Fresh Watermelon Jello + Sea Salt

Make your own watermelon jelloI guess I’m into jello now. After making these mojito jello shots I just keep thinking of my jello related ideas I want to try. I decided to try watermelon jello next. I found these fairly small seedless watermelons at Target last week and thought they might make the perfect vessels.

Vessels for my jello creations. (Insert mad scientist cackle here.)Seedless watermelonI have a feeling seedless watermelon means underdeveloped. Or maybe it’s a variety. I could totally be wrong about that. But whatever the case, if you do decide to try and make these at home, I highly recommend trying to find the smallest watermelons you can, because the jello will set better.Fresh watermelon jelloFresh Watermelon Jello + Sea Salt, makes 4 large wedges.

3 cups fresh watermelon juice
2 cups water*
1/2 cup sugar
4 packets unflavored gelatin
coarse grain sea salt

Start by cutting the watermelon in half and scooping out the fruit. Blend the fruit and strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding the pulp. My watermelon made about 3 cups juice, if yours makes a little more or less don’t sweat it.

In a pot combine the water and sugar and stir to dissolve while cooking over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the watermelon juice and unflavored gelatin. Pour into your hollow watermelon halves and refrigerate for 4+ hours.

*If you’d like to make this jello recipe more adult substitute 1 cup of the water with either white rum or vodka.How to make jello in a watermelonOnce the jello has set, place the watermelon halves on a cutting board with the jello side facing up. Cut in half. I tried flipping one of these over so the rind side was up to cut it in half and jello fell out, because it’s so heavy. So don’t do that. Even though it’s kind of funny. 🙂

Sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt and serve! Each wedge can easily serve two people so these could be fun for a party with a bunch of couples, or for kids. Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • This looks very inviting! Yes please!!

  • Looks amazing, i have a question, where could i possibly find the pasty puff you guys use? Ive look everywhere cant see to find em..Thank a bunch!

  • Do you have any ideas about a Fourth of July shot? I’ve been trying to brainstorm what fruit to use to best achieve the Red White and Blue theme… I guess the hardest color is the blue. I know you two can think of something!!!

  • seedless watermelons actually mean they are grown with GMO’s- so try to stay away from those as much as possible (;

    technically, all “seedless” varieties mean GMO’s, as no seeds are not the natural state of growth (like cuties… wah wah…)

    just a tip! (:

  • I’m curious how this stayed in the mold without spilled outside the watermelon rind? Very cute idea.

  • Such a cool idea! I’ve seen this with oranges but never watermelon!

  • This looks amazing and it is so cute. I can’t wait to try this as a great summer entertaining dessert.

  • Cool idea! I just made drinks in a watermelon shell, check out my blog to see them!

  • WIll give it a go!
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  • This is such a cute idea for a BBQ; I will have to make this at our next big BBQ but I might make half with vodka! So Cute!

  • Umm, YUM!!! This looks amazing! I’ve never thought to try making watermelon jelly, even better having it in a watermelon!

  • This is such a fun idea!!


  • Those look awesome!!!

    Excuse the produce nerd in me, but the seedless watermelon is a variety-it’s naturally occurring in nature. So don’t worry, you’re not eating a tiny cute baby watermelon 🙂 t

  • Wow, it’s an interesting recipe. Looks fresh and delicious too 🙂 I’ll try it someday. I hope it will be as good as yours

    xx, Rizuna

  • Happy wedding day Emma! It’s crazy you’re posting on your wedding weekend!!! Forget about work & go become a Mrs!!! But thanks for the adorable jello recipe (;

  • These look so tasty! What a cute idea 🙂

    Alex from

  • Ooh, another fun and delicious looking one!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  • These jello ideas you’ve been posting are such fun and unique twists on something for the summer months. LOVE.

  • Ummm… YUM!! 🙂


  • This looks so yummy! Maybe I will try this in the near future for the hot summer days!

  • ahhhhh… more about jello, an inspiring..
    Lovee these recipe


  • Mmm.. this is exactly what we need during the summer!
    Delicious and so beautiful to see <3

  • MMM! I might have to try just adding the booze directly into the watermelon and then sprinkling with sea salt. I bet that would be great using tequila!

    P.S. So so excited for your weekend! Good luck! My husband and I almost chose 6/7/13 as our wedding date!

  • I’m a real fan of the jello recipes! I especially love watermelon, so summery 😀

  • Since I love my watermelon with salt, this sounds like the perfect treat for me!


  • Wow looks amazing! I love jelly desserts that are easy to make.

  • Delicious!

  • Watermelon jello shots – we just died! Perfect for the weekend. We loved your pretzel peanut brownies so much we featured them on our Friday Five today! xo

  • Oh my this looks so good! I love watermelons so will definitely be trying this!

  • Whaat those look delicious! Plus, if you were to make these as a shot (watermelon margarita shot maybe?), it takes all the difficulty of getting them out of a cup! Yum!

  • From limes to watermelons – you definitely upped the jello shots game there!

    Still a really cute and fab looking idea 🙂


  • what an adorable idea!

    I love your blog and I look forward to following you girls!

    Have a great weekend,


  • I looove making my own watermelon juice!! Usually I use it for cocktails but this is soooo creative!! Love it!

    xoxo Lauryn

  • This is AMAZING!! I’ve heard about putting jelly in limes and other citrus fruit, but I’ve never thought about a watermelon before, it looks so cool! I really want to try this 😀

  • Such a cool summer project, love watermelon! xx

  • this is just too cool.

    – Janine

  • These sound fun! Nice and refreshing for summer!

    Lulu xx

  • Mmm these look so good! I’ll definitely be giving them a try 🙂


  • !!!
    what brilliant and perfect creations

  • Wow this is so cool! Think I may just have to make it this weekend! … The adult version though… Lol

    Kirsty xx

  • So freaking cool! I want one NOW!

  • You can makes these as jello shots in lime wedges too, same “watermelon” look but single serving sized! Black seasame seeds sprinkled on the top look like seeds!

  • This looks so yummy!

  • I love the presentation!

  • this is so fun – I’m a huge fan of making jello shots a little less trashy 😉

  • These made me laugh for some reason. You girls are so creative…
    Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

  • Oh how yummy! So so fun! Best wishes for the upcoming wedding as well!

    Juliette Laura

  • european question: it looks totally cute but why would you add a huge amount of gelatine when you could also enjoy the pure delicious fruit? i’m honestly curious 🙂 is it connected to childhood memories or something like that?

  • Oh my goodness, this is so cute. You always have the most creative ideas

  • I love that you’re making jello with fresh juice and unflavored gelatin. They probably taste awesome. I’ve gotta step away from using the flavored boxes and give this a try.

  • Hope they’re not supposed to be shots ! haha, love those…

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  • These must be the cutest things I’ve seen. My sister and I made jello shots out of orange last year, this will definitely have to be next on our list!

  • I’m loving these jello recipes! Setting the jello inside fruit rinds adds such a nice touch.

  • Yum! That’s such a fun recipe. Thanks for sharing, Emma, and blessings on your day tomorrow!

  • @Everyone, looks like this wedding might be taking over my brain a little bit. 🙂 Sorry about that! I added the gelatin step into the directions, but you add it when you’re adding the watermelon juice.

    Thanks for pointing out my miss!

  • Oooh yummy! Great idea 🙂 Rosie x

  • Emma, you forgot to mention to add the gelatine. just as a pointer. great idea.

  • I think you forgot to include when to put in the gelatin powder. It won’t set as a jello without it 😉

  • I have seen suuuuuper tiny watermelons at the store before – roughly the size of a grapefruit. This is such a cute idea!

  • Yummmmmm! Jordan’s family is coming into town this weekend and I think this would be perfect!

  • This is so amazing! Absolutely love the presentation too.

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