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In the spirit of the old adage "April showers brings May flowers", the editors at Kitchen Daily celebrate the arrival of these blooming beauties in this week's KD Finds. Get inspired by the growing trend of edible flowers and find out our floral favorites in food and kitchen.

Droga Chocolates Put Your Money on Honey, Spring 9pc

These bite-sized squares contain soft, chewy caramel made from pure cream and butter and unrefined California wildflower honey. Combined with the smooth melt of Guittard dark chocolate coating and sprinkles of French fleur de sel sea salt, each treat will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings. The specially designed Spring box, dressed up with a fun, colorful design by NYC-based Mr. Boddington's Studio, is available only for a limited time.

$17 for box of 9 pieces; drogachocolates.com

Royal Rose Rose Syrup

Made from only four ingredients including organic and fair-trade sugar and rose petals, these small-batch, hand-crafted bottles of rose syrup taste floral but not overly sweet. For a refreshing drink, whip up the Elixir Sue, which combines rose syrup with fresh lemon juice, soda water, cucumber garnish and a pinch of sea salt. We also love the sophisticated flavors this syrup brings to ice cream and Greek yogurt.

$11; royalrosesyrups.com

Nordic Ware Rose Bundt Pan

This heavy cast aluminum rose shaped bundt cake pan gets you professional-looking results, and the non-stick interior means the cake pops out of the mold perfectly every time.

$31; whisknyc.com

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Wildberry Lavender Pint

Sweet brambly berry and zesty citrus flavors with subtle floral notes from lavender essential oil make this strikingly hued ice cream a favorite for both adults and kids. This Columbus, Ohio-based ice creamery makes each pint by hand using Snowville milk and cream from grass grazed cows.

$12; jenis.com

Vietri Incanto White Flower Service Plate / Charger and Cereal Bowl

The organic shape and detailed etchings on each piece of handmade brown clay dinnerware create a unique and beautiful table setting. You can also use the charger as a cheese plate or serving platter (we used ours to serve cake).

$76 for charger and $40 for bowl; vietri.com

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In the spirit of the old adage "April showers brings May flowers", the editors at Kitchen Daily celebrate the arrival of these blooming beauties in this week's KD Finds. Get inspired by the growing trend of edible flowers and find out our floral favorites in food and kitchen.

The idea of cooking with flowers is taking root in the imagination and kitchens of home cooks across the country. No longer relegated as garnish, flowers are blossoming into a main ingredient in the culinary world and are increasingly being used to enhance the flavors and aesthetics of dishes. While the practice is not new by any means, as there exist many examples of the culinary use of flowers throughout history, what we are excited about is the accessibility of the knowledge and tools needed to navigate edible flowers at home.

If you're interested in exploring this trend, we recommend reading Miche Bacher's newly released debut cookbook Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers.

Bacher, who is an herbalist, chef and founder of Greenport, New York-based confectionary studio Mali B Sweets, has compiled 100 inventive recipes such as Dandelion Wine, Stuffed Squash Blossoms and Lilac Sorbet, each of which is accompanied with lush photography and helpful tips.

For anyone new to cooking with flowers, Bacher advises to "First, make sure you taste the flowers individually, to get a feel for their raw flavor, and then dive in to preparing the recipes using the flowers whose tastes you love." As for sourcing blossoms, she recommends starting your own flower garden. "Anyone who has room for at least a potted plant can grow pansies or force tulips or hang a basket of nasturtiums, which are all edible," she says. Otherwise, she suggests checking out your local farmers' markets or farm stands or ordering through a reputable online source.

You can purchase Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers by Miche Bacher at amazon.com.

Check out our slideshow above to discover five more floral-inspired picks that we love.

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