July 12, 2018

Candied watermelon rind

Candied watermelon rind is a fun treat and a terrific way to use some of your food scraps and turn them into something you'd want to eat! I saw this recipe over at Sew Historically and knew I had to give it a try. Watermelon rind is edible, though not especially tasty raw. My twins are watermelon monsters so I buy one every week in the summer, leaving us with A LOT of rinds to compost. In the past I've canned watermelon rind pickles, but these days I don't really get as much canning done as I used to, so I loved finding a new way to use the rinds. The process to candy the rind took about 4 days, but most of the time is completely hands-off. I scaled up the recipe to make more and I added some drying time in the direct sunlight. It's an imperfect process that you have to play by ear; a dehydrator may be helpful here and cut down on drying time, but mine turned out delicious! We've been eating them out of hand for a few days just as a little treat - they are almost like a fruit snack in a way (also somewhat reminiscent of a gummy worm! Sweet, a little tart, and a touch chewy.

Candied watermelon rind
Part 1:
about 6 heaped cups watermelon rind, cut into about 2-in strips approximately 1/4-in wide and green portion removed (it's okay to leave some pink, though it takes longer to fully dry)
6 cups water
1-1/2 tablespoons salt

In a large bowl or container, stir everything together. Cover with plastic wrap/lid and let the rinds soak in the refrigerator overnight. Drain and rinse the rind. Place the rind in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer for one hour. Drain again.

Part 2:
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 lemon, sliced

In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir and when the sugar is dissolved, add the watermelon rinds and lemon slices. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain again and then transfer the rinds to a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon mat. Let dry for about 36-48 hours, turning halfway through (I put mine out into the sun for about 4-5 hours halfway through to help).

You can add other flavorings with the lemon like ginger or cinnamon as well, if desired. The finished product does not taste like watermelon. It tastes like sweet lemon. Store in an airtight container and snack on as desired.

What was I cooking one year ago?: striving to be a frugal mama
Two years ago?: turkey, spinach, & cheese falutas
Three years ago?: Grandpa's hot dog sauce
Four years ago?: lemon & chive kohlrabi fritters
Five?: chocolate mint chocolate chip ice cream
Six?: Creole chicken w/ cheddar-scallion grits
Seven?: tarragon & grape chicken salad
8?: grilled pork & stone fruit w/ honey, balsamic, & black pepper glaze

Shared at the Friday Frenzy & Meal Plan Monday.


  1. I've never had this but it looks brilliant. So tasty!

  2. I love this idea! It's a great way to have a nice snack and reduce waste!

  3. I am definitely intrigued. I am going to have to give this a try when our CSA gives us melons!

  4. Wow! I didn't know about this idea and this is definitely my favorite part of the watermelon!

  5. What a unique treat! I haven't seen this before now I will have to try it for sure.

  6. this seems like a real labor of love, but worth it in the end!!

  7. Wow Amy, Thank you for sharing this. I love watermelon. I never thought and I have never tasted candied watermelon before. I will try this. Thank you for coming over to my place too. Appreciate it. Have a great weekend.

  8. What a tasty was to use all the melon! Summer melons are the best!

  9. Amy this looks absolutely beautiful ! xo

  10. What a fun treat! My kids would love this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

  11. Thanks for trying out the recipe. I'm glad you liked it! :)

  12. Ohh I haven't done this in so long and forgot how good it is! Great recipe Amy

  13. I grew up eating watermelon rind preserves and since make rind candies. I love your method for the candies and will be trying it. Thanks for sharing!

  14. This looks brilliant and tempting, please can I have some? 😂 😂

  15. Wow! This is simple recipe yet a delicious rind, I will be the first person to make this in estate. Thanks Amy.


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