Crunchy Chinese Candied Strawberries (Strawberry Tanghulu)

Chinese Candied Strawberries (Tanghulu)
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
5-7 skewers

We saw Emily Mariko make strawberry tanghulu, so obviously we had to try this sugary, crunchy strawberry treat for ourselves. Tanghulu is a Chinese street snack traditionally made by dipping tart hawthorn berries into a sugary mix that hardens to a crunchy coating. Today, you can find tanghulu all over Asia and made using a variety of fruit like strawberries, grapes and clementines. These strawberry tanghulu skewers require only three ingredients, take less than 20 minutes to make, and we can confirm, they’re as delicious as they look.

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cups sugar
cup water
medium strawberries
Wooden skewers


A flat lay of the ingredients for strawberry tanghulu including fresh strawberries, skewers and sugar
Step 1

Thoroughly wash and dry strawberries. Remove the green tops. Place 2 to 3 strawberries on the end of a skewer, repeat with remaining strawberries. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Skewered strawberries on parchment paper
Step 2

In a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar and water. Do not stir mixture. Using a candy thermometer, cook the sugar syrup until it reaches 300°F then remove from heat. Carefully tilt the saucepan and dip each strawberry skewer into the hot liquid, one at a time. Allow excess syrup to drip off then place back on the parchment paper to set, about 5 minutes.

Strawberries being dipped in candy syrup
Step 3

Enjoy immediately.

Chinese Candied Strawberries (Tanghulu)

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