Watermelon Sherbet

Refreshing homemade watermelon sherbet with mini chocolate chip “seeds”. A fun frozen treat for hot Summer days.

Refreshing homemade watermelon sherbet recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun frozen treat for hot Summer days!

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a huge fan of sherbet. But what I didn’t know until a few years ago, is that there is only one r in there. I grew up saying sher-bert, not sher-bet. And of course that’s still how I pronounce it. Call me confused. Another word that either boatloads of people mispronounce or that clearly should be spelled very different. Do you call it sher-bert or sher-bet? I’m curious if it’s a regional thing or what?!

Next to orange sherbet and lime, my favorite is watermelon. That is of course thanks to Friendly’s Wattamelon roll… and yes, it’s spelled that way. Such a fun seasonal treat! Watermelon sherbet with chocolate chips, wrapped in a lime sherbet, acting as the rind. It’s an absolute must and you always know it’s almost Summer when it finally hits store shelves!

Refreshing homemade watermelon sherbet recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun frozen treat for hot Summer days!

While this may not be a full blown wattamelon roll creation (maybe someday I’ll attempt it), I’ve been eager to make a homemade watermelon sherbet for quite some time. Of course chocolate chip “seeds” were necessary. Chocolate and watermelon go together remarkably well. But that really shouldn’t be a huge surprise, chocolate goes great with almost anything.

This homemade watermelon sherbet is a fun way to enjoy your favorite Summer fruit in a new way! Sweet watermelon sherbet, studded with mini chocolate chip “seeds”. A perfect refreshing treat for hot Summer days! Be sure to add this to your Summer recipe plans!

Refreshing homemade watermelon sherbet recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun frozen treat for hot Summer days!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

Watermelon Sherbet

Refreshing homemade watermelon sherbet with mini chocolate chip "seeds". A fun frozen treat for hot Summer days.


  • 2C pure watermelon juice, chilled
  • 1 1/2C heavy cream
  • 3/4C granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2C mini chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, combine chilled pure watermelon juice with sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in heavy cream. Churn according to manufacturer's directions. In the last 10 minutes of churning, slowly add mini chocolate chips.
  2. Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid.

** Watermelon juice may be found in some stores near other organic juices. Alternatively, blend watermelon chunks until smooth and strain out the solids.

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53 Responses to “Watermelon Sherbet”

  1. #
    Wendy Arrington Postil — June 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Looks DIVINE! And, yes, I grew up in southern California pronouncing sherbet with two Rs. My parents were from Utah, and they did, too.

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      Thanks Wendy!

  2. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This looks amazing!

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      Thanks Chloe!

  3. #
    Rachel Cooks — June 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

    This is so fun! Love the “seeds” — I bet your kids thought it was so cool!

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:06 am

      The Mr was probably the biggest fan but the kids definitely got a kick out of the seeds ;)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I’m a huge fan of sherbet as well. Love this watermelon flavor.

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:06 am

      Thanks Meagan!

  5. #
    Matt Robinson — June 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This is THE perfect treat for summer, love it!

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:06 am

      Thanks Matt!

  6. #
    Stacey @ The Chocolate Teapot — June 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    This looks amazing, I think I’m going to have to finally get an ice cream maker. And I’ve always said sherbert too, and I’m in Canada!

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:07 am

      You definitely need to get one! So many amazing flavors to whip up :)

  7. #
    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd — June 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I also call it Sher-bert and I’ve been a lifelong fan of the cool treat. I’ve never tried watermelon sherbert before but I’m a bit of a watermelon junkie in the summer so I’m going to have to try this recipe out. Also, you’re other ice cream recipes look amazing too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Cheers!

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:07 am

      Definitely give it a try! :)

  8. #
    DessertForTwo — June 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I also pronounce it with two r’s. Who cares? It’s delicious! :)

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2014 @ 7:07 am

      Agreed! :)

  9. #
    tracy — June 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

    That’s too funny, I too still pronounce the invisible r. I never thought to make a watermelon version, great idea!

    • Rachel — June 29th, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

      Thanks Tracy!

  10. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

    You KNOW I love this! I am so wanting this sherbet for breakfast :)

    • Rachel — June 29th, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

      It’s basically frozen fruit and dairy so… totally acceptable for breakfast ;)

  11. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — June 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    This looks so good and I love the chocolate chip “seeds” so cute! And I also say sher-bert too, I was surprised when I realized recently that it didn’t have 2 r’s.

    • Rachel — June 29th, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    This is so cute and clever! Love the chocolate chips in there to make it look like seeds ;)

    • Rachel — June 29th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

      Thanks Julie :) The “seeds” were totally necessary!

  13. #
    Maria Alison — June 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love this! We always get so many watermelons during the summer, so this will be used a lot in our house now!

    • Rachel — June 29th, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

      Thanks Maria! Enjoy!

  14. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

    This is the perfect summer dessert!

    • Rachel — June 30th, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      Thanks Stephanie :)

  15. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 30, 2014 at 1:05 am

    This looks fantastic! I never heard of watermelon sherbet until I moved to the east coast. Also, I’m totally guilty of saying sherbert…it seems so odd not adding that second r.

    • Rachel — June 30th, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      Glad I’m not the only one still saying that invisible r :)

  16. #
    Medeja — July 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Yummy! Color is just lovely and I am sure taste is great!

    • Rachel — July 1st, 2014 @ 7:36 am

      Thanks Medeja!

  17. #
    Meghan — July 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I used to be all about rainbow sherbet growing up & I haven’t had it in ages! This watermelon looks like I need to try it! So pretty too!

    • Rachel — July 5th, 2014 @ 9:42 am

      Thanks Meghan!

  18. #
    Jocelyn@BruCrewLife — July 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    My kids would devour this! I love the chocolate chip “seeds”! Genius! :) Pinned!

    • Rachel — July 5th, 2014 @ 9:42 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  19. #
    Leelabean — July 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This looks so amazing!! I have a question, though. Can you replace the heavy cream with fat free half and half? I just bought a container and would love to keep this on the slightly healthier side…. :-)
    Thanks so much!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

      I haven’t personally tried with a lower fat dairy product but you’re welcome to try!

  20. #
    Beth R. — July 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Iv never seen Watermelon juice, where did you get it? From a watermelon or the store?

    • Rachel — July 14th, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

      You can either purchase it, typically near other organic juices, or blend watermelon and strain the solids out.

  21. #
    Jesse — June 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    And now I’m salivating! I’m so excited to know a local farmer this year who plants an enormous amount of watermelon! Definitely going to have to try this out… wonder if it’ll work in one of those ice cream ball things you kick around.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachel — June 4th, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

      I’ve never tried the ice cream balls but if you do, please let me know how it turns out for you! :)

  22. #
    jo n — June 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Looking at the directions, I assume churn means an ice cream maker.

    • Rachel — June 26th, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

      Yes, churn means to process in the ice cream maker.

  23. #
    Judy Lyon — July 9, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I’m from Southern California and I was taught to pronounce it sherbet – 1 “R” just as it’s spelled.

  24. #
    Julie — July 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Made it this weekend, and again today. We had 2 picky eaters on Sunday who didn’t agree that chocolate chips belong in sherbet, but the rest of us loved the combo. Made it again today for said picky eaters! Very delicious!

    • Rachel — July 25th, 2015 @ 8:55 am

      Haha well… chocolate and any variety of sherbet isn’t for everyone! But, I’m so glad everyone enjoyed the sherbet (with or without chocolate)! :)

  25. #
    Caroline — June 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

    This is so beautiful! We are having a picnic this weekend…I’ve got to make this!

    • Rachel — June 3rd, 2016 @ 11:43 am

      You definitely need to try it! :)

  26. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh what fun! I love this idea.

    • Rachel — June 3rd, 2016 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  27. #
    Kristen — January 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I made this last night, and it is HANDS DOWN the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Ever. In my entire life. And I’ve spent stupid amounts of money on fancy sushi.
    If you’re reading these comments and wondering if you should make it, do it. Do it right now.

    • Rachel — January 20th, 2018 @ 9:12 am

      So glad you’ve enjoyed it, Kristen! Thanks for sharing! :)

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