I can’t believe its August! It saddens me because I’ve had a blast playing around with summer seasonal produce in my kitchen. From ripe mangoes to stunning berries, my kitchen desserts have certainly been infused with summer flavor at every turn but what I really wanted to kick up a notch was my melon experimentation.
I recently took a trip to Mariano’s this weekend in search of some melons for my summer ending dessert recipes. So far, I have only featured watermelon once with this recipe, and I was looking to get one last recipe in the mix before summer melons bid me adieu and these watermelon berry pineapple whip floats were definitely it.
While browsing the store, I was greeted with a wealth of options. Mariano’s tagline “Shop Well. Eat Well. Live Well.™” is a perfect match based on the quality selections available to its customers. I usually go in with an organized shopping list but get lured away from it because of all of their incredibly tempting produce. I inevitably end up with a cart full of fruits and vegetables like I just visited the farmer’s market.
It was hard to choose which direction I wanted to go in because everything was so perfect! I got a tad bit distracted by these berries in my shopping process because who doesn’t love berries (as gorgeous as these might I add)? I ended up grabbing some for this watermelon berry pineapple whip floats recipe.
And these lovely pineapples were also calling my name. I threw one in my cart.
When I paid at the counter, I decided to sign up for the Rewards card which has unbelievable perks, like shopping savings, personalized offers and recipes. I can even earn 1% back on all purchases from now until October 19th! I also learned about the Customer Appreciation Celebration which started July 18th and ends August 11th. The most impressive part of the celebration is the “Live Well Sweeps” with $50,000 in prizes!
Each time you checkout with your Mariano’s card, you will get an entry in the sweepstakes with prizes including a Fiat Pop 500, a luxury Italian vacation, free groceries, Ravinia Gala Experience, bikes, Lollapalooza tickets and a guitar autographed by the group Train! Lastly, I learned about Mariano’s incredible new customer photo sharing contest called Share A Taste! Have some fun by checking out the contest here and voting for your favorite photos.
After surveying everything at home, I ended up creating a play on the popular pineapple whips at Disney World. I married a simple pineapple frozen yogurt with a homemade watermelon soda and sweetened strawberries which took the pineapple whip concept to another level. Watermelon Berry Pineapple Whip Floats were born.
I can’t wait for my next trip to #MyMarianos. Who knows what I will come up with next?
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chucks
- 2 cups greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 cups diced fresh watermelon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup seltzer
- For the Pineapple Fro Yo, add pineapple chucks to a food processor and grind until smooth.
- Pour pineapple puree into a bowl, along with greek yogurt and sugar and whisk together until combined.
- Add mixture to an ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer's instructions.
- For Mascerated Strawberries, add sliced strawberries to a bowl and sprinkle granulated sugar on top.
- Let sit for about 20 minutes until juices are released.
- For Watermelon Soda, while pineapple fro yo churns, add watermelon to food processor and grind until smooth.
- Pour melon puree through a sieve to remove seeds until only juice remains.
- You should have about 1 full cup of watermelon juice left.
- Next, stir in lime juice and sugar.
- For each soda, add 1/2 cup of watermelon juice to 1/2 cup of selzer.
- To Assemble Whip Floats, add scoops of fro yo to glasses.
- Spoon sliced strawberries over pineapple fro yo then pour watermelon soda over scoops and serve.