Why not garnish your next holiday meal with the most elegant garnish, candied herbs? Candied herbs can be so much more than just a decoration. This simple homemade candy becomes an unforgettable zen craft that will leave you feeling inspired! Add them to your holiday cocktail, cookies or cakes for a frosted snowy look!
This beautiful garnish will add so much holiday cheer. Just wait til you see your candied herbs next to a sunny window, sparkling in their sugar crystals just like freshly fallen snow on Christmas morning. The scent of fresh-brewed cocoa warms our hearts as we bake endless cookies for family members--hopefully this year they'll have the opportunity enjoy these treats too with one special person by their side and we'll get to whip up a festive cocktail and catch up. Make this holiday season even more beautiful by adding fresh candied herbs to your creations. And while you're at it, don't forget to add some candied rose petals or flower petals.
Ideas on how to use candied herbs as a garnish
You can use any popular herbs that are easy to come by all year long in your grocery store. A sprig of candied rosemary pairs perfectly with citrus fruits and citrus peels, and sugared rosemary looks just like snowy pine trees. Candied sage leaves can be decorated to make a beautiful wreath on your pie or cake. And don't forget how beautiful some candied peppermint would look on some homemade chocolate mint ice cream, or when you bake a white chocolate candy cane cheesecake. Some candied thyme will pair beautifully sugared cranberries and will make for adorable holly berries between your cake layers.
Herbs and a warming spice like cinnamon and clove tickle our taste buds and give us all the seasonal flavors we long for. And these candied herbs are so easy to make, you won't have to wait for a special occasion.
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Paint brush
- Fresh herbs: rosemary, thyme, varieties of mint, sage
- Egg whites
- Granulated sugar
Tip: I love to add a mixture of granulated sugar and sugar sprinkles for a truly glistening look.
How to make candied herbs
Candied herbs for an elegant garnish
- One large bundle of fresh herbs: rosemary thyme, varieties of mint, sage
- 1 egg white
- ½ cup granulated sugar
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 herbs the egg 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 sugar, turning to coat both sides and sprinkling on extra, if necessary, so the herbs are completely coated with sugar.
5. Space the candied herbs apart on a wire cooling rack and leave until dry and hardened.
You may also be interested in making more of my homemade candy recipes. Here are a few reader favorites:
- Lavender vanilla honey lollipops
- Healthy homemade fruit roll ups with applesauce
- Oven dried oranges
- Easy caramel apples