Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe: 4 Ingredient Summer Treat

Summer is winding down, and it’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school. But before that happens, my extended family has an annual family reunion. Despite the fact that fall is just around the corner, the weather is still hot and sunny. So I volunteered to bring a cool, summery dessert for the whole family to enjoy. I looked through my great grandmother’s recipe box and nothing seemed to fit. So I asked my mom and as always she had a fun and yummy recipe for a Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe.

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

It is super easy to make, and it only uses four ingredients. You can make it days ahead of time and leave it in your freezer until you need it. My family loved it, and I’m sure yours will also enjoy this clever play on a favorite summer melon.

Like I said all you need is four ingredients for this delicious summer treat.

Ingredients - Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe

  • Raspberry Sherbet
  • Lime Sherbet
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (the whiter the better for the “rind”)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips (for “seeds” 😀 )

I purchased two tubs of raspberry sherbet, but it turned out that I only needed one. Well my family certainly didn’t complain about the excess of sherbet. 😉

You will also need a stainless steel bowl, plastic wrap, sharp knife, spoon, and another bowl to mix the raspberry layer. The stainless steel bowl will help your ice cream bomb freeze completely before serving.

First you need to prep the bowl for the ice cream bombe.

Wrapping the bowl in plastic wrap

Line the stainless steel bowl with plastic wrap. You want to make sure that the bottom and sides are thoroughly covered with plastic wrap. If you don’t line it, you won’t be able to get it out of the bowl.

Next it’s time to make the outer rind of the watermelon bombe. You want the lime sherbet to be a little soft.

Lime Sherbet Layer

First use your knife to cut around the sherbet in the container to loosen it. Tip the whole container onto a cutting board and work the sides of the container until the sherbet comes out in one whole piece.

Next you need cut slices of the sherbet and place them along the sides and bottom of the bowl. You made need to have a cup of hot warm handy to dip your knife in so the sherbet is easier to cut.

Once the bowl has been lined with lime sherbet, smooth to together with a spoon or your hands.

Once the outer “rind” is done, the vanilla bean ice cream makes a sweet “rind” inside.

Vanilla Bean Layer

I used vanilla bean ice cream because it’s whiter and looks more like the white of a watermelon rind. If your vanilla ice cream came in a box, all you need to do is pry open the seams and you are ready to go (pictured above).

Cut and place the slices of ice cream over the lime sherbet until you’ve lined the bowl once again. Don’t overlap the top edge of lime sherbet though.

The next step in this “watermelon” dessert is the yummy inside. You want the raspberry sherbet on the softer side to make mixing easier. Because all the good watermelons have seeds we will be mixing in mini chocolate chips. 🙂

Raspberry Layer with Chocolate Chips

In a separate bowl, layer mini chocolate chips and scoops of raspberry sherbet until you have enough sherbet to fill in the ice cream bombe. Mix the sherbet and chocolate chips until combine to your liking. Then scoop the mixture into center of the vanilla bean “rind” until full.

Next cover top with plastic wrap and gently press to flatten what will be the bottom of the ice cream bombe. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

When you are ready to serve, run some warm water over the outside of your steel bowl. This will help your ice cream bombe come out in one piece. Carefully use the plastic wrap and gravity to dump your dessert on to a large serving plate.

Remove the plastic wrap, and you are ready to slice your watermelon ice cream bombe. The “wow” is in the slicing; it really looks like a watermelon.

Shorbet Watermelon 2 copy

One of the fun parts of this dessert is that watermelon, rind, and seeds can be enjoyed together, so nothing goes to waste. 😀 And the slices are big so feel free to slice them in half to serve a large crowd.

If you are looking for another fun way to feed a big crowd, check out Heartland America. Available right now is a Cotton Candy Maker from AmeriHome.


Now you can make your own carnival style cotton candy with this easy electric maker. Use ordinary sugar or any of your favorite hard candy for a special treat in just minutes.

Whether you are enjoying ice cream or cotton candy, I hope this last bit of summer is full of fun. Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.


Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe
Print Recipe
A delicious frozen dessert that looks like a watermelon. You will even want to eat the seeds.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Passive Time
4+ hours
Prep Time
20 minutes
Passive Time
4+ hours
Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe
Print Recipe
A delicious frozen dessert that looks like a watermelon. You will even want to eat the seeds.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Passive Time
4+ hours
Prep Time
20 minutes
Passive Time
4+ hours
  1. Line a stainless steel bowl with plastic wrap.
  2. Remove lime sherbet from container and cut into slices.
  3. Line the sides and bottom with slices of lime sherbet and smooth together.
  4. Remove vanilla bean ice cream from container and cut into slices.
  5. Line sides and bottom of lime sherbet with vanilla bean ice cream and smooth together.
  6. Combine mini chocolate chips with raspberry sherbet in a separate bowl.
  7. Add raspberry sherbet mixture on to the vanilla bean ice cream layer.
  8. Cover top with plastic wrap and press the ice cream bombe until the top is flat.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4+ hours.
  10. When ready to serve, remove from bowl onto a plate and cut into slices.
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