I love serving foods in their natural shells, and this Watermelon Fruit Jello is definitely one to remember, because it actually took me not one, but TWO attempts to make! I went through a major fail to perfect this recipe for you, so that you can enjoy the “fruits” of your labor without any mistakes. It’s actually pretty simple now that I have the recipe down, and since it’s served in the watermelon shell, it’s also a recipe that saves time and energy with less dishes. Just serve up a slice of watermelon with a variety of fun fruits in Jello- no plate or utensils needed! This makes for a sweet dessert that’s also packed with nutrients like Vitamin C and fiber from the fruits.
For my Watermelon Fruit Jello, I wanted to capture all the color and beauty of summer fruits, but all jam-packed in a Jello in the shell of a watermelon. After shelling out the fruit from half of a large watermelon, I filled it back up with blueberries, kiwi, peaches, and the watermelon, of course, and then let it chill out in Jello. After slicing it up, you’ll have a pretty wedge of fruit salad unlike anything you’ve seen before!
For my first attempt at making Watermelon Fruit Jello, I actually used too much water and used gelatin instead of agar powder (affiliate link) and didn’t wait long enough for it to set. I was so excited that I was impatient. The result was a watery concoction very similar to sangria. We ate the fruit but I knew I had to give it a second try.
In the first attempt, I was really excited about this recipe because it was my first time using whole Pitaya, or Dragonfruit. I even had to make a video to show how to cut it because this tropical fruit is not one you see everyday. But for the second attempt, I left it out, but you can always change up the fruits to your liking- that’s the great thing about this recipe! I’m already thinking of what to do different for my third time around…
- 1 packet of agar powder
- ½ watermelon shell
- 1 cup diced watermelon
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup diced peaches
- 1 cup diced kiwi
- ¼ cup sugar
- Boil six cups of water and turn off heat.
- Whisk in agar powder and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
- Start layering in half the fruit in watermelon shell or bowl and pour in half the jello.
- Let cool for a few minutes and add remaining fruit and jello.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for six hours.