My daughter has been watching food ASMR videos for years. When Tanghulu started trending, she kept asking me to make it with her. It just wasn't happening, until it finally did today! We had a great time making Tangulu which originated as a Chinese street food! It that takes the beauty of fresh fruit and encapsulates it in a sugar mixture to create this fun, crunchy & tasty candied fruit.
The kids really enjoyed this homemade candy just as much as other fruit flavored candy! I attribute this to the hard yet somehow delicate sugar coating around the fresh fruit, it makes the skewered fruit so fun to eat! You can have fun with this recipe and make it with any fruit that you like!
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
A dozen strawberries (or any fruit you like)
Wash and dry your fruit. Your fruit must be completely dry for the candy coat to stick properly.
Skewer your fruit.
Add the sugar and water to your pot or pan. Heat over medium high heat until the thermometer reaches 260F degrees. *Do not stir the mixture. Just watch it bubble.
When the sugar and water mixture has reached the right temperature, turn the temperature down to low, to prevent burning. (On our first try, we forgot to do this!)
Dip your fruit skewer into the sugar mixture, gently turn to coat the entire fruit.
Work quickly and allow excess sugar to drip off before dipping them in a bowl with iced water for a second and removing them. Your sugar coating should harden almost immediately
Place each fruit skewer on your silicone baking mat. If you don't have a silicone mat, make sure to spray the surface you use with pan spray to help prevent sticking.
It's best to eat your candied fruit shortly after making them.
*If you do not have a thermometer, you can test the temperature of the sugar mixture by dipping a skewer into cold ice water and then dipping it into the sugar mixture. If it hardens immediately, then you have reached the proper temperature.
*If you don't have the proper skewers, wooden chopsticks work well too.