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Melon Ice Cream & Granita


It’s still melon season, so let’s make ice cream. Actually ice cream & granita. If you like those custard/Italian ice combos from Rita’s, you’ll love this.



Ice cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • 12oz (~2 cups) cubed melon (I did one batch of honeydew & one of cantaloupe)
  • Green or orange food coloring (optional)


  • 12oz (~2 cups) cubed melon (I did one batch of honeydew & one of cantaloupe)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup, or to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • Green or orange food coloring (optional)


  1. Make ice cream base: Warm cream, sugar and salt in a sauce pot until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate.
  2. Add melon & freeze: When ice cream base is chilled, puree the melon in a blender with about ½ cup of the cream mixture until smooth. Strain through a sieve and stir into the remaining ice cream base. Add a couple drops of food coloring, if desired. Freeze using an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Make granita base: Combine melon through salt in a blender and process until smooth. If your melon is very sweet, consider starting with less corn syrup and adjusting as needed. Add lemon, to taste. Filter through a sieve. Add a couple drops of food coloring, if desired.
  4. Freeze granita: Pour mix into a flat, shallow tray, such as an 8×8 glass baking dish. Freeze for 45 minutes, remove from freezer and scrape with a fork to break up ice chunks. Repeat again every 30 minutes until the mixture resembles fluffy shaved ice, 2-4 hours total.
  5. Serve: Scoop ice cream into serving bowls. Scrape granita and spoon over ice cream. You can serve honeydew ice cream and granita together or mix and match with the cantaloupe flavor. Enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 55 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup ice cream + 1/4 cup granita
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 30.3 g
  • Sodium: 95.7 mg
  • Fat: 10.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g