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Candied Lilacs

These beautiful flowers can be had either plain or they can be used to decorate a cake or cupcakes. They look fancy and will make any cake elegant.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    about 3/4 cup syrup


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Individual lilac blossoms, stems removed
  • Finely granulated sugar


  • In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 220°. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Using a tweezers, dip lilac petals into the syrup, shaking off excess; dip into fine sugar. Place lilacs on sugar-coated waxed paper for 4 hours or until dry, turning occasionally. Store uncovered.
Editor's Note
Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 129 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 33g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • NH-rescue
    Dec 19, 2018

    Even at room temperature, the flowers wilted. Make sure everything is cool and sticky before putting in the sugar.

  • sugarcrystal
    Aug 5, 2013

    Lilacs are my favorite flowers. I have never heard of candied lilacs, although I have made other candied flowers with great results. I can't wait to try this!