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The Martha Stewart of Colonial America, Julianne Belote, suggested dessert was "incomplete without candied and preserved confections in elegant forms." Candied rose petals were a relatively easy — and elegant! — way for early hostesses to fancy up a cake for company. Served in a dish, they made a splendid sweet for tea. Any 5th grader can follow this Colonial recipe for candying rose petals, and share the sweets with friends, family or classmates.