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A variety of bingtanghulu for sale on the street in Shanghai
Alternative names Bingtanghulu
Type Pastry
Place of origin China
Region or state Beijing
Main ingredients Candied fruits, sugar syrup; sometimes chocolate, or sesame sprinkles
Cookbook:Tanghulu  Tanghulu
Traditional Chinese 糖葫蘆
Simplified Chinese 糖葫芦
Literal meaning sugar bottle gourd
Traditional Chinese 冰糖葫蘆
Simplified Chinese 冰糖葫芦
Literal meaning rock sugar bottle gourd

Tanghulu, also called bingtanghulu, is a traditional Chinese snack of candied fruit.[1] It is commonly available in many Chinese cities, such as Beijing,[1] Tianjin, Shanghai, and other Chinese cities. It consists of candied fruits on bamboo skewers that are approximately 20cm long. This snack can be found widely along the Beijing snack street Wangfujing and also there are street vendors who travel from place to place selling it.

The two common names literally means "sugar bottle gourd" and "rock sugar bottle gourd" respectively. The "sugar" or "rock sugar" refers to the sugar coating, while the "bottle gourd" refers to the slight resemblance of the snack to the shape of that fruit.

Tanghulu typically has a hardened sugar coating that comes from dipping the skewer in sugar syrup, but versions can also be found with a second chocolate coating, or sesame sprinkles. Traditionally, the fruit used has been Chinese hawthorn (山楂 shānzhā), but in recent times vendors have also used various other fruits, such as cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, bananas, or grapes.

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  1. ^ a b "Bing Tang Hulu (Candied Haw in a Stick)". Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Retrieved 1 November 2011.