Watermelon Jellies


Watermelon rind candy tastes like gumdrops!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 cup


  • ¼ cup white sugar, or as needed

  • 1 cup diced watermelon rind, white parts only

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon grass, chopped


  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
8g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 32
% Daily Value *
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 10mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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