🍉Happy National Watermelon Day🍉
I know what you’re thinking, I had the same thought. Watermelon RIND candy?! Are you crazy?! Maybe a little, yes but that’s beside the point 😉. Trust me when I tell you this DIY candy is the bomb! Throw it in the compost bin or make a delicious treat, your choice.
You’re first going to start off by making a brine. This is going to break down the rind to make it edible, a brine is literally just a fancy word for salt water. So mix a quart of water with ¼ cup of salt and now you’re ready to start.
What you’ll need:
- 4 c Watermelon Rind (white part only, peel green part)
- 1 ¼ c Water
- 2 c Sugar (extra for coating)
- 1 Lemon (peeled - keep peel)
Cover the rind with hot water and boil for 5 minutes then drain.
When cool, submerge the rinds in your brine. Let sit for at least 6 hours.
(Yes, this seems like forever but set a timer, turn some music up and clean the house… it’ll be sooner than you think, unfortunately! Lol.)
Drain and rinse several times, and then cover the rind with fresh water and simmer until the rind is tender. Then drain again.
In a saucepan add 2 cups of sugar, 1 ¼ cups of water and your lemon peel. Cook until a drop of it forms a soft ball in cold water, then add your rind.
Simmer while lifting the rind from the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Cook until the rind is clear and the syrup forms a long string. Remove rind and drain, discard lemon if desired.
Your last step! Drop each piece into sugar and shake off excess, lay on a cooling rack to dry. Enjoy!
Tip: Don’t use small melons because their rinds are too thin.
Now you have a clean house AND candy! How could you celebrate National Watermelon Day in a better way? Well let me tell you. By lighting a 160 oz Watermelon Rancher Candleberry Cookie Jar Scented Candle, your watermelon festivities are off the chain. You are the “it girl” of all things watermelon, go you!