Before Joy the Baker was Joy the Baker…. Joy the Baker was a low-level, middle school candy hustler.
I used to buy candy from the ice cream truck after school, repurpose it, work it and twerk it, and re-sell the candy to other kids… at a markup of course. I was in it for the glory and profit.
There was a method to the hustle: buy blow-pop lollipops, jolly rancher hard candy strips, and starburst candies. Get them home and into the kitchen without them being confiscated by big sister or hungry mama.
I’d unwrap the lollipops. Somehow… and this part is hazy… heat the jolly rancher bar and wrap it around the lollipop. Then heat the starburst candy and smash it on top of the blow-pop creating a MEGA three in one candy experience. Four in one candy experience if you count the bubble gum inside the lollipop. I think there was boiling water and tweezers involved. The memory is murky.
I’d wrap these candy knobs in plastic wrap and sell them at school. Is that allowed? Who knows.
Where did this candy creation come from!? These were the days before Pinterest. How did we have any good ideas at all?
Does anyone have any idea what I’m talking about? Surely I didn’t invent this Franken-candy on my own. Did you meld candy in your middle school years in order to hustle them and garner middle-school fame?
I mention my monster candy creation because one sip of this juice brought be right back to my candy layering days. In other words, this juice tastes just like candy, and it’s pink, and cold, and otherwise delicious.
Here’s how this goes. It’s super easy.
Slice into a big ol’ watermelon. Hull a big bunch of fresh strawberries. Quarter and peel a few limes.
Now, the trick to making stellar, otherwise store-bought-expensive juice is with a juicing machine. I have this Hurom Elite Slow Juicer. It’s a total class act.
I told you about my first Hurom Juicer a few years ago in this post On Juicing. They make great juicers. Efficient, quiet, and they stay pretty compact in the kitchen!
Fruit is sliced and diced, pressed and smashed.
This is what remains. I wish I knew someone with a compost pile.
Sweet and tart summer juice.
It tastes like watermelon, strawberry, and lip puckering lime. It’s like candy except better, because we can add tequila and really just do it up right.
- 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
- 2 limes, quartered and peeled
- lots of ice
- and go!
- A juicer is the best tool to create a smooth, easy, juice consistency. You can also use a powerful blender to combine all of the fruit ingredients and a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp. That's more work, to be sure.
- To make this juice, slowly run the watermelon, strawberries, and lime through your juicer. Serve over ice and enjoy!