How To Make Rose Flavoured Sugar

June 20, 2008

Please do not use rose petals from any bunches of flowers you have received or bought from the supermarket/florist etc, it is highly likely that they have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals to keep them looking good and therefore are not the kind of thing you want to be consuming.

Use only rose petals that you know haven’t been sprayed, perhaps from your own garden.  To make your own rose flavoured sugar you will need:

1 cup of white sugar

2 cups of fresh, fragrant rose petals

Shred or mince the petals.  Add to the sugar in a mortar and pestle and pound together.

Place the mixture into a glass jar for 1 week.  Sift out the petal pieces if you wish and store in an airtight container.

You can use the flavoured sugar in baking or drinks where you would like a subtle rose flavour, or sprinkle on fruit salad or pancakes.

Alternatively, you can buy Organic Fairtrade Rose flavoured Sugar from Steenbergs.

If you have any favourite ways of using roses, feel free to leave a comment below.

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1 Herbaholic 06.19.08 at 12:39 pm

Hi Maddie :)

I hadn’t thought of making rose sugar, I do make lavender sugar and rose geranium leaf sugar for cake making. I’ll give your rose water recipe a go to, I made rose petal vinegar last week (details on my blog) its turned ever such a pretty colour, if I can find enough wild rose petals I’ll be making some rose petal wine with them. So many uses for the rose, and we haven’t touched on the homemade cosmetics yet!


2 Madeleine 06.19.08 at 2:03 pm

Hi Debs

Thanks for the the other ideas for using roses. Rose petal wine sounds lovely, does it taste good?


3 deb 06.19.08 at 9:59 pm

Great idea. I have used rose petals the same way in corn starch for a lightly rose scented body powder.

4 chey 06.20.08 at 12:37 am

This is a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

5 Nancy Bond 06.21.08 at 2:47 pm

A wonderful idea — and thanks for sharing the “recipe”. :)

6 Muum 06.24.08 at 2:57 am

sounds yummy. I had rose flavored gelato in Italy years ago, and it was to die for! Now if I only had a good gelato recipe……. I think I”ll try the sugar, though!

7 Muum 07.07.08 at 2:14 am

I tried it, and the sugar and roses smelled bad, so I threw it out. Do you have any suggestions? Do you think it would work if I put it in the frig?

8 Madeleine 07.07.08 at 11:16 am

Thank you all for your comments.

Muum – Sorry to hear it didn’t work out, the above method works for me and is very quick and easy but it needs to be stored in a cool dark place and the jar must be absolutely dry inside but there is another method that is more reliable which is to place the petals and sugar into an electric grinder or use a mortar and pestle to grind them together then put the damp sugar onto greaseproof paper or foil on a baking tray and dry it in the oven on a very low temperature – keep checking it. Once the petals and sugar are dry and crumbly, crumble it up into a glass jar, label and seal. Hope that helps

9 Muum 07.07.08 at 2:07 pm

ah! I ‘ll try that next time! thanks. We are zone 5 in the USA (w/ good snow cover and usual min. winter temps of -10 F or warmer, if that helps with your rose question, I think you would be alright, but I am guessing!

10 Diana 07.13.11 at 4:57 pm

Madeleine, I’m dying to try this out because it’s so simple and easy but I’m a little confounded as to what to use rose sugar for? Do I stir it with my coffee? Bake with it? I’d love to know, thanks.
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11 Madeleine 07.19.11 at 11:40 am

Hi Diana, Thank you for your comment. There are a few main uses for flavoured sugars, these are the ones I’m aware of at the moment:
1. As you suggest; stirred into coffee or tea
2. Use instead of plain sugar when baking cakes, scones etc
3. Sprinkle onto desserts, cakes, cookies, muffins
4. Use to make syrups or add to the rim of cocktail glasses!
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12 Priscilla 05.21.12 at 9:30 pm

I dry my rose petals on trays in the house (nothing fancy – just the kind of trays you might put on your lap if you were eating in front of the TV), turning them every day until they’re fully dried. I make sure I have enough to fill a giant Ball jar (one of those tall, antique blue ones), and then use them throughout the year as a soothing face mask. Grind about 2T of organic rolled oats and about 1/4 C of dried rose petals into a fine powder (I have an old, electric coffee grinder for that purpose). Mix a couple of tsp. of Greek yogurt together with about the same of raw honey; stir in enough powder to make a thick paste. Let stand 5-10 minutes. The paste will thicken more at it stands and the oats draw moisture from the yogurt/honey, so thin to a spreadable paste with some aloe vera gel (the pure stuff you can drink – not the processed, fake skin gel) or just a little water. Spread on your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with plenty of warm water. Your skin will be super soft and any irritation (like acne or rash or chapping) will be lessened. Try adding dried lavender, calendula, dried nettles, mashmallow root, or any other herb you would put into a skin preparation (most herbs you would take internally for skin conditions can also be used topically, and an oatmeal mask is a great way to use them). Adding some ground almonds will also soften and moisturize the skin.

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