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Chewy Watermelon Rind Candy

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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.


  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Split vanilla bean lengthwise with the tip of a sharp knife. Holding the pod open, scrape seeds from each half using the flat side of the knife. Transfer seeds to a large bowl; discard pod.

Pour cream over vanilla seeds; add sugar and vanilla extract. Whip cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes; cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Prep time: 20 mins / Cooking time: 10 mins / Total time: 6 hrs 30 mins

Serving: 12 / Yield: 12 servings

Calories: 380.8

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