Candied edible flower petals are a sweet and beautiful way to garnish anything with nature's gifts. This simple homemade candy becomes a zen craft that is made in minutes, and will be a rememberable zero waste addition to anything you use them for.
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As spring comes, I love to add flowers to everything I can. Salad, cookies, cake, scones, brownies, tea. If I'm enjoying it, I'm adding flowers! I even love to add them to charcuterie boards and cocktails. Candied edible flower petals take anything, like a simple cookie or cupcake into something truly elevated. And anything coated in sugar and crystallized is sure to be delicious.
I already have a candied rose petal recipe on the blog, if you've made those.- you know exactly how to make these! The process is exactly the same. But, in this post - we have used additional flowers from the garden.
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How do I know which flowers to choose?
Edible flowers to turn into candy can be used fresh or dried. I used a combination of both in my assortment of candied edible flower petals. Dried lavender made a beautiful addition to my cookies, and fresh pansies added so much beauty. Use whatever you would like that's safe.
- Not every flower is safe to eat. Many flowers are considered poisonous. Make sure you have correctly identified your flower if you have foraged them.
- Don't use edible flowers from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals.
- If you haven't tried a particular flower in culinary uses, taste a small piece of the petal before consuming a whole petal. You can be allergic to flowers.
Where can I find safe edible flowers?
The best way to ensure you're using safe flowers is to grow them yourself! If you're interested in making candied petals from roses and want to grow your own, I recommend using this post for help on starting and planning an organic rose garden. And if you can't grow your own, below are some dried flowers.
If you want to buy whole fresh flowers, find a reputable source like a nursery or on Etsy.
Ingredients in Candied edible flower petals:
- Flower petals of choice
- Granulated Sugar
- Egg whites
- If you don't use refined sugar, you can use coconut or date sugar. And if you prefer, you can use sugar crystals like monk fruit or splenda.
- This recipe contains raw egg, so please do not serve to anyone immunocompromised, pregnant, or infants. If you are still concerned about using raw egg, use pasteurized egg white powder.
- a fresh paintbrush for painting egg whites onto petals
- a cooling rack for your petals to dry
Recipes you may want to use candied petals for:
- Rose brownies
- Mini lemon basil curd tarts with shortbread crust recipe
- Lavender shortbread cookie crust tart with zesty lemon curd
- Candied edible flower lemon sugar cookies
- 30 fresh or dried flowers or petals
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg white
1.Carefully pluck the individual petals from the plant.
2. VERY Gently mist your petals to clean them, because careful not to bruise them. I like to mist them with some water, place them on a towel, and gently place a paper towel on top of them for absorption.
3. Place a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet. Crack the egg white into a small bowl and whisk it with a fork. Dump the superfine sugar into a shallow bowl or onto a plate.
4. Gently paint a petal with the egg white using a new soft bristle paintbrush or instead simply dip the petal in the egg white, turning to coat both sides and allowing any extra to drop off, and then place the petal in the bowl of superfine sugar, turning to coat both sides and sprinkling on extra, if necessary, so the petals are completely coated with sugar.
5. Space the candied petals apart on a wire cooling rack and leave until dry and hardened.
6. Use the candied petals quickly, within a day or two.
Enjoy as a garnish or on their own!
Enjoy within a day of creating.
Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 13Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g
If you plan to make these candied petals, let me know what you'll use them for!