As Mary Poppins sings, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”- and there are several ways to make otherwise icky herbs taste better. I've experimented with herbal electuaries before- an electuary is a paste made from ground herbs and honey- and this is definitely one of the simplest ways to make an herbal treat. Herbal syrups are also easy and well worth learning to make.
But sometimes it's nice to celebrate the herbs that taste good simply because they taste good. Everyone needs an indulgence now and then! Read on for links to truffles, icecreams, zuccerinni, turkish delight, caramels, marshmallows, and more- flavored with the botanicals we all adore. Because if you’re like me, you want to revel in the flavors, colors and amazing aromas of your favorite plants in every conceivable way. And if you're going to indulge, you might as well make it at least a *little* healthy for you.
This year, I decided to experiment with hard candy. While I’m putting the finishing touches on that project (which I will unveil Saturday- so stay tuned!), here are some ideas to get your herbal-confectionery creativity flowing!
Rose Ginger Caramels
Rose and ginger anything sounds amazing. Add caramel for instant "Yes, Please!"
- Mother Earth Living
Chamomile Vanilla Marshmallows
What's better than a big, fluffy marshmallow? A homemade, vanilla and chamomile big, fluffy marshmallow. . .
-Mother Earth Living
Move over, peanut brittle! I have a better idea.
-The Mountain Rose Blog
Raw Coconut and Turmeric Truffles
Antioxidant goodness all the way around.
Lavender and chocolate- dreamy!
Vanilla Honey Candied Ginger with Coconut
I will be trying this recipe at the first opportunity.
-The Healthy Foodie
Flower Petal Lollipops
These are gorgeous.
Hawthorn and Rose Turkish Delight
Heart friendly and exotic!
-Cauldrons and Crockpots
Because, seriously- the only thing better than a sugar high is a sugar high while playing with fire.
Peony and Blackberry Swirl Icecream
Maple Sage Icecream
Lemon Basil Sherbet
I don't know about you, but when I scream for icecream, I want mine infused with sage, peony, or basil!
Do you have any favorite recipes for herbal sweets and treats? Be sure to share them in the comments below!
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