Tanghulu Recipe


Ashton Brannon


What is Tanghulu?

Tanghulu is a traditional winter snack in Northern China that consists of candied fruit on a skewer. Most often sold in market places or from streetcars this is a favorite among many. Normally, hawthorn berries are coated in the sugar syrup which then dries and becomes crystallized to create a harmonious balance between sweet and tart. Nowadays it is not surprising to see a variety of fruits being used such as strawberries or even nuts.


  • 2 Cups Sugar

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 2 Tablespoons Honey

  • One dozen strawberries


  • Wash each strawberry and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Using a skewer insert into the strawberry 3/4 way through. Set aside.
  • In a pot add 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, and 2 tablespoons honey. Put on low heat and allow the sugar to fully dissolve. Do not stir once sugar has dissolved.
  • Once sugar is dissolved turn heat to medium-high and cook until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.
  • Take prepared fruit and dip into the candy mixture. You may turn the fruit or twirl it around to ensure the whole fruit gets coated. Be careful as the mixture is extremely hot!
  • Set aside on parchment paper until cool. Serve and enjoy.