May 28th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

Okay, first thing’s first. When I found this recipe for “watermelon jelly,” I was excited.

“Oh, I like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” I thought to myself, “I’ve never made jelly and I’ve definitely never had watermelon jelly, so this will be great!”

But then, about half way through the process of making this jelly, I realized that it wasn’t the kind of jelly that you might spread on a PBJ sandwich or a toasted bagel. Turns out, the “jelly” I was making was actually another type of gelatin. One that starts with “jell” and ends with an “O”. I can’t say the brand name here, and neither could the person who posted this recipe.

And that’s how I can to make watermelon jelly that’s not actually jelly, but it’s still pretty good. Check out the process below to see how I made it, and check out the recipe here to make your own.


The ingredients in this jelly are pretty simple: just watermelon (which you’ll turn into 3 cups of juice), unflavored gelatin, lemon juice and sugar. That’s it!

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To make the three cups of watermelon juice that will serve as the base of the jelly, you’ll need to carve your watermelon into chunks. Yes, I bought a watermelon with seeds and, no, I didn’t mean to. If you do the same, don’t worry…the seeds will be ground up in your food processor (or blender), but they’ll be filtered out later.

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The next step, according to the original recipe, is to puree your watermelon chunks a food processor before filtering the blended result through a fine sieve like the one above. I didn’t have a food processor, so I used my blender, and it worked just as well. (TIP: Your sieve will probably get clogged up with watermelon pulp, so you’ll need to rinse it off in the sink a few times while you make your three cups of juice.)

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After you’ve got your juice, you’ll add three packets of unflavored gelatin to one cup of the juice and place the other two cups of juice in a sauce pan on the stove with some sugar. After the sugar has melted, stir in the lemon juice and the watermelon juice with the gelatin in it, and then pour the entire mixture into a square pan. Place the pan in the fridge for about six hours to allow the gelatin to work its magic.

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The next morning (actually this morning), my watermelon “jelly” was complete! It’s definitely more of a gelatin dessert (where’s the whipped cream?), but I still might spread some of this jelly on a slice of toast.

For more recipes using watermelon, check out the “Recipes” section of the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.

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December 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

If you’re anything like me, dessert is the most important meal of the day. For fellow dessert enthusiasts, the holidays are the focal point of all food sweet, sugary and delicious.

But when it comes to the right dessert to end your holiday feast, the possibilities are virtually endless: pumpkin pie, cheesecake, truffles, fruitcake and mountains of Christmas cookies. Before I get too hungry from naming off those delicious holiday favorites, here’s my suggestion: ditch the fruitcake and enjoy some Watermello Dessert!



2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin

6 cups boiling water, divided

1 package (3 ounces) watermelon gelatin

1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup cold water

1-1/2 cups white grape juice

1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided


In a large bowl, dissolve lime gelatin in three cups boiling water. Pour into an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. In another large bowl, combine watermelon and strawberry gelatins; stir in the remaining boiling water until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into another 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate both dishes until gelatin is very firm.

Meanwhile, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand for one minute. In a small saucepan, bring grape juice to a boil; stir in softened unflavored gelatin. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into a large bowl; refrigerate for 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Gently fold in two cups whipped topping.

Cut green gelatin into ½-in. cubes and red gelatin into 1-in. cubes. Place two cups whipped topping mixture in a large bowl; fold in green gelatin. Spread into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray. Fold red gelatin into remaining whipped topping; spread over green gelatin layer. Refrigerate for two hours or until set. Cut into squares and serve!

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October 10th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

You know what’s nice about those mini watermelons? They’re not only the perfect size for an individual snack (or two), but they also make very handy bowls. I proved that recently when I hollowed out two halves of a mini watermelon to create a very tasty and unforgettable dessert.

It’s a dessert I call “Jell-O in a Mini Watermelon Bowl.” Yeah, it’s not the most creative name, but it’s descriptive, and that’s all that matters.


Obviously, you’ll need to start with a mini watermelon, because you can’t make Jell-O in a Mini Watermelon Bowl without one. If you don’t have a mini watermelon, go ahead and buy one or grow one. If you can’t find a mini watermelon at your local grocery store, go to a different store.


After you buy or grow your own mini watermelon, you’ll need to cut it in half and hollow it out. When hollowing it out, you can either clean out ALL of the red watermelon flesh (be careful, because mini watermelons have a thin rind), or you can leave some flesh on the rind to add a little extra treat to your dessert.

Next, fill your mini watermelons with prepared Jell-O mixture. You can use any flavor you’d like. For mine, I used (FLAVOR NAME). Oh, and remember that watermelon you scooped out in the last step? Feel free to dice some up and throw it in the mixture. The watermelon will probably settle to the bottom, but that’s okay.

One important note: Your mini watermelons probably won’t sit upright (after all, they are round on the bottom). To fix that, you can use a short glass or small bowl as a base for your mini watermelon bowls.


After a few hours in the fridge, your Jell-O in a Mini Watermelon is ready to eat! Before digging in, go ahead and add a little whipped cream and maybe sprinkle some diced watermelon on top.

As for what you’ll do with your mini watermelon bowls when you’re done with your dessert, that’s up to you. I used mine for a cereal bowl the next morning. It worked pretty well, but I did learn later on that the mini watermelon bowls are NOT dishwasher safe.

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