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This tanghulu recipe highlights delicious crunchy candied strawberries or other fruit made popular as a favorite Chinese street food!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 423kcal
Author Aubrey
Cost $8


  • Candy thermometer, sheet pan, parchment paper or silicone baking mat


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb strawberries or other fruit of choice


  • Wash and pat dry strawberries or fruit of choice.
  • Arrange fruit on bamboo skewer. I recommend 1-3 pieces per skewer.
  • Bring water and sugar mixture to a boil.
  • Using candy thermometer, boil sugar water mixture until the temperature reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take approximately 5-10 minutes. See Note 1 if you do not have a candy thermometer.
  • When sugar water mixture has reached the desired temperature, dip your fruit skewer into the sugar mixture to coat the fruit.
  • Place each fruit skewer on your sheet pan, silicone baking sheet or parchment paper. See Note 2 about parchment paper.
  • Sugar coating should harden almost immediately. See Note 3 regarding storage.
  • Enjoy!


Note 1: If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test the temperature by dipping a spoon into cold ice water and then dipping the spoon into the syrup. If it hardens immediately, then you have reached the proper temperature.
Note 2: If you parchment paper is not good quality, your candy may stick to the paper. You can spray parchment paper with pan spray to help prevent sticking.
Note 3: Best eaten right away. If you need to store, cover lightly with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 105g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg