June 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM ET
The world has been abuzz about Oreo’s latest limited edition flavor, featuring golden cookies with pink and green watermelon-flavored crème filling. It’s reminiscent of watermelon-flavored Bubble Yum or watermelon Jolly Ranchers, and while one TODAY.com staffer with a super sweet tooth “loved it,” most found the chemical aftertaste too offensive to get over, with many calling it, simply, "gross." Subbing out the milk and dipping the sandwich cookie in vodka was proposed as a solution, but we had no vodka in the office to test the theory.
One of the biggest criticisms in the food blogosphere is the lack of any actual watermelon in the ingredient list. But if you've ever tried baking with watermelon, you know it’s an almost impossible task, due to the fruit’s high water content.
So if you’re craving a tasty watermelon treat (and eating the fruit chilled on its own isn't enough for you), try some of these refreshing options.
Spiked watermelon pops
Cool off with Giada De Laurentiis' spiked watermelon pops — perfect for a summer picnic or July 4th celebration. Get the recipe here.
Sicilian watermelon pudding chocolate chips
Don't resort to the boxed stuff: Add fresh watermelon puree to pudding for a homemade take on a standard summer treat. Check out a recipe here.
Salted watermelon milkshake
Get creative with a summer staple by adding watermelon sherbert and puree to your milkshake. Course sea salt adds an extra special touch. Get the Milk Shake Factory recipe here.
Sorbet is simple to make and a whole lot healthier than dairy-based frozen treats. Enjoy the icy refreshment of watermelon, sugar and ice with this recipe.
Watermelon passion spritzer
Those who prefer their watermelon on the rocks can indulge in a watermelon-passion spritzer, made with passion fruit juice, chunks of the fruit and a splash of lemon sour.
1 1⁄2 parts Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka
1 1⁄2 parts passion fruit juice
2 1-inch chunks of watermelon
Splash lemon sour
Muddle watermelon chunks in a shaker, add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with passion fruit pulp and watermelon ball or chunk.