Assorted tanghulu on a plate.

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Turn your favorite fruit into crunchy, sugar-coated tanghulu! A simple recipe for candied fruit skewers inspired by popular Chinese street food.


  • 2 pounds fruits of your choice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ΒΌ cup water
  • β…“ cup corn syrup


Prep the fruit. Wash and dry all fruits you’ll use.

Assemble the skewers. Arrange fruit on a bamboo skewer, 1-3 pieces per skewer.

Combine the ingredients for the sugar syrup. Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.

Boil. Boil until the temperature reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take approximately 5-10 minutes. When the sugar and water mixture has reached the desired temperature turn the temperature down slightly to prevent burning.

Dip the fruit skewers. Dip your fruit skewer into the sugar mixture to coat the fruit.

Cool and serve. Place each fruit skewer on a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper. The coating should harden almost immediately. This recipe is best eaten right away.

Keywords: how to make tanghulu, candied fruit, chinese street food