Grasshopper Soda Float

Mint and chocolate. Need I say more? I happen to love the combination in all sorts of dessert forms – cheesecake, brownies, etc. For today’s treat I thought a grasshopper soda float would be a fun take on the frozen pie.

While you can buy chocolate soda, it is super easy to make your own by stirring together chocolate syrup and club soda.

Grasshopper Soda Float

A few scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream is added to the bottom of a tall glass (preferably narrow to trap the fizz) and the chocolate soda is poured on top to create the deliciously simple dessert. Dig in with a tall spoon and a straw or two. In my house the kids barely came up for air, attempting to drink the grasshopper soda float in one sip. The adults showed a bit of restraint and managed to stretch their consumption to a few gulps. I think I have found a new summertime favorite treat!

Grasshopper Soda Float

 


Grasshopper Soda Float

1 cup chocolate syrup
3 cups club soda
3 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream
Green sugar for garnish (optional)

 

In a large pitcher, stir together the chocolate syrup, and club soda. Add 3/4 cup mint chocolate chip ice cream to each of four highball or tall glasses. Evenly pour the chocolate soda over the ice cream. Sprinkle with green sugar (if desired) and serve.

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Lemondrop Melon & Mint Salad

Every now and then I am surprised by a melon variety I wasn’t aware existed. My latest find was lemondrop melon, which has a yellowish, netted exterior and pale green grooves. It is a hybrid variety or melon, which achieves a perfect blend of sweetness and citric acid content. In the United States they are typically grown in Arizona and sold under they brand Kandy.

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When you cut into the melon it looks similar to honeydew, with its light green flesh and minimal seeds. But what about taste?

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I have to admit the taste surprised me. I was expecting it just to taste like honeydew, but it was more complex. The lemondrop melon has a sweet-tart taste that is equal parts honeydew-sweet and lip-puckering lemon. I can see why it is marketed under the brand Kandy, since the flavor and rate at which it will disappear from your refrigerator is similar to candy.

It seems almost a shame to do anything to mask the unique flavor, so I decided to keep my additions light and made a melon and mint salad.

I mixed slices of the melon with mint and a dressing of orange juice and honey to accent the dominant flavors of the melon, then added a final touch of chia seeds for a bit of color and texture contrast. The result was a thumbs up from the entire family.

Irresistible taste combined with a healthy alternative to other sweet-tooth fixes, means I plan on keeping lemondrop melon on my summertime shopping list.  I hope you get a chance to try this refreshing melon too!

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Lemondrop Melon & Mint Salad

1 lemondrop melon
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons clover honey
1 teaspoon chia seeds
¼ teaspoon orange zest
Remove the rind and seeds of the lemondrop melon, then cut it into small wedges. Place four cups of the wedges into a large bowl (reserve the remaining ~ 2 cups for another use), then chiffonade the mint leaves and add to the bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the orange juice, honey, chia seeds, and orange zest, then pour over the melon and stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve (though I recommend stirring in the mint right before serving to prevent wilting).

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