Candied Rose Petals


How to make candied Rose petals

When you see Roses, your first thought might be a garden feature, table decoration or used to make scented candles. You may not be aware that Roses can be (and have been) used to cook with for centuries. Rose petals can be used to flavour jams, make tasty gins and decorate our cookies and cakes with.

We are going to use our foraged (from the garden) Rose petals to make candied treats. Follow our super fun and simple way to create your own beautiful and deliciously tasty treats at home.

What you need

  1. Make sure you collect fragrant Rose petals, rinse well and pat dry (best collected in the morning when at their most fragrant).

    We are using some from the garden for this demonstration but please make sure that when you are collecting them, they are free from pesticides and spray. We would recommend staying away from store bought ‘decorative’ flowers as they are often sprayed with pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that may not be safe to eat. Instead, an organic flower shop or your own garden would be a good place to get your roses from or ask a neighbours permission.

  2. Caster/ fine sugar 1/2 cup.

  3. A large egg (we will only be using the egg white) you could use a simple syrup (sugar and water) if you are concerned with using raw eggs.

  4. Baking parchment.

  5. Paint brush (preferably a soft bristled brush would be best).


Firstly you’ll want to wash and pat dry your petals, separate your egg (you will only need the egg whites for this) and place your sugar in a shallow bowl or plate ready to press your petals into.

Carefully using a brush, paint your egg white onto either side of the petal.

Once covered, place the petal into your sugar and cover both sides completely.

Place each petal onto baking parchment to dry and harden. Make sure not to overlap your petals as they may stick together. They will take a few hours to harden (we suggest leaving over night for the best results).

Enjoy your candied Roses as a snack on the go or use your creations to decorate your cakes, cupcakes and biscuits!

It’s as simple as that! They take a little patience to create but you will be left with some colourful, flavoursome candied treats.

Fancy a taste of decadence?

If you fancy going all out why not try coating your Rose petals with Lavender sugar. Simply pick your lavender, dry and blend before mixing it with your granulated sugar. A super easy way to make a beautifully scented sugar with a delicate hint of lavender.

Create show stopping candied petals, decorate your cakes or add it in your drinks for a sweet treat.

Happy foraging everyone!

If you’d like to know a little more about foraging please head over to our sister site, Wild Food UK to see their very helpful mushroom and hedgerow guides. 

Remember to stay safe and never eat anything unless you’re 100% sure it is safe to do so. 

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