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Candied lilacs
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Candied lilacs

How to make candied lilacs
Prep Time5 mins
Candying process1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 150 flowers
Author: Vee


  • 1 small, soft bristled paint brush or small, clean makeup brush
  • 2 sheets parchment or wax paper


  • 4 bunches lilacs as many as you want to candy
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar aka casters or bakers sugar, or make your own


Prepare ingredients

  • Whip egg white and 1 teaspoon water together until frothy. (This makes the consistency easier to paint onto the petals)
  • If needed, turn granulated sugar into superfine sugar by pulsing in a food processor until fine
  • Pull lilac flowers off the stems so you have a pile to work with

Make the candied lilacs

  • Paint the tops and undersides of one lilac with the egg wash. Then shower it in sugar, coating both the tops and bottoms of the petals. Set on parchment or wax paper to dry.
  • Repeat until all flowers are done.

Let flowers dry 24-48 hours

  • Let the flowers dry in the open air for 24-48 hours. They need to be completely dry before storing in an airtight container, or they will wilt from the humidity they release while drying. To test for dryness, place 1 petal in a small, airtight container and see if it wilts or stays stiff after 8-12 hours.
  • Once dry, store in an airtight container for up to a year at room temperature (or in the fridge if your house gets hot). I prefer glass jars, since plastic can hold odors.