Candied Lilacs Recipe
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Candied Lilacs Recipe

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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:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 129 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 33g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. 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. Yield: about 3/4 cup syrup.
Editor's Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.
Originally published as Candied Lilacs in Birds & Blooms April/May 2000, p55

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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 74388
Reviewed 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!"

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