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Candied Fennel Seeds

March 23, 2015
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Sweet and full of flavor these candied fennel seeds are a delicious way to add flavor and texture to salads, desserts, oatmeal, or to cap off a flavorful meal. —Poppies and Papayas

  • Makes 3 T
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2-3 tablespoons fennel seeds
In This Recipe
  1. In a small saucepan add the sugar and the water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes syrupy. Usually at this point it will produce a lot more bubbles. About 2-3 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add in the fennel seeds. Continue to stir until the mixture crystalizes. This will happen from one second to the next and the fennel seeds will look almost dry. Quickly remove from heat and continue to stir a few more seconds until the fennel seeds are dry and separated. Pour into a sealable air-tight container.
  3. Sprinkle on salads, desserts, oatmeal, etc. Or use to freshen breath after a spicy meal :)

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2 Reviews

JP September 21, 2016
I made this and it was great! I have a couple of vegan family members who won't eat the commercial candies fennel anymore because the food dyes, so I made this, substituting coconut sugar. I started with only 1 Tbsp water to speed up the process.
These are quick and easy to make, and are the perfect finish to almost any savory meal.
Thank you!
Author Comment
Poppies A. September 22, 2016
Hi JP! I am glad that you enjoyed the candied fennel seeds!! :) Thanks for sharing your experience! --Selva W.