How to Make Watermelon Balls

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Take watermelon from a messy slice to an elegant dessert by making watermelon balls. The balls work as well for a picnic or barbecue for kids as they do for a light dessert after a sit-down dinner. Serve large platters of watermelon balls with toothpicks so guests can spear them easily from a buffet. Or, hollow out half a watermelon and use it as a serving bowl for a whimsical presentation. Because melon ballers have no sharp edges, you can set the kids to work preparing this classic summertime treat.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Bowl


  1. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Cut each half in half again if you don't plan to use the rind for serving the watermelon balls.

  2. Insert a melon baller into the center of one watermelon half or quarter. Twist the scoop around completely, cutting out a perfect ball.

  3. Lift the scoop holding the watermelon ball out of the melon. Place the ball in the bowl.

  4. Scoop out the remaining melon with the melon baller, working outward from the center. The balls from near the rind may not come out as complete spheres.

  5. Remove any fruit scraps from inside the rind halves with a sharp knife if you are using the rind as a serving bowl. Scrape out the remaining fruit so the entire white portion of the rind is revealed. Transfer the watermelon balls from the bowl to the rind.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap the watermelon ball-filled bowl or rind in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Watermelons have seeds throughout, so use caution to prevent choking or buy a seedless variety.




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