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Tanghulu Chinese Candied Fruit Recipe

Easy, delicious, and healthy Chinese candied fruit recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese eggplant, dessert, fruits, tanghulu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 oz strawberries
  • 1 package wooden skewers


  1. Wash your strawberries under cold water thoroughly. Then, pat dry with a paper towel and set them aside.

  2. Place the wooden skewers through the ends of the strawberries by stabbing through the leafy parts. You can use one fruit per skewer or up to three per wooden skewer.

  3. In a saucepan, add water and sugar. Stir it up the bring it to a light boil. Be sure to stir constantly or the sugar can burn easily.

  4. Boil the sugar-water mixture for about 5-10 minutes or until the candy reaches around 300 degrees F.

  5. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can use this trick. Take a spoon and dip it into the mixture. Then, immediately dip the spoon into ice water. If the candy mixture hardens, it's ready. If it's still sticky, it needs to get hotter.

  6. Dip the strawberry skewer in the hot sugar water candied mixture and cover the entire strawberry. Take the strawberry out for 1 second then dip again for an extra thick coating.

  7. Place the strawberries on parchment paper or a baking sheet.

  8. The strawberries should harden immediately and can be enjoyed as soon as possible. You can also store them in the refrigerator and serve cold.