Kids in the Kitchen: Watermelon Wigglers
After living in Alaska and having a lack of fresh produce for three years, the boys and I are making up for lost time. A bright, green watermelon is a staple in our cart these past months. The boys can't get enough of it and well, I just happen to think that there are few things more adorable than little barefooted, sunkissed boys sitting on the porch attempting to spit watermelon seeds into the yard (most of the seeds end up in their laps). Oh how I love those sweet and sticky little faces!
For this month's "Kids in the Kitchen" craft, we decided to pay tribute to our summer obsession, the watermelon.
I had made blue Jell-O in orange peels later last year and decided to revisit that fun treat. After a few adjustments, we had these cute little watermelonesque treats, which by the way lasted less than a day before the boys (Daddy included) slurped them all up.
All you need for this recipe is:
- Boxes of Jell-O (we used 3 and that made just about the perfect amount we needed for our bag of 12 limes)
- mini muffin (cupcake) baking pan
- bowl to mix up the Jell-O
- measuring cups
Cut the limes in half.
Squeeze the juice out of the limes (we froze ours so we could make "key lime" pie sometime soon)
After the juice has been removed from the halves, scrape out the pulp and the pith and you should be left with nice cleaned out limes like the ones below. Note: I found the easiest way to scrape them out was to flip the lime inside out.
Prepare the Jell-O according to the directions for the Jigglers variety. We did a combo of flavors using 2 boxes of strawberry and 1 box of watermelon.
Arrange the cleaned out, juiced limes in a mini cupcake pan (like below):
Mix the boiling water into the gelatin for the recommended amount of time.
Once the gelatin has completely dissolved, pour into the prepared limes in the mini cupcake pan.
Let the Jigglers set at least 4 hours in the refrigerator. Proceed to cut them in quarters.
We couldn't resist so we cut some eensy teensy little watermelon slices and added some "seeds" with our black edible marker. You also could put mini chocolate chips in them for seeds if you prefer.
Author: Rachel Skvaril