Sweet, Candy, Confections (Food Flavorings)

Essential oils offer a tantalizing array of possibilities for flavoring sweets, candies, and confections. Make your sweet products more natural and increase your market share by using essential oils rather than synthetic flavorings. Note that many of our flavor oils are organic certified.

Here are some popular essential oils used as food flavoring ingredients in sweets, candies, and confections -- and their delicious impacts


Citrusy Bliss

• Lemon: Adds a bright, zesty tang to hard candies, lollipops, fillings, and even gummy bears.

• Orange: Infuses a sweet, sunny citrus burst into chocolates, caramels, truffles, and marmalades.

• Grapefruit: Creates a tart, refreshing note in hard candies, sorbets, and fruit chew candies.

• Lime: Offers a vibrant, tropical twist to gummies, fruit jellies, and sherbet.


Spiced Sensations

• Cinnamon: Warm, spicy punch for hard candies, cookies, chocolate bark, and frostings.

• Peppermint: Leaves a cool, refreshing sensation in mints, chocolates, chewing gum, and breath fresheners.

• Ginger: Provides a warm, peppery zing to caramels, toffee, ginger snaps, and even marshmallows.

• Nutmeg: Adds a subtle, complex warmth to fudge, chocolates, and cream liqueurs.


Herbal Adventures

Herbal Adventures: Infuses a floral aroma into truffles, shortbread cookies, and sugar candies.

• Rosemary: Lends a savory, herbaceous touch to gourmet chocolates, caramels, and licorice.

• Thyme: Imparts a warm, herbal flavor to hard candies, nougats, and chocolate barks.

• Basil: Offers a unique, refreshing twist to gummies, jellies, and fruit-flavored candies.


Beyond the Usual Flavors

• Rose: Adds a delicate, floral sweetness to Turkish delight, nougats, and chocolate fillings.

• Jasmine: Imparts a subtle, exotic aroma to marshmallows, icings and fondants, and cream liqueurs.

• Bergamot: Infuses a complex, citrusy zest to chocolates, truffles, and gourmet candies.

• Spearmint: Offers a cooling, minty alternative to peppermint in hard candies, gum, and breath fresheners.

Important Tips

Always use food-grade essential oils Generally Recognized as Safe.

Dilute in a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil.

Add at the end of mixing to preserve delicate flavors.

Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and can easily overpower other flavors. Start with tiny amounts, and gradually increase to the desired taste. Consider diluting the essential oils with carrier oils like almond, olive or coconut oil.

Safety Statement re Food flavorings
HBNO’s Food Grade Essential Oils are concentrated aromatic and flavor ingredients listed by the US Food and Drug Administration as “Generally Recognized as Safe for Human Consumption” which may be used in a mixture for food applications when used in a customary manner and safe quantity according to legal and FDA / FEMA GRAS guidelines.

 For home kitchens, a drop or two is often all that is required to impart the desired flavor. For industrial applications, it is the user’s responsibility to consult such professional sources as FEMA for guidance (expressed in parts-per-million) as to safe use of GRAS substances in their particular food formulations.
 FEMA: Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States. External link to: https://www.femaflavor.org/

 All HBNO products listed as Food Flavoring Ingredients are processed and handled as a food ingredient, with our obsessive dedication to cleanliness and food safety, including testing of each lot of the product for quality, and adherence to FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Food for Human Consumption.