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Chewy Watermelon Rind Candy

Rated as 3.5 out of 5 Stars

"Instead of throwing away those watermelon rinds, turn them into a sweet treat with sugar, mint, and sweet basil. If you like, you can roll the dehydrated candy pieces in coarse sugar. Eat immediately or store in the freezer for up to 1 year."
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6 h 30 m servings 381
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Cut watermelon rind into 2-inch long, 1-inch wide, and 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  2. Combine water, sugar, spearmint, and basil in a large pot. Bring to a rolling boil. Strain out spearmint and basil. Add watermelon rind, making sure pieces are completely immersed. Cook until rind is soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain watermelon pieces and arrange in a single layer on dehydrator trays. Dry according to manufacturer's instructions until pieces are candied and dried, 6 to 8 hours.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Stevia, xylitol, dextrose, and other sugar substitutes may be used for this recipe.
  • If you are using dried mint, reduce the amount used to 2 tablespoons.
  • We have replaced the mint or basil with tea blends to give the syrup and final candy different flavor twists. Green tea with mint was delicious!
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sugar. The actual amount of sugar consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 381 calories; 1.7 94.1 2.5 0 11 Full nutrition

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This was okay but it was a lot of work AND time and not one I'd make again. I know this is candy but it was far too sweet in my opinion. Plan on 30 minutes to soften the rinds and because they a...

I used 1 tsp of liquid peppermint instead. I kept it in the dehydrater for 20 hours. Loved it.