Tanghulu is sweeping TikTok. The traditional Northern Chinese treat is typically made using fruit covered in hard candy skewered by a bamboo stick. Chinese hawthorn—a small, apple-like fruit—has long been used for traditional tanghulu, but lately vendors and TikTokers alike have expanded the tanghulu horizon with all sorts of fruit and even meat! Here are 5 TikTok tanghulu recipes you need to try ASAP.
Strawberry is one of the most popular fruits to get the tanghulu treatment. Just melt sugar in water and heat it up. Then, coat your strawberries in the melted sugar and set them aside to harden. The result is a shiny, red snack that gives a major crunch with each bite. You could even get fancy with it and make a strawberry rose tanghulu.
Brown sugar tanghulu
Brown sugar gives tanghulu a different taste, but it still maintains the hard candy effect! Give this modification a try if you prefer a more molasses-like taste in your sweet treats.
Pop Rocks and Jolly Rancher tanghulu
If you’re craving more flavor than plain sugar offers, this recipe uses melted Jolly Rancher candies for the hard coating. The final product gets rolled in some Pop Rocks for a snack that will certainly give you a sugar rush.
Sweet meets salty in this bacon tanghulu recipe. After cooking your bacon to crispy perfection, dip it into your melted sugar water mixture to create the shiniest, crispiest bacon you’ve ever seen.
Fruity Pebble pink pineapple tanghulu
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest tanghulu of them all? This one! This Fruity Pebble pink pineapple tanghulu is like a rainbow explosion covered in confetti. If you want something to impress your party guests, this is your best bet.
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