Recipe Review

I Tried the Viral Recipe for Candied Strawberries — One of China’s Most Popular Street Foods — And I’d Make It Every Day If I Could

published Aug 7, 2022
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I Tried Candied Strawberries
Credit: Choya Johnson

It’s very rare that I come across a strawberry recipe that I don’t enjoy. Whether served in a “deviled egg” form or in a delicious country cake, there aren’t many ways to mess up a strawberry-based recipe.

As I know very well that there are endless ways to take fresh strawberries to the next level, anytime I come across a new recipe I feel obligated to give it a try. So when I came across the viral recipe for candied strawberries, I knew it had to be next on my list to try.

Candied strawberries — or Tanghulu — are a Chinese street food that are quite popular in northern China. Only including three ingredients, the treat can regularly be had using a variety of fruits and is quite possibly the easiest (and most delicious) thing to make when you’re in need of a quick and tasty snack. Once I knew just how easy it was to make, however, I didn’t hesitate to start the process of making it — and yes, I made them multiple times in one week.

Get the recipe: Candied Strawberries

How to Make Candied Strawberries

This quick and easy candied snack only requires a few simple ingredients to recreate. First, you’ll need to wash fresh strawberries and pat them dry with a napkin or paper towel. Next, you’ll need to bring a cup of water and sugar to a boil on medium-high heat. Once your mixture begins to bubble and turn slightly yellow, your syrup is ready.

Credit: Choya Johnson

Grab your skewer sticks (or toothpicks) and stick them in your strawberries so that you can coat your fruit pieces evenly. In a separate bowl, add cold water and ice to create an ice bath for dipping. Then, dip your skewered strawberries in the liquid coating before dipping it once more in the ice bath. The cold water will finalize the hardening process of the syrup coat. Repeat those steps until you’ve covered all the strawberries and enjoy!

My Honest Review of Candied Strawberries

Creating these candied strawberries was a blast to do. I enjoyed how simple and fun the process was and it made me feel like I was engaging in a science project for class. In my honest opinion, the texture and glossy finish took these strawberries to the next level and created a tasty new experience for me. I may even go as far as to say that these are now on my list of favorite ways to enjoy the fruit.

3 Tips for Making Candied Strawberries

  1. Test your ice bath out before dipping your strawberries. Drop some of the syrup mixture in your ice bath to see if it hardens before dipping your fruit. By doing this, you’ll confirm that it’s ready for coating and prevent yourself from wasting both time and fresh fruit.
  2. Don’t skip the pat. Patting your strawberries dry after you wash them will help your syrup stick better to the fruit pieces.
  3. Pop them in the freezer. Placing your candied strawberries in the freezer for five to 10 minutes after your ice bath will help the coat of syrup firm up faster and make for a more solid result.

Get the recipe: Candied Strawberries