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Rather than throw away the hibiscus flowers that I had brewed into hibiscus tea, I saved them and let them do double duty as candy – hooray for less food waste*.  Candied hibiscus flowers are sweet and super crunchy and I could totally see an alternate universe where popcorn was weird and candied hibiscus flowers were the normal snack to munch on while watching a movie.

How to Make Candied Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus flower prior to candying.

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Candied Flowers – Hibiscus


  • Fresh edible hibiscus flowers not hibiscus from the florist that could have pesticides all over it or dried hibiscus flowers that have been steeped to make hibiscus tea
  • Enough egg white to coat the flowers about 1 egg white for every 2 C of flowers
  • Enough sugar to coat the flowers about 1/2 C for every 2 C of flowers


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Brush flowers with a thin layer of egg white (You can dunk the flowers instead of brushing if you find that to be easier.)
  3. Place the sugar in a small bowl and gently roll the flowers in the sugar.
  4. Spread the flowers on the parchment paper. The flowers can be really close together - just make sure that they aren't touching.
  5. Bake at the lowest temperature your oven can be set at (mine is 170 F) for about 7 hours or until crispy.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


Full Disclosure

Although the macro photos of the candied hibiscus flowers make them look gorgeous, I thought that I should share this photo as well:

I think this looks like bugs
pinned to a board in a lab.

*I’ve been saying “Hooray” for everything after reading How Does a Seed Grow over and over again to Myles.  I’d highly recommend that book for anyone with a little kid interested in knowing where food comes from or a really little kid who likes seeing smiling faces and hearing the word “Hooray”!

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32 comments on “Candied Flowers – Hibiscus”

  1. Joy says:

    I never tried candied flowers. Those look great.

  2. Ivy says:

    WOW! How hard was it to find the edible hibiscus?

    • N says:

      You can find it at mexican stores. They are used to make the drink called Jamaica.

      • Esther Medina says:

        Just enter “hibiscus leaves” in the Amazon search box. Many options I bought the Hoosier Hill and the Frontier Organic ones. Very good!

  3. Jenny says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’ll have to borrow this for the next pitcher I make!

  4. melish says:

    I just had Hibiscus drink.. cold tea.. in an Egyptian families dinner for Ramadan! it was my first time and I loved it// the smell and also the taste.. love it.. I am wondering if I can find it easily in the US?

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Definitely going to have to try these with my leftovers next time I make hibiscus tea! I bet they are even better than the candied ones Trader Joes sells! and cheaper!!

  6. Stef says:

    Ivy – It wasn’t that hard. We have a great international grocery near me that had it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a wonderful company for organically grown Crystallized (candied) Flowers:

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just making sure… these are actually the hibiscus “sepals”, right? The flower is a gorgeous yellow hibiscus with a pinky purple center, and then the “berry” that forms after is this red jewel that grows to between the size of a shooter marble and a ping pong ball. The sepals that you brew and candy are the outer leafy peels, and the fruits inside is okra-ish. (they are related). This was the first year growing them at our community garden, and I plan to fill my yard with them next year. Super simple to grow.

  9. Stef says:

    Tonya – Yes, you are correct. But, you might want to check to make sure that your variety of hibiscus is edible. I’ve heard that not all varieties are.

  10. What a way to recycle. What do they taste like?

  11. Miriam says:

    I love your recipe for tea and for edible flowers. I found some organic flowers at Azure Standard for a good price.

  12. Thomas says:

    It works fine with flowers from your plants at home but do not use the flowers that are on it when you buy. We usually let our grow for at least 3-4 months in the sun before starting to harvest. Then again we are in the sunny south cost of Spain where they grow very fast :)

  13. Wow, flowers look amazing really.

  14. Wow such a good idea. I should try it.

  15. So beautiful flower cacks.

  16. It is a great idea. thank you

  17. Very nice idea. Thank you.

  18. I love this idea so much.

  19. Thank you for this nice idea.

  20. Thank you for this great idea.

  21. Thanks for this great idea.

  22. Thanks for this great ideas

  23. Normajean says:

    Neat idea! So of you are putting yours in a 170 degree oven can they be done in a dehydrator as well? Mine goes to 165 degrees. Thanks for the idea!

  24. Thank you for this nice recipe.

  25. Karine says:

    I would like buy a candied hibiscus. Could you give me a name and adress to producter ? ThankSi. Karine

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