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Lime Flavored Honeydew Popsicles

Servings: Makes 6-10 popsicles
When your kids are craving a "cool" treat on a warm summer's day, give them these tasty and refreshing melon popsicles flavored with lime. They will love you for it!

Popsicles can be made substituting cantaloupe, watermelon or other sweet melon of your choice instead of the honeydew, if desired.

1/4 cup superfine or regular granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 (3 1/2-lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4 cups)
2/3 cup fresh lime juice

Special equipment: 6 to 10 Popsicle molds and sticks

Dissolve sugar in water by stirring if using superfine or by heating in a small heavy saucepan if using regular granulated (then cool).

Blend half of melon and half of lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add syrup and remaining melon and lime juice and purée until smooth. Force purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart glass measure or bowl, pressing on solids and then discarding them.

Pour mixture into molds and freeze until slushy, about 2 hours.

Insert sticks, then freeze Popsicles until completely hardened, at least 6 hours.

Popsicles can be made 2 days ahead (flavor diminishes if made any earlier).

Makes 6 to 10 popsicles.

Date: June 8, 2006