How to Make Candied Lilac Flowers

Candied Lilac Flowers are a sweet and fun way to enjoy these edible flowers! All it takes is a little patience and you will have beautiful and delicious candied flowers for decoration or garnish.

candied lilac flowers on a lilac cupcake
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Learn how to make Candied Lilac Flowers with this recipe and create an unexpected and fun treat for desserts, cocktails, and more! Lilacs aren’t the only flower you can make into a sugared treat so once you learn how to make this recipe, you can use other edible flowers in place of the lilacs.

Some other edible flowers to turn into candied confections are pansies, violas, borage, chamomile, and violets. There are many more edible flowers to choose from, just make sure you do your research before eating the next flower you see 😃.

lilac bush with purple lilac flowers blooming

Are Lilac Flowers Edible?

Yes, lilac flowers are edible and I am so excited to share this recipe with you! For this recipe, you will need fresh, clean lilac flowers (no chemicals sprayed on or near the bush), an egg white, and superfine sugar (which you can make yourself).

How to Make Candied Lilac Flowers

  1. In a small bowl, beat the egg white and water together until bubbly. Take each clean and dry flower and paint it completely with egg wash.
  2. Place the painted flower in a small dish with superfine sugar, shake until the flower is completely coated.
  3. Place the flower on wax paper and allow it to dry completely.
candied lilac flowers

How to Make Superfine Sugar

To make superfine sugar, place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a spice/nut grinder or food processor and pulse just a few times until the sugar resembles a fine grind, almost powder-like.  You can store the superfine sugar in an airtight container. Superfine sugar is also an ingredient in French Macarons!

What to do with Candied Lilacs

Candied lilacs can be used for many things including a decorative garnish for a cocktail like my Lilac Gin Cocktail or on a dessert like my Lilac Cupcakes with Lilac Buttercream Frosting. Another fun idea is to place a handful of the candied flowers in a small bag as a party favor for your guests or add them to a dessert platter for a decorative and edible treat. The possibilities are endless for this fun flower!

lilac cupcake with candied lilacs as garnish
candied lilac on a lilac cupcake

How to Store Candied Flowers

Store candied flowers in an airtight container in the fridge. Ensure the candied flowers are completely dry before storing them. My experience was that they only lasted a day or two, although they may last longer depending on how dry they are and if you were able to fully coat them in egg wash. If you completely cover the flower with egg wash, it’s more likely to stay the color it should be with no brown spots. Bottom line, make and enjoy these treats right away!

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Candied Lilac Flowers

Make candied lilac flowers for a garnish, decoration, or a fun treat!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Dry Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 40 flowers
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • wax paper
  • 2 small bowls
  • small, clean paintbrush
  • spice/nut grinder or small food processor

Ingredients

Candied Lilac Flowers

  • 40 fresh lilac flowers (washed, dried, and de-stemmed)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar (see notes for how to make at home)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, beat the egg white and water together until bubbly. Take each clean and dry flower and paint it completely with egg wash.
    lilac flowers and sugar for candied flowers
  • Place the painted flower in a small dish with superfine sugar, shake until the flower is completely coated.
    candied lilac flower in sugar
  • Place the flower on wax paper and allow it to dry completely, this takes a few hours.
    candied lilac flowers

Notes

  • To make superfine sugar, add regular granulated sugar to a spice/nut grinder or food processor and pulse just a few times until the sugar resembles a fine grind. Don’t go too far or you will end up with powdered sugar. 
  • Store candied flowers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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Did you make these Candied Lilac Flowers?

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