Tanghulu (simplified Chinese: 糖葫芦; traditional Chinese: 糖葫蘆; pinyin: tánghúlu) also called bingtanghulu, is a traditional Chinese snack of candied Crataegus pinnatifida, also known as mountain hawthorn, Chinese haw, Chinese hawthorn or Chinese hawberry. It is also called shanzha(山楂), which is a chinese fruit. People mistaken tanghulu for regular candied fruits. Coated in sugary hardened syrup, tanghulu is a very popular treat in Northern China. This sweet and sour treat for the chinese was made long ago in the ancient times where there was an emperor in rule. Today, people still eat these, mostly in northern China, and is rarely found in southern china.
. It originated from northern China, but it is now commonly available in most large Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai. It consists of fruits covered in hard candy on bambooskewers that are approximately 20 cm long.
The two common names for the confection literally mean "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 the gourd fruit.