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Watermelon Jellies


"Watermelon rind candy tastes like gumdrops!"
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1 h 30 m servings 32 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (1 cup)

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  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar all over the parchment.
  2. Place watermelon rind in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Drain, rinse, rinse saucepan, and return watermelon to saucepan.
  3. Stir salt and enough water to cover into watermelon rind in the saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain, rinse, rinse saucepan, and transfer watermelon to a bowl.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, and lemongrass in the same saucepan; bring to a boil, add watermelon rind, and stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes. Continue simmering, stirring constantly, until remaining liquid evaporates and watermelon rind has a gumdrop-like consistency, about 30 minutes more.
  5. Transfer watermelon rind to prepared baking sheet and roll to coat with sugar. Store in an airtight container.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I cut my watermelon into chunks, but 3x1/2-inch slivers are also nice. Depending on how fast the simmering is, the boiling time until the sugar syrup has just about evaporated could take 2 hours!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 32 calories; 0 g fat; 8.1 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 175 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I was looking for a recipe for watermelon rind pickles when I found this. Never knew you could make candy with it. I tripled the recipe because I had a lot of rind. WOW This is soooo good....

I was very intrigued by this recipe.. never had this before. Wow.. delicious. Make this, but make a double or triple batch because it does go very quickly and it takes quite a bit of time to make

I have to say that this was really fun to make and the end product looked great! The problem was the flavor--as in not much other than overwhelming sugary sweet. There was a certain saltiness to...