cantaloupe popsicles

Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of pops! I broke down and bought a set of popsicle molds and now I can’t get enough of the cooling treats. To break in the molds, I decided on a fruity flavor. Envision the succulent sweetness and perfume of a ripe cantaloupe because that’s exactly what these pops taste like. An infusion of fresh mint and lime zest makes these positively thirst quenching.

If you don’t own popsicle molds, simply chill the mixture for at least 4 hours before freezing in your ice cream maker for an equally refreshing sorbet!

Cantaloupe Popsicles
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sweet mint leaves, crushed
Zest of 1 lime
3 cups cantaloupe, pureed
2 Tbsp white rum

Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil then simmer until sugar has completely dissolved, 5-6 minutes. Remove syrup from heat and stir in mint leaves and lime zest; let steep 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids.

Stir in cantaloupe puree and rum. Fill each popsicle mold with 1/3 cup mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch of space at the top of each mold. Let freeze one hour before inserting popsicle sticks; continue to freeze until completely firm, 4 to 6 hours more. Run molds under hot water 30 to 45 seconds before unmolding, or let stand at room temperature 5 minutes. Wrap popsicles individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer up to 3 weeks.

Yield – 10 popsicles
Calories – 60
Carbs – 14

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  1. Mint, rum, lime, and cantaloupe?! Brilliant combination, and such a lovely, soft, peachy shade of orange! I’ll have to add popsicle molds to my ever-expanding wish list. 😀

  2. I love that you’ve added rum to these! Delicious. Homemade popsicles really are the best. Lately I’ve been doing coconut milk, banana and cinnamon.

  3. Love these popsicles! I am in a pop frenzy too at the moment because my husband bought too much fruits! Love your flavor combination.

  4. These are perfect for summer. I keep being tempted each time I go to Sur La Table to purchase them – I think I need to break down. Have a great Saturday!!

  5. I love that your included the lime zest and mint! I bet they are so refreshing tasting!! They are sooo pretty I love orange and peach colors!

  6. As soon as I started reading this post, I knew instantly that I’d finally been convinced that I needed popsicle molds. Cantaloupe popsicles sound so refreshing it’s hard to pass them up. (Incidentally, I made cantaloupe muffins once and they were really good). Then I spotted the rum in the recipe – oh my dear heaven!! These might just be my solution to getting through the summer in one piece 🙂

  7. It’s great when a childhood treat is also an adult treat. These look great. I want one.

  8. Oh wow..those look gorgeous! I absolutely love cantaloupe and its aroma! Beautiful pic! Just pinned for later…

  9. I LOVE IT! I think my kids will too. Not sure about white rum yet but I’d love to make it. Do you like your mold? I bought one kind and returned it because it doesn’t look good. Now I have to find one again… if you really like this mold, would you let me know the name? Thanks! I love your photos!!!

      1. i had the same problem as Nami. returned a few popsicle molds. Going to order yours since I don’t want to buy an ice-cream maker for obvious reasons.

        Mint, lime and cantaloupe – that sounds like a great refreshing combo!

  10. I want the same molds! Got to get the Hubs on the subject 🙂 I love your cantaloupe popsicles, Laura. The addition or rum sounds great! Have a fabulous weekend!

  11. So glad you got popsicle molds! This cantaloupe version is so unique! I definitely haven’t come across these before. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  12. My husband loves cantaloupe. Your popsicles look so refreshing. I would love to make them for him one day.

  13. I’ve been meaning to buy popsicle molds but couldn’t decide on which to buy. I think I’d go crazy making popsicles myself if I had a set! Cantaloupe is one of my favorite sorbet flavors and I bet it translates well this way. Would love to try this. 🙂

  14. these have so many delicious ingredients – they look and sound fabulous!

  15. I am on the verge of ordering a Popsicle mold from Amazon. With your luscious cantaloupe and mint tempting me, I imagine it will become a reality. Now all I need is a few days of sunshine! It is still foggy and cool.

  16. Cantaloupe with rum just begs to be made! Love the idea though don´t know where to get melons now. Beautiful color those popsicles!

  17. Popsicles are god’s gift to summer! When I lived in a tropical country (the Philippines), we had a frozen treat at least once a day! Popsicles are always high on the list of “must-eat” for dessert or snack! These cantaloupe ones look awesome! I can just taste the sweetness in my mouth…

  18. Oh I love ‘adult’ foods! this is definitely going in my summer to do list. I just have to make it through this winter!!! mmmmm gluhwein tonight I think 🙂

  19. It has been so hot that I think I’d rather have a couple of your fantastic popsicles in lieu of my usual meals!!! They look wonderful!

  20. What a great treat to beat the heat! Great flavor, and these look so pretty!

  21. “2 Tbsp white rum”

    Mmm, adult popsicles 😀 I don’t own any popsicle moulds – I doubt there would even be space in my freezer if I did want to make any, lol, but I appreciate it whenever I see posts about them. These have a gorgeous colour Laura 🙂

  22. Mint, lime, and RUM! These are my kind of popsicles. I usually prefer a sorbet, but these would make me happy any day this hot summer. Love them:)

  23. Every time we get cantaloupe, my kids inhale the entire melon in like 2 minutes. One day, I will sneak one in the house and make these popsicles1

  24. I love canteloupe (we call it rockmelon here in Australia) but have never through of turning it into sorbet or popsicles. I love your adult version 😀

  25. I love my popsicle molds..making pops is so much fun 🙂
    I love the cantaloupe, mint and lime combo..sounds amazingly refreshing