Unique, fragrant Honeysuckle Jelly! Ingredients include fresh honeysuckle flowers, pectin, fresh lemon juice and sugar. This recipe tastes just like summer in a jar.

We love unique and delicious jellies, like this one. For another Honeysuckle recipe, be sure to check out our Honeysuckle Iced Tea recipe. For some other jelly recipes, check out our Pink Peony Jelly and our Corn Cob Jelly recipe.

Three stacked jars of Honeysuckle Jelly with blossoms around them.

Unique Jelly Recipes

Jelly is one of my favorite things to make any time of year, but I especially like to find the most unique flavors.

If you love the sweet, floral fragrance of honeysuckle flowers, you’re going to love this jelly as much as we do.

Yes, admittedly the flavor is a little lighter and different than your typical blueberry jam but it is just so good! The soft sweet almost honey-like flavor is addicting! It’s great for spreading on toast, servings with crackers, or pouring over some ice cream.

Honeysuckle Bush with blossoms

What is Honeysuckle Jelly? This jelly is made up of actual fresh honeysuckle blossoms, fresh lemon juice, lots of sugar and pectin. While you may be tempted to reduce the sugar, don’t for this recipe. It is meant to have lots of sugar. It’s a jelly after all!

Jam Vs Jelly

  • Both use whole fruit or flowers.
  • A jelly contains the juice of the fruit or the juice/liquid made from the flowers.
  • Jams and preserves contain pieces of the fruit or flower itself.
  • Jelly is smooth, with no lumps.
  • Jam has fruit pieces or chunks adding texture to the end result.
A jar of Honeysuckle Jelly with Blossoms surrounding it.

How to Make Honeysuckle Jelly

Please see the recipe for more in-depth steps.

I won’t lie, it takes a lot of those beautiful little blossoms to get a good flavor, but it’s totally worth it!

I always grab way more than I need which is like shopping bags full.

  1. Prepare honeysuckle blossoms, boil and steep for 12 hours.
  2. Strain the liquid, boil and add other ingredients. Cook until 220 degrees.
  3. Pour into canning jars, seal, flip and rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Cool jars upright in a dry place for 24 hours.
Honeysuckle Jelly spread on bread with jar in the back.

I have no qualms about sticking my spoon right into that jar and taking a big old bite of that jelly straight off the spoon.

It’s the perfect amount of sweet, with a floral undertone.

It’s incredible! 

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And it’s not just good on bread.

Honeysuckle Jelly Uses:

There are a lot of surprising ways to use this sweet delicate jelly.

  • Spoon it on top of vanilla ice cream.
  • Spread on crusted bread and crackers.
  • Don’t just spread if on toast, use on top of pancakes, waffles or french toast instead of syrup.
  • If you love fancy cracker spreads, spread cream cheese on the top of any cracker you love. Spoon a dab on top of the cream cheese.
  • Glaze your chicken, pork or or salmon with it. If you find a recipe that calls for a glaze, this jelly will work as a subsitute.
  • The obvious – use it to make a peanut butter and honeysuckle jelly sandwich!
  • If you love fancy cracker spreads, spread cream cheese on the top of any cracker you love. Spoon a dab on top of the cream cheese.

More Honeysuckle Recipes

Spooning Honeysuckle Jelly onto a slice of bread.

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It’s a mixture between the taste of summer or the sweetness of childhood all wrapped up in a flavorful, delicious Jelly.

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Honeysuckle Jelly

Nicole Cook
Sweet taste of summer in a jar. Brings back childhood memories of the fragrant little blossoms and the tiny drop of nectar you placed on your tongue.
4.59 from 84 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Steeping Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 25 minutes
Course Condiments Sauces and Dips
Servings 40 tablespoons estimated
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6-7 cups yellow honeysuckle blossoms remove green tips
  • 6 tablespoons powdered pectin
  • 4 cups boiling hot water
  • cups lemon juice
  • 4 ½ cups granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Gather your honeysuckle blossoms. Remove all greens and debris. Rinse in a colander.
  • When removing the green tips don’t remove the stamen, it will pull all that amazing flavor out.
  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Place the honeysuckle blossoms in a tall jar or pitcher with a lid, and pour the hot boiling water over them. Allow this to sit for 12 hours (overnight).
  • Using a sieve, strain the flowers from the Infusion Water.
  • Heat the infusion water in a large pot on the stove until boiling. Add the powdered pectin and the lemon juice. Boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the sugar and heat continue heating on medium high stirring constantly.
  • When the mixture hits 220 degrees you’re done.
  • Ladle the liquid into the jars leaving about a 1/2" of head space at the top.
  • Seal the jar with the lids. Flip the jars upside down for about 10 minutes.
  • Flip them upright and place in a cool, dry place for 24 hours to continue cooling. You should hear them pop when they seal.
  • When completely cooled, be sure to test jars for proper sealing.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 0.01gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.002gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 3mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg
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27 Comments

  1. I made this once and it was so good. We used it for so many different things. I forgot about it last year and I think honeysuckle should be blooming soon and I need to make some again.

  2. We made this over the weekend and finally got to try some tonight on some biscuits and wow! I am so happy I found this recipe.

  3. There are two kinds of honeysuckle bushes.Are you using the kind pictured that are small and Bush like?

    1. We did use the ones pictured, however I can assure you our honeysuckle bushes are HUGE. Much taller than I am in most cases. I have a suspicion that you can use ANY sweet fragrant honeysuckle, so I would think the same would apply no matter what. Good luck!

  4. I made this once and it was so good. We used it for so many different things. I forgot about it last year and I think honeysuckle should be blooming soon and I need to make some again.

  5. We made this over the weekend and finally got to try some tonight on some biscuits and wow! I am so happy I found this recipe.

  6. I made this and it’s soooo yummy! I Made 3 batches but unfortunately 2 of the 3 didn’t set (I over boiled due to a cow getting loose, yes he did it twice), so I now have what I call Honey Suckle ‘Syrup’. Used it to glaze a ham the other day and oh my was it tasty! We’ve also used it on pancakes as a maple syrup substitute. Good to know that even the oopsie jars can be used!

    1. Frances, No “oopsie” jars are ever wasted at our farm either! Even when it doesn’t set, it’s still good for so many things. We like to mix our flower jellies into plain yogurt and then add fruit. I bet that ham was fabulous!

  7. I made this over the weekend and it’s delicious, but way too thick. Once it’s in the fridge, it’s so thick that it’s basically solid candy in a jar.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with this. We tested this recipe multiple times and have yet to encounter this.
      However, I decided to try to go on a hunt and see if I could find out first, what caused it and secondly how to fix it.
      So the National Center for Home Food Preservation says “Stiff jams or jellies may result from

      • overcooking,
      • adding too much pectin,
      • using too little fruit and/or juice, or.
      • using too little sugar or too much under-ripe fruit in recipes where purchased pectin is not added (i.e., long-boil or no-pectin added recipes).

      In the case of too little sugar, excessive cooking to concentrate the sugar to the jellying point is required. Too much under-ripe fruit can result in too much pectin.”
      You can read more here: https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_07/stiff_jelly.html
      There are other suggestions on how to use the jelly even though it is harder.
      I also read a few places where others mentioned heating the jelly a few seconds in the microwave and it becomes spreadable.
      I hope some of these ideas worked for you.

  8. Do I measure the honeysuckle by packing in measuring cups or just by scooping up a cup full after cleaning them
    Want to make sure I have enough

    Thanks

    1. Hi there Judy, So I’ve made this dozens of times, and I have done it both ways. If you really pack them down, they will give a much stronger flavor. But some Spring and Summer seasons, there is just less to be had, or I missed my window of opportunity, and I’ve had to simply just scoop up what I could get. The main difference is how MUCH flavor you wind up with. Even with simply scooping, I have adjusted the recipe to reflect the right amount of flavor. With only scooping them and filling them. I do try to push them down a little bit and get as much as I can in each cup, but you will still wind up with a beautiful, floral almost honey like flavor no matter which one you choose. I hope that helps!
      Good luck!

  9. Your recipe was intriguing. I tried to divide the recipe to just make one jar because I wasn’t sure I would like the taste of honeysuckle jelly. Mine didn’t set, maybe I miss calculated when I divided the recipe. I’m not one to fret over such things, I found a great use for the syrup 🙂 Gin, a squeeze of lemon, some honeysuckle syrup and a splash of club soda. Worth a repeat try for sure. I just know I would love this as a jelly too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

    1. If you would like to use white blossoms, you can, but the yellow are the most fragrant and full of the most nectar, which is why we recommend using those. You may need to adjust the quantity you use to allot for more flavor. I hope this helps explain it!

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