love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Great!!! Thanks for sharing.

Val
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@pril said...

These look really good. Any child would want to eat them! Thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous said...

COOL!!!!!!!!!

Amanda said...

Hi Mandy! Just wanted to let you know I included this post in a round up for National Watermelon Day. Thanks for the great recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/cook/11541598/blogentry.aspx?postid=281015