Roses Are Red

In celebration of our beautiful spring weather in Arizona, my daughter and I decided to focus our newest project around flowers. We have picked them, pressed them, planted them, painted them, and painted with them. Those projects were all very fun, but we wanted to try something new.

We have been trying to gather some edible flowers, and while searching online for information on them, we came across this recipe for candied rose petals. Keep in mind, that you can use this recipe for any type of edible flower. They will make beautiful additions to cupcakes, cakes, or will be great simply as a snack. The preparation and recipe is really easy to follow, and your house will smell like roses while they are drying!

Candied Rose Petals!

Materials Needed:

Fresh roses (rinsed)
Strainer or colander
Parchment paper
Baking sheet


1. Pick your roses! Make sure that they are organic, untreated roses. If you do not have any, perhaps you have a friendly neighbor who does. We asked a neighbor who had several rose bushes if we could have some of her flowers, and we promised some of our candied treats in return. Not only did we get our roses, but we got to stay and chat with our neighbors, and get to know them a little better.

2. Take the petals off, and wash them. You’ll definitely want to get the dirt and small insects off of your roses before you candy them. Take the petals off and place them into a colander. Pick up a handful and give it a good rinse before setting the washed petals into a separate bowl. Pat dry with a paper towel.

3. Set up a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and set your oven to 150 or 200 degrees. The lower you can go, the better.

4. Take an egg white and beat it until it’s foamy. You’re just breaking up the proteins here so that the egg is less congealed.

5. Lightly dip your rose petals in, shake off the excess egg white, and lay on your baking sheet. Make a single layer, fitting as many rose petals on as you can.

6. Take your sugar and evenly coat the petals. Place the baking sheet into the oven for approximately 2 hours, when they’re dry and crispy, they are done!

Here are some ways that you can incorporate some science into this fun project:

  • While breaking up the egg whites, you can talk with your child about proteins, and how they help to bind things within our bodies. Talk about why you are using them on the rose petals, and what will happen as the egg dries out.
  • Explore the concept of an egg, and where about the makeup of an egg and how it helps the embryos of chickens develop into babies.
  • Talk with your child about why the roses dry out. Did putting them in an oven help? Why?

Our house was filled with the fragrant scent of sugared roses. It was delightful! When we were finished, we had enough extra to make small satchels for our neighbors, which made for a nice surprise for them!

Happy Exploring!

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