Candied Hibiscus Flowers

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

Candied Hibiscus

How to Make Candied Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus flower prior to candying.

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Candied Flowers - Hibiscus

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Stefani


  • 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


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

    I love hibiscus tea from dried flowers. Drinking it now. I obviously googled hibiscus candy. Twice before the recipe itself I read that you were using the flowers after using them to steep tea. However the recipe states NOT to use flowers that were previously used for tea. Confusing.

    • Stefsays:

      Woah.. you are so correct! I wrote this post so many years ago. I have no idea what was going through my head!! Sooo sorry! Clearly I need to remake it ASAP and figure out what I meant to say.

  2. Karinesays:

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

  3. Costa Mesa CA Floristsays:

    very nice idea.

  4. Delivery Floristsays:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this nice recipe.

  5. Ballarat Flowerssays:

    Thank you

  6. Jakarta Flowerssays:

    What a great idea.

  7. Normajeansays:

    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!

  8. Hobart Floristsays:

    Thanks for this great ideas

  9. Launceston Flowerssays:

    Thanks for this great idea.

  10. Wollongong flowerssays:

    Thank you for this great idea.

  11. Coffs Harbour flowerssays:

    Thank you for this nice idea.

  12. Geelong Flowers VICsays:

    I love this idea so much.

  13. Gympie Flowerssays:

    Very nice idea. Thank you.

  14. Florist in Townsville QLDsays:

    It is a great idea. thank you

  15. Downey Floristsays:

    So beautiful flower cacks.

  16. Ballarat Floristssays:

    Wow such a good idea. I should try it.

  17. Moe Floristsays:

    I should try that.

  18. Cessnock Floristsays:

    Wow, flowers look amazing really.

  19. Thomassays:

    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 :)

  20. Miriamsays:

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

  21. Flower Delivery Seattlesays:

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

  22. Stefsays:

    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.

  23. Anonymoussays:

    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.

  24. Anonymoussays:

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

  25. Stefsays:

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

  26. Elizabethsays:

    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!!

  27. melishsays:

    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?

  28. Jennysays:

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

  29. Ivysays:

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

    • Nsays:

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

      • Esther Medinasays:

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

  30. Joysays:

    I never tried candied flowers. Those look great.

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