( Tanghulu simplified Chinese: 糖葫芦; traditional Chinese: 糖葫蘆; pinyin: ), also called tánghúlu ( bingtanghulu 冰糖葫芦; 冰糖葫蘆; ), is a traditional bīngtánghúlu Northern Chinese snack of candied fruit, also known as mountain hawthorn, Chinese haw, Chinese hawthorn, Chinese Crataegus pinnatifida hawberry, or shanzha (山楂) in Mandarin Chinese. It consists of fruits covered in hard candy on approximately 20-centimeter (7.9 in)-long bamboo skewers. Tanghulu are often mistaken for regular candied fruits; however, they are coated in a hardened sugar syrup. This sweet and sour treat has been made since the Song Dynasty and remains popular throughout northern China.
The two common names for the confection literally mean "sugar Calabash" and "
rock sugar Calabash," respectively. The " sugar" or "rock sugar" refers to the sugar coating, while the " Calabash" refers to the snack's slight resemblance to the shape of a bottle gourd.
Chinese hawthorn is the traditional fruit used for the skewering, but in recent times vendors have also used various other fruits, such as  cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, bananas, or grapes. The pits and seeds of the hawthorn are emptied out and are commonly filled with sweet red bean paste before being skewered and dipped.
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Strawberry dipped with sugar coating for sale as a
bintang hulu (2004)
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Media related to Tanghulu at Wikimedia Commons