The March 2009 edition of Food & Wine magazine has some enticing foodie items pointed out in their "news & notes" section. One in particular that caught my eye is the spiked sugars from Allstar Organics, who sells compelling sugar (& salt!) sets like the following:
While their flavors sound compelling -- Rose Petal, Lavender and Spearmint sugar -- I think the price of $36 for a set of three 6.5 ounce jars is a bit steep.
If you're feeling flush with cash -- congratulations! and go sugar shopping...if not, though, consider making your own. I found some good recipes from Lynne Smythe on Suite 101 that will get you started.
A good source for food-grade flower petals and herbs is Layla's Shop on Etsy; note, too, that she sells a quarter-pound of lavender sugar for $5.00. We work at the same company so I can vouch for the quality of her goods. Excellent stuff.
Herbs By Diane on Etsy also offers culinary rose petals, lavender, spearmint and more for good prices.
Have you ever made infused sugar or salt? Do you have some recipes or suggestions to share? I'd love to see photos of packaging ideas. I'm considering making wedding favors of sugar or salt...