Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)

Enjoy great prices on the fresh produce and quality meats you love with Labor Day deals from Oliver’s! Seedless watermelon ($3.99/ea) is the base for this traditional Sicilian summer treat. Sweet and tangy with a texture like smooth jelly, it’s ideal for savoring by the spoonful on a hot end-of-summer evening. Enjoy it plain or in true Sicilian fashion, topped with crushed pistachios, chocolate, and whipped cream.

*Prices good through 9/8/20.

  • Serves: 4-6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes


  • 1 (3 lb) Seedless Watermelon, fruit chopped & pureed until smooth
  • 1/2 c. Corn Starch
  • 3/4 c. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Mint
  • Crushed Pistachios, Whipped Cream, & Chopped Dark Chocolate (for serving)


  1. Pass pureed watermelon through a fine mesh sieve to remove separate pulp from juice. Discard pulp and reserve juice.

  2. Combine corn starch, sugar, and 1 cup of watermelon juice in a sauce pot. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until starch and sugar have dissolved. Add remaining juice, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and mint and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, for about 6 minutes, then discard mint, cover, and allow to cool to room temperature.

  3. Transfer cooled watermelon mixture to serving cups, then refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Top with pistachios, chocolate, and whipped cream to serve.

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