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Tanghulu Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 295
Bing tanghulu is a Chinese snack that is pretty tasty. Here's what you need to know about this sweet treat, and how you can make your own at home. 


  • Red and yellow hawthorn berries
  • 250 grams White sugar
  • 150 ml Water
  • Bamboo skewers


  • Put the hawthorn berries on the skewers. Limit the number of berries to three or four per stick- anything higher than this will make the tanghulu troublesome to prepare and eat.
  • Don’t stir the sugar mixture. Just wait for it to boil over; it’s done once the sugar is fully disolved and the solution is clear.
  • The sugar solution will still continue to cook even after you’ve taken the pot off the heat. It will turn into a dark amber color eventually. But to prevent the sugar coating mixture from cooking (and darkening) further, dip the bottom of the pot into cold water. But do this carefully, since by doing so you run the risk of crystallizing the solution early.
  • Finally, dip the skewered candied haw into the sugar solution. It’s best to do this quickly while the sugar solution is still runny. Hang the skewers on a rack and wait for it to cool down.
Calories: 295kcal
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: tunghulu