August 10, 2013

Homemade Friendly's Wattamelon Roll: Sherbert Shaped Like a Watermelon

When I was growing up, my family visited with our extended family in Sandusky, Ohio every summer.  One of our favorite parts of that trip was getting a Wattamelon Roll from Friendly's.  For whatever reason, we never indulged in this at home (maybe because this excellent dessert isn't offered in Maryland).  It was this mix of different flavors of sherbert, with chocolate chip "seeds" mixed in with the pink middle part.  LOVED it.  Because I can't find it in my area, I took a Pinterest pit stop to indulge this childhood nostalgia.
This recipe proved to be a success!  Or at least, gave me the confidence and technique to make one myself.  I can't wait to give it to my little brother as a birthday surprise tonight.  :)


  • 1 pint lime sherbert, softened
  • 1 pint lemon sherbert, softened
  • 1 pint berry sherbert (really, anything pink or swirled with pink will do for the center), softened
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Use a springform pan or pie pan to assemble your dessert.  Springform is nice because you can simply remove the ring when ready to serve, but you can make do with a pie plate just fine.  Scoop enough lime ice cream to create an outer ring about 1 inch thick (mine is too big- oops!).  Shape a bit into a ring, but don't worry about perfecting because your sherbert will be sliding all around the dish.
  2. Freeze for 10 minutes, or until sherbert is firm.  Remove from freezer, and smooth outer lime ring.  I cut the middle away to create a nice ring shape, and put the excess back in the container.  Then I smoothed the top of the ring.
  3. Scoop enough lemon sherbert to form a smaller ring, about 1/2 inch thick (mine is a nice proportion).  Freeze for 10 minutes or until firm, then shape and smooth as you did with the lime layer.
  4. Mix pink sherbert with chocolate chips until evenly incorporated.  Spoon into center of dessert, and spread evenly.  Freeze for 10 minutes or until set.  Cover with saran wrap and keep frozen until ready to serve.
  5. Serve cut into wedges, just like watermelon slices!

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