Tomorrow we are going to a "Farm Party" where there will be lots of young children. It is an party given by a wonderful family friend who also happens to be an amazing farmer of an organic farm. His farm produces fantastic organic produce. Do stay tuned because I will be certain to do a feature on the farm one of these days and I am sure you will love it.
Inspired by the party and in an effort to bring a fun dessert for the little ones, I made these jello mini watermelon slices which are cleverly formed inside a hollowed out lime with mini chocolate chip "seeds." I have to tell you, though--I learned, from my mistake here in my first batch. Let me share the rotten details with you!
I painstakingly removed all of the pulp from the inside of the first batch of these, scraping and scraping for a long time with spoons, forks and even a kitchen scissor to make them nice and perfectly smooth inside. My hands were shriveled up from lime juice and I think I am going to be stinking like it for the next couple of weeks! The problem with my overachieving effort to remove all of the pulp inside is that leaving just the rind made the jello turn extremely bitter. NOT a good result! I saved them to see what would happen the next day and they were even MORE bitter! UGH.
SO, the next batch I made, I not only left the inside a bit more imperfect with pulp, but I also spinkled them with some plain cane sugar first just to be on the safe side. The result was much better. You could still taste the lime, but it was much more pleasing and child-friendly. My daughter loved these and wouldn't stop eating them.
I wish I could say I was the clever one who came up with this idea, but alas, I am not--I have seen this recipe in various places, including on the blog Design Mom. However, the most recent recipe I have come across, and the blogger whose recipe I must give credit to can be found at Chocolate on My Cranium
Here is her ingenious recipe:
Petite Watermelons Recipe:
2 limes1 small box of red Jello
mini chocolate chips
Cut both limes in half lengthwise. Scoop out all the fruit with a spoon. Place the limes in a muffin tin to keep them from tipping over. Make the box of Jello according to the Jiggler directions. Carefully spoon Jello into the limes halves. Chill until almost firm. Using a skewer push the mini chocolate chips into the Jello for "watermelon seeds." Chill until until firm, then cut into slices.
Hope you enjoy!